Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Alert Me gets a new Chairman and gears up for expansion

AlertMe UK Home Energy Management (HEM) company AlertMe has announced the appointment of a new Chairman and is gearing up for expansion in the UK and overseas.

AlertMe provides home energy management and smart home services to consumers both directly and through channel partners such as utilities, telcos and OEMs. Based on a Home Area Network (HAN) and cloud-based platform, AlertMe’s products let users monitor and control energy use, heating, solar PV, security and other devices and services online and via smart phones.

The new Chairman is Ron Mackintosh, who brings experience from management consultancy and the IT industry. He was President and Chief Executive of the European business of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) between 1992 and 2000. Currently he’s chairman of wireless technology company Cambridge Silicon Radio and a non-executive director with financial trading software services company Fidessa.

BusinessGreen reports that the company is also gearing up to expand into Europe and the Americas. Trials in Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, Brazil, US and Mexico are underway and the company could move into these markets by the summer. AlertMe is also looking for partners to grow its UK presence.

 

What drew my attention to this is the fact that the ex head of CSC in Europe is getting involved, adding weight to the importance of the HAN/HEM market in the future. There’s a way to go in terms of market maturity, with agreement on standards one stumbling block. It also depends on smart meters and smart grids to really show its value, but it’s set to be a potentially very large market worldwide.

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