Electric Ireland Smarter Living Panel to Trial Connected Home Control
Electric Ireland has collaborated with Accenture (NYSE:ACN) to develop
and deliver a pilot program that will introduce new Connected Home
solutions to its customers.
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Alastair Blair, Country Managing Director for Accenture in Ireland and Paul Stapleton, General Manager, Electric Ireland showcasing the mobile and web-based application developed by Accenture.
The latest phase in a series of trials on Smart Controls for Connected
Homes, this initiative will see 600 Electric Ireland Smarter Living
Panel members trial the latest technology available for real-time,
intelligent control of energy usage in residential homes. Working with
the global Accenture Internet of Things practice, the trial will use
Accenture Connected Platforms as a Service (CPaaS) to enable remote and
automated control of multiple smart devices for homes and businesses.
All 600 members will receive a number of smart plugs and a monitor to
measure electricity consumption installed in their homes. In order to
remotely monitor and control their electricity usage, users can also
access mobile and web-based applications that will also help to promote
energy efficiency and savings for Electric Ireland customers. The
services are integrated into the Accenture Connected Home Services
suite, supporting the Internet of Things and advanced analytics
technologies. Electric Ireland and Accenture are the first to be
trialling Connected Home solutions with Irish customers, starting with
energy appliances before extending to other areas such as smoke
detectors and carbon monoxide alarms to bring comfort and convenience to
customers in next phases of this trial.
Paul Stapleton, General Manager, Electric Ireland said, “This
collaboration with Accenture is part of our mission to lead the market
in the introduction of innovative technologies. With this latest
technology, customers will be able to not only control the supply to
certain appliances remotely but also monitor their usage through real
time data ensuring convenient and efficient use of energy in the home.
We have started rolling this out with the Electric Ireland Smarter
Living Panel, who are a valuable resource to us when it comes to
understanding and meeting customers wants and needs.”
Alastair Blair, Country Managing Director for Accenture in Ireland said,
“This exciting new initiative with Electric Ireland and its Smarter
Living Panel trial will deliver innovative new services to Irish energy
consumers, including real-time energy consumption feedback and remote
control of different devices in the home. Our joint Internet of Things
project highlights the critical role of digital technology in improving
our energy efficiency, and offers Irish consumers the future of managing
and controlling their own energy consumption.”
Electric Ireland has invested over €1.5 million to date in the Smarter
Living Panel program, and participants have received new technology
installed in their homes to give them smarter control of their energy
consumption. The program creates an innovative customer feedback
platform that helps Electric Ireland to understand the changing needs
and requirements of Irish energy consumers.
The Electric Ireland Smarter Living Panel has been testing
heating controls such as Climote, Nest and Honeywell since January 2015.
This collaboration with Accenture is the latest phase in a multi–faceted
customer feedback platform project at Electric Ireland, and will see
further emerging technologies introduced over the coming months.
For further details visit www.electricireland.ie
follow Electric Ireland on Facebook www.facebook.com/electricireland
or on Twitter @ElectricIreland #SmarterLiving
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