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IIT-KGP hostels to undergo Smart Energy Automation Process

Press Trust of India  |  Kharagpur(WB) 

IIT-Kharagpur today said it will adopt Smart Energy Management System in its attempt to efficiently manage energy and promote conservation by bringing its hostels under this process.

The escalating electricity bills is quite a worrisome situation for many in the prestigious institute and the Smart Energy Management System will manage it, an IIT-Kharagpur release today said.


Indians always come up with a low-cost and effective solution, which is the key thrust area of the IIT-Kharagpur Start-up with Alive Home, offering Smart Energy Management System.

The System will connect all appliances from anywhere in the world and if one has Internet connectivity, the effective cost will be one tenth of other alternates available in the market, the release said.

One hostel (Meghnad Saha Hall-two blocks) has been approved for installation of Smart Switch Modules under this project.

Approval has also been given for a floor in the Nalanda Academic Complex wherein a Wireless MCB Controller will be installed. Wireless AC Controllers in the offices and quarters will also be installed.

IIT-Kharagpur will be the first campus in India to have Smart Energy Management System which is a much sought-after practice at global scale, the release said.

"The benefit is not only reduction in electricity consumption and the cost thereof at the campus, but in a larger perspective at macro level it curbs carbon footprint," the release quoting Prof P K Dan, who is mentoring the group working on this project, said.

"The patronage of Prof Partha Pratim Chakrabarti, Director for this project will go a long way in creating a culture of design-innovation led entrepreneurship, opening further opportunities in the energy domain, one that has emerged as extremely important mission, both nationally and globally," the Professor said.
The Smart Switch Modules from Alive Home are smart and

easy to install with three easily detachable components which will replace the regular and mundane switchboards, the release said.

The switch board and the app are connected to each other through IIT-KGP's secure cloud servers round the clock.

A user can access all automated appliances using the Alive Home smart phone app or web application and control all appliances, it said.

The system will not only bring appliances at one's fingertips, but will also give access of real time data of energy being used by the appliances and notify the user when an appliance that should supposedly be off, is still on.

"You will be able to schedule your appliance as per your need and save a lot of electricity, resulting in reduction of your electricity bill," IIT officials said.

The cost of installation of the Smart Switch Modules for a 2BHK apartment will be available at a flat price of Rs 50,000 against the current market price of about Rs five lakh.

Eight appliances can be automated within a price of Rs 6,000.

"Our target to provide high end, technically advanced product at a price which is oneor tenth of other alternatives in the market, with hassle free installation, cyber security and easy maintenance services are our major focus," said Poonam Gupta, Founder and CEO, Alive Home.

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