AlertMe has prevailed against stiff competition to land a strategically important deal with British Gas. The agreement will see it provide the utility’s smart meter customers with a personalised energy efficiency advice service.
AlertMe’s cloud based home monitoring service will take data from the smart meters and provide the consumer with simple ‘actionable’ information on how their energy usage compares with other people in the street, for example, and how to reduce their use of energy.
The service is free to British Gas customers and will be trialed in 10,000 homes in the summer, with a wider roll out starting in the autumn. British Gas is the UK’s largest supplier of domestic energy, serving 10 million homes and 15.9 million energy accounts.
The deal marks AlertMe’s first large-scale roll out of ‘Big Data’ services based on smart meter data according to the press release.
Smart meters allow users to keep track of how much gas and electricity they are using in real time. The government has ordered that all homes be fitted with the technology by 2020.