Blue Line Innovations partners with Google PowerMeter
In this age of ICT (Information and Communications Technology), information on every detail is accessible to seekers. When both the aforementioned phenomenon is coupled up together, it becomes a boon for the former.
Seeking such an effort, Blue Line Innovations will be chalking out a partnership with Google’s PowerMeter, to link up its PowerCost Monitor kit with the web application.
The PowerCost Monitor combined with its Wi-Fi gateway, provides real-time information to the users on their electricity consumption.
The data on the historical usage also allows a user, to frame the pattern of consumption. Accessibility of such information allows the users to plot home energy budget, garner energy efficiency tips and predict the costs.
The PowerCost Monitor Kit would cost $100 and the Wi-Fi gateway would cost an additional $129.
The technicalities involved
The PowerCost Monitor would include a sensor, which when fitted into an electric meter would provide data on the consumption of electricity, at that moment. The data would be instantaneously transmitted from the sensor to a monitor, of the size of a smartphone.
The Wi-Fi gateway usage would provide the data directly, to the PC connected with a broadband and the Google Powermeter application would then succinctly analyze the data and put it forth to the user. The application is free of charges.
The Monitor helps in understanding the home’s ‘baseline’ electricity usage and prompts one to immediately turn-off appliances, which are unnecessarily switched on.
Microsoft had also made a similar deal with Blue Line Innovations, in the month of July. In that agreement, the electric data channeling was to be done through the Microsoft’s Hohm web application.
In spite of the accessibility of more detailed information through the Smart meters, the home broadband application is supposed to have a wider outreach capability.
Thus, such innovative efforts might lead to the development of efficient ways, for tackling the energy crisis that affects most of the developing nations today.