ESTA aM&T Conference 2014

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NetThings had the privilege of exhibiting and speaking at the annual ESTA aM&T conference. The stand and talk were well received by the delegates who attended.

Ken McCorkindale, Co-Founder of NetThings, presented on The Energy Manager and engaging all employees in saving energy. To view a copy of the presentation please see the link below:

http://www.esta.org.uk/EVENTS/2014_02_27_aMT_Conference/documents/2014_02_27_aMT_NetThings_McCorkindale.pdf

 

NetThings exhibits at the Mobile World Congress

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NetThings were exhibiting at the MWC in Barcelona last week.  With the Internet of Things becoming prominent in the market place, NetThings are helping drive this forward by making energy smart.

NetThings, provide complete solutions for deployment in energy monitoring, security, district heating, smart homes, buildings control and assisted living.

The underlying platform enables a wide array of meters, sensors, devices, plant, machinery and appliances to be interrogated and controlled via the Internet & collected data to be analysed and presented to any web-connected display, be it a smart phone, tablet or third party dash-board, using very intuitive and easy-to-use GUIs and data visualisation techniques.

For a round up of the MWC please see the article below:

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/mobile-world-congress-wear-it-drive-it-see-through-it–the-internet-of-things-is-almost-here-9161800.html 

New Name, New Hires, New Products and New Partnerships, Signals New Growth for Energy Management Company

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– Scottish firm Ewgeco change name to NetThings® as it gears up for a record year –      

NetThings® is the new name of Ewgeco, renowned for its success in the home energy monitoring sector.

The leading Scottish energy management firm is poised for significant growth in 2014, bringing to market a suite of new products using an innovative ‘Internet-of-Things’ platform.

The company, based in Edinburgh, is rapidly expanding. It recently moved offices to Scotland’s capital from South Queensferry and has strengthened its team with a raft of new hires in 2013 – with plans to add six additional software engineers to the team early in 2014.

NetThings® has developed a flexible internet based platform that provides the capability to monitor and control a wide range of energy-using devices and equipment, from any web-enabled device such as a smart phone or tablet.

The technology allows users to reduce the wasteful use of increasingly expensive utilities, receiving alerts to mobile phones with options to remotely control devices.

The new products not only provide energy control and management, they can also help look after people. NetThings® can monitor whether people are moving around their home in a normal fashion, or have elevated blood pressure or blood glucose levels, or have not taken their prescribed medication.

NetThings® chief executive, George McGhee said: “Our new products collect relevant data from everyday devices and send it to the appropriate users allowing them to make decisions and take action. By using the power of the internet, NetThings® helps people to better control the infrastructure that they live and work with whether they are on-site or remote to it.  

Our company has the right technology, at the right time, to be a key player in making the ‘Internet-of-Things’ an everyday reality for everyone.”

The NetThings® platform was initially developed to help users reduce energy consumption and provide low cost, simple remote controllers for heating and lighting systems. The company soon realised this technology could also be beneficial in other areas such as providing security or monitoring people in assisted living.

The company’s recent developments have sparked the interest of leading Worldwide Energy Services company, ista. The German headquartered firm is collaborating with NetThings® to complement its metering, reading and billing innovations in community and district heating systems which are fast becoming the most environmentally sound means to supply hot water and space heating to urban developments. The UK market in particular is expected to grow dramatically over the next 10 years as a result of the government’s Smart Heat Strategy.

Alex Philbrook, UK managing director at iSTA said: “We are excited to work with NetThings®. As a market leader in heat metering and billing it is important for us to be at the forefront of advancements in technology and we saw an innovative way to do that with the help of NetThings®.”

For more information about NetThings, please visit: www.NetThings.co.uk

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Notes to Editors:

About NetThings

NetThings® is the creator of the Ewgeco, real-time energy monitoring system allowing the measurement of any energy source in homes and businesses.

