Mitsubishi Electric said it will collaborate with its partner Echelon to expand smart meter business in the global market.

Under the collaboration, Mitsubishi will integrate Echelon’s Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) into its lineup of smart meter products.

Mitsubishi said its new smart meters will incorporate grid-sensing and communication technologies based on Echelon’s OGSP and its Networked Energy Services (NES) software, as well as its sensing and metering technologies.

The products will be manufactured at Mitsubishi Electric Automation (Thailand) in Bangkok and PT. Melcoinda in Bogor, Indonesia.

Mitsubishi launched its electricity meter business at its Fukuyama Works, Japan, in 1946, and since then its focus has turned to smart meters.

Energy control networking firm Echelon sells systems and embedded sub-systems for smart grid, smart city and smart building applications.