In Europe, German investor-owned electric utility E.ON has partnered with Australian start-up company, Organic Response, to deliver smart lighting and sensing technology solutions to its customers.
The two companies will work together to establish sales channels and increase marketing for products in E.ON’s markets.
Melbourne-based Organic Response develops smart lighting controls for commercial and public buildings. The company states that it uses distributed intelligence to control arrays of electric devices that serve building occupants.
Its distributed intelligence lighting control system allows each individual luminaire to make lighting decisions based on the presence of occupants in its immediate vicinity, ambient light levels, and information it receives from its neighbouring luminaires.
Organic Response explains that information collected from individual luminaires is sent back to “the luminaire community, so other luminaires can also make more informed lighting decisions.”
“Although they [luminaires] make decisions individually, distributed intelligence means all the lights in a defined space act as a coordinated community,” it adds.
According to Energy News Live, the technology is currently in use in hospitals, schools and a range of public buildings.
Susana Quintana Plaza, Senior Vice President for Technology and Innovation at E.ON said: “Organic Response’s advanced data analytics and connectivity can add real value to E.ON’s commercial building customers in Europe by enabling them to achieve lasting reductions in their energy and operating costs.”
RWE smart home
In other German utility news, Essen-based RWE has added a new partner company Yale Assa Abloy, global provider of door opening solutions for end-user’s needs for security, safety and convenience for the integration of its intelligent door lock – the new edition to its SmartHome platform.
According to a company release, the intelligent door lock is suitable for the retrofitting of most house and apartment doors and can be controlled and can be selectively opened by remote control or smartphone app.
The utility company added that the two essential requirements for the development of RWE SmartHome were Plug & Play capability as well as reliability and data protection.
RWE adds that the data security of the intelligent door lock is aided by independent institutions, such as VDE, AV-Test and TÜV – IT.