Liberty Lake, WA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- October 23, 2008 - The Residential Energy Ecosystem from Tendril (TREE) has been successfully integrated with Itron’s OpenWay advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), enabling the provision of real time, two-way communications beyond the smart meter and into the home through a home-area network (HAN).

Providing unprecedented ability to communicate directly into the home through the electricity meter, the solution allows utilities to extend interactive and consumer-centric energy efficiency, demand response and variable pricing programs to their customers.

The HAN enabled by the Tendril/Itron integration takes advantage of the ZigBee Smart Energy public application profile to link the home network components – such as displays, smart thermostats and load control switches – to the smart meter. As a result, consumers within the home can interact with their utility and HAN in real time without needing a broadband connection.

“This collaboration is a big step on the nationwide path to energy efficiency,” said Adrian Tuck, CEO of Tendril. “It’s one thing to turn down a thermostat but quite another to enable a true two-way conversation between utility and consumer. That’s where the benefits of AMI accrue and energy efficiency becomes a reality.”

Ed May, Itron director of AMI business development, added: “By combining OpenWay with the two-way communications provided by TREE, we are helping usher in a new generation of truly interactive, consumer-centric solutions that enhance the utility investment in AMI.”