In Mid-May Ringeriks-Kraft and eSmart Systems introduced the mobile app Smartliv. Smartliv provides customers with a complete overview of their energy consumption and the ability to gain greater awareness of their energy consumption.
“Ringeriks-Kraft was the first in Norway to deploy smart AMS-meters to all customers, and since we have actively worked to develop new products and services for our customers. Launching the Smartliv app is the first step in a very exciting direction,” says CEO in Ringeriks-Kraft, Ole Sunnset.
The app is the first of its kind, and it sets a new standard for customer relationship management in the energy industry.
Saving money through increased awareness
Smartliv personalizes saving tips showing how customers can save money and the environment with simple measures. It also enables customers to compare their power consumption and compete with those who live nearby.
“Ringeriks-Kraft is a pioneer in an industry undergoing major change. It was the first in Norway to deploy AMS meters to all customers within its concession area. With Smartliv, Ringeriks-Kraft takes a leading position in the Norwegian market, once again showing its pioneering power. We are proud to be the chosen supplier of the Smartliv system and thereby participate in shaping development of the energy industry,” says Knut H. H. Johansen, CEO of eSmart Systems.
The app is available for both IOS and Android platforms. The app is free and can be downloaded now. You must be current customer of Ringeriks-Kraft to use it.
Henriette Næss Forsetlund Marketing and Communications Manager, eSmart Systems
A few weeks ago Microsoft published a blog post on their Machine Learning Blog mentioning eSmart Systems. Last week they posted a case study of eSmart Systems.
"We just published a new case study where partner eSmart Systems helps Utilities keep the lights on with an automated energy management system based on Microsoft cloud services, including Azure Machine Learning (ML). What does this mean for Utilities? Utility companies can now connect sensors, smart meters, and software to forecast consumption, reduce outages, and monitor assets to improve efficiencies. It helps Utilities avoid costly investment in both grid and IT infrastructure while serving an ever-growing and evolving smart energy ecosystem through smarter solutions that leverage leverage the enormous capabilities of the Microsoft cloud", writes Microsoft in their Power and Utilities Blog.
Energy companies can meet complex challenges—including massive population growth—more easily and affordably by using eSmart and Microsoft technologies to monitor assets and improve efficiencies.
– We need a cloud solution that really scales, and we also need the computing ability to perform big data analysis and predictions, says Knut Johansen, CEO in eSmart Systems, in the case study.
– The fact that Microsoft chooses to make a case study about eSmart Systems is a distinction for our work around predictions and Big Data, says Erik Åsberg, Head of Development, eSmart Systems.
Fredag 9.januar holdt eSmart Systems og Microsoft et webinar om Big Data-løsninger og skyteknologi.
Big Data blir gjerne omtalt som et buzzword, men faktum er at mange bransjer og virksomheter vil bli påvirket av de teknologiske endringene som kommer. Energibransjen er blant dem. I fremtiden vil vi hente data fra mange ulike kilder, blant annet smarte strømmålere, sensorer, smarte komponenter i nettet, og eksterne kilder som sosiale nettverk. Utviklingen innen smarte nett skyter fart både i Norge og internasjonalt, og mengden data som må håndteres økes hurtig. De nærmeste årene skal rundt 2,5 millioner strømmålere i Norge byttes ut med smarte målere hvor forbruket blir meldt inn automatisk. I Europa skal 80% av el-målerne i alle EU-land være byttet ut med smarte målere innen 2020. I tillegg er smarte boliger og bygg på full fart inn i energisystemet, der både energiforbruk, lagring og lokal produksjon trenger nye systemer for styring og informasjon.
Big Data benyttes for å kunne ta bedre beslutninger basert på informasjon man har i egne systemer. Stadig flere står overfor en uhåndterlig mengde data som øker i voldsom takt. Overgangen til smarte målere vil gi en rekke fordeler for energi- og nettselskap, men for å dra fordeler av dette er det nødvendig med nye IT-systemer som er i stand til å bearbeide betydelig større datamengder og gjennomføre tilhørende analyser i sann tid.
