Press Release Summary:
Designed for direct load control, price response, and messaging, ApolloÂ® will manage residential and commercial demand management resources while also incorporating capabilities for current and future SmartGrid resources. Open architecture is based on enterprise software standards, and operations help system operators pin-point load reduction information. Allowing for seamless asset management, software offers real-time operational performance analysis and optimization capabilities.
Original Press Release:
Comverge Announces 'Apollo' - the First Demand Response Management System for SmartGrid Applications
EAST HANOVER, N.J., Feb. 3 -- Comverge, Inc. (NASDAQ:COMV), a leading provider of smart grid, demand management and energy efficiency solutions, today announced the release of its Apollo(R) Demand Response Management System, a SmartGrid industry first. Designed for direct load control, price response, and messaging, the Apollo Platform(R) will manage residential and commercial demand management resources, while incorporating capabilities for plug-in hybrid and Electric Vehicle control, renewable resource management and future SmartGrid resources as they become part of their utility customers' portfolio of assets.
Apollo has already garnered significant industry acceptance; it is a key element of the Progress Energy Carolina EnergyWise(TM) demand response system to be designed and built by Comverge. Apollo will also be deployed by PEPCO Holdings, Inc.. Comverge customers currently operating the Comverge LMS system will have the opportunity to migrate to the powerful and versatile Apollo platform.
Key features of the upcoming Apollo Platform include:
-- Open architecture based on enterprise software standards using the latest in web technologies.
-- Seamless management of assets including demand response control devices, programmable communicating thermostats, in-home displays, commercial and industrial control systems, PHEVs and renewable energy resources.
-- Intuitive operations providing system operators pin-point load reduction information.
-- Compliant with NERC security standards.
-- Integrated support for a variety of communicating devices and legacy demand response equipment,
-- Real-time operational performance analysis and optimization capabilities.
-- Web Service based architecture for integration with Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and other utility back office systems, regardless of the communication method or network.
"With Apollo, utilities will be able to further leverage their smart grid investments using a state-of-the-art platform. As the cornerstone of Comverge's new breed of applications and systems, Apollo will provide our customers with a transitional platform that supports the traditional demand response systems of today yet is capable of integrating AMI and SmartGrid systems of the future," said Bud Vos, Comverge's Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Vos added, "For the first time, Apollo users will be able to enjoy an integrated experience - ranging from customer service, utility operations, customer portals and program administration - that enables scalable utility operations for the SmartGrid. Comverge welcomes our customers to learn more about the innovative Apollo platform at our DistribuTECH Exhibition booth number 320, where we will be demonstrating Apollo's unique features.
Robert M. Chiste, chairman, president and CEO of Comverge, stated "We welcome the opportunity to take this leadership position by introducing Apollo as another important stepping stone to advance AMI and smart grid applications and deployments."
Comverge, with over 2200 megawatts of clean energy capacity under management, 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 www.comverge.com. Apollo and Apollo Platform are registered trademarks of Comverge, Inc.
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