NetThings® is developing complete solutions for deployment in energy monitoring, security, district heating, smart homes, buildings control and assisted living.

The NetThings®  underlying platform enables a wide array of meters, sensors, devices, plant, machinery and appliances to be interrogated and controlled via the Internet and collected data to be analysed and presented to any web-connected display, be it a smart phone, tablet or third party dash-board, using very intuitive and easy-to-use GUIs and data visualisation techniques.

For more information, visit: www.NetThings.co.uk

Alternatively, you can follow on Twitter: @net_things

About ista

ista works consistently on new services and sustainable solutions for saving resources in the real estate business. This is a central part of our company strategy.

Our services offered to property managers, house owners and energy utilities range from the supply and installation of meters up to billing and analysis of energy data. With our products and services, ista makes an important contribution to the responsible use of water, heat, gas and electricity.

We provide a comprehensive package of services, based on a wide range of high-precision metering equipment (heat allocation meters, water and heat meters, systems technology and all accessories). ista offers the entire process as a one-stop solution. Our range of products and services covers not only the supply, installation and commissioning of meters but also the consumption-dependent billing of energy, water and ancillary costs.

For more information, visit: www.ista.com

Alternatively, you can follow @ista on Twitter or on You Tube:

www.youtube.com/ista

Make this New Year a time for energy change…

Christmas is just around the corner – not that we are left with any doubt as the nation displays masses of brightly coloured lights both inside and out!

However, it does make us even more aware of how this excessive use of energy impacts both our pockets and our environment. Add to this the recent price hikes by energy companies which will hit all of our pockets harshly in 2014 – and should we all not be really be thinking of a New Year ‘Energy’ Resolution?

Although we have had an unseasonably mild winter to date, who knows what January will bring (or even the end of this month as the storms start to descend). Despite Government efforts to reduce the impact of price hikes all of us will see an increase in our bills throughout next year.

There is more that can be done, and people working behind the scenes to make this happen. For example WSP’s call for tax proceeds to fund interest-free loans for energy efficient measures certainly gets our vote.

But all is not lost. And while those in charge try to figure out how to deal with it, we think we should start helping ourselves.  Here at Ewgeco we are always looking for innovative ways to save energy – and money!  And we have many answers that could cut energy bills with little effort.

Our industry-leading, real-time energy monitoring systems allow the measurement of any energy source in homes and businesses. Using a patented traffic-light display our range brings consumption data out of the utility cupboard and into your sight so you know when there is an issue and you can take control before anything becomes a costly problem.

Simply put ‘seeing is believing’. So make reducing your energy consumption your New Year Energy Resolution and make your energy bill doesn’t give you frost-bite when it arrives!

As it’s Christmas here are some top tips from us for 2014:

1.  Control the thermostat – turn your room thermostat down by 1 degree, this can save you around £55 a year. Further savings can be made by setting your heating to go off an hour before you leave the house and on again 30 minutes before you return.

2.  Check your home – think is it really cold or could you quite literally be throwing your money out of the window? It may seem obvious but a lot of the time people leave windows and doors open letting all the warm air out. Also check that your radiators are not obstructed by furniture or curtains and don’t hang your washing over them as this blocks the heat.

3.  Bring outside benefits in – make as much use of the daylight hours as possible by keeping your curtains and blinds open; this will reduce the temptation to reach for the light-switch before it is necessary. Also remember to make sure the Christmas lights are turned off at night.

4.  Avoid the waterworks – fix any dripping taps in your home. Not only do they waste water, they can also waste energy if they are leaking hot water. And make sure your hot water is not too hot. The cylinder thermostat should be at around 60oC for adequate hot water.

5.  Layer up – you and your home. Think about putting on a jumper as it is a cost-effective way to keep comfortable while keeping your energy costs down. And insulate your loft space to minimise heat loss, fit draft excluders to your doors and fill any gaps in your floorboards and skirting boards. You could Insulate your boiler with a boiler jacket and insulate the hot water pipes attached to it. Boiler jackets are a quick, cheap solution and they can cut heat loss by up to 75%.

