Electric Ireland, Accenture embark on Smarter Living collaboration
18 January 2016 | 0
Electric Ireland is working with consultancy firm Accenture on a connected home pilot programme.
The latest phase in a series of trials on smart controls for connected homes, the initiative will see 600 Electric Ireland residential customers trial the latest technology available for real time, intelligent control of energy usage in the home. 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 of the testing panel will receive a number of smart plugs and a monitor to measure electricity consumption. In order to monitor and control their electricity usage, users can access mobile and Web-based applications remotely.
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 in next phases of the pilot.
“This collaboration with Accenture is part of our mission to lead the market in the introduction of innovative technologies,” said Paul Stapleton, general manager, Electric Ireland. “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.”
Electric Ireland has invested over €1.5 million to date in the programme, which has been using heating controls such as Climote, Nest and Honeywell along with other smart devices since January 2015.
The 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.