Plogg, the Configurable ZigBee Smart Plug

By Energy Optimizers Limited, PRNE
Sunday, November 14, 2010

Plogg Smart Meter Plug Provides Customized Wireless Intelligence for Smart Homes And Buildings

GRIMSBY, England, November 15, 2010 - Energy Optimizers Limited (EOL) (
has launched a new version of its existing plug-in electricity meter which
can be configured to host alternative embedded radio modules and modified
for customised user interfaces.

The plogg ( is a combined smart
meter plug and data logger, based on Ember's EM357 ZigBee wireless technology
and Teridian's 6511 metering chip. It can be attached to any electrical
appliance or device that uses a standard mains socket plug in either Schuko,
UK, French or USA mains outlet formats. The plogg stores the measured
electricity data and wirelessly communicates this information to either a PC,
an Internet-linked Ethernet gateway or a ZigBee installed Smart Meter.

The plogg's Software Development Toolkit has been designed specifically
to provide support for systems integrators and developers. Universities
across Europe are using the plogg in a wide range of studies on new designs
for building management and social networking systems. Researchers at the
University of Cyprus have deployed new web enabling technologies on the plogg
using RESTful architecture and 6LoWPAN stack in order to leverage existing
social networking infrastructures such as Facebook into the Smart Home to
give a shared social experience. Research at the Universities of Zaragoza,
Passau and of Kosice, are using the plogg as part of assisted living systems
in the European-wide study, MonAMi.

"Availability of the API was the key factor in our decision to select the
Plogg" said Dr. Alex Rogers of the University of Southampton, "The PC based
manager was useful but the availability of a basic API on which bespoke data
collection code could be built was key."

In commercial installations interoperability with other manufacturer's
smart meters, programmable thermostats, in-premises displays and energy
service portals is achieved with the addition of ZigBee SE, the leading
secure protocol for integrating Home Area Networks with Smart Meters.

About Energy Optimizers Limited

Energy Optimizers Limited ( manufactures Smart
Grid technologies for load profiling, demand response, distributed generation
and renewables markets. Their Smart Grid Technologies include wireless
gateways, smart meter plugs and load controls for domestic and commercial
appliances. Energy Optimizers Limited participates in a number of publicly
funded European research and development projects.

Further information sources

Contact: Shaun Merrick, Energy Optimizers Limited, Estate Road 1, Grimsby, DN31 2TB, UK, +44(0)1472-266731, shaun at

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