At the Ecobuild event for sustainable design and construction, which took place in London last week, UK company Seamless Sensing announced new wireless real-time energy monitoring and control technology for smart grids.
The wireless products have been developed for integration with smart grid networks and are apparently the only ones designed specifically for homes as well as other buildings. The company launched seven EnOcean Wireless Smart Sensing Modules, including indoor solar powered temperature sensors, energy meter pulse monitors and a weather station that tracks the efficiency of renewable energy.
The EnOcean wireless solutions draw power from their surroundings, i.e. from motion, light or temperature differences, so are fully independent. The energy produced is sufficient to transmit a wireless signal, for instance, to turn on a light. This not only saves installation costs, but also means no cabling is required.
The system controls home electronics through ‘smart plugs’, which are placed between the electrical outlet and the device or system being controlled. These plugs act in direct response to commands, such as on/off requests, from a smart grid through the smart meter which is controlled through the internet or the smart meter’s user interface.
The company’s GPRS gateway can support hundreds of wireless sensor modules and provides a two-way transfer of data and communication with the Seamless Sensing web-based platform.
Dr Edward Mellor, founder and chief executive of Seamless Sensing, said: “The EnOcean Wireless Smart Sensing Modules can be easily connected to equipment, appliances and systems. The data each module collects is then transferred in real-time to a cloud-based platform, allowing people to monitor and set up automatic controls of the energy they use.”
Seamless Sensing is a member of the EnOcean Alliance, a consortium of companies that have come together to develop and promote self-powered wireless monitoring and control systems for sustainable buildings by agreeing on interoperable wireless standard.
The home energy management market is increasingly becoming a green ICT focus, one of the direct outcomes of smart grid implementations.
One result is that we will have the ability to control the devices in our homes remotely through our smart phones. The extent to which we will, and what technology and products we use (and from whom) remains to be seen, but ease of installation will be a big factor.