Digi International announced a ZigBee-based home energy gateway that runs Linux on a Freescale i.MX28 processor. Compliant with the upcoming Smart Energy 2.0 standard, the “ConnectPort X2e for Smart Energy” enables ZigBee devices on a Home Area Network (HAN) to communicate with an energy service provider, says the company.
The ConnectPort X2e for Smart Energy is a low-cost, yet “enhanced” version of Digi’s ZigBee Smart Energy Gateways, says the company. The device is compliant with Digi’s own X-Grid Solutions standard, enabling connections to “numerous types of devices to enable a wide range of services,” says the company. These are said to include utility meters, programmable communicating thermostats (PCTs), and in-home displays.