Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Candi Controls, IPKeys to extend smart grid to "everyday" devices

Iain Morris
April 29, 2014
Internet of Things (IoT) players Candi Controls and IPKeys Technologies have teamed up to support the extension of smart-grid technologies to a range of everyday devices, including thermostats, lights, load switches, solar power and appliance products.

The companies say they will collaborate on integrating IPKey’s (Eatontown, NJ, USA) OpenADR 2.0b-certified EISSClient 2.0 technology with Candi’s (Lafayette, CA, USA) PowerTools data framework, allowing price and demand signals from the smart grid to reach a selection of popular devices for the first time.

They say that be extending smart-grid communications to the IoT they will enable many more homes and businesses to reduce energy costs, helping energy companies to more effectively manage load on the power grid.

“Leveraging IPKeys’ software shortened our development time to link with OpenADR 2.0b-certified systems,” said Steve Raschke, chief executive of Candi Controls. “This collaboration will help simplify and propagate demand response-based energy efficiency to millions of off-the-shelf commercial and consumer devices via the latest OpenADR data profile, benefitting energy consumers and utilities alike.”

IPKeys said the collaboration would support wider interoperability with building management and energy controls.
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