connected home

Gas and electricity provider Electric Ireland and management consulting firm Accenture have come together in a pilot to develop connected home solutions.The collaboration forms part of a series of trials on smart controls for the connected home. The trial will involve 600 Electric Ireland Smarter Living Panel members trial the latest technology available for real-time, intelligent control of energy usage in residential homes.

The trial will leverage Accenture Connected Platforms as a Service (CPaaS), an offering out of Accenture’s Internet of Things practice, which will be used to enable remote and automated control of several smart devices for homes and businesses.

Connected home trial

Under the test phase, participants trialing connected home technology, will receive smart plugs to be able to monitor and measure electricity consumption in their homes.

Customers can use mobile and web-based applications that will also assist users to decrease energy usage.

Paul Stapleton, general manager, Electric Ireland commented: “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.”

The energy distributor is reported to have invested more than €1.5m thus far in the Smarter Living Panel programme. The platform allows Electric Ireland understand the changing needs and requirements of its customers.

According to a release, the Electric Ireland Smarter Living Panel has been testing heating controls such as Climote, Nest and Honeywell since January last year.

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."