Energy / Smart Home
M2M Solutions Improve Energy Efficiency
M2M solutions are an important building block of the energy turnaround. Connected sensors and smart grids create far-reaching advantages.
In December 2015 the Paris climate summit ended with a historic agreement. All 196 states signed an agreement undertaking to limit global warming. Smart information and communications technology are an important building block in the energy turnaround. Using smart ICT solutions reduces global CO2 emissions by up to 20 percent, according to the SMARTer2030 report by the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI).
The report states that connected sensors and smart grids generate far-reaching economic, ecological and social advantages. M2M solutions make smart grids possible and enable power utilities to distribute loads more efficiently. Consumers can also reduce energy costs by using smart meters.
Smart Home – An Opportunity for Power Utilities
Smart Home is a major trend and experts are sure that it will find its way into many homes soon. With the aid of M2M solutions from Telekom, power utilities stand to be among those who benefit from the trend.
Utilities are finding the energy business increasingly difficult. For example, Consumers who look on the Internet for a new electricity provider in Berlin will find around 450 offerings on various portals. With so many competitors, power utilities need to convince their customers by other means than just the price. Competitive prices may put them briefly in the lead, but this success will not be permanent.
Utilities Need Innovative Business Models
In canvassing for increasingly sophisticated customers, power utilities need to create unique selling propositions and develop innovative business models. Developing long-term customer relationships will be important, for example. Many experts feel that smart home control offers the greatest potential for customer acquisition. Smart Home is a major trend.
In collaboration with competent partners, Telekom offers its customers cross-industry complete M2M solutions from a single source. To take the Smart Home forward, Telekom and partners have jointly set up the brand- and manufacturer-independent Qivicon platform. Dozens of partners have already joined Qivicon. They include the power utilities EnBW, Entega, RheinEnergie, Vattenfall, and the Austrian eww Group. Along with energy efficiency, their offerings cover security and comfort, both of which are popular with customers.
Gain a Swift Entry to the Smart Home Market
Companies do not need to invest in either technology or infrastructure and will gain swift entry to the Smart Home market, including provision, hosting, training, and customer care. With the complete solution they define their own Smart Home product offering, have individual adjustment options in relation to design and brand image, and retain control over their customer relationships. In addition, companies generate extra sales potential over and above their existing business and extend existing customer relationships by means of up- and cross-selling.
Control Your Heating by a Smart Home App
One reason for the interest in connected homes is that consumers are taking a keener interest in matters of energy efficiency and energy saving. With the aid of thermostats, for example, users are defining heating profiles and specifying that the heating should be on only in the morning and the evening when they are at home. Via an app the heating can be controlled remotely – on the user’s way home from work or vacation.
According to the German consumer foundation Stiftung Warentest, consumers can save up to 10 percent of heating energy by switching the temperature down by four degrees when they are away from home for several hours. Connected to other smart devices, thermostats are even more useful. Window contacts connected to a thermostat help reduce energy consumption. If the window is opened to air a room, the heating is automatically switched down.
High Energy Saving Potential
Adapters and wall switches also help to save energy. With an adapter, users can switch any number of electrical devices on or off or measure their electricity consumption in order to identify power guzzlers. With a wall switch, users can switch off all electrical devices that are not needed with a single click as they leave the house or apartment. According to a survey by the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics, up to 40 percent of energy costs can be saved by means of smart home control.