Det finnes nå systemer som benytter seg av det siste innenfor teknologi for datahåndtering. Med skytjenesten Microsoft Azure som grunnmur har eSmart Systems designet et system som håndterer mengden og variasjonen av data, og oversetter den til innsikt. Ved bruk av skyteknologi har de klart å kombinere ulike lagringsmetodikker for å håndtere store datamengder som både kan være strukturerte og ustrukturerte, sette opp prediksjoner og avanserte maskinlæringsalgoritmer. Big Data-løsninger kombinert med skyteknologi gir brukerne muligheten til å få oversikt over dataene som produseres i nettet. Dette gir en stor merverdi i en bransje som er vant med mange silobaserte systemer som ikke snakker sammen, og ofte har begrensede analyse- og visualiseringsmuligheter.
eSmart Systems possesses great expertise in IT and energy and the company is growing rapidly. The latest addition is Dang Ha The Hien, in the R&D team.
Dang is 26 years old, he earned his Bachelor Degree in Vietnam before he moved to Norway in 2011. He graduated with the degree Master in Computer Science from Østfold University College in 2014.
This fall Dang started an industrial phd hosted by eSmart. The phd is a collaboration between eSmart, University of Oslo and the Norwegian Research Council.
In his research Dang is taking advantage of Big Data technology to develop a platform for real-time analysis. By utilizing this technology, he can develop smart energy models that will provide critical decision support including optimal network operations for utility companies. The models will combine both structured and unstructured information from social media with smart energy data and provide utility companies with valuable insights. These insights can be used to improve the efficiency of the companies own operations, as well as better utilization of the energy market in its entirety.
Dang is involved in various projects at eSmart. He works closely with Microsoft in a project that focus on Machine Learning and prediction. Currently he is designing a model to be implemented and integrated in Microsofts cloud platform, Azure. The project it’s about building a complete model which can forecast long-term and short-term future consumption at any given node on the grid. This information can be used to optimize the grid power flows, overload early detection, or reschedule flexible loads. The project will be completed in December.
eSmart Systems started its operations 1st of February by 6 industry veterans with an average of 15 years of international experience delivering IT-systems to the energy industry. We have now grown to over 20 people, moved to brand new offices and are very proud to have hired our first female employee.
Growing so fast have been a challenge. We have to ensure both quality of our operations and that we do not grow faster than our cash flow permits. Many years of experience ensure that we avoid many of the common pitfalls, and our partners have provided great help during this process.
One of the first major tasks for eSmart was to find the right partners. eSmart was started with the idea that the Smart Grid revolution and the changes in the IT-technology sector over the past decade requires new IT-systems built from scratch. The systems has to deal with the huge amounts of data and intelligence required in Smart Grids, but also has to enable businesses to take advantage of the new IT-revolution (see http://labs.esmartsystems.com/2013/10/24/the-nexus-of-forces/). Our goal is to provide disruptive technology and to be the number one challenger to traditional energy IT-system vendors, and a small startup cannot do this alone.
Innovation Norway has been a great supporter. They have helped us visit Silicon Valley twice this year in two separate arrangements. First during the TINC spring’13 where we worked hard to find the right technology partners in California, and later during the crown prince and princess delegation to visit companies in Silicon Valley and strengthen the contact between Silicon Valley and Norway.
Perhaps most importantly, Innovation Norway awarded us funding for our IRD-project (Industrial Research and Development Project) to build our platform and our first commercial products. The project is a collaboration between eSmart Systems, Innovation Norway, Fredrikstad Energy, Sogn and Fjordane Energy and Big Data Energy Services. It is evident that working closely with our partners is very important, and the success of our products is closely linked to the success of this collaboration. During this first year, we have had workshops, innovation workouts and weekly meetings ensuring the quality of both product specifications and product deliveries.
We look forward to release our first product in 2014. We have already started with the first marketing activities, and look forward to a hectic year where sales and customer acquisition will be a major activity in addition to continuing the great product development job.
Happy holidays, and hope to meet you sometime during 2014!