With Europe set to see a dramatic growth in home automation, energy management and security system, Toshiba (News - Alert) Corporation is all set to tap the potential in the region by expanding its home solutions business in Europe.
France is expected to set the ball rolling and plans to introduce smart meters from 2014. And, as a first step to enhancing its home solution business in Europe, Toshiba has launched Pluzzy- a modular system that gives connected households information about how to set and manage power consumption targets.
Pluzzy also helps track CO2 emissions and the Smartplug, a component of Pluzzy, monitors energy consumption and helps in the management of individual equipment. It also has sensors that help control the temperature and humidity of the home, provide security and conserve energy. All this can be done remotely and can be controlled by a PC or network-connected TV, a smartphone or tablet
Toshiba Systems (France), which deals with digital products for both the consumer and professional market, will help promote the sales of the Pluzzy. The launch is expected to trigger the introduction of hourly-based power rates based on home meter data, and to promote the early adoption of HEMS compliant with the meters.
“We are excited to launch our HEMS products and services in France, as we are convinced they will allow consumers to achieve not only enhanced home energy management but a better quality of life,” said Ryuji Maruyama, general manager of Toshiba’s Smart Community Division.
Of course, this is just the beginning for Toshiba, which has big plans for the expansion of its home solutions in Europe.
“We will steadily expand the HEMS business, including heating solutions for winter, and going forward we will launch Pluzzy in the U.K. and Germany. We aim to introduce the system to over 150,000 households or so in Europe in the next three years,” added Maryuma.