London, UK – December 6, 2011 – Lantronix, a leading global provider of smart connectivity solutions that enable virtually any electronic device or machine to communicate and share data with applications and business and technology professionals, and Quadlogic, a market leader in Power Line Communications metering technology, today announced that the Mall of America has upgraded its smart metering technology to provide accurate, real-time energy meter readings from anywhere at any time.
Originally installed over 20 years ago by Quadlogic, the metering infrastructure at the Mall of America was hard-wired directly into a larger system. A telephone line was required to transmit data from the central office. Mall of America elected to upgrade the entire submetering system, including the network communications technology, to decrease the time and cost associated with meter reading and billing. “We were spending significant time and money due to the inefficiencies of our legacy energy infrastructure and needed a cost-effective way to update the system. With the new system in place, we can remotely retrieve data from each of the 485+ store’s individual meters,” said Charlie Brantl, Engineering Manager, Mall of America. “It was important that the vendor we selected was reliable and provided a technology that worked. Having previously worked with Quadlogic, we knew they could provide a cost-effective, dependable system.”
As a result of the implementation, Lantronix device servers provided Mall of America with the ability to remotely access and monitor the smart meters using serial-to-Ethernet connectivity. Quadlogic installed 485 of its RSM-5 sub-metering products, 12 ST-5 Scan Transponders, and 20 Lantronix UDS1100 device servers at the 1.2 million square-foot retail and entertainment complex.
“We have seen an uptick in requests from our customers, such as Mall of America, wanting to shift from telephone service to network-enabled metering systems,” said Thomas George, Director, Technical Services at Quadlogic. “Lantronix’ USD1100 is an essential asset to our products, as the ability to flawlessly transmit data enables us to provide our customers with superior remote management benefits in our metering technology.”
Lantronix’ easy-to-configure UDS1100 allows Quadlogic to network its metering devices to provide customers with instant access to equipment and data.
“Lantronix provides its customers with smart connectivity solutions that allow companies to do more than ever before,” said Mak Manesh, Vice President of Product Management, Lantronix. “Providing our customers – such as Quadlogic – with device networking and real-time remote access technology is testament to our business.”
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About Mall of America
Mall of America is the nation’s largest retail and entertainment complex. At 4.2 million square feet, MOA is home to more than 520 world-class shops; Nickelodeon Universe®, the nation’s largest indoor family golf amusement park; SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, a 1.2 million gallon walk-through aquarium; Moose Mountain Adventure Golf; Theatres at Mall of America® – a 14-screen movie theater with VIP theatre and more. The Mall opened in August of 1992 and is located in Bloomington, Minn., just minutes from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul.
About Quadlogic Since 1982, Quadlogic has been committed to delivering highly accurate AMI meters and metering systems, designed for multi-tenant buildings. Using its patented Power Line Communications technology, which is integral to all QLC meters, QLC has developed the lowest possible cost of installation for meter systems. Quadlogic meter systems eliminate the need for walk-up and read, hard-wired networks, or RF emissions. QLC designs, assembles and calibrates its meters on-site at the company’s Long Island City, NY headquarters.
Quadlogic’s metering systems are installed in industrial, commercial and residential buildings and complexes, in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as Israel, Central and South America and the Caribbean. In addition, Quadlogic provides tenant electric billing services to the New York Metro market. For more information about Quadlogic, visit the web site at www.quadlogic.com.
Lantronix, Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRX) is a global leader of secure communication technologies that simplify access and communication with and between virtually any electronic device. Our smart connectivity solutions enable sharing data between devices and applications to empower businesses to make better decisions based on real-time information, and gain a competitive advantage by generating new revenue streams, improving productivity and increasing efficiency and profitability. Easy to integrate and deploy, Lantronix products remotely and securely connect electronic equipment via networks and the Internet. Founded in 1989, Lantronix serves some of the largest medical, security, industrial and building automation, transportation, retail/POS, financial, government, consumer electronics/appliances, IT/data center and pro-AV/signage entities in the world. The company’s headquarters are located in Irvine, Calif. For more information, visit www.lantronix.com.