Moscow, New York, January 31, 2011 – Luxoft, a leading global provider of advanced application and product development services, today announced that it has created the market’s first ZigBee® Smart Energy™ wireless communication module for the E350 flex meter by Landis+Gyr, a global leader in energy management and advanced metering technology. By combining the quality and power of the Landis+Gyr E350 metering device with the easy-to-deploy ZigBee® Smart Energy™ communication protocol, Luxoft enables utility companies the ability to better-manage wireless devices at customer sites. As a result, utilities can significantly reduce operating costs and better-allocate resources during periods of fluctuations in energy consumption.
The utilities market is faced with a difficult balance between achieving efficient power generation and ever-increasing energy consumption. As such, many have turned to demand response programs in an effort to gain control over critical peak pricing challenges. These programs rely heavily upon the tight integration of a complex ecosystem of constituents, various metering systems and diverse communication layers that can make meter data quality and meter read frequency a challenge. The result is less agility and delayed decision-making in response to energy usage fluctuations.
In response to this gap in the market, Luxoft’s demand response automation framework, DRFusion, is designed for metering vendors, demand response aggregators and utilities, and includes the latest platform for creating load curtailment systems. The company’s ZigBee® Smart Energy™ wireless communication module for the Landis+Gyr E350 meter, an industry-first, allows for superior remote data collection, storage and analysis of energy consumption and allocation for utilities, making the deployment of meters easy and cost-effective.
When combined with Luxoft’s professional services, the platform solution can be built to seamlessly integrate meter reading solutions, unify and visualize metering data, and, most importantly, enable the demand-side management for different Automated Meter Reading (AMR) systems, meters and communication platforms, already in place. Meters data is then collected from the wireless meters, transmitted to DRFusion through nearly any communication protocol and is stored in a middleware system for analysis. All the meter data from different data sources is collected and unified. As a result, meter reading becomes more streamlined, efficient and faster for utilities, and the power demand response platform as a whole enables agile energy management decision-making.
“Luxoft recognized early-on the potential of adding wireless links to the millions of smart meters installed worldwide,” said Michael Minkevich, VP Technology Services, Luxoft. “Our new communication module streamlines the collection of metering data via ZigBee Smart Energy wireless protocol, and enables seamless integration of disparate meters into the wider energy efficiency value chain. That makes the new module an essential element of any demand response system.”
Luxoft is an emerging global leader in application and product engineering outsourcing services for enterprise IT organizations and software vendors. Luxoft builds lasting partnerships with its clients, such as Boeing, IBM, Harman, Avaya, Areva, Sabre and other global leaders, based on the culture of engineering excellence, innovation, and deep domain expertise. Luxoft offers global delivery capability through its network of state-of-the-art delivery centers in North America, Central & Eastern Europe, and Asia. Luxoft`s customers benefit from the right mix of technology skills, industry knowledge, best-of-breed processes and methodologies, and a choice of engagement models.