AutoGrid Systems Achieves OpenADR(R) 2.0a Certification for Its Demand Response Optimization & Management System (DROMS) and Its OpenDR Server 2.0
PALO ALTO, CA, Nov 13, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
AutoGrid Systems, a leader in Big Data analytics and software
services for empowering utilities and end-users to control power
consumption and costs, announced that its flagship application, the
Demand Response Optimization and Management System (DROMS), and its
embedded OpenDR Server 2.0 has been certified for compliance with the
OpenADR 2.0a profile specification.
AutoGrid's OpenDR Server 2.0 is available as a standalone product or
as integrated within DROMS. The cloud-based OpenDR Server 2.0 can
also be easily integrated into other third party applications to
provide a cost-effective mechanism for service providers to offer
support for OpenADR communications in existing systems.
Certification ensures that AutoGrid's technology will be compatible
with software, hardware and other technologies based on either
OpenADR 1.0 or OpenADR 2.0a. Over 80 companies and organizations are
members of the OpenADR Alliance.
"The OpenADR standard allows utilities and energy service providers
to implement automated demand response programs in a scalable, open
and economical manner," said Barry Haaser, managing director, OpenADR
Alliance. "It is exciting to see AutoGrid along with the rest of our
membership drive an ecosystem that will have a significant impact on
how power is delivered in the future."
Demand response is the "killer app" for the smart grid, according to
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, and
plays a vital role in curbing peak power. Historically, however, only
a limited number of utilities and end-users have taken advantage of
demand response programs because of the need for dedicated hardware
DROMS transforms the market by replacing proprietary infrastructure
with advanced software analytics delivered through a secure, reliable
cloud-based service. DROMS cuts the cost of demand response by up to
90 percent while increasing the "yield" in electrical power by 30
percent or more. Additionally, DROMS can fine-tune power consumption
continually, not just during peak power events. It has been tested to
simultaneously support over one million OpenADR clients, making it
the only software solution that can be deployed in large-scale
rollouts across residential, industrial and commercial customers.
Existing demand response customers are adopting DROMS to supplement
their current systems while small- and medium-sized utilities,
service providers and commercial end-users are employing it to
participate in demand management programs for the first time.
"Establishing a lingua franca that will enable devices and software
platforms to communicate is a necessary next step in better energy
management," said Michel Kohanim, CEO of Universal Devices, which
designs integrated systems for home and commercial automation.
"OpenADR creates foundation for companies like AutoGrid and Universal
Devices to start demonstrating what the 'smart grid' means."
"AutoGrid's decision to embrace OpenADR 2.0a is further evidence of
the value of this open standard to multiple stakeholders. As OpenADR
2.0a gains momentum nationally and internationally, companies like
AutoGrid as well as utilities and ratepayers will continue to make
automated demand response more pervasive and cost effective," said
Dave Watson, program manager, Grid Integration Group, Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory.
DROMS is the first commercial product from AutoGrid and is based on
its Energy Data Platform (EDP). EDP combines a physics-based model of
the grid, behavioral analytics and the petabytes of structured and
unstructured data being generated by smart meters and other
technologies. By examining the relationships between millions of
variables in a service territory or within an individual facility,
AutoGrid's services help customers manage power consumption in real
time, forecast demand and develop long-range strategies.
-- A Unified View of All Available Resources Across All Programs. The
service allows utilities to view available capacity across all
customer segments, load types, geographic locations, and programs from
a single dashboard.
-- Real-Time load Forecasting and Event Monitoring. Advanced machine
learning techniques generate highly accurate real-time predictions of
individual loads, response to load shed requests or price signals.
-- Comprehensive Networking and Communications. DROMS is the only system
that supports communication to any device, over any channel of
communication including Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI),
broadband internet and cellular.
-- Accessible through Public or Private Clouds. Customers also gain the
benefits of enhanced security, reliability and privacy that can come
with cloud-based architectures.
-- Powerful Measurement, Verification, Analytics and Reporting. DROMS
provides a large library of reports for analyzing and comparing event
and program performance. Users can slice and dice results to gain
insight into different customer segments.
"We are very glad to be collaborating with the OpenADR Alliance and its
members," said Dr. Amit Narayan, AutoGrid's founder and CEO. "Demand
management is one of the most effective tools we have for controlling
power consumption. The mission now is to expand both the capabilities
and the user base so that even small and medium facilities can take
advantage of programs such as demand response and demand management."
Founded in 2011, AutoGrid is dedicated to bringing the power of Big
Data, predictive analytics and Internet scale computational
techniques to the production and consumption of electricity. Serving
utilities of all sizes, grid operators, electricity retailers, ESCO
services companies, and end-users, AutoGrid develops and markets
services that both help lower costs and improve reliability of the
electricity supply chain. For more, please see our website or contact
About the OpenADR Alliance
The OpenADR Alliance fosters the development, adoption, and
compliance of the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) standard
through collaboration, education, training, testing, and
certification. The OpenADR Alliance is open to all interested
stakeholders interested in accelerating the adoption of the OpenADR
standard for price- and reliability-based demand response. More
information can be obtained at http://www.openadr.org/
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