How does TED Work?
STEP 1: Electricity flows from utility to a building's meter
Electricity travels from the utility to a building’s meter, where the utility measures the amount of electricity usage. Electricity then flows into a building’s breaker panel through two (residential) or three (commercial) main incoming conductors.
STEP 2: Device is installed inside the breaker panel
Inside the breaker panel, Current Transformers (CTs) are clamped around the main incoming wires to provide an accurate electrical reading of the amount of electricity the building is using. TED's clamps are sensitive to one watt with a +/- 1% accuracy.
STEP 3: TED Communicates over Existing Powerlines
Inside the breaker panel, the CTs are directly connected to a Measuring Transmitting Unit (MTU). The MTU sends the data via Powerline Carrier Communication (which travels over the existing power lines) so no additional wiring is needed.
STEP 4: Data is instantly collected, analyzed and stored
An Energy Control Center (TED Pro Series) or Gateway (TED 5000 series) is the data-receiving hub that analyzes and stores real-time electricity data. This device is embedded with Footprints data-logging software and can connect to any computer or router.
STEP 5: Results can be viewed on Computer or Handheld Display
An optional wireless or wired display can be purchased to view real time data or TED can be connected directly to a computer or router in order to access data. Several third party apps allow users to also view data locally and remotely on a mobile device.
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