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Internet of Things

Internet of Things (IoT) is just a name for different things that are in some way connected to internet. Amongst them we find everything from washing machines, boilers and fork lifts to smoke detectors and dog collars. Then, by using an IoT platform like OpenMetering, it's possible to communicate with these things and control, read or localize them.

What is IMD?

It stands for Individual Metering and Debit. By measuring the consumption of each and everyones utilities, you are given the means for each and everyone to pay for their own consumption. That’s all it is.

Why should we do individual metering?

Electricity
There is a lot of money to be saved in a housing collective, when getting a joint plan from the electricity provider. Only by removing the fixed charges from each individual household, the costs for installation can be paid for in a couple of years savings. On top of this  it’s easier to negotiate a good unit price for the collective.
SDS: Thousands of SEK to save (news article in Swedish)

Water
It has been shown that the consumption of water is reduced up to 30%, when it’s measured and the consumption is billed the user. Not only are there money to save for the households, but the strain on the infrastructure, such as the pipes and hot water circulator, is reduced.
UNT: Better tracking of water consumption (news article in Swedish)

Temperature and relative humidity
Big savings are possible with adjustment of heating systems of buildings. To be able to see the climate of each apartment, gives the information needed to make a correct adjustment. On top of this comes that you will get a good idea of the comfort in each apartment.
New method evens out the temperatures (trade magazine article in Swedish)

Heat
In some cases it’s possible to let each household decide the temperature they want to have in their apartment, and then also themselves be able to save a lot of money on heating if they are comfortable with a lower temperature. There are a number of different techniques available to do this.

EU directive on energy efficiency
In 2012 the European Union released the directive on energy efficiency, where individual metering was a big part. Some member countries, like Germany and Denmark, has already had this for many years, and here it’s regarded as something given. Other members are in different stages of introducing this by introducing national legislation in accordance.