GSM remote power socket allows power management with mobile phone

Energenie, a manufacturer of smart energy saving and power management products, has launched the Remote GSM Controlled Power Socket – letting users remotely control power to their plugs via a mobile phone.

Using either a Pay-As-You-Go or Contract mobile phone SIM card, the GSM socket can be powered on and off by sending a simple text message from a mobile phone, according to Energenie (Harlow, England).

The GSM socket also monitors power status and will send an alert SMS message in seconds if power is cut – critical for businesses running servers or catering and pharmaceutical organizations using cold storage appliances, according to the company.

By plugging in an additional sensor, ambient room temperature can be monitored. If the temperature goes above or below a threshold set by the user, a SMS alert is sent so further action can be taken. According to Energenie, this could help caregivers or family members looking out for the welfare of grandparents or those with physical or mental disabilities, by controlling the heating or air conditioner system without having to make home visits. Another benefit of this temperature gauge is warning users, via SMS, if the plug temperature becomes too hot and potentially harmful to the devices it powers.

This intelligent power socket also helps to reduce the user’s carbon footprint. The built-in daily/weekly clock for automatic control, powers down devices when they are not being used, saving energy in the process, says the company

The Energenie Remote GSM Power Socket retails at $240.


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