Home energy management system
It’s no coincidence that Panasonic Asia-Pacific started testing its Home Energy Management System (HEMS) in Singapore: the highly urbanised citystate largely depends on effective air-conditioning. Panasonic’s technology allows residents to use their smartphones to control their air-conditioning units, even when away from home, and to monitor how much energy they’ve consumed. The idea is to make it easy for customers to see if energy is being wasted. The HEMS will be fully launched from 2013 but Panasonic is already eyeing other markets in the Asia-Pacific. “With rising concern about global climate change, energy efficiency and management solutions will be of higher demand,” says Low Beng Huat, Panasonic Asia-Pacific’s general manager for environment and external affairs.
In association with Monocle, EDB brings to you a selection of people, places and products that make Singapore a nation that is punching far above its weight despite its relatively compact size and population (content first published in Monocle).