Comverge Announces BPLConnectTM – a Broadband Over Power Line (BPL) Communications Module for Comverge Products
East Hanover, NJ - March 20, 2006: Comverge, Inc., the leading Demand Response
technology company, has announced the development of a Broadband-over-Power-Line (BPL)
communications module for its load management, automatic meter reading (AMR), and grid
management products. Through the use of BPLConnectTM, Comverge customers will be able to
seamlessly integrate Comverge technology onto a BPL network and thereby more fully evaluate
the technical and business benefits achievable through utility-side applications of BPL
"The utility industry is undergoing a remarkable transformation where many large electric utilities
are examining the use of advanced two-way communications solutions for AMR and load
management, made feasible by advances in communications technologies such as BPL.
Comverge recognizes this trend and is developing BPL-enabled technology in order to facilitate
the testing, pilot, and deployment of utility system solutions over a BPL network," said Bud Vos,
VP of Marketing and Strategy for Comverge, Inc.
Based on the Homeplug standard and compatible with BPL networks developed by Current
Communications, the Comverge BPLConnectTM module will support a wide range of products
- Digital Control UnitsTM – Load management control system for residential demand
- SuperStat#174; - Load management enabled programmable thermostat for residential
- Maingate#174; Home – A price responsive load management system that delivers precise
demand response through price signals.
- Maingate#174; Multi – A multi-dwelling solution for AMR and Demand Response.
- iSCADA RTU – A capacitor control replacement for pole-top SCADA applications.
As one of its core competencies (Innovation, Customer Intimacy, and Operational Excellence),
this kind of technological innovation is a key element of Comverge's commitment to continually
providing utilities state-of-the-art solutions to meet peak energy demand.
About Comverge, Inc.
Comverge, Inc., The Power in Power TechnologyTM is a leading Demand Response company
whose investors include Nth Power, EnerTech Capital, Data Systems & Software, Inc. (OTCBB:
DSSI), E.ON Venture Partners GmbH (NYSE: EON), Ridgewood Capital, Easton Hunt Capital
Partners, L.P., Norsk Hydro Technology Ventures (NYSE: NHY), Rockport Capital Partners,
Partners for Growth and Shell Internet Ventures, an affiliate of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of
Companies (NYSE: RD). Providing software and system solutions to over 500 clients in the
electric utility industry, Comverge implements both integrated and outsourced solution based
models for remote meter reading, distributed generation monitoring, and time-of-use billing and
demand response, and direct or voluntary load control initiatives. For more information visit www.comverge.com.