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NTS Selected by PG&E as First Provider of ZigBee HAN Device Validation Testing

January 15, 2014

NTS was recently chosen by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) as the first outside lab to provide validation testing of HAN (Home Area Network) devices for use with PG&E’s SmartMeters™.

PGE SmartMeter infographic
Infographic from PGE.com

HAN In-Home Display devices show how much electricity is being used in real-time to help consumers make educated choices in their energy use. Based on a PG&E-developed procedure, NTS is testing these devices to verify that they can correctly communicate with the PG&E SmartMeter.

The test is performed using actual PG&E SmartMeters installed in the NTS Advanced Technology facility specifically for this purpose.

If you are a device manufacturer looking to get a product validated for PG&E the following is a list of high-level steps you must complete:

  • Download the Joint CA IOU Application form from PGE.com and send the completed copy to HANvalidation@pge.com. All products tested for PG&E validation will require prior certification to the ZigBee Smart Energy standard.
  • PG&E will let the device manufacturer know via email if the application was/was not accepted.  If the application is accepted, the email will instruct the vendor to contact NTS at pgehan@nts.com for information on testing, including the necessary contract and payment for testing, as well as shipping information.
  • NTS will then conduct testing of the device manufacturer’s product and provide a Test Report back to PG&E.
  • PG&E will then review the Test Report & notify the device manufacturer if their product has successfully completed testing.

Products which successfully complete testing are listed on PG&E’s website.

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