Alektrona’s Z-Aperture Energy Management Hub First to Receive ZigBee Smart Energy 1.1 Certification and Golden Unit Status

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A proponent of open standards and interoperability, Alektrona continues on path with latest Smart Energy certification of its energy management hub.

Alektrona Corporation announced today that its Z-Aperture energy management hub received ZigBee Smart Energy 1.1 certification. The device is also a Golden Unit – serving as the benchmark for future product certifications. “We are pleased to, again, be amongst leading vendors to have our product certified,” said Jim Higgins, Vice President of Engineering.

The Z-Aperture also received certification for the optional Over The Air upgrade feature, which standardizes updating other devices like load controllers, thermostats, and displays. “Alektrona’s energy management hub is ‘backwards’ and ‘forwards’ compatible,” noted Higgins. “This means our hub can easily communicate with and upgrade other devices, irrespective of versions and provide a migration path to Smart Energy 2.0.”

Alektrona’s energy management hub solves communications complexities inherent in multi-device, multi-vendor smart-grid systems. “Our energy management hub allows energy solution providers to build a ‘best of breed’ advanced metering system, demand response program, or energy management system that fits their customers' needs and budget,” added Higgins

Since 2004, Alektrona has been a contributing member of the ZigBee Alliance. Alektrona is co-author of Smart Energy 1.0, the maker of the first and only ZigBee Smart Energy 1.0 certified energy services portal that, like the newer energy management hub, is also a Golden Unit.

“We are an active member in the ZigBee Alliance, because we believe open standards will accelerate innovation and help everyone to more quickly realize the potential of the smart grid,” noted Higgins.

About ZigBee

ZigBee offers green and global wireless standards connecting the widest range of devices to work together intelligently and help you control your world. The ZigBee Alliance is an open, non- profit association of approximately 400 organizations driving development of innovative, reliable and easy-to-use ZigBee standards. The Alliance promotes worldwide adoption of ZigBee as the leading wirelessly networked, sensing and control standard for use in consumer, commercial and industrial areas. For more information, visit:

About Alektrona

Alektrona specializes in unifying open-standards products within energy management systems, and helping energy solution providers better serve their customers’ energy needs. Our Z-Aperture energy management hub provides edge connectivity and intelligence for standards based energy devices and energy management applications. We make it easier and more reliable for smart grid companies to deliver advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), demand response (DR) management, and other energy-related applications and services. Alektrona’s solution leads the industry in connectivity robustness, interoperability, security, scalability and functionality – allowing smart grid companies to focus on their customers’ energy needs.


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