We’ve spent the week attending Distributech, a Smart Grid conference, in San Diego. Since last summer Mobile Brain Bank identified Energy as an industry that would benefit from adding mobile apps to their B2C and B2B interfaces.
During the show we met with dozens of companies in both pre-booked meetings, as well as in networking events and the show floor. Here are some of the highlights from the conference.
Southwire Company in Georgia the number one manufacturer of wire cable in North America. They are one of the pioneers in this industry who’ve realized the power of a mobile front end. Their Partial Reel Calculator, Conduit Fill Calculator, Proof Positive Copper app, Voltage drop, are examples of apps created for Southwire’s business users. All of the apps are well done, and it amazed us to hear that they’ve actually been developed by local Carrollton high school students. Southwire takes pride in taking care of the community, and they’ve launched something called SWEA (Southwire Engineering Academy) to address local needs. Another SWEA program is called Twelve for Life which helps at-risk students in Carroll county schools by providing employment while attending school. The students will have a guaranteed job with wage as long as they stay in school and finish. Such admirable corporate responsibility.
At another both, Aclara announced a mobile experience that offers electric, gas and water utilities an integrated, user friendly way to engage with consumers. It’s a turnkey solution for iOS and Android devices that performs a wide range of apps from usage tracking, to paying your utility bills, outage reporting etc. Each utility can brand the app in their own look and feel, and launch to customers in their familiar colors.
Esri is a company name that popped up here and there. They are offering a mobile geographic information system (GIS). This software is used by utilities for mapping their networks such as water pipes, electricity grid etc. Esri offers a SDK for developers to build apps on top of the map. The SDK is currently available for Android, iOS and Windows 6.5. A Windows 8 version will be released later this spring.
Smartcom is a leading M2M service provider with an solution integrating thermostats, metering, security, logistics, ATM, lighting, vending machines – any connected machine you can imagine, into a coherent wireless network.
Countless companies showcased their meters, readers, thermostats etc. There is an abundance of connected devices out there, most of lacking a mobile user interface. Attending the show made us even more convinced that mobile software has a bright future in Energy, Smart Grid and Smart Home.
If you have an existing mobile solution to offer in this space, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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