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Intermatic Teams with Broadband Energy Networks

Companies to deliver Smart Grid energy automation solutions to electric utilities worldwide.

Spring Grove, IL–Intermatic Inc. and Broadband Energy Networks Inc. (BEN) are teaming up to deliver cost-effective energy automation solutions to electric utilities worldwide. The resulting Smart Grid solutions will enhance Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), by combining Intermatics InTouch (mesh-networking wireless Z-Wave control system) with BENs standards-based C2k Automation Gateway and UNI-PLEXTM Energy Applications Platform.

The collaboration enables utility partners to manage demand response needs and improve energy conservation initiatives, while allowing end-use customers to manage their energy consumption in a more automated, responsive, and convenient manner.

Intermatic will offer BENs innovative UNI-PLEXTM energy automation products, applications and services through its extensive distribution channels, which reaches electrical contractors, integrators, specifiers, and home builders/developers. BEN will include InTouch devices in its ongoing proposals to electric utilities worldwide.

Intermatic and BEN have very complementary products and we are pleased to be extending our reach into the electric utility market, said Mark Garret, vice president & general manager Industrial SBUU. I couldnt think of a better use for our new InTouch control products, than to help reduce the enormous burden placed upon our nations limited energy resources and aging infrastructure. The collaborative projects will integrate Intermatics hardware and BENs utility gateway, software and services for the delivery of automated demand response and energy management solutions, and energy conservation programs to the worldwide electric utility industry.

BEN has developed interactive technology that enables energy conservation utilizing new standards-based devices as well as myriad legacy devices currently installed in millions of buildings and homes across the electric grid. Intermatic has a long history of delivering high-quality, high value energy controls. BEN is teaming with Intermatic and other key utility industry partners to enable and deliver comprehensive demand response solutions that can be deployed on a mass scale, stated Jon Rappaport, BENs vice president of business development. Having worked with Intermatic over many years, I have every confidence in their manufacturing prowess and channel development—together we are addressing the global need for serious energy conservation.