12/9/2009 11:45:00 AM
Convergys eyes smart meters with iPhone application
Convergys is another US company eyeing the UK’s smart metering market.
It is hoping to build on its recently forged partnership with US utility giant Duke Energy to provide demand-based pricing and real-time billing to smart meter customers via the internet to smartphones and computers.
Convergys is developing an Apple iPhone application for Duke Energy customers, which will allow them to monitor and manage their energy consumption via their handset.
Bob Lento, information management president at Convergys, said: ‘The application is initially with Duke Energy but eventually it will be available for use on any smartphone and by any utility company anywhere.’
He added: ‘We are hoping to export that application to the UK and are in early conversations with utility companies there. But as we do that, we will also be bringing in people that traditionally deal with the communications side to help build solutions.’