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Echelon Corp., a control networking platform provider, has unveiled the DCN 3000 distributed control node, a multi-protocol, multi-application platform designed to help electric utilities accelerate and simplify their grid modernization and optimization programs.

As a data concentrator and applications processor, Echelon says the DCN 3000 manages smart meters, sensors and other grid devices on the low-voltage grid. Its ARM processor and Linux-based platform support the latest security and networking features, as well as drivers and distributed applications that allow utilities to adapt to changing requirements, integrate new technologies and progress toward their grid modernization goals, the company reports.

Echelon notes that the DCN 3000 is a backward-compatible replacement for its DC-1000 line of data concentrator products.

"The DCN 3000 combines the performance of very high-cost proprietary data concentrators with an extensible, open-system approach that delivers unprecedented value and flexibility to utilities focused on improving customer satisfaction and managing an increasingly fluid environment," says Echelon's Michael Anderson. "This next-generation distributed control node enables utilities to map the low-voltage grid while monitoring grid health and preventing problems more effectively than previously possible."

Echelon adds that it has early customer trials on the DCN 3000 planned for the end of this year, with broader availability of the trial program in February 2014 and general availability of the DCN 3000 in March 2014.

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