City 'Greener' Energy Invention Unveiled; INNOVATION &TECHNOLOGY Chance to Keep Track of Building's Power Usage

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Byline: JON GRIFFIN Business Staff

A new energy monitoring system, which can help property owners keep track of a building's power consumption from anywhere in the world, is being unveiled in the Midlands this week.

The device, which aims to cut energy bills by 50 per cent, is to be launched at the National Exhibition Centre by the Birmingham company which has developed it.

The Open AV power monitoring and control system, invented by Open AV Ltd, which is part of the Install Automation group based in the city's Jewellery Quarter, is so flexible that it can detect the energy using pattern of anything from a single house to dozens of different commercial buildings.

The system could be used by a householder to simply reset his domestic heating while on holiday in Australia or to help a multi-national corporation keep tight control over its energy consumption at every branch it owns in dozens of different countries.

The device, which operates through web-based software, is being demonstrated in public for the first time on the Install Automations stand K181 at the Home Building and Renovating Show, which runs at the NEC from March 19 to 22.

Its Open AV software can also control other electronic systems in either the home or commercial buildings, including audio and visual distribution, on-demand television distribution, lighting and electrical management and monitoring, heating, security and access control. …