- Bidgely, a startup backed by Khosla Ventures, claims that its algorithms can reduce energy consumption by 4-12% and is the first to read energy data without smart plugs being installed in each outlet or appliance.
- While the newly developed Green Button application can only read data in 15-minute intervals and is up to a day-old, Bidgely's algorithms take information from Zigbee's wireless devices and reads it in real-time.
- Bidgely has produced a cloud-based customer-friendly energy-saving recommendation application and is working with Digi and Rainforest to create hardware for their data algorithms.
From the article:
"... While other companies make similar claims, Bidgely’s big selling point is that the company says it can take smart meter data, utility data or energy data from a Zigbee-based router in the home, and be able to tell which appliances are consuming what amount of power in a home in real time without having extra hardware or sensors on each plug or appliance. Other companies that focus on this — which people in the industry call appliance-level 'energy disaggregation' — need the consumer to buy smart plugs and stick them on every appliance and outlet. That makes these type of hardware-intensive options basically a non-starter for average consumers. ..."