Smart Plug Environmental Friendly Produtcs
The three-pin gadget acts as a “middleman” between the wall socket and the appliance, said Dr Henry Wong, head of the Smart Energy and Environment Department at the institute. Developed by local SME Intraix and the Institute for Infocomm Research at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star), the smart plug, to be commercialised by the end of this year, could help users save electricity. You may be out but a smart plug on a wall socket at home will keep you updated on the amount of energy consumed by the air-conditioner you left on via a mobile app.
Smart Plug Voices from Researchers
In the partnership, Dr Wong and the team provided expertise in areas such as the selection of electronic parts for the plug, and gave advice on product development. He said: “Many SMEs are looking for ways in which they can differentiate their services and products from competitors’ but, more often than not, they lack the research and development capabilities to do so.”
Professor Tan Sze Wee, executive director of the Science and Engineering Research Council at A*Star, said: “The global IoT (Internet of Things) sphere is growing at a breathtaking pace, from 6.8 billion objects in 2016 to a projected 20.8 billion by 2020. We believe that the industrial Internet of Things will significantly change the way businesses operate, particularly in the future of manufacturing. A*Star is developing capabilities in smart sensors, data analytics and cyber security to enable factories of the future to operate more seamlessly.” He believes that the possibilities are immense in the Internet of Things (IoT) – the network of devices which are linked to the Internet or to one another. “
Intraix co- founder Darrell Zhang said the smart plug is about 20 to 30 per cent cheaper than similar devices costing about $50 to $80. He said: “Other smart plugs are very expensive. That’s why we thought, why not work with the Institute for Infocomm Research to come up with a cost-effective product of high quality?”