Toshiba brings Pluzzy to Europe
Toshiba is bringing a home energy management system called Pluzzy to Europe.
Pluzzy allows households to visualize current and cumulative power consumption for the day, week, month and year; to measure the cost; and to set and manage consumption targets. It also tracks CO2 emissions.
Smartplug, a component of Pluzzy, monitors energy consumption and allows programming and management of individual equipment.
The overall system and individual settings, including remote control operation of lighting, heating and other equipment, can be accessed and controlled by a PC or network-connected TV, or a smartphone or tablet, which can also be used from remote locations outside the home.
Pluzzy’s temperature and humidity sensor can be used to control the comfort of the home, and the motion sensor will switch off room lighting when it detects that a room is empty. Door window sensors provide security.
Starting in France and moving on to the UK Germany, Toshiba aims to have Pluzzy in 150,000 households or so in Europe in the next three years.
”Europe is expected to see dramatic growth in penetration rates of home automation, energy management and security systems in the years to 2020,” saysb Ryuji Maruyama, General Manager of Toshiba’s Smart Community Division, “)France is taking the lead, and plans to introduce smart meters from 2014. This move is expected to lead to the early introduction of hourly-based power rates, based on home meter data.”