(UK) – As part of a drive for all homes to be fitted with smart meters by 2020, Great Britain has selected Smart Energy by the Zigbee Alliance as the solution.
The Zigbee Alliance, an organisation of companies creating, maintaining and delivering energy-efficient, open, global standards for the Internet of Things (IoT), has opened certification for its updated Smart Energy 1.4 application standard.
This new Certification Programme addresses the functionality needs that arose from Great Britain’s decision to mandate all energy suppliers to offer smart meters to every home by 2020 (a total of 26 million potential installations).
According to a report from Smart Energy Great Britain, there is rising national public awareness of the benefits of smart meters, from increasing billing accuracy to contributing to communities’ overall environmental efforts. The report states that 80-percent of people with a smart meter have taken steps to reduce their energy use, and more than 68-percent said they feel more conscious about their energy use.
To address this growing public awareness, Great Britain needed an existing, well-developed solution that is adaptable and easy to implement on an enormous scale, and Smart Energy by the Zigbee Alliance was chosen.
Last month, the Zigbee Alliance celebrated its first product to complete the certification programme and take on the benefits of the Smart Energy 1.4 standard — one of the Communications Hub solutions required for Great Britain’s smart metering programme, developed by Alliance member, smart energy solutions provider EDMI.
Some of the world’s leading utilities, energy service providers, product manufacturers and technology companies have deployed Zigbee Alliance Certified Smart Energy products, and are supporting its continued development as members of the Alliance. These include LG, EDMI, General Electric, Honeywell, Panasonic, Toshiba and Schneider Electric.
“Smart Energy delivers many benefits for its users,” said Victor Berrios, VP Technology for the Zigbee Alliance. “With Smart Energy Certified meters and consumption devices, our members empower utilities and consumers with the data necessary to make informed decisions about energy usage and help them meet worldwide energy challenges today and tomorrow.”