A SCOTTISH software firm has opened two global research and development (R&D) labs.

Smarter Grid Solutions, which provides distributed energy resource management software, is basing the labs at its Glasgow and New York offices.

They will be linked together to create “a single virtual development environment”, allowing closer collaboration across the Atlantic.

The Glasgow-based firm made the move in a bid to boost the development of its next generation of products, by allowing it to test the scaling of its technology to millions of devices.

Smarter Grid Solutions chief technology officer Dr Bob Currie said: “The investment that Smarter Grid Solutions has made to establish the laboratories and a single virtual R&D team underpins our commitment to developing and releasing the next generation of our products.

“Having successfully transitioned from a project-led to a product-led business, these laboratories will allow us to accelerate our product development in the rapidly growing market for distributed energy resource management systems.”

The firm also said it was positioning itself “at the forefront of the world’s most advanced markets”, having completed several deployments sponsored by the US Department of Energy and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. It has also worked with major utilities in Ontario, California and Arizona.