Sitecom introduces Home Energy Monitor to allow easy control and monitoring of electronics

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Sitecom introduces Home Energy Monitor to allow easy control and monitoring of electronics

 
Sitecom’s Home Energy Monitor allows users to monitor power consumption and costs from electronics and is the company’s first step into the Smart Home-market with lighting- and security-related products soon to follow.
 
Rotterdam (The Netherlands), March 2014 - Sitecom introduces the Home Energy Monitor as part of a family of simple, ingenious Smart Home products, that use homeowner’s smartphones or tablets, their home’s wireless network and Zigbee technology to gain control and monitor their homes from anywhere. With the new Home Energy Monitor products Sitecom delivers homeowners the peace of mind that comes from knowing they can control and monitor their electronics from everywhere and save money effortlessly. The products are an important first step in Sitecom’s commitment to creating a simple, customizable Smart Home ecosystem that can be accessed wherever and whenever via a Smartphone or tablet. To introduce the first Smart Home solutions, Sitecom has partnered with tech start-up NET2GRID, a home automation technology company from the Netherlands, to offer the simple, intuitive and affordable Home Energy Monitor. Sitecom will continue to evolve the Smart Home ecosystem with new products and app enhancements such as lighting- and security-related products and integration of IFTTT, an online service that creates triggers using different Internet-based services such as email, weather and social media. These future developments will extend the product family beyond the traditional home automation market and bring the Smart Home to every home.
 
 
 
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WLE-1000 Home Energy Monitor Starter Pack
The intuitive and affordable WLE-1000 Home Energy Monitor Starter Kit helps users to better understand the energy usage of their electronic devices and make smart decisions on how to use them. The Starter Kit contains everything homeowners need to setup a system to monitor the power consumption of electronics and save money effortlessly: the SmartBridge, two SmartPlugs and the EnergyInsight app and portal. The SmartBridge is the central hub of the Smart Home and connects to the Internet via a router and to the SmartPlugs via Zigbee. The SmartPlug is a Zigbee-enabled compact plug that goes directly into an electrical outlet and allows users to gain insights into the power consumption of connected devices, put these devices on a schedule and turn devices on and off remotely via the EnergyInsight app for iOS and Android devices.
 
 
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Discovering energy wasters
The Home Energy Monitor-system allows homeowners to find the products in their household that use too much energy. The SmartPlugs in combination with the EnergyInsight app can be used as a monitoring system to find out which devices really account for the high electricity bill and then control them remotely. The SmartPlugs can also be used to control a socket strip that connects to all electronics in a home cinema setup such as a TV, receiver and DVD player, monitor their total consumption and make sure they are fully turned-off and not in stand-by mode, wasting energy.
 
 
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Keeping the home at the fingertip with the EnergyInsight App
The EnergyInsight app reads out the information that the SmartBridge collects from the SmartPlugs and is also able to control the them remotely. The app is available free of charge with a set of basic features that let users monitor the real-time electricity consumption of connected devices, turn these on and off and set schedules. Basic features are available within the Wi-Fi network at home. With the premium features of the app enabled, all of the aforementioned features can be used anywhere in the world via an Internet connection. Additionally, users also gain access to past consumption data of connected devices (past hour/day/week/month). Moreover, users can access all their data and functionality via the browser-based SmartPortal from any computer. A free trial month is available for the premium features. After that, users can choose between a month subscription (3 EUR), a year subscription (30 EUR) and two-year subscription (50 EUR).
 
 
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WLE-1100 Home Energy Monitor Extension Pack
With the WLE-1100 Home Energy Monitor Extension Pack, users can easily extend their Starter Pack and monitor and manage extra devices. The Extension Pack includes three SmartPlugs to connect three new devices and continue to build the Smart Home. Because the SmartPlugs connect to each other via Zigbee and build a mesh network, the more devices are added the more stable the network will be. This is a significant advantage over other technologies such as Wi-Fi enabled monitoring plugs that distort each other’s signals.
 
 
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About Zigbee
Sitecom’s Home Energy Monitor uses Zigbee technology. ZigBee is an open global standard for wireless technology designed to use low-power digital radio signals for personal area networks. ZigBee is used to create networks that require a low data transfer rate, energy efficiency and secure networking. With more than 600 Zigbee certified products and more than 400 companies developing products, the Zigbee standard offers the highest compatibility of Smart Home devices now and in the future.
 
 
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About Sitecom
Sitecom is one of the leading and fastest growing computer network brands for home and small business use. The Sitecom brand has a clear mission statement: “make it easy”. Sitecom makes it easy to set up a home network and to expand it, since it converts technical products into user-friendly solutions which can be used immediately without any problems. Simplicity is what it is all about! The mission statement “make it easy” is put into practice throughout the organization and is expressed in both the solutions and the service which Sitecom offers. All of Sitecom's products, therefore, have a 10-year warranty. Making the latest technology simple, understandable and accessible is what Sitecom stands for and we make no concessions to that.
 
 
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About NET2GRID
NET2GRID is a home automation start-up. NET2GRID was founded in 2012 in the Netherlands as a technology company and has a team of international experienced engineers and business developers. In 2013 it successfully introduced the SmartBridge (home gateway), the SmartReader (smart meter interface), the Smart Solar (SolarPV monitoring) and the SmartPlug in combination with a private cloud solution to the market.
 
 
 
 
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