By Patrick Caiger-Smith, CEO, Green Energy Options

Green Energy Options is rapidly building a reputation for itself in the metering industry. Now with a proven track record in supplying Real Time Displays to utilities and working closely with meter manufacturers, GEO’s range of RTD’s have become the first choice solution where the objective is ‘making energy visible’.

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ZigBee wireless protocol

WHY DO SMART METERS NEED AN IN-HOME DISPLAY?
Let’s face it, co-operation from the homeowner is crucial to a smooth, cost effective transition to smart meters. So why not take away potential aggravation by engaging the customer first! Displays will strengthen the relationship with the customer by giving them something they value. Soften the blow of swapping out their meter by turning it into a positive –displays give the consumer a tangible benefit from this otherwise disruptive activity! You never know – if the resident feels they are getting real value, they may even be in on the day the engineers turn up!

WHAT TYPE OF DISPLAY DO YOU NEED?
Real Time Displays (RTD’s) are simple, always on displays that do just what they say: give users immediate and simple-to- understand information that they can act on immediately – such as tariff changes and alerts. In Home Displays (IHD’s) generally use more advanced screens such as TV’s and PC’s to give far more detailed information, are not ‘always on’ and may need the user to do something to see the information. So RTD’s push the information, while IHD’s rely on users to pull the information. They both have a role to play but it is RTD’s that provide the initial engagement.

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Smart meter compatible

RANGE OF PRODUCTS
GEO’s range of displays includes both RTD’s and IHD’s and gives a sliding scale of options to the utility. There is a different display for each potential customer segment. As you go up the range the features and benefits increase. It’s up to the utility to decide who gets which product. Crucially, visible displays are not just about showing the raw numbers: they are about engaging the user and delivering information in an understandable and intuitive way. GEO prides itself on finding ways of presenting information that everyone can easily understand – Grannie Miggins, Little Johnny as well as the engineer in the family!

HAVE A LOOK AT WHAT WE ARE DOING!
We will be exhibiting in Barcelona for ‘Metering Europe’ on 6 -8th October. Visit us on stand 151 and see for yourself the range of displays we have developed and are rolling out. Talk to us and find out how we can add value to your smart meter rollout or any pilots you are about to engage on: we are developing our displays to work with the ZigBee Smart Energy profile.

We will also be in Denver for Autovation 2009 from 13th – 16th September supporting Echelon on their stand 171. See http://www.echelon.com/company/news for more information.

And if you want to organise a pre-event meeting with us, just call +44 (0) 1223 850210, or email Rachel@greenenergyoptions.co.uk. Have a sneak preview of who we are and our product range by visiting our website www.greenenergyoptions.co.uk.