And of course invest in a system which will help you understand and control your energy use – with an in-home display you can easily see what you are using, what you don’t need to and what you should reduce. Making energy more manageable and less costly in 2014.

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy Christmas and an energy-efficient New Year!

Ian

Ed: Don’t freeze UK energy prices, freeze bad habits!

Ed: Don’t freeze UK energy prices, freeze bad habits!

pic for blogEd Miliband’s recent promise to freeze energy prices if Labour wins the 2015 election, we believe, overlooks the main issue, although we feel he is closer to the issue than the Conservative party, who have said very little about the recent fuel bill rises.

While his opposition agrees he has clearly identified an area of major concern, the real cause of high energy bills is excessive energy use and unnecessary energy waste.

Research shows that on average, around 20 per cent of the energy used in UK homes is wasted through inefficient behaviour such as: lights left on when not needed or heating set higher than it needs to be or being used when no one is in.

For example, turning a room thermostat down by just one degree could save around £80 a year. Further savings can be made by setting heating to go off an hour before people leave the house and on again 30 minutes before anyone is due to return.

A temporary freeze might avoid rising energy prices, but it won’t necessarily reduce energy bills. There is also a danger it might encourage people to use more energy than they need to as they’re not deterred by cost.

netthingsIn order to reduce bills, inefficient behaviour and unnecessary energy usage needs to become a taboo. And technology can play a huge part in helping to eliminate this bad practice.

We recently unveiled plans for our next generation of energy management suite at the Energy Event 2013. Our generation two product aims to make it easier for householders and small-to-medium sized businesses to keep on top of their energy bills.

NetThings’, which will be launched at the start of next year, will introduce alerts, automation and controls via a cloud-based software system accessible from any device that connects to the internet, anywhere in the world.

As well as being able to access data from metering points, such as renewable energy sources, water, electricity and gas, NetThings will make it easy to pre-set limits and profiles that will alert you instantly by text or email if energy usage exceeds these levels.

We received some great feedback about NetThings and we’d like to thank those that came along to support us.

When it comes to market, we hope that NetThings will provide homes and smaller businesses with an intelligent energy management system which not only helps to reduce carbon emissions but also keeps energy costs to a minimum.

It’s just a shame Mr Miliband wasn’t there to see it first-hand: Ed, if you’re reading this, feel free to get in touch and we’ll be happy to share our knowledge!

Ewgeco will be exhibiting at this years Energy Event 2013 – Stand B40

Ewgeco is once again attending this key industry show, “The Energy Event 2013,” where we will show visitors a sneak preview of NetThings®, the next generation of its award-winning energy management range, at the Energy Event 2013.

NetThings, which will launch later this year, will introduce alerts, automation and controls via a cloud-based software system accessible from any web-connected device around the world.

In addition to simply viewing data from metering points, such as heat, renewables, water, electricity and gas, untrained building users will be able to easily set profiles and be alerted instantly by text or email if energy usage exceeds desirable levels.

For more information about Ewgeco’s new NetThings range please visit our stand B40 at The Energy Event 2013 or call 0131 331 5445

Energy Management Made Simple for Small Businesses

People simply want to understand their energy consumption in a way that is engaging, with a clear visualisation of the problems. How do you stop being swamped by the data? And, what can you do about it?

To find out the answer come along to the Energy Event on the 11th of September and listen to Ken McCorkindale’s talk in the ESTA Theatre from 10.30 until 11.00.

 

Ewgeco expanding to new premises

Business success is driving growth and major re-investment into product development at Ewgeco meaning that the smarter energy company is moving to new and bigger offices in Edinburgh city centre.

On the 24th June 2013 Ewgeco’s new address will be 14 New Mart Road, Edinburgh, EH14 0RD. Telephone numbers will remain the same.