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Why NES

The NES System is an award-winning smart grid infrastructure solution, based on Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP). NES’ smart grid technology is used in nearly 40 million smart meters and other smart end devices around the world. NES offers industry leading security built into its three tier Patagonia Platform. The most reliable smart metering solution in the industry, delivering 99.8% daily availability of meter data. The NES System offers a unique power line technology that enables grid mapping, automatic topology management, and many more low voltage grid applications. NES has more than 100 existing smart metering / smart grid projects and pilots in more than 25 different countries.

Our Vision

We share your vision of enabling the transition to smart sustainable energy.

Our Mission

When you think of the best smart grid solutions around the globe, you think NES – industry leading technology to conserve fossil fuels and contribute to a cleaner environment, and protect access to the world’s energy.

Our Legacy

1988

Silicon Valley Founded by AC Markkula

Launch of 1st control networking platorm
 

1988

1998

IPO

Enel chooses NES PLC chips forIts own smart meter system

2000

2002

Nuon deploys the NES smart metering solution for both its electric and gas customers in the Netherland

1st Utlity to embrace NESS mart grid solution platorm

2005

2008

Philips selects NES Platorm for street lightng

Duke Energy selects NES platorm

2009

2012

OSGP Gains Approval for EU M490 Smart Grid Standards Mandate

Tauron deploys OSGP soluton with multple meter suppliers
 

2014

2014

Echelon spins of its grid modernizaton business to form networked energy services corporaton

Patagonia Security Platorm becomes available for new & existng customers
 

2015

2015

 
Launch of Gen 4 Soluton Product Range

Introducton of Smart GridEnergy Applicatons for Vatenfall, Smart City Gotland Project

2017

2017

 
Launch of Grid Flow

Extension of Wroclaw Smart City Project

2017

2017

 
Launch of Grid Navigator

Launch of P2P Meters
 

2017

2018

G3-PLC Trials

Major new deals in Romania, Denmark, etc..

2018

2018

 
Extended remote control & automation with new Dual Relay solutons

Introducton of Grid Watch & Grid Operatons

2018


NES was formed as a result of the spinoff of Echelon Corporation’s Grid Modernization Division in October 2014. However, the beginnings of NES go back much further than October 2014. Echelon Corporation was founded in 1988 by A. C. "Mike" Markkula, an original principal in Apple Computer, and led by M. Kenneth Oshman, one of the four founders of Rolm Corporation. Mike Markula was an angel investor for Apple Computer and also the second CEO of Apple Computer. The original vision for computer networking - connecting all kinds of devices ranging from industrial components to refrigerators and thermostats in the home - was ahead of its time. It ultimately found expression in systems that insure efficient energy use, known today as the “smart grid” and “IOT or the Internet of Things.” Echelon started as a private company that later successfully completed a public offering in July 1998.

NES has more than 20 years of experience working with utilities companies worldwide to supply the infrastructure for automation and value-added services for a broad range of applications. Ever since its birth, NES has been deeply involved in the world’s leading networked smart metering system deployments for utilities and DSOs, including more than 100 smart metering / smart grid projects and pilots in more than 25 different countries. In June 2000, Echelon entered into a research and development agreement with Enel, the world’s largest publicly traded utility, under which we integrated our PLC technology into Enel’s remote metering project in Italy. In this project, the largest meter replacement and upgrade project ever undertaken in the world, Enel replaced its more than 30 million existing stand-alone electricity meters with powerline communicating solid-state meters. Our NES System builds upon the same core PLC communications technology, data concentrator technology and open standards employed in Enel’s Contatore Elettronico project and provides utilities with an extremely cost-effective system that can be deployed quickly to deliver immediate cost savings and operational improvements.

In September 2002, Echelon began a technology trial with Continuon Netbeheer, a leading Dutch utility grid operator and subsidiary of the Dutch utility Nuon, now known as Alliander. The initial trial progressed to a larger deployment of the initial NES system, including the first of its kind joint deployment of smart electric meters and smart gas meters on the same communications infrastructure, with full connectivity through to Continuon’s information systems and business processes. Following these projects, NES has worked on numerous advanced smart grid meter deployments with large utilities such as Vattenfall and E.ON in Sweden, Fortum (Caruna) in Finland, Duke Energy in the U.S, Tauron in Poland, SEAS-NVE (Cerius), NRGi (Konstant), EnergiMidt (Eniig) and ELRO in Denmark, and Alliander in the Netherlands as well as numerous other deployments and trials with utilities throughout the world. Today, NES’ smart grid technology is used in more than 40 million smart meters and other smart end devices around the world.

