Eseye’s GSM-enabled utility monitor 'Shoebill' scoops European Smart Metering Award

Guildford, UK – Eseye, an innovator in total machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions for cleantech, environmental and utility industries, and Telit Wireless Solutions, a global provider of M2M modules and value-added services has announced Eseye’s product Shoebill has won Home Energy Monitoring Award at the 2013 European Smart Metering Awards.

The awards recognise 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 are continuing to explore expansion possibilities in their co-operation, reporting that the pace continues to quicken in utilities’ 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 said to be a cost-effective alternative to 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 reportedly 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 Maçon-Dauxerre, VP Global Energy Segment, Telit Wireless Solutions. “We will continue looking for ways to help Eseye with innovations such as the Shoebill.”

Telit aims to create 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.

Founded in 2007, Eseye is now one of the few M2M technology suppliers able to deliver worldwide managed M2M services. With a complete, end-to-end service, Eseye’s proposition 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.

Telit Wireless Solutions is a brand of Telit Communications PLC (AIM: TCM), an enabler of M2M communications worldwide providing wireless module technology and value-added services. Dedicated to M2M with more than 12 years of experience in the market, the company has six R&D centres across the globe. Telit offers a portfolio of cellular, short-range RF, and GNSS modules, available in over 80 countries.

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