British Columbia Institute of Technology developing smart home


Dr Hassan Farhangi,
Director Group for
Advanced Information
Technology, BCIT
Burnaby, BC, Canada — (METERING.COM) — January 5, 2011 – The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) has entered into a partnership with Silver Spring Networks to develop a fully functional and sustainable family home located on its Burnaby Campus.

BCIT’s AFRESH home is utilizing the Silver Springs technology to understand energy use patterns and how to optimize these to save energy dollars and make a positive impact on the environment.

“We are very pleased to partner with Silver Spring Networks on a project that has far reaching and positive implications for consumers, energy utilities, and the environment,” said Dr Hassan Farhangi, director of the Group for Advanced Information Technology at BCIT. “This is really an exciting time in the energy research field and we feel we are poised to help reduce the potential for blackouts, integrate current energy sources, and ultimately benefit the consumer.”

A smart meter in the AFRESH home measures the total energy used and generated and sends this information wirelessly to an in-home monitor. The system provides real time feedback on energy use, factors in on-site power generation from solar power, and estimates potential costs. The technology allows BCIT to mimic a power utility. Simulated energy grid information is sent to the home and consumers can decide how much power they want to use at any given time.