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The need for Active Home Platforms

Active home platforms will need to reconcile the numerous data management protocols and communication standards that currently exist in the myriad IoE devices being deployed today and that will be deployed in the future. Active home platforms will also need to process all the information being received from the numerous connected devices in order to optimise their performance for the benefit of the household.

As we have previously mentioned, Internet of Energy (IoE) technologies can communicate and interact directly outside the home, independent of one another. However, the integration of isolated solutions and the creation of active homes would deliver much greater value to homeowners — and enable them to play a far more critical part in demand-side flexibility.

Active home platforms will fulfil a need for holistic coordination of a home’s IoE technologies. Homes with more than one independent system responding to external market signals, such as time of usage signals, will run into signal validation issues and, potentially, financial settlement issues. Having a single entity responding to external market signals, in the form of an active home platform, will eliminate a series of complications created by having multiple competing systems within a home.

In the long run, harmonisation of IoE devices within the confines of the home will be the most effective way to create value for consumers, and consequently for the entire IoE ecosystem.

 

What is Holding Back Active Home Platforms?

For mass market participation to occur, an active home platform will have to hide all the complications (integration, communication, data management, etc.) for consumers.

To converge onto an active home platform, IoE technologies will need to share common, specialist data structures and security measures. However, there is a lack of collaboration and alignment among IoE ecosystem participants that is leading to a plethora of interoperability complications around communication and data management. It is up to the IoE ecosystem players to roll up their sleeves, eliminate the integration challenges, get behind the harmonisation of all technologies within the home, and unleash the potential of active homes.

This will be difficult, as active home platforms will need to reconcile the numerous data management protocols and communication standards that currently exist in the myriad IoE devices being deployed today and that will be deployed in the future. Active home platforms will also need to process all the information being received from the numerous connected devices in order to optimise their performance for the benefit of the household. Simultaneously, the active home platform is tasked with managing “relationships” with external third parties such as neighbours, local businesses, local power aggregators, community energy players, and local municipalities and utilities. And of course, all this must be done in real time.

Essentially, for IoE deployment to scale quickly, it is imperative that ecosystem players get behind an active home platform — but this is no more than what the internet itself has achieved.

The technology already exists today to effectively enable active home platforms, with the cloud playing a major role, along with data integration, management, and analytics, and the necessary communication infrastructure. Technology is not holding IoE back, and it is the lack of collaboration among ecosystem players that poses the greatest challenge and threat. This is beginning to be addressed by IoE frontrunners.

 

More Information

 

This blog has been extracted from the whitepaper “The Internet of Energy – Enabling Residential Demand Management” produced independently by the IDC (International Data Corporation). You can download a full version of the whitepaper here.

If you would like to explore the topics discussed in this white paper in more detail, please contact geo by phone on +44(0)1223 850 210 or by email at marketing@geotogether.com.

For IoE deployment to scale quickly, it is imperative that ecosystem players get behind an active home platform.

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