An exhibition demonstrating the impact of innovative, intelligent sensor networks has opened at The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture (27 February).

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As the technologies market moves from smart products to intelligent services, Glasgow-based businesses, TreeGreen and QUSystems, are working together to bring a new range of solutions to the emerging ‘smart home’ and building automation markets. Prototypes will be exhibited as part of “Intelligent sensors for Assisted Living” at The Lighthouse, from 27 February – 5 April.

The exhibition focuses on how these networks can improve many different parts of everyday life. These uses range from monitoring energy use, all the way to improved care for the elderly. It will also demonstrate the energyEGG, an energy saving device, which visitors will recognise from Dragons Den.

The energyEGG3 is currently being developed and could rival Google’s smart thermostat, NEST, and Samsung’s Smart Things system. Scottish entrepreneur and director of TreeGreen, Brian O’Reilly, a father who found himself nagging his wife and four children for leaving lights and appliances on, is developing the ‘Internet of Things (IoT) solution’, a network of physical objects able to interact and transfer data without the need for human input, alongside fellow entrepreneur Harris Bokhari, from QU Systems.

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With support from innovation centres as well as academics at Herriot Watt University and University of Strathclyde, the new systems utilise the latest sensor technology to automatically schedule heating & ventilation systems for optimal energy efficiency and to monitor specific parameters to give people the confidence to live independently.

Originally seen pitching on Dragon’s Den, Brian O’Reilly, the inventor of energyEGG product, said: “With energy companies failing to properly act on sky-high bills, people want to take control and fight back. The energyEGG is a cost-effective solution to help them do just that. With help from Heriot-Watt University and QUSystems we are developing the next generation of the energyEGG, which will be launched later this year”

Harris Bokhari, QUSystems director, said: “Nurturing relationships is key to good business and it shows with the variety of public & private organisations we collaborate with. The Internet of Things (IoT) is huge and the more likeminded people we have working together, the more innovative we can be”

Ian Elder, The Lighthouse’s principal officer, said: “This is an exhibition that visitors can visit, learn and apply to their daily lives.

“The exhibition demonstrates how technology, such as sensor design, can have an impact on everyday wellbeing.”

What: energyEGG inventor, Brian O’Reilly, and Harris Bokhari will be available for a photo opportunity and interviews at The Lighthouse, ahead of the building automation exhibition. The energyEGG and other sensors will be used as a ‘prop’ for the photos.

Benefits of the current energyEGG:

  •  Reduces energy bills – typically saves 30% on the running costs of connected appliances and lights
  • Safety – no more ‘Did I leave the iron on?’ moments
  • Easy to use – one button to wirelessly switch off lights and appliances around the room.