BuLogics Introduces World's First Wireless Controller for Smart Grid Metering

Company: BuLogics, Inc.
Published: 07 January, 2010
BuLogics, Inc., a leading designer of innovative, energy-saving technology products, announced today that it has developed the world's first Smart Grid compatible Z- Wave wireless controller. The device, named the Smart Grid Home Controller(TM), allows connectivity to future Smart Grid meters by bridging the wireless technology of Z-Wave Home Area Networks (HANs) to Advanced Metering Infrastructures (AMIs) that utilize the ZigBee Smart Energy (SE) Profile.

"Future Smart Grids will deliver electricity from suppliers to consumers using digital technology to control appliances at consumers' homes to save energy, reduce cost, and increase reliability," explains Mirka Walczak, CEO of BuLogics. "In order for consumers to benefit, they will need a controller that not only monitors and controls their own home energy usage, but also communicates wirelessly to the Smart Grid and the different wireless protocols that it may use. Prior to our Smart Grid Home Controller(TM), there was not a viable solution to make this possible."

The Smart Grid Home Controller(TM) maintains the interoperability of the industry's Z-Wave wireless protocol, giving consumers superior control over their energy management. As one of only two test houses in the world for Z-Wave based products, BuLogics utilized Z-Wave as the technology standard to innovate controller capabilities. In the process, it also introduced something new to the marketplace -- universal connectivity. "Though based on Z-Wave standards, we've engineered the Smart Grid Home Controller(TM) to contain expansion slots with modules that can extend connection to Smart Grids via the ZigBee SE Profile, and even others such as WiFi and FlexNet," states Walczak. "We believe Z-Wave enabled devices will remain the most affordable and market-ready wireless home control devices. But by bridging Z-Wave to other standards like ZigBee, we think we've created the ideal Smart Grid solution."