July 10, 2008

HCL Infosystems Becomes Value-Added Reseller for Echelon NES System

Networking company Echelon has announced that HCL Infosystems has become a value-added reseller of its Networked Energy Services advanced metering system in India.

HCL Infosystems is an information and communication technologies system integrator, specializing in infrastructure projects including power and utility systems.

Echelon said that, with an estimated 56% of rural households and 12% of urban households still without adequate access to electricity and peak power shortage of around 15%, availability of power is viewed as critically linked to the ability of India's economy to maintain its current 9% annual growth rate.

The networking company said that India's power ministry plans to provide electricity to every household by 2012, at an investment of over $100 billion in new generation, transmission, distribution and rural electric infrastructure.

Echelon's Networked Energy Services advanced metering system can reportedly make the energy grid more efficient by enabling utilities to implement direct load control and demand response programs, limit maximum energy consumption during times of peak demand and detect and reduce meter tampering and energy theft.

HCL plans to market the solution to utilities looking to improve power delivery while reducing operation costs, and to provide revenue recovery and protection.