EDMI’s demonstration of the practical application of smart metering for consumers was a crowd-pleaser at the Smart Utilities Australia and New Zealand exhibition held in Melbourne at the end of November.
Identifying key integration possibilities between smart meters and smart-phone and other consumer applications, EDMI was able to show Australian and New Zealand industry players what was possible today with EDMI’s ingenuity.
The idea was simple enough:
Display real time power consumption on an iPhone; then based on the level of power consumption perform an operation (turn on/turn off) on everyday consumer appliances.
The demonstration required modified Storm code which is EDMI’s latest headend software. This created a lightweight communication server that could a) establish constant real time communication with a meter, b) provide real time power consumption to an iPhone app and c) integrate with consumer appliances to perform appropriate actions (e.g. turn fan on/off).