Intamac Systems rivals Google Powermeter with the launch of a fully commercial web-enabled energy monitoring service
London, UK - UK-based provider of monitoring and control services for the ‘connected home’ Intamac Systems has announced it is working with Current Cost, leaders in the real-time energy display products market, to give consumers the ability to remotely monitor and manage their electricity consumption. Intamac will provide a new smart energy mobile and online portal monitoring service to work with Current Cost in-home display units, which gives consumers real-time information through the web and mobile handsets. With an easily comprehensible visual of how much energy they’re consuming and the ability to remotely switch devices on and off, consumers can actively reduce their energy consumption.
Simple and easy to set up and use, consumers can now connect their Current Cost real-time display unit via broadband to the internet, and see how much energy they’re using in the home via both the in-home display and on the web using the Intamac online portal interface. Consumers will be able to view and compare their electricity use on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis, for the whole home and down to individual appliance level. Consumption thresholds can be set and, when triggered, messages are sent by email, SMS, and even to social networking and Twitter accounts.
“The launch of this new service adds a useful and popular element to our ‘connected home’ offering,” said Kevin Meagher, CEO of Intamac Systems. “We know that in-home displays help consumers visualize their energy consumption and encourage them to make short-term reductions of around 10% on average. By providing a mobile and online monitoring and remote control service we’ll help consumers extend that saving over a much longer period, helping to track and change their energy consumption behavior patterns. Tying smart energy management into our existing home security, video and telecare solutions means that consumers have an added incentive to conserve their energy, whether driven by environmental conscience or to save the pennies. It’s about making it easily accessible, tangible and understandable for the consumer.
“If the information on your energy consumption is readily available and controllable via your PC or mobile, you’re far more likely to adjust it accordingly,” continued Meagher. “Not only is this beneficial for the consumer’s wallet and environmental conscience, but it also gives service providers the chance to offer their subscribers a new range of value-added services. We’ve already proven that our services combine energy management and home security information in the ‘cloud’, to make complex technologies simple for both consumers and service providers to adopt and exploit.”