The Smart Grid Smart City agreement calls for the installation of smart meters in the Hunter Valley and Sydney. Up to 20,000 houses will be equipped with in-home displays that enable consumers to track their energy use. Residents in ten percent of these homes will be able to control their energy devices using mobile devices such as the iPhone.
Glen Boreham, Managing Director of IBM Australia & New Zealand, called the Smart Grid, Smart City demonstration “a critical step in developing the necessary infrastructure meeting the energy demands of Australian citizens into the future. One of IBM’s key priorities is to help utility companies transform energy, environmental and sustainability issues into opportunities that positively impact the world. Being a member of the consortium that will carry out this project is a reflection of IBM’s commitment to the energy industry and our vision for a smarter planet.”
IT News reports that EnergyAustralia smart grid manager Adrian Clark says the demonstration tests business assumptions alongside technology deployed in real-world conditions. He also says the data generated during the trial will be critical for a wider smart grid rollout. “Data will inform how we as an industry understand those [customer] benefits and create products and technology. It’s not just technology; it’s also the business context in which that technology fits.”