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Home smart grid system runs Linux

Sep 16, 2009, 13:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Brown)

"The new EMS 100 system is aimed at utilities that want to offer their customers a home automation network (HAN) that can interact with emerging "smart grid" deployments. The system aggregates energy usage data from various household loads and presents the information in a GUI display, enabling customers to monitor and adjust energy usage. The system can be programmed to automatically turn devices on and off or make other adjustments, Control4 adds.

"Depending on the services offered by a utility, the system enables customers to:
Track energy usage of devices over time
Compare energy consumption to other homes in the same area
Track billing information
Display emails and text messages to help manage energy use in real time
Participate in demand response programs
Learn about promotions and rebates"

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