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TMCNet:  Echelon-powered Cemig 'City of the Future' pilot in Brazil emphasizes customer engagement

[December 18, 2012]

Echelon-powered Cemig 'City of the Future' pilot in Brazil emphasizes customer engagement

Dec 18, 2012 (TELECOMWORLDWIRE via COMTEX) -- Echelon Corp. (NASDAQ: ELON) announced a 1,500 unit pilot in Brazil through its partner ELO at Cemig's city of the Future project in the Sete Lagoas region.

Cemig is the largest power company in Brazil, serving over 7 million customers in 774 municipalities. Echelon is providing smart metering sub-systems to ELO, leveraging its proven Energy Control Networking Platform. With some of the highest non-technical loss rates in the world, and increased use of distributed generation, the Brazilian market needs a multi-application smart grid infrastructure such as the Echelon solution that encompasses more than just traditional metering.
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Cemig's city of the Future project is designed to assess the capability and benefits of the adoption of a Smart Grid for future deployment. Its primary goals are to motivate customer engagement through meter installation, workshops, and monitoring and to validate new services, assess benefits, and improve operational efficiency for advanced metering infrastructure and distribution automation. The Sete Lagoas region includes 95,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers. Sete Lagoas was chosen because it includes a range of old and new infrastructure within high, medium and low voltage, telecommunications systems, offering a heterogeneous network, economic profile, and range of applications.

Echelon Corp. is an energy control networking company, with the world's most widely deployed proven, open standard, multi-application platform, selling complete systems and embedded sub-systems for smart grid, smart city and smart building applications.

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