Mitsubishi Electric Corp. will globally enhance business relating to smart meters, which are advanced electricity meters with communication functions, in collaboration with its partner Echelon Corp. Mitsubishi Electric will integrate Echelon's Open Smart Grid Protocol into its lineup of smart meter products, which are designed for international markets.
Mitsubishi Electric's new smart meters will incorporate grid-sensing and communication technologies based on Echelon's OGSP and its Networked Energy Services (NES) software as well as Mitsubishi Electric's proprietary sensing and metering technologies. The products will be manufactured at Mitsubishi Electric Automation (Thailand) Co., Ltd. in Bangkok, Thailand and PT. MELCOINDA in Bogor, Indonesia, both international subsidiaries of Mitsubishi Electric.
Mitsubishi Electric launched its electricity meter business at its Fukuyama Works, Japan, in 1946. Since then, the company has worked to steadily expand this business globally, developing satellite production facilities internationally to meet local demand. In recent years, the company's focus has turned to smart meters.