Powerhouse is a ready-to-install module which addresses the rapidly growing segment of the energy measurement market that is being driven by the requirement to have real-time information about the
electricity usage of household products, building automation devices, data centers servers and factory automation to name a few. The module is based on the highly accurate energy measurement device from Cirrus Logic and the proven Power Line Communication technology from Echelon. Due to the high integration of the measurement, control and communication functions the module comes in a very small form factor which even fits in a wall plug. To set up an installation in a home for example, just connect the modules to the powerline and the system is ready to report energy consumption or switch on and off the power of each single metering point. This easy binding is achieved with the Interoperable Self-Installation (ISI) from Echelon. With the ISI protocol, devices can self-install automatically or at the push of a button.
Avnet Memec has developed an end to end reference platform for energy monitoring. The building blocks include our Powerhouse Module directly monitoring usage and providing a local communications path over the power line. The smart server together with a GSM modem provides a gateway to the internet. A web page served by the gateway can be accessed by any web browser on a PC or smart device. For true M2M connectivity a managed cellular network is accessed through the Porthos management platform which provides the reliability and control required for industrial applications.
- Highest accuracy
- Smallest form factor
- Plug and play
- Ease of installation
- Low power solution