Smart home project commissioned by ETI to deliver insight into energy demand from householders

Cambridge, UK – Technology innovation company TTP has worked with M2M service provider Arkessa to deliver a smart home monitoring platform for a major research project commissioned by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).

The ETI launched the £3 million project in November 2012 to undertake a comprehensive behavioural study involving householders, focused on heat and energy consumption in the UK. The study (to be scaled up to thousands of householders) is part of the ETI’s Smart Systems and Heat (SSH) technology programme. The aim of the programme is to design, develop and demonstrate a cost-optimised, smart energy system suitable for future roll out within the UK.

Led by environment consultant PRP and University College London’s Energy Institute, the project is delivered through a consortium also including The Technology Partnership (TTP), Frontier Economics, The Peabody Trust, National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and Hitachi.


TTP designed and integrated the sensor network technology that has been installed in homes to capture objective data on energy related human behaviour for this project. This builds on its successful experience of developing both standards-based and proprietary license-exempt low-power wireless networks for energy, smart home and smart building systems. M2M connectivity services from Arkessa are used to provide 3G coverage on commercial cellular networks through Arkessa’s M2M access service to a data aggregation platform managed by TTP.


The Technology Partnership plc (TTP) is Europe’s leading technology and product development company. TTP works closely with its clients to create disruptive products based on advances in technology and engineering innovation. TTP’s technology lies behind many products and processes in areas as diverse as communications, digital printing, instrumentation, consumer and industrial products, biotechnology, medical devices, cleantech and security systems.

Arkessa is a pioneer of M2M solutions for systems integrators and government organisations that support critical infrastructure, environmental services and mission-critical facilities. It also provides vital tools to those building an Internet of Things, including Mosaic and Emport. Arkessa’s wireless network services enable organisations to innovate, get closer to their customers, reduce costs, improve performance and enhance profitability. It is a founder member of Cambridge Wireless.

PRP’s multi-disciplinary team includes architects, retrofit consultants, researchers and project managers who help clients to meet corporate and statutory requirements relating to environmental, social and economic sustainability. They develop energy efficient retrofit strategies and technical solutions for public and private clients, undertake related research and produce associated guidance documentation.

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is a public-private partnership between global industries – BP, Caterpillar, EDF, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and Shell – and the UK Government.

Public sector representation is through the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, with funding channelled through the Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The Department of Energy and Climate Change are observers on the Board.

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