Consumers and the Environment to Benefit
Toronto - Two leaders in Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS) and real-time energy monitoring - PowerWatch and Blue Line Innovations - today announced a product and technical integration agreement. This new partnership will combine the benefits of Blue Line's meter agnostic sensor and PowerWatch's communication agnostic Home Energy Management System. According to Pike Research, the world-wide HEMS market is expected to reach $2 billion by 2020.
No matter the meter or AMI - PowerWatch and Blue Line have a way to work with any utility or customer utilizing a modular communication interface (MCI) specification developed by the USNAP Alliance and EPRI. This specification enables any product to connect to any type of demand response system, such as AMI, SEP, Open ADR, and/or home or building network utilizing ZigBee, WI-FI, Z-Wave, ClimateTalk, LonWorks, HomePlug, etc.
"Blue Line's meter optical sensor is agnostic, said Stodulski." "Whether a new AMI, Smart Meter or traditional analog meter, Blue Line's optical sensors will fit on almost any electricity meter. Why is this so important? It allows our already communication agnostic PowerWatch to reach any consumer. PowerWatch, with the Blue Line's sensor, enables easy mass uptake and deployment for utilities."
Whichever connection method is used, the PowerWatch/Blue Line energy gateway solution offers customer feedback and control through a wireless connection with an attractive Android tablet which acts as the in-home display, or "IHD". This is where the end-user receives extremely valuable information such as up-to-moment energy usage, estimated end of month bill, historical energy usage, and energy budget tracking.
"We're thrilled to be partnering with PowerWatch, explained Porteous. It's an exciting time for this relatively young energy conservation space. We have a lot of experience working with +125 utilities and +200,000 homeowners and there are a couple of real certainties - better information leads to better decisions in the home which leads to energy usage reductions; families engaged in energy conservation are hungry for more robust solutions. The PowerWatch solution really hits the mark and helps a family grow to a truly "smart" connected home".
This energy user-interface is also available on Web-connected computers and smart phones. The energy gateway also controls appliances in the home, either directly to the appliance or via a "load control module" which sits in front of the appliance cutting power to it when desired by the consumer, either automated or manually, or via occasional "demand response" calls from the utility when the grid is stressed. The PowerWatch/Blue Line package does all of this wirelessly, without ever requiring the utility to "roll the trucks".
PowerWatch combines state of the art technology with affordable prices, to provide utilities and consumers with the best real-time Home Energy Management System (HEMS) on the market.
The true benefits of the Smart Grid can only be realized if the consumer is front-and-center in the design of demand-response systems. PowerWatch provides in-home feedback utilizing an Android tablet, and communication with any smart device on the home area network (HAN).
The PowerWatch system has multiple ways it can gather meter data. It can be connected remotely to any Zigbee enabled smart meter via Blue Line's agnostic optical sensor unit from the meter.
Enabling the "set and forget" feature allows consumers to control HVAC and an array of appliances and home electronics to meet desired saving level.
To learn more, please visit www.powerwatch.com
About Blue Line Innovations
Blue Line Innovations Inc. developed and markets the PowerCost Monitor™, a line of wireless, portable, real-time energy reporting devices for the home. Blue Line Innovations has been active in the business of real time energy feedback for 7 years with over 200,000 PowerCost Monitors™ in the market since 2004.
Easy to install, the PowerCost Monitor™, communicates wirelessly with the electricity meter and now through a series of Bridges; to the internet, mobile devices and to home area networks. Independent research has confirmed that homes using the PowerCost Monitor™ can save up to 18% on their monthly electricity bill.
For more information, visit www.bluelineinnovations.com