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Digital Photo Frame Displays Real-Time Energy Usage Along With Personal Photographs

Posted by Audrey Neuman on August 26, 2014
Digital Photo Frame Displays Real-Time Energy Usage Along With Personal Photographs
CEIVA Energy allows homeowners to see their energy use through a digital photo frame inside their home.

Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc., the electric distribution utility serving more than 52,000 customers in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, recently announced it is launching CEIVA Energy’s home energy management system that will provide customers with easy-to-understand information about their household’s energy usage, right on their kitchen counter. Several large utilities in the United States have already deployed CEIVA Energy’s home energy management system platform, but Guelph Hydro is the first Canadian utility to implement the award-winning customer engagement technology.

Eligible Guelph Hydro customers who sign up for the peaksaverPLUS program will receive a digital photo frame that connects wirelessly to their smart meter. The frame displays real-time data about the household’s energy consumption, alongside personal photos that customers can upload to their cloud-based CEIVA account from photo sharing websites or applications.

As an added feature, customers will be able to monitor energy usage information remotely through the CEIVA webpage or smart phone app for iOS and Android devices.

Five years ago, anticipating that growth in connectivity would extend into the utility sector, Guelph Hydro distinguished itself by being the only utility in Ontario to deploy smart meters equipped with a ZigBee chip. Similar to Bluetooth technology, ZigBee is a non-proprietary communications protocol that enables smart meters to communicate with devices inside the home. This is a key component of a “smart home,” or a house that is equipped with a variety of technological tools that automate and enhance living. Using sophisticated in-home energy management systems, smart meters, appliances, lighting, heating and cooling systems, electric outlets and other devices can communicate with each other in order to maximize energy savings for homeowners.  

This program is CEIVA Energy’s first international utility deployment. The rollout also marks CEIVA Energy’s second integration with Silver Spring Networks Inc., demonstrating the interoperability of its platform. CEIVA Energy’s deployment with Guelph Hydro is based on secure infrastructure that complies with Canada’s privacy laws and security mandates.

Learn more about Guelph Hydro’s peaksaverPLUS program at www.guelphhydro.com.

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