Echelon releases control node for utility grid modernization

By Editors of Electric Light & Power/ POWERGRID International

Echelon Corp. announced the new DCN 3000 distributed control node, a multi-protocol, multi-application platform designed to help electric with their grid modernization and optimization programs.

The DCN 3000 extends Echelon's power grid technology with increased computing power and flexibility, establishing intelligent communication infrastructure between grid devices and the utility head-end through a variety of wireless and fixed connectivity options.

An extensible data concentrator and applications processor, the Echelon DCN 3000 manages smart meters, sensors and other grid devices on the low-voltage grid. Its ARM processor and Linux-based platform support security and networking features, as well as drivers and distributed applications that allow utilities to quickly and reliably adapt to changing requirements, integrate new technologies and progress toward their grid modernization goals.

The DCN 3000 is a backward-compatible replacement for the Echelon DC-1000 line of data concentrator products.

Echelon has select early customer trials on the DCN 3000 planned for the end of the calendar year, with broader availability of the trial program in February 2014 and general availability of the DCN 3000 in March 2014.

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