Comverge DirectLink Solutions Receive 2014 Smart Grid Product of the Year Award

NORCROSS, Ga., June 2, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Comverge, Inc., the leading provider of Intelligent Energy Management solutions, announced today that its DirectLink product suite has received a 2014 Smart Grid Product of the Year Award from, a TMC and Crossfire Media sponsored technology media website. Designed to make implementing demand response programs with two-way communications significantly more cost effective, the Comverge IntelliTEMP DirectLink smart thermostats and IntelliPEAK DirectLink control switches use IP-based communications to enable a two-way information exchange without the need of a gateway. When used in conjunction with Comverge IntelliSOURCE software, the DirectLink devices enable simultaneous, "always-on" connections with hundreds of thousands of endpoints, thereby increasing the reliability, predictability and availability of demand response resources.

"It is my pleasure to recognize Comverge with a Smart Grid Product of the Year Award for its contribution to the advancement of smart grid technologies," said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. "I look forward to seeing more innovation from Comverge in the coming year."

"The solutions that have been selected for the 2014 Smart Grid Product of the Year Award reflect the diverse range of innovation driving this market. Congratulations to Comverge which exemplified the best of smart grid technologies in the past year," said Carl Ford, CEO & Community Developer, Crossfire Media.

With the DirectLink product suite, Comverge is driving down the cost of implementing two-way demand response programs. By leveraging broadband communications, the thermostat and switches provide utilities with significant flexibility in deploying targeted and cost-effective demand response programs. The always-on nature of the DirectLink devices provides utilities with instant insight to resource availability, which enables the Comverge IntelliSOURCE advanced applications for demand management optimization to give utilities unparalleled levels of reliability, predictability and availability when forecasting and executing demand response control events.

"DirectLink delivers a powerful combination: reduced costs associated with the deployment of sophisticated demand-side management programs, and the ability to deliver rapid, two-way communications between utilities and their customers," said Mike Ratliff, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Comverge. "Our DirectLink product suite reflects our commitment to providing our customers with a variety of communications options for their demand management program. We're pleased that TMC and Crossfire Media have recognized the innovation behind DirectLink by naming it a Smart Grid Product of the Year."

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About Comverge

Comverge delivers a comprehensive suite of intelligent energy management solutions that enable utilities, grid operators, and commercial and industrial organizations to optimize their energy usage in order to reduce costs, meet regulatory requirements, and support sustainability initiatives. With 30 years of experience helping customers implement innovative demand-side management programs, Comverge has deployed more than five and a half million energy management devices, recruited over one million residential customers into mass market demand response programs, and served thousands of commercial & industrial customers. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter at @Comverge.

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