In the early stages of its existence, the NES System was composed primarily of Smart Meters, Data Concentrators and a head-end data collection system. The collection of devices and software tools that comprise the NES System has expanded since that time. In 2017, the Patagonia Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM) was launched with two applications in hand: Grid Navigator and Grid Flow. Grid Navigator is the analytics foundation of the Energy Applications Platform and provides the essential visibility of the Low Voltage grid while Grid Flow allows utilities to take preventive action based on insights related to power quality issues and load imbalances. Two new applications, Grid Watch and Grid Operations, were added to the EAP suite in 2018 to provide security teams with clear indicators of cyber threat and attack and support utilities in achieving the desired level of operational competence quickly.

These smart grid applications followed the introduction of OSGP (Open Smart Grid Protocol) Modules. OSGP Modules vastly expanded the capacities of the NES system by providing the capacity to transform basic electric meter and devices into smart, communicating meters capable of interoperating with the Networked Energy Services (NES) system in much the same fashion that meters manufactured by NES do. As part of this effort, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) published the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP). This specification, based largely on the way the NES system is designed, defines an open standard for smart grid device communication on networks such as the NES System, providing even more opportunity for the NES system to grow.

NES has continuously focused on improving and expanding its features and portfolio of products over the years. Some examples include a highly advanced Distributed Control Node that offers significant improvements over the earlier Data Concentrator models, new Generation of Smart Meters, and new tools to assist with the deployment and operation of the system.

NES looks forward to continuing to evolve and improve these products to offer the best and most efficient smart grid networking options possible.

NES was formed as a result of the spinoff of Echelon Corporation’s Grid Modernization Division in October 2014. However, the beginnings of NES go back much further than October 2014. Echelon Corporation was founded in 1988 by A. C. "Mike" Markkula, an original principal in Apple Computer, and led by M. Kenneth Oshman, one of the four founders of Rolm Corporation. Mike Markula was an angel investor for Apple Computer and also the second CEO of Apple Computer. The original vision for computer networking - connecting all kinds of devices ranging from industrial components to refrigerators and thermostats in the home - was ahead of its time. It ultimately found expression in systems that insure efficient energy use, known today as the “smart grid” and “IOT or the Internet of Things.” Echelon started as a private company that later successfully completed a public offering in July 1998.

NES has more than 20 years of experience working with utilities companies worldwide to supply the infrastructure for automation and value-added services for a broad range of applications. Ever since its birth, NES has been deeply involved in the world’s leading networked smart metering system deployments for utilities and DSOs, including more than 100 smart metering / smart grid projects and pilots in more than 25 different countries. In June 2000, Echelon entered into a research and development agreement with Enel, the world’s largest publicly traded utility, under which we integrated our PLC technology into Enel’s remote metering project in Italy. In this project, the largest meter replacement and upgrade project ever undertaken in the world, Enel replaced its more than 30 million existing stand-alone electricity meters with powerline communicating solid-state meters. Our NES System builds upon the same core PLC communications technology, data concentrator technology and open standards employed in Enel’s Contatore Elettronico project and provides utilities with an extremely cost-effective system that can be deployed quickly to deliver immediate cost savings and operational improvements.

In September 2002, Echelon began a technology trial with Continuon Netbeheer, a leading Dutch utility grid operator and subsidiary of the Dutch utility Nuon, now known as Alliander. The initial trial progressed to a larger deployment of the initial NES system, including the first of its kind joint deployment of smart electric meters and smart gas meters on the same communications infrastructure, with full connectivity through to Continuon’s information systems and business processes. Following these projects, NES has worked on numerous advanced smart grid meter deployments with large utilities such as Vattenfall and E.ON in Sweden, Fortum (Caruna) in Finland, Duke Energy in the U.S, Tauron in Poland, SEAS-NVE (Cerius), NRGi (Konstant), EnergiMidt (Eniig) and ELRO in Denmark, and Alliander in the Netherlands as well as numerous other deployments and trials with utilities throughout the world. Today, NES’ smart grid technology is used in more than 40 million smart meters and other smart end devices around the world.

In the early stages of its existence, the NES System was composed primarily of Smart Meters, Data Concentrators and a head-end data collection system. The collection of devices and software tools that comprise the NES System has expanded since that time. In 2017, the Patagonia Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM) was launched with two applications in hand: Grid Navigator and Grid Flow. Grid Navigator is the analytics foundation of the Energy Applications Platform and provides the essential visibility of the Low Voltage grid while Grid Flow allows utilities to take preventive action based on insights related to power quality issues and load imbalances. Two new applications, Grid Watch and Grid Operations, were added to the EAP suite in 2018 to provide security teams with clear indicators of cyber threat and attack and support utilities in achieving the desired level of operational competence quickly.

These smart grid applications followed the introduction of OSGP (Open Smart Grid Protocol) Modules. OSGP Modules vastly expanded the capacities of the NES system by providing the capacity to transform basic electric meter and devices into smart, communicating meters capable of interoperating with the Networked Energy Services (NES) system in much the same fashion that meters manufactured by NES do. As part of this effort, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) published the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP). This specification, based largely on the way the NES system is designed, defines an open standard for smart grid device communication on networks such as the NES System, providing even more opportunity for the NES system to grow.

