Friday, March 4, 2016

Bitcoin Could Help Cut Power Bills


Accenture a multinational service and consultancy firm has created a smartplug which tends to leverages blockchain technology in seeking the lowest tariff possible thus saving money by reducing the electricity costs whenever it is possible. Research recommends that the technology behind the Bitcoin virtual currency could be helpful in reducing electricity bills.

A blockchain based smart plug has been created by technologist at Accenture which tends to adjust power consumption every minute. The blockchain is the automated ledger which tends to underpins Bitcoin, tracking where the coins are spent and swapped. The plug shops for various power suppliers and would sign up for a low-priced tariff it comes across one.

Accenture has mentioned that the smart plug can help people on low incomes who may pay directly for power. According to Emmanuel Viale, head of the Accenture team at the firm’s French research lab which tends to work on the plug, has commented that the smart plug tends to adapt the basic Bitcoin blockchain technology in making it more active.

 Rather than just resolving and confirming the records of transaction, Accenture work helps in changing the blockchain in permitting it to negotiate deals on behalf of its owner. Mr Viale has mentioned that `it is about how one puts more business behaviour or logic in the blockchain and that this essentially embeds a `smart contract’ in the digital ledger.

Searches for Energy Price When Demand is High/Low 

The smart plug model tends to work with the other gadgets in the house which monitors the power use. It tends to search for energy prices when the demand is high or low and then utilises the modified blockchain in order to switch suppliers if it finds a cheaper source.

Mr Viale had said that so far the Accenture system was just a proof of concept though it could help several people on lower incomes who seem to pay for their power through a meter. With the capability of shifting suppliers, it could save this group with over £660m in the UK annually,recommend Accenture research. Blockchain-based system which tends to act on behalf of its owner could also be useful as the Internet of Things becomes more universal according to Mr Viale.

He adds that handling of several various gadgets could be complicated without a much centralised system. A mobile services expert at analyst firm CCS Insight, Martin Garner stated that blockchains were beginning to crop up in various areas inclusive in share trading, fishing rights databases as well as land registry claims. He said that they had two main attractions for the Internet of Things.

Substantial Ventures in Exploring/Investing in Blockchain 

He further added that they avoid dependence on any particular supplier or ecosystem. Some users seem to have concerns regarding the possible dominance of key internet players developing for instance, the Google-of-Things or the Amazon-of-Things.

The second attraction is a means of enabling autonomous trading between things like the appliances in your home being set up to re-order supplies from a pre-approved list of suppliers. As the leading independent services firm in the world, Accenture has made substantial ventures in exploring as well as investing in blockchain or distributed ledger technology recently.

Moreover, the company also became one of the investors in blockchain-startup, Digital Asset in January. A new partnership following its investment with Digital Asset would also see blockchain solution together with ideas offered and organized to the global client base of the consulting firm. Accenture has been servicing 42 of the top 50 financial institutions worldwide, thus making its blockchain attempt, a substantial one to the Bitcoin technology.


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