Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Asoka debuts carrier-based home energy management service

Smart Energy Summit 2012, AUSTIN, USA: Asoka Corp., a pioneer in powerline communication (PLC) products and cloud-based applications for digital living services, announced the industry’s first PLC-based home energy monitoring and management service for service providers and cable operators.

The Asoka Home Energy Management Service is based on Asoka’s new family of PlugLine adapters and a secure, user friendly web-based monitoring service that carriers can customize for their subscribers.

Asoka’s service is simple to install by the end-user – just plug the adapters in – and does not require additional hardware such as in-home gateways. All new features and functions are made available through the cloud-based application; no changes, upgrades, or hardware replacement in the home is needed. The installed hardware will work with all future features, functions and services.

The solution works by plugging the adapters into an outlet and then plugging appliances into the adapters. PlugLine adaptors provide energy monitoring and control of these appliances, as well as a high-speed 500Mbps LAN network using existing power lines throughout the home. Subscribers can use the web service to track usage, turn devices on and off instantly or set up a schedule to turn them off during periods of disuse. Asoka’s solution is truly Digital Living Made Simple.

Asoka and Swisscom, Switzerland’s leading telecom provider, have been partnering over the past year to develop and deploy the Home Energy Management Service. This service, branded in Switzerland as myStrom, has been adopted by residential homeowners throughout the country. Household energy usage data collected by Swisscom shows that literally dozens of common electric appliances not in active use in households are costing its customers hundreds of dollars per year in wasted energy.

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