GERMANTOWN, Md. - Telkonet Inc., a leading provider of integrated energy management, networking, building automation, and support services, announced that it has been granted four new patents, augmenting its overall total to 12. The powerline communications (PLC) patents reflect the company’s development of innovative networking methods, using PLC technology in commercial and residential multi-dwelling (MDU) properties. Telkonet has also received a patent for its advanced thermostat design, incorporated within the Telkonet SmartEnergy™ in-room, occupancy-driven energy management system, which is designed to reduce HVAC costs by eliminating wasted heating and cooling of vacant rooms.

President and CEO Jason Tienor stated, “We are consistently looking for new ways to enhance the efficiency and performance of our products, and invest extensively in this activity. These new patents are important additions to an already strong portfolio. Telkonet’s commitment to innovate is central to our success, keeping us at the forefront of the hospitality, MDU, education, and utility markets.”

Integrated into the Telkonet iWire System™ and the Telkonet Series 5™ products, the company’s latest PLC patents are said to involve delivering optimum performance with consistent signal levels and fast network speeds, providing effective ways to couple the PLC signal into multiple electrical panels and three-phase meter banks, respectively. Telkonet’s patented PLC systems convert a site’s existing internal electrical infrastructure into an IP network backbone, without requiring CAT-5 wiring, reducing costs and installation time, says the company.

Telkonet SmartEnergy realizes energy savings by deploying occupancy sensors with smart, programmable thermostats or energy management controllers, to adjust and maintain a room’s temperature according to occupancy, and avoid any unnecessary heating or cooling of vacant rooms. Additionally, the system reduces the run-time of HVAC equipment, to help decrease maintenance overhead and extend the equipment’s working life.

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Publication date:09/29/2008