08 Jan '13, 2pm

CES: Novel home energy monitor is tiny, and designed in Cambridge

Cambridge-based smart meter firm Sentec has announced a tiny home energy monitor that threads onto the pins of a mains plug. Called MicroMonitor , it is a reference design that transmits the consumption of individual appliances in real-time, needs no batteries, and is expected to be under $9 for a production version. "Utilities could even give it away or package the MicroMonitor with other services and products," said Sentec. "The sensing technology can be incorporated into other form factors - it could be included in a wall outlet, embedded into a plug or lead, or built directly into an appliance." Measurement is through the firm's 'C-strip' current sensor, and there is an on-chip metrology software library. Power comes from a tiny ac-dc converter, and stand-by consumption is an excellent sub-10mW. Per-plug energy monitoring is seen as an alternative to whole house monito...

Full article: http://www.electronicsweekly.com/Articles/08/01/2013/5532...

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