HP Energy Pack Allows Demand Management through Internet of Things

HP IoT
Valerie Eacret, March 13, 2015

Hewlett-Packard has developed the Internet of Things Platform and Energy Management Pack, which allow utilities to control how much energy is used by certain equipment. It can use big data and two-way communication to adjust energy consumption, if residents’ deviation from their typical patterns of energy use shows that they are away from home and an air conditioner is left on. It may also be used to work with cities to reduce the energy consumption of streetlights. There are privacy issues associated with the technology, because the system uses combined knowledge of individual customers and overall demand to function. Once these issues are sufficiently addressed, the technology could play a major role in meeting the energy demands of the future.

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HP preps IoT wares to tame energy beasts, like runaway air conditioners

PC World, February 25, 2015

On a hot day in the future, if you go to work and leave your home air conditioning on full blast, your power company may know you’re away and turn it down for you.

Assuming the potential privacy issues get worked out, that could save you money and keep the utility away from the brink of overload, Hewlett-Packard says. It wants to build end-to-end, cloud-powered systems that energy companies could use for all the monitoring, device management, security and analytics needed to fine-tune power production and use.

The combination of software and services that HP will use to build those systems, called the HP Energy Management Pack, is the first product built on the HP IoT Platform, the company’s answer to expected demand for Internet of Things implementations. The IoT Platform and Energy Management Pack are available now, and more packages are coming later for industries like transportation and health care, said Jeff Edlund, chief technology officer of HP’s communications and media solutions business.

IoT will be a hot topic at next week’s Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona. IoT describes a broad range of devices and use cases, but usually it involves a complex set of technologies and networks to link up remote equipment. It’s not just the sensors, wearables and appliances that get all the attention.

“There’s a whole lot more that it takes to actually get all of that working,” said analyst Peter Jarich of Current Analysis.

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