Global design and technology company Vectorform and US Detroit-based utility DTE Energy have announced a joint venture to create a mobile platform to improve household energy consumption and bolster energy savings.
The joint venture named Powerley is designed to assist utilities to provide customers with real-time energy consumption information.
The Powerley mobile application on Android and iPhone devices works with the Powerley Energy Bridge platform and the household smart meter to offer customers real-time breakdowns of their energy consumption.
Smart energy applications
The fast real-time energy platform affords customers a second-by-second look into their energy consumption, and provides energy saving tips and projects, encouraging home improvement to reduce energy usage.
The platform also features ‘weekly challenges’ aimed at engaging users to save energy and awards customers reward points for electricity savings and complete challenges.
Powerley also enables customers to be part of a ‘Powerley’ community where users can connect with friends, build groups, compare performance, share encouragement and view energy-saving insights.
Powerley PowerScan tool allows iPhone users the ability to hold their mobile phones to the power cord of any electrical appliance, enabling customers to view its energy consumption and monthly operating cost.
Dave Meador, vice chairman and chief administrative officer at DTE Energy, said: “When DTE Insight was launched last July, DTE Energy became the first utility to offer an interactive, real-time mobile application tool for customers to understand and reduce their energy usage.
Meador added: "There is a significant market in the United States for smart home and energy-related devices, and this joint venture will help take the technology to other utilities looking for similar solutions."