Home Energy Gateway-Demand Response (HEG-DR) Framework – Smart Energy Enabling Software Framework

Upgrading the aging energy infrastructure and changing consumer behavior will require transformations not seen since the first wave of electrification over a hundred years ago. Energy innovation today requires advanced communications technology paired with a seamless user experience that can drive behavioral change.

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Home Energy Gateway-Demand Response (HEG-DR) Framework – Smart Energy Enabling Software Framework

Upgrading the aging energy infrastructure and changing consumer behavior will require transformations not seen since the first wave of electrification over a hundred years ago. Energy innovation today requires advanced communications technology paired with a seamless user experience that can drive behavioral change.

Aricent is a global provider of innovation services for the smart energy sector. From smart grid development to smart home solutions, we help leading players build and operate next-generation communication networks and applications, and drive customer engagement through differentiated services and superior user experiences.

Home Energy Gateway-Demand Response (HEG-DR) Framework

Aricent has developed a Home Energy Management Gateway (HEG) and Demand-Response (DR) framework that delivers world-class Demand Response functionality and best-in-class energy optimization. The solution is designed to be portable across different hardware and OS platforms. A reference solution of this framework is based on the Freescale i.Mx processors running Linux and the ZigBee stack.

Features

The HEG framework is a portable and flexible framework that can be used to design a home energy management system:

  • Support of multiple energy management profiles - Comfort and Savings
  • Ability to schedule the On/Off period of appliances
  • Ability to define appliance behavior based on the DR signals for each appliance
  • Daily and monthly electricity consumption charts
  • Per appliance energy consumption 
  • DR-based on OpenADR standards
  • Handling of DRAS client configuration and program registration
  • Management of provisioning and registration of HAN devices
  • Conversion of a single DRAS event to multiple Zigbee SEP events
  • Support for utility-defined DR programs
  • GUI is customizable for end-user applications

Benefits

Aricent’s HEG-DR Framework provides the following benefits to clients:

  • Aricent's HEG-DR framework helps reduce the time to build a Home Energy management product by 50%-60% by pre-integrating the OpenADR interface and supporting multiple profiles for the end user.
  • Plug-and-Play architecture helps address addition of new protocol interfaces for home devices in addition to the pre-integrated Zigbee interface.
  • Portability across multiple OS and pre-integration with SoC platforms helps reduce the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) when deployed across multiple product lines.
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