Essent signs up AlertMe to make Dutch homes smarter

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Dutch energy company Essent, part of the RWE group, has signed up smart technology specialist AlertMe to launch a new energy saving service for customers in the Netherlands.

The cloud-based ‘E-sight’ smart energy service will give customers an AlertMe home hub, two smart plugs and access to the online system allowing them to monitor and control any plugged in device remotely.

Customers will also be able to compare their existing appliances with new energy efficient models on the market and calculate the savings that could be made by upgrading.

Essent, which has 2.4 million customers in the Netherlands, plans to roll out a number of smart energy services over the next two years.

“Customers expect easy to use services that show immediate relevance,” says Ivor Kusters, manager of the smart energy programme at Essent. “With E-insight we enable our customers to determine which appliances use too much energy. The AlertMe platform enables Essent to introduce smart services in a modular way, so we can keep them simple.”

AlertMe is hoping to position itself to capitalise on the growth of smart meters and home energy management services in Europe. According to its estimates, there could be 23 million smart systems in homes in Western Europe by 2015 and 46 million by 2020, creating a market with revenues of over $10 billion.

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