The PowerCost Monitor (and Black & Decker Power Monitor) from Blue Line Innovations is now on Google Powermeter! In July of 2010 I wrote about the PowerCost Monitor teaming up with Microsoft Hohm with the addition of WiFi gateway.
From the Blue Line press release on the PowerMeter announcement:
The PowerCost Monitor, which introduced its WiFi Gateway accessory this summer, is the only electricity monitoring product in full device partnership with both Google PowerMeter and Microsoft Hohm®. The WiFi Gateway allows families with a PowerCost Monitor or Black & Decker Power Monitor to view their data on line or through a mobile device and provides them with their choice of online partner. A very simple plug and play configuration allows the consumer the flexibility to change their partner selection at any time.
Peter Porteous, CEO, Blue Line Innovations said, “We are very pleased to be partnering with Google PowerMeter today. Our WiFi launch and partnership with Microsoft Hohm was very successful and now we are able to offer consumers even greater choice and control over energy usage”.
So Blue Line Innovations is the first company to have the two big software players in their court (or maybe it's the other way around). I'm guessing other device manufacturers on PowerMeter will try and get something going with Hohm soon! Here is a list of some of the Microsoft Hohm partners, but I was really surprised to see how many device partners Google PowerMeter has!
From my earlier post on PowerCost Monitor:
It’s interesting to see that the pricing on the PowerCost Monitor is right around the TED 5000 pricing. There are three (now two) big differences in these two products:
- PowerCost monitor reads your meter with an optical eye. TED 5000 uses Current Transformers (CTs) installed into your breaker panel.
- PowerCost monitor communicates with the base station through a wireless network. TED 5000 communicates through your home’s electrical wiring.
- PowerCost monitor has a relationship with Microsoft Hohm. TED 5000 has a relationship with Google Powermeter
It's great to see more solutions for those interested in home energy monitoring. Let's hope the rest of the public gets interested!