NES has continuously focused on improving and expanding its features and portfolio of products over the years. Some examples include a highly advanced Distributed Control Node that offers significant improvements over the earlier Data Concentrator models, new Generation of Smart Meters, and new tools to assist with the deployment and operation of the system.

NES looks forward to continuing to evolve and improve these products to offer the best and most efficient smart grid networking options possible.

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Declaration of Recyclable Products

NES has active programs focused on compliance with EU environmental laws. In addition, as part of our design efforts, we strive to make use of recyclable materials wherever possible and to minimize internal power consumption. Some examples demonstrating NES’s use of recyclable materials in NES meters include the meter cover and terminal block. The meter cover is made of ABS/PC plastic, and is recyclable. The terminal block is made of polycarbonate plastic (with brass inserts), and is also recyclable. In fact, based on the weight of NES meters, approximately 80% of the meter is recyclable. In addition, NES uses recycled, recyclable, and/or reusable materials where practical for our product packaging and shipping.

Reducing Energy and Waste

NES encourages recycling both in the office and at home including recycling of computers and other electronics as well as paper and other office material. NES promotes and supports energy efficiency and energy management. In addition, NES’s technology and products enable smart energy solutions across a wide range of markets, including commercial buildings, smart homes, industrial plants, mining operations, schools, streetlights, warehouses, electric vehicle charging, solar farms, and advanced metering infrastructures. Our corporate headquarters in San Jose, California, is proof that we practice what we preach. The building's key subsystems are integrated into one simplified control network that provides energy management services that assist in minimizing energy

Management
David Thomson President & CEO

As President & CEO, David Thomson provides the overall vision and leadership for the company and is responsible for the execution of its overall strategy.  With the core purpose to help its global customers improve overall safety, reliability and efficiency, David is driving NES to continue its industry leadership with innovation designed to provide its customers a proven and secure product platform with the applications and technology to help them achieve their modernization objectives.

David has many years of leadership experience within the Energy sector, and within Smart Metering, previously leading the European sales organization of Honeywell Smart Energy, and holding the position of MD of Honeywell Smart Energy UK. He spent 11 years with the Elster Group, and was part of the senior team responsible for its sale to Honeywell. Prior to this, he ran a global non-utility electricity metering business within Invensys plc, and has held leadership positions within the Automotive and Logistics industries. David holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Loughborough University, and started his career qualifying as a Chartered Management Accountant in the UK within the Energy sector.

Jonathan Watt Chief Performance & Supply Chain Officer

As Chief Performance & Supply Chain Officer, Jonathan Watt is responsible for all Supply Chain and Procurement activities. Jonathan is a qualified Engineer and MBA holder. He has more than 30 years’ experience leading businesses, Sales, Supply Chain and critical projects across automotive, aerospace, technology, industrial and energy. Jonathan held several Supply Chain & Procurement senior positions, including CPO at Elster/Honeywell and Interim Chief Procurement Officer at Honeywell responsible for the introduction of Smart Metering Supply Chain.Working closely with the technical team and other business leaders, his focus will be to drive improvement projects across the organization, ensuring best practices are applied. His priority is to ensure that we optimize our sourcing and supply chain processes, and to manage supplier performance and relationships.

Andy Robinson Chief Technical Officer & VP Engineering

As the Chief Operating & Technology Officer for NES, Andy Robinson is responsible for the engineering department and the technical vision for NES. Andy works directly with development groups to determine product strategy, identify new technologies and ensure best practices in Design for Manufacturing (DFM) and Design for Reliability (DFR).

Andy has been a key participant in many industry firsts, such as the first high volume Power Line Communications deployment, and has spent the last 25 years developing the world’s most advanced AMR/AMI/Smart Grid Systems leading to over 40 million meters successfully deployed in the UK, Northern/Central Europe, North America, Russia, South America and Australasia. He held the roles of program manager, lead designer and manufacturing consultant for ENEL in Italy, first developing and then deploying one of the world’s largest and most successful grid modernization programs, before joining Echelon in 2003 and helping establish NES as a worldwide leader in Smart Grid technology He has participated in the creation of several international metering standards and holds multiple patents in the field of metering and instrumentation. Andy has a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.

Layal Hassani Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer for NES, Layal is responsible for all of NES’ global finance functions and activities, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, and ERP. She is also in charge of identifying inefficiencies, implementing cost-reduction measures and ensuring that resources were allocated correctly to guarantee the financial health of the organization. Layal holds a master’s degree and a B.S. in Finance from the American University of Science and Technology, with 15 years of experience at senior and managerial positions in Accounting and Finance across different industries, including, Oil & Gas, Construction, Real Estate and Smart Energy. Throughout her career, she participated in the development of financial plans and budgets for organizations & the implementation of financial functions and processes.

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