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of-Things (IoT) where M2M communications are key and often transit via the cloud. Ijenko’s cloud-based energy management solution allows third parties (utilities, telcos, and service aggregators) to deploy their software and offer energy efficiency and demand response services to their residential consumers. This helps utilities optimize the balance between demand, micro-storage (including IJENKO generation and the use of smart hybrid 54 rue cars de Billancourt 92100 Boulogne-as backup Billancourt energy storage).France Looking at defining the most appropriate and intuitive user interfaces www.for end-ijenko.users com to consume the energy-related data, the company co-finances the Modelec project from utility provider Direct Energie (formerly Groupe Poweo Direct Energie). The project includes a trial with 2000 customers equipped for half of them with the Linky smart meter, and for the other half with another model of smart meters. These experiments also involve sociologists who will try to interpret the end-customers’ perception of their own metering data and energy consumption profile (and maybe how to raise their energy awareness). The idea is to define the best strategies (the most convincing ones) for these customers to opt-in for self-effacing low-energy consumption behaviours at peak times (to reduce the stress on the grid), most probably through tariff incentives. Some suggested programs could allow the utility provider to remotely turn-off a selected list of appliances or to lower thermostat settings during peak times. As well as providing personalized tips for better energy-efficiency, the end-user interface could encourage dwellers to participate in individual or collective challenges or to share their experience with their community and Delivering the collective power of Home Energy Management learn best practices on social networks. It is expected that these guided interactions with their end-users would allow utility providers to improve their forecasting and profitability through advanced analytics and behavioural profiling. Engage Ijenko’s Home Energy Management Services have also been demonstrated on the new Intel Puma 6 Multi Services Gateway, but the company also manufactures its own energy gateways and smart metering plugs to monitor electrical appliances consumption and control them remotely. Other smartgridrelated devices include remotely controllable thermostats, temperature and hygrometry sensors or motion and open/close switch detectors that can send SMS alerts in case of intrusion suspicion. Home Technology – www. home-technology.eu – was also exhibiting a so-called smart home gateway together with various sensors and actuators enabling dwellers to manage their home locally or remotely, either via a broadband connection or through the mobile GPRS network (thanks to an integrated SIM card). On a larger scale, numerous smart grid projects are under way in the form of so-called eco-districts, specifically designed as experimental grounds to develop optimised energymanagement solutions. A 50/50 joint venture created in 2001 between Alstom and Bouygues, Embix provides energy-management services for such eco-districts, liaising directly with local authorities and building owners, managers or tenants to optimise smart grid resources at district level. The company intervenes early in the district’s development phase and then pilots the energy optimization at the neighbourhood-level through its Urban Power platform, delivered via the cloud as SaaS (Software as a Service). The platform integrates all accessible real-time smart-metering data together with local energy production and storage fluxes. One such project is IssyGrid in the Seine Ouest business district in Issy-les-Moulineaux near Paris. Jointly supported by Microsoft, Bouygues Immobilier, Bouygues Telecom, Schneider Electric, Total, Alstom, ERDF, ETDE and Steria, the project initiated in 2012 now covers the needs of nearly 10,000 people in a 160,000 square-meter area. It is expected to include nearby 6 Electronic Engineering Times Europe July/August 2013 www.electronics-eetimes.com ijenkonews Ijenko’s cloud-based energy management solution. Home Technology’s smart home gateway enables dwellers to manage their home remotely. Embix provides energy-management services to so-called eco-districts such as the IssyGrid project in Issy-les- Moulineaux near Paris


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