Successful Kickstarter project Neurio now delivering home electricity sensing

Successful Kickstarter project Neurio now delivering home electricity sensing

At the end of 2013, a group of people calling itself Energy Aware, launched a Kickstarter project for a device they had created called Neurio—an electricity sensor that connects to a home's breaker panel and keeps track of usage—data is sent from it via WiFI to a cloud storage facility where it is analyzed put into a form that makes sense and then sent to the user's smartphone. The purpose of the device is first and foremost to give homeowners a better picture of where the electricity in their home is being used. The Kickstarter project was successful in that the team received far more in pledges than they were asking, which meant that they were able to put the finishing touches on their product and have it put into production. And now, those that made pledges are receiving their product.

The Neurio, which is actually more of a system than a single device, is a new way to implement the idea of the Internet of Everything—instead of hooking up a sensor to every light, appliance, etc. there is just one sensor, right where all the power comes into the house. The system is able to identify individual appliance use via training with a homeowner. The device is thereafter identified by the uniqueness of the amount of power it draws. Thus, big energy users such as clothes dryers, ovens, heaters, etc. can be identified and their energy use portions mapped in pie charts—doing, so the team claims on their web page, helps people reduce their energy usage (and thus their bill) by focusing on the hogs in their house.

But that of course is not the end of the story, the Neurio is also open platform which means it can "talk" to other web based services which means services like alerts can be created, such as letting a homeowner know if they have left the stove on after they have gone to work. Messages are sent to a smartphone, of course. Buyers of the Neurio also had the option to purchase something called a Trigger, which allows for programming apps to go along with the sensor—to have a message sent when the dryer cuts off, for example.

Looking to the future, the Neurio team plans to continue refining the ability of the sensor to detect different devices in the home, which if it leads to the single light bulb level, could mean homeowners would have not just full control of the electrical devices in their house, but full reporting of their usage from an independent source.

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May 26, 2015
Is it just poor relative of smart meter which can also measure power usage on separate circuitry at home, like AC, oven etc., and was already implemented in many states. SM also uses cloud data which customer can download or use mobile app. Guess they ran out of news early this summer (actually before) .

May 26, 2015
It isn't.

The smart meter delivers reports of energy in kilowatt hours in 15 minute windows, and Neurio has a time resolution of at least 2 Hz. The sub-second sampling rate of the Neurio allows for much better analysis of electrical device usage.

The smart meter operates on a single circuit, not multiple circuits. While it is often possible to deduce what appliance is operating from the quarter hour energy consumption of the power at the service drop, the energy signal from larger appliances tends to drown out the energy usage of smaller devices and appliances.

Unlike the smart meter, the Neurio is not a revenue-grade meter (and of course, it doesn't have to be).

Finally, the company that makes Neurio can use the information sent to the cloud as a revenue source for company operation. There are many clients that are very interested in buying reports on your fine-grained energy usage.

May 26, 2015
I am not a fan of smart meters but what people care is energy usage and cost and smart meter delivers in this field and operate on multiple circuits. You can sign up for program where utility disconnects automatically your AC only and nothing else in case of shortages of electrical power(grayouts) for utility bill cash discount even up to $200.

If I got this right this device analyzes separate appliances or total power usage twice a second for what? To check appliance performance? Should it be done during testing in factory? Still I do not see it as any type of breakthrough for consumer benefit except may be for big data guys.

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