Idigi(tm) Energy Makes It Fast, Easy, And Inexpensive To Connect Smart Grid Devices

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iDigi(TM) Energy Makes it Fast, Easy, and Inexpensive to Connect Smart Grid

Devices


MINNETONKA, Minn., Mar. 25 /PRNewswire-Asia-AsiaNet/ --


Energy solution bundle includes hardware, hosted software and services

necessary to accelerate Smart Energy deployments


    Digi International (Nasdaq: DGII) today introduced iDigi Energy, a wireless M2M

solution bundle optimized for energy services providers.  iDigi Energy includes the

hardware, hosted software and services necessary to quickly and easily integrate

meters, load control modules, displays, relays, thermostats and other energy

assets commonly required for demand response, AMI, and other Smart Grid

offerings.  Energy service applications connect to the hosted software component

of iDigi Energy via a simple Web Services interface.  This dramatically simplifies

developing and deploying energy management services.    




    "The iDigi Energy solution was instrumental in our launch of the TXU Energy

iThermostatTM energy conservation program," said Patrick James, director, TXU

Energy.  "It has enabled us to leverage existing enterprise software service

platforms and ultimately integrate the deploying AMI networks in Texas. We were

able to move from concept to deployment very quickly.  The platform's flexibility will

also allow us to rapidly develop and deploy a broad range of new energy

management services to help our customers better manage their energy costs."


    "With the rollout of iDigi Energy, we are making it fast, easy and inexpensive for

utilities to enable two-way communications with their home and business

customers," said Joe Dunsmore, CEO, Digi International.  "iDigi Energy lowers the

barriers for companies to build robust, next generation information services by

removing the complexities of remote device communication. This frees energy

service providers to focus on the business of energy."


    Utilities have long been in the forefront with regards to investments in remote

monitoring technology, originally with SCADA and now with AMI and Smart Grids.

In Aberdeen Group's recent research survey, responding utility organizations

indicate that 36 percent of connected assets are remote versus 27 percent a year

ago.  However, these organizations also indicate that 74 percent of its assets

would benefit from remote connectivity. 


    "This opportunity remains untapped primarily due to perceptions regarding the

complexity and cost of setting up remote networks and the significant IT resource

requirements pertaining to integration, maintenance and security management,"

said Sumair Dutta, senior research analyst, Aberdeen Group. "Comprehensive

M2M solutions such as iDigi Energy that provide the platform and related

connectivity services to seamlessly tie into devices and applications will go a long

way in alleviating implementation hurdles and in expediting ROI."


    At the heart of iDigi Energy is the iDigi Platform, a Platform as a Service (PaaS)

that quickly and easily connects remote assets to a customer's applications. The

iDigi Platform runs on a grid of Digi-managed servers. As an on-demand model,

customers pay only for services consumed, conserving capital and requiring no

infrastructure. Customers login to securely access and manage their energy device

assets.  Optimized for wireless communication technologies, Digi's patented

connectivity software establishes and manages secure communication between

organizations' applications and their remote equipment, ensuring high availability

and performance for both legacy and emerging energy management applications.   


    iDigi Energy includes Digi's comprehensive family of wired and wireless

communication products that integrate easily with remote energy assets, including

cellular gateways and a wide variety of wireless endpoint modules.  iDigi Energy

also features ready-to-run, energy-focused starter applications that demonstrate

the power of the platform for the energy provider.  


    "The iDigi Platform has become an integral part of our new Apollo Demand

Response Management System," said Bud Vos, CTO, Comverge.  "The Apollo

platform is designed to support traditional demand response systems in addition to

AMI and Smart Grid solutions.  The iDigi Platform allows our utility partners to

deploy Smart Grid solutions today with the flexibility of migrating to future networks

as technology develops."


    The iDigi Energy system provides device level support for numerous smart

energy devices including thermostats, smart plugs, in-home displays, gateways

and meters.  Additional energy assets can be quickly integrated through the iDigi

platform.  iDigi Energy also includes device design services and wireless

implementation services such as network design, site surveys, planning and

optimization.  From device design and integration to lifecycle services, iDigi Energy

provides all of the communication components an energy services provider needs

to bring their solution to market quickly, effectively and with a plan to support new

energy services.     


    "We have received tremendous interest in iDigi Energy," added Dunsmore.  "We

already have a sizeable new business pipeline and anticipate strong customer

demand for these innovative services."


    iDigi Energy is the first of several iDigi solution bundles to be released that make

wireless M2M easy.  For more information about iDigi Energy, visit



    About Digi International


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    Digi International is making wireless M2M easy by developing reliable products

and solutions to connect and securely manage local or remote electronic devices

over the network or via the Web.  Digi offers the highest levels of performance,

flexibility and quality, and markets its products through a global network of

distributors and resellers, systems integrators and original equipment

manufacturers (OEMs).  For more information, visit Digi's Web site at

http://www.digi.com , or call +852-2833-1008.


    About Comverge


    Comverge (Nasdaq: COMV) is a leading provider of clean energy solutions that

improve grid reliability and supply electric capacity on a more cost effective basis

than conventional alternatives by reducing base load and peak load energy

consumption. For more information, visit http://www.comverge.com .


    About TXU Energy


    TXU Energy is a market-leading competitive retailer that provides electricity and

related services to more than 2.1 million electricity customers in Texas. TXU

Energy offers a variety of innovative products and solutions, allowing both its

residential and business customers to choose options that best meet their needs,

including exceptional customer service, competitively priced electricity service

plans, innovative energy efficiency options, renewable energy programs and other

electricity-related products and services. Visit http://www.txuenergy.com for more

information about TXU Energy and http://www.txu.com/ithermostat for information

on the iThermostat.


    All brand names and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of

their respective companies.


    Press Contacts:


     Kylie Chan

     Channel Marketing Manager, Asia Pacific 

     Digi International    

     Tel:   +852-2833-1008

     Fax:   +852-2572-9989 

     Email: kylie.chan@digi.com


SOURCE:  Digi International





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