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Wireless solution simplifies smart grid connections

Posted: 25 May 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless M2M? smart grid? software?

Woo: People are starting to learn how to use limited resources in a smarter way.

Renewed interest
Commenting on the United States' renewed focus on smart grid, Digi product manager for software and services, Kevin Jones said that the company is positioned to assist customers in creating effective, innovative smart grid solutions.

Jones said that the $787 billion U.S. economic stimulus package included $4.5 billion targeted at R&D, pilot projects and matching funds aimed at upgrading the U.S. electricity grid. Smart grids feature intelligent meters, wireless technology, sensors and software that allow energy service providers and their customers to monitor energy use and cut back when available power generation is nearing maximum capacity, Jones explained. This helps prevent blackouts and conserves energy, reducing the need to access alternate, more expensive energy sources.

"iDigi Energy delivers the critical communication components required to build robust, sustainable next generation smart grid solutions with an unprecedented speed to market," said Jones.

As for the potential smart grid market in Asia, Raymond Woo, Digi Asia Pacific managing director said that Asia is expected to recover from the current economic climate sooner and that the company will continue to invest in the region.

Woo noted that the telco, utilities, government-driven projects, green IT and infrastructural building will be the area that have the greatest potential in the next three to five years in Asia. "Since those markets require mission-critical and high quality M2M devices, we think Digi fits perfectly in this category," Woo said.

According to Woo, iDigi can be deployed anywhere and anytime and the company plans to launch a series of programs to launch the solution to different markets. "The growth is mainly driven by the fact

that energy is the highest demand of natural resources and people are starting to learn how to use limited resources in a smarter way. With our experience and expertise on this market, we believe iDigi can bring our customer a new idea of technology," he said.

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