Energy supplier Oxxio is going to make its software available to everyone. So also Dutch people who are not connected to the energy supplier get insight and control regarding energy consumption and costs. That is the result of the previously announced integration of the Oxxio app with the recently introduced software from Apple: HomeKit.
The open version of the app, which currently works with analogue energy meters, shows an energy score based on the living situation. With this, users see how they use their energy consumption compared to similar households. A saving target can also be linked to the app and users can receive personal saving tips via alerts if they wish. In the near future, the Oxxio app will also read smart meters, which greatly increases the range of possibilities.
We deliberately chose to have the app work with analog gauges first, because most Dutch people have it. Only ten percent of households have a smart meter. There will be an Oxxio app for them next year. The new apps are deliberately very reserved with the logo of the company. The energy software should not be seen as a sales channel, but as a service that everyone can use.
The arrival of developments such as Apples HomeKit completely changes the role of energy suppliers, according to Oxxio. 'If we see that a customer's fridge consumes much more energy than fridges at other customers, we can point this out to our customers and indicate that they use 100 euros more on an annual basis than comparable households. We look forward to the transition from energy supplier to energy coach. '
The expectation is that functionalities of the new app will be expanded. The system depends on hardware parties that bring devices to the market that are also HomeKit-proof. This can be thought of as smart thermostats and lamps. Suitable devices can be recognized by the Made For iPhone (MFI) logo.
Oxxio is the first Dutch energy supplier that offers software supplier-independent. The company is shifting from energy to service supplier in the chain.
E-business manager Joos Luteijn: "This is the logical development of the app that our own customers have already had for a few months. The trend to provide insight into energy consumption and costs is becoming mature. Our own customers use the app actively: 30 percent uses it between 1 and 5 times a year. Usually to look at the energy consumption, but also for more general issues such as customer-related management. "
"The new customer group that we now tap into, for the app, is potentially very large. The demand develops passively, through people who buy new connected hardware. We take care of that. The potential lies in the hundreds of thousands of users. We see 2015 as a grade and expect that a few tens of thousands of people with a traditional meter will install our app. "
The app was developed by TamTam and the introduction is supervised through an online campaign with banners and on social media. Marketeer Hendrik Greven: "The message is that everyone has the right to control their energy consumption and costs. This is done from the Oxxio brand, but then quite neutral to prevent it from being received as a recruitment tool. "
The Oxxio App can be downloaded for non-customers at the end of December via Google Play and at the beginning of January via the App Store .