MINNETONKA, Minn. (Oct. 19, 2010) – Digi International  (NASDAQ: DGII) today announced that Comverge (NASDAQ: COMV) is using the Digi X-Grid ™ solution to integrate Itron ERT meters into its Intelligent Energy Management platform. The Digi X-Grid solutionis an “Extended Grid” that allows utilities to inform, empower and engage customers through real-time, IP-based monitoring and control of energy devices that exist beyond the electric meter. It enables easy online access of Itron ERT metering data on the Comverge IntelliSOURCE platform. This allows utilities to access real-time actionable energy consumption data using existing investments in AMR meters and network systems.
“The Digi X-Grid solution made it easy for us to quickly integrate support of real-time data from Itron ERT meters,” said Bud Vos, chief technology officer, Comverge. “This extends the Comverge IntelliSOURCE platform and helps utilities’ transition to the Smart Grid by allowing them to leverage existing networks and meters. Within a matter of weeks we were able to offer this valuable solution to our customers.”
“Comverge is a significant partner and leading provider of innovative energy management products and services,” said Larry Kraft, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Digi International. “Visibility into data is key in the development of a smarter grid, and our Digi X-Grid solution makes it easy to access energy consumption data.”
Digi X-Grid solutions include the new ERT/Ethernet Gateway and ERT/Smart Energy Bridge. The products enable utilities to offer a broad range of demand-side management services with or without a Smart Meter (AMI) network in place. The products extend the grid into a utility’s customers’ homes supporting a full-range of Smart Energy thermostats, appliances and Smart Energy home area network (HAN) devices. Digi ERT products are ERT certified by Itron and support all ERT “bubble-up” utility meters.
As part of the Digi X-Grid solution, the Web-services interface is available to any application provider. Therefore ERT metering information can be collected and presented by a wide range of existing Digi X-Grid application providers allowing utility companies to add new software partners as needed. Digi X-Grid solutions leverage Digi’s industry leading line of Smart Energy gateways , XBee ZigBee modules  and iDigi platform  to make it easy to connect directly to home energy devices.
Integration provides near real-time energy data from existing AMR meters