Consert Inc. Launches Tablet Interface at Rockwood Electric UtilityDec. 5, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT
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(L to R) Verizon Associate Director Patrick McLees, Rockwood Electric Utility
General Manager Kendall Bear and Consert Business Development Manager Charlie Mathys,
at the unveiling of the new Consert tablet web interface demonstrated on Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.
ROCKWOOD, Tenn. – Rockwood Electric Utility (REU) unveiled the new Consert tablet web interface on a Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 device which allows REU customers to remotely access their Consert web user portal and control their energy use on major energy consuming devices, such as heating and air conditioning systems, water heaters and pool pumps. REU is the first utility in the country to utilize the new tablet interface.
“The tablet interface represents our continued efforts to improve the ease with which utility customers monitor and manage their energy use,” said Consert Business Development Manager Charlie Mathys. “Now they can access and enjoy the same anytime and anywhere convenience of the Consert web portal from a tablet in addition to their personal computer.”
Consert helped provide REU pilot customers a simple and reliable way to reduce energy consumption by an average of 10% – while allowing them to maintain comfort and control around their lifestyle. Consert’s unique technology works to the benefit of both consumers and electric utility providers.
REU utilizes Consert’s Virtual Peak Plant™ technology for peak load reduction and has tested it during various conservation events. Results of a summer conservation event showed an average peak load reduction of 2.0 kW per participant by managing air conditioners, water heaters and pool pumps. REU employed a dual meter base for direct comparison of the Consert meter to the existing meter.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer our customers another convenient way they can access their account and manage their energy consumption, allowing them to save energy resources and at the same time reduce their energy bill,” said REU general manager Kendall Bear. “We are at the forefront of a new technology that will shape our industry for many years to come.”
REU plans to deploy the Consert Solution on 1,100 to 1,300 residential and light commercial installations.
Consert utilizes Verizon’s Wireless network to provide real-time connectivity from smart meters to the Consert data center. Verizon’s networks deliver on the performance, reliability, and high level of security required to power solutions for utilities, as well as other industries.
Patrick McLees, associate director for Verizon Wireless, said: “Rockwood is a great case of using advanced wireless technologies to benefit the public. Now with the launch of a tablet interface and through machine-to-machine technology, Verizon is working with Consert to bring innovative solutions to the industry and help change behavior to promote energy efficiency.”
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About Consert Inc.
Consert Inc. is an intelligent energy management company that provides the most advanced high-value load management suite available in the marketplace. Consert’s Virtual Peak PlantTM load management system is the only solution proven to provide reliable, real-time, fully-integrated load management through the pairing of utility and consumer offerings. Consert, recent winner of a CTIA E-Tech Award and CS Week Expanding Excellence Award and the recipient of the 2012 Going Green Award in the Leadership Private Sector category by the San Antonio Business Journal, is affiliated with Hometown Connections, the utility services subsidiary of the American Public Power Association, and Texas Electric Cooperatives and is a member of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative.. For more information, visit Consert.com. Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/consert. Follow us on Twitter @Consert Inc.