Proc. SPIE. 7646, Nanosensors, Biosensors, and Info-Tech Sensors and Systems 2010
KEYWORDS: Human-machine interfaces, Information and communication technologies, Sensors, Data storage, Control systems, Personal digital assistants, Climate change, Intelligence systems, Lanthanum, Data analysis
Peak and average energy usage in domestic and industrial environments is growing rapidly and absence of detailed
energy consumption metrics is making systematic reduction of energy usage very difficult. Smart energy management
system aims at providing a cost-effective solution for managing soaring energy consumption and its impact on green
house gas emissions and climate change.
The solution is based on seamless integration of existing wired and wireless communication technologies combined with
smart context-aware software which offers a complete solution for automation of energy measurement and device
control. The persuasive software presents users with easy-to-assimilate visual cues identifying problem areas and time
periods and encourages a behavioural change to conserve energy.
The system allows analysis of real-time/statistical consumption data with the ability to drill down into detailed analysis
of power consumption, CO2 emissions and cost. The system generates intelligent projections and suggests potential
methods (e.g. reducing standby, tuning heating/cooling temperature, etc.) of reducing energy consumption. The user
interface is accessible using web enabled devices such as PDAs, PCs, etc. or using SMS, email, and instant messaging.
Successful real-world trial of the system has demonstrated the potential to save 20 to 30% energy consumption on an
average. Low cost of deployment and the ability to easily manage consumption from various web enabled devices offers
gives this system a high penetration and impact capability offering a sustainable solution to act on climate change today.