September 10, 2008

Hitachi and Carina to Offer Utility Information Solutions Over GPON Network

Hitachi Telecom USA is partnering with energy intelligence solutions provider Carina Technology to offer the complementary advantages of reduced operational expense and increased revenue potential to utility companies that provide FTTP services using gigabit passive optical network technology.

In this application, the CarinaPoint Ethernet Metering Device (EMD) resides in a collar base mounted between the residential electric socket and the electric meter at the customer's premises. The CarinaPoint EMD is connected to the Hitachi AMN1220 gigabit passive optical network (GPON) system's optical network terminal (ONT) via ethernet. Meter and management data is exchanged in real-time via the GPON network between the meter and the utility's information systems. The AMN1220 ONT can also be powered externally from the CarinaPoint collar base.

It is claimed that the utility company can realize operational savings through the real-time ability to read customers' electric meters automatically, manage in-home devices for efficient management, manage pre-paid electricity service, and conduct peak demand power management functions over the FTTP infrastructure. Revenue can be generated from triple-play services, including video, data and voice and other applications that can be transported by the GPON network.

Jay Newkirk, CEO of Carina, said: "As we move toward new and more efficient energy solutions, broadband will be essential for utilities to provide the sophisticated distribution and management capabilities that will be needed. Because of the bandwidth capability of FTTH, we can bring this sophisticated digital grid to life today rather than five to 10 years from now."