Metering & Smart Energy International - A Week in Smart Metering

Rose Bundock, digital editor of Metering & Smart Energy International asks what makes a device smart.
Published: Wed 14 Oct 2015
A paper released this week highlights that ‘smart’ means different things to different stakeholders on the Internet of Things value chain. 
A wifi-connected fridge is being marketed and sold to consumers as a smart appliance. So it’s smart. Not so, says Dutch connected homes company GreenPeak. 
In its new report this week GreenPeak said that having a smart device means that it has the ability to “analyse the incoming data and then make a decision to control or activate a device within the home or facility – without having a human being required to press the on/off button”.
The company says that instead of expecting consumers to manually control so-called smart devices, they should be offered smart services. Think of a butler says GreenPeak. They don’t need to be programmed to open the door or turn a light on, they just do it. The Internet of Services should use the same model, using data to know when to use a smart window sensor or smart door bolt. 
The concept of a butler-like presence controlling my smart appliances to anticipate my every need certainly sounds appealing assuming he is the loyal, trustworthy type that won’t hack my bank account and run off with the family silver.
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