IBM and Cisco Help Amsterdam Reduce Energy Use

amsterdam.jpg IBM and Cisco (CSCO) (a supplier of Internet networking equipment and management systems) are partnering in a pilot designed to help residents of the City of Amsterdam make more informed decisions about their energy consumption. By doing so, the pilot will help the City as a whole (as well as Dutch utility Nuon) make smarter use of energy. The pilot is part of the City’s Smart City initiative, which fosters collaboration between individuals, government, and companies in the creation of a sustainable Amsterdam.

The pilot will measure the energy consumption of 500 selected households, using an innovative energy management system comprised of smart metering and home energy management technology. These will monitor participants’ household appliances, thereby helping them gain a clearer understanding of their energy usage. With this understanding, participants will be better equipped to alter their behavior and reduce the amount of energy they consume. The program is expected to help participants decrease their energy bills and CO2 emissions by 14 percent or more.
IBM and Nuon will develop the system’s applications (including collection of energy data), and Cisco will be responsible for the IP-based home energy management solutions (including implementation of energy-reducing measures). IBM and Cisco aim to show that e-intelligence is a valuable component of an effective energy-management strategy.

Sarah Harper is a professional writer based in San Francisco, California. Her interests include sustainability, government policy, and international politics. In her free time, Sarah enjoys toying with the idea of holistic health, overanalysis, and plotting world exploration.

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