TMCNet:  Eseye's GSM Enabled Utility Monitor

[January 31, 2013]

Eseye's GSM Enabled Utility Monitor "Shoebill" Scoops European Smart Metering Award

Jan 31, 2013 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- Eseye, an innovator in total m2m solutions for industries including cleantech, environmental and utility segments, and Telit Wireless Solutions (AIM: TCM), a leading global provider of high-quality machine-to-machine (M2M) modules and value-added services today announced Eseye's product Shoebill has won Home Energy Monitoring Award at the 2013 European Smart Metering Awards. The awards recognize excellence in Smart Metering acknowledging players in defining roles moving the industry forward. Shoebill is Eseye's entry-level dual-current-clamp energy utility monitor equipped with Telit's GL865 family of GSM/GPRS modules.


Telit's collaboration with Eseye touches on other products including the Pelican, a GSM gateway for gas, water and electricity meters also equipped with modules from the GL865 family. The two companies continue exploring expansion possibilities in their cooperation as the pace continues to quicken with the utilities in their move to upgrade ageing infrastructure.

The Shoebill is a compact, fully self-contained electricity monitor which uses GSM/GPRS cellular networks to connect the utility or other customer to the consumer premises. The product takes readings every 30 minutes and can report these over the cellular network in programmable intervals. Its electrical current clamps can handle up to 32 amps per phase with a 125A variant available for heavy-duty commercial and industrial applications. The Shoebill is available in a wall-mount on standard 2-module DIN enclosure. Both versions include Li-ion battery backup and can be installed without service outage for the consumer. The Shoebill is a cost effective alternative to costly smart meters, allowing energy managers to quickly establish a panoramic view of their energy consumption profile thus promoting energy conservation and enabling analysis and detection of potentially problematic areas.

The GL865 family of GSM/GPRS modules applied in Eseye's products is comprised of dual and quad band variants. This allows Eseye to price its products for regional markets at a lower level since dual band modules carry a lower cost. For global distribution, Eseye integrated the GL865-QUAD which includes all bands required for operation in any global market. The GL865 family is packaged with LLC castellation technology ideal for low-density electronics design reducing the Bill of Materials (BOM) as well as manufacturing costs for Eseye. Embedded TPC/IP stack and Python programming script language interpreter allow application development and maintenance to be significantly streamlined.

"Not only do Eseye and its customers benefit from Telit's excellent technology and technical support, we were similarly pleased by their flexibility. Stock deliveries were brought forward when volume deployments ramped up much faster than could have been foreseen", said Paul Marshall Chief Operating Officer, Eseye.

"Eseye's Shoebill is an exciting innovation for the energy utility space. The ability for consumers or commercial and industrial managers to quickly install consumption monitors like this changes the game in a substantial way," said Emmanuel Macon-Dauxerre, VP Global Energy Segment, Telit Wireless Solutions. "We will continue looking for ways to help Eseye with innovations such as the Shoebill." Industry's only pure-play m2m, Telit creates value by partnering with customers to provide expert guidance and support from concept development through to manufacturing quickly bringing ideas to market in all application areas including the new "smart" space. With service enhanced products in cellular, short-range, and satellite-navigation easily bundled through high-level software interfaces, Telit-powered m2m devices cost less to integrate, maintain, operate, and update with lower price points for bundled products and savings translating into competitive advantage at the time of sale and throughout the operating life of the customer device.

About Eseye Founded by industry leaders in 2007 Eseye has gone from strength to strength and is now one of very few leading M2M technology suppliers able to deliver worldwide managed M2M services. With a genuinely complete, end-to-end service Eseye's proposition is unique as it provides every aspect of M2M solutions in-house, including design and integration consultancy for new and existing devices, sale of M2M-grade devices, managed connectivity services through a private infrastructure as well as dashboard for control and monitoring. M2M technology is a true enabler which is why Eseye believes an M2M solution is not just about SIM cards and connectivity; for Eseye, it's all about solving customer problems, helping them grow their business through smart efficient processes and optimising their opportunities with M2M technology. Further information about Eseye can be found on www.eseye.com or on www.twitter.com/eseyem2m.

About Telit Telit Wireless Solutions is a brand of Telit Communications PLC (AIM: TCM), an enabler of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications worldwide providing wireless module technology and value-added services. Exclusively dedicated to M2M with more than 12 years of experience in the market, the company constantly enhances its technology leadership with six R&D centers across the globe. Telit offers an extensive portfolio of the highest quality cellular, short-range RF, and GNSS modules, available in over 80 countries. By supplying scalable products that are interchangeable across families, technologies and generations, Telit is able to keep development costs low and protect customers' design investments.

Telit provides unmatched customer support and premier design-in expertise through its 27 sales and support offices, a global distributor network of wireless experts with more than 30 Telit-designated Competence Centers, and its online Telit Technical Support Forum.

Telit technology enables organizations to wirelessly collect, process and respond to real-time data from vending machines, utility meters, cars, remote health monitors and any other connected devices, creating new efficiencies and revenue opportunities as well as societal and personal benefits. Further information about Telit and its products can be found at www.telit.com. Join the conversation and learn more about Telit and its customers' innovative applications on Facebook and Twitter.

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