There’s a trend in the energy-management space toward smarter systems, and lately many heavy hitters have been getting in on the space, suggesting the trend must have some legs. M2M (machine-to-machine) technology is the force behind this trend, providing the data connection that delivers key energy information to consumers and to business owners. By delivering actionable energy data, these M2M-enabled systems help us make more informed decisions about energy use.
Some of the largest tech giants have come out recently in support of various smart-energy-related M2M solutions. For instance, Cisco, www.cisco.com, has announced a collaboration that aims to develop what it calls a “Smart+Connected Community” in the Chicago area.
The project’s goal is to create a connected, sustainable neighborhood that will most likely feature connected solutions for energy management. Cisco says it will provide information and communications technology and infrastructure for the new development. Other areas technology will be used include renewable energy, waste, and water systems.
Another tech giant, GE, www.ge.com, just announced it is expanding its suite of Brillion energy-management devices for consumers. New offerings will include GE’s Whole-Home Sensor, which sends energy-consumption data to GE’s Nucleus energy manager, which then sends it to a consumer’s smartphone or PC.
Other additions to the Brillion lineup include Smart Plugs and GE’s new GeoSpring hybrid water heater. GE’s Brillion-enabled thermostat also provides energy management and control by allowing you to adjust heating and cooling schedules remotely from an iPhone.
It’s not just the big companies that are offering smart energy solutions. CEIVA Energy, www.ceivaenergy.com, a subsidiary of CEIVA Logic, has entered the space with its CEIVA Energy Display, a solution that delivers personalized energy-usage data in a compelling, easy-to-understand way.
CEIVA Logic is the maker of the CEIVA connected photo frame, a Wi-Fi-connected device that displays photos uploaded wirelessly from anywhere in the world. By leveraging its digital photo frame device, CEIVA Energy’s Energy Display integrates energy, water, and gas consumption information with the photos and other Internet-streamed content available on the frame.
CEIVA says the device acts as a gateway that communicates with your home’s utility meter and existing networks, including Wi-Fi. As more companies invest in the connected-energy space, consumers have more options than ever when it comes to being smart about energy management.