Control4 Energy Systems and Lockheed Martin Collaborate to Deliver Integrated Residential Energy Management Solutions for Utilities
TAMPA, Fla., 03/23/2010 -- Control4, a leader in affordable IP-based home control systems, and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] announced today an agreement to integrate Lockheed Martin's SEEload™ Demand Response Management solution with the Control4® Energy Management System 100 (EMS 100). The integrated solution will provide a complete residential energy management solution that will give consumers greater control over their energy usage and enable utilities to deploy a flexible and secure demand response (DR) platform.
The combination will make it easy for utilities to deploy residential energy solutions that will help consumers better manage their energy consumption and better manage peak loads through demand response programs.
"Demand response is increasingly viewed as an essential way to meet growing demand, to comply with peak load and emissions reduction targets, and to help customers control energy costs," said Larry Easton, director of Ventures for Lockheed Martin's Information Systems & Global Services-Defense. "The integration of SEEload with the EMS 100 platform will make it easier for utilities to deploy secure, scalable and flexible energy management solutions to their residential customers."
SEEload is one of Lockheed Martin's SEEsuite Smart Grid Command and Control™ applications, and enables utilities and independent system operators to precisely and easily manage demand response events across an entire distribution network, including substations and individual feeders. SEEload provides complete DR life cycle management, including DR program definition and customer enrollment, real-time DR event management, and post-event DR analytics.
"Our EMS 100 is a powerful platform for both consumers and utilities to better manage energy use and costs," said Richard Walker, President, Control4® Energy Systems. "By integrating Lockheed Martin's SEEload software into our energy management platform we will create a high-value, seamless energy management solution for utilities."
Powered by the Control4® ADVANTAGE software, the EMS 100 is designed to help utilities drive efficiency and DR programs, particularly during peak load and pricing periods. Control4® ADVANTAGE will integrate with existing DR, load management and third party advance metering initiative (AMI) solutions and enable utilities to easily manage and upgrade in-home energy devices across a network of households. Analytics are at the heart of the offering and Control4® ADVANTAGE analyzes in-home usage data to provide the utility's load management system the information needed to optimize demand response and energy efficiency programs.
In the home, the EMS 100 includes an in-home energy controller, the Control4® EC-100, and a ZigBee HA wireless thermostat, the Control4® WT-100. With Control4® ADVANTAGE, Control4's EMS 100 empowers consumers with real-time information about their energy usage and costs. Coupled with intelligent automation and control of ZigBee HA thermostats and other smart devices throughout the house, the EMS 100 is designed to drive further savings for homeowners. By delivering a new standard for consumer engagement, Control4 can secure broader participation in efficiency and demand response programs, facilitating a network effect across thousands of households, for maximum impact.
Control4, a leading provider of the operating system for the smart home, delivers intelligent control of consumer electronics products, appliances and networking systems through an easy-to-use and intuitive software interface. Founded in 2003, the company delivers affordable automation and control of lighting, music, video, HVAC, security, and energy management systems to the broad market through more than 1,600 custom integrators, retail outlets, and distributors in over 40 countries. Control4 is the platform of choice for major consumer electronics companies, hotels, businesses and utilities that require an intelligent, open and affordable control solution.
About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation reported 2009 sales of $45.2 billion.