The Mazzini Project
Take control of your electricity bill
Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
Climate change
< Insert clichéd image here >
Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
Rising energy consumption
Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
We love our gadget habit
Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
Energy costs are rising
Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
Need to address demand as well as supply
How much electricity are you wasting?
Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
I don’t know. Do you?
You could measure overall consumption
People are already doing this…
 DIY Kyoto’s Wattson
 The Owl
 Efergy
 Eco-eye
…b...
Or measure devices one-by-one
Using something like…
 Kill-A-Watt
 Enerjar http://enerjar.net
But…
 Results are displaye...
What if your electricity bill was
itemised like your phone bill?
Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
See which appliances used th...
What if your electricity bill was
itemised like your phone bill?
Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
Spot patterns in usage over ...
Taking control
Measuring your power usage would
let you target your efforts. But…
Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
Taking control
…could it do more?
Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
Taking control
What if devices were automatically
turned off overnight, or when you
were at work?
Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn...
Taking control
What if you could easily turn off all
non-essential devices when you went
to bed, or left the house?
Adrian...
Taking control
What if ancillary devices (like a
printer) automatically turned
themselves on and off whenever the
master d...
The Mazzini Project aims to build
such a system
A family of autonomous, power-
monitoring, controllable sockets
Adrian McE...
The Mazzini Project aims to build
such a system
 Simple plug-in-and-go installation
 Monitors power usage and reports
re...
Scalable
 Useful from the first one you install
 Add additional units as quickly as you
want
Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
Open Standards
 Will use existing open standards for
data where possible
 Will publish the specification for any
new dat...
Open Source
Desire is to release both the hardware
and software as open source to
encourage new applications and
developme...
Extensible. Reconfigurable.
 Software can be upgraded or
reconfigured in the field – it will be
easy to download new beha...
Tell me more!
 Still in development, but if you’re
interested then please get in touch –
adrianm@mcqn.com
 Check for pro...
Photo Credits
 Power substation:
http://www.sxc.hu/photo/866669
 Switches and dials:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/albedo...
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The Mazzini Project

  1. 1. The Mazzini Project Take control of your electricity bill Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
  2. 2. Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com Climate change < Insert clichéd image here >
  3. 3. Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com Rising energy consumption
  4. 4. Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com We love our gadget habit
  5. 5. Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com Energy costs are rising
  6. 6. Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com Need to address demand as well as supply
  7. 7. How much electricity are you wasting? Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com I don’t know. Do you?
  8. 8. You could measure overall consumption People are already doing this…  DIY Kyoto’s Wattson  The Owl  Efergy  Eco-eye …but it’s very coarse-grained See http://www.electricity-monitor.com/features-comparison-chart-i-26.html for a comparison Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
  9. 9. Or measure devices one-by-one Using something like…  Kill-A-Watt  Enerjar http://enerjar.net But…  Results are displayed locally  Only measures cumulative energy Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
  10. 10. What if your electricity bill was itemised like your phone bill? Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com See which appliances used the most power
  11. 11. What if your electricity bill was itemised like your phone bill? Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com Spot patterns in usage over time
  12. 12. Taking control Measuring your power usage would let you target your efforts. But… Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
  13. 13. Taking control …could it do more? Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
  14. 14. Taking control What if devices were automatically turned off overnight, or when you were at work? Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
  15. 15. Taking control What if you could easily turn off all non-essential devices when you went to bed, or left the house? Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
  16. 16. Taking control What if ancillary devices (like a printer) automatically turned themselves on and off whenever the master device was switched on or off? Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
  17. 17. The Mazzini Project aims to build such a system A family of autonomous, power- monitoring, controllable sockets Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
  18. 18. The Mazzini Project aims to build such a system  Simple plug-in-and-go installation  Monitors power usage and reports regularly via wireless to a computer or “master” unit  Attached appliance can be turned on or off remotely via wireless, or…  …based on decisions from in-built “behaviour” program Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
  19. 19. Scalable  Useful from the first one you install  Add additional units as quickly as you want Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
  20. 20. Open Standards  Will use existing open standards for data where possible  Will publish the specification for any new data formats or communication protocols defined Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
  21. 21. Open Source Desire is to release both the hardware and software as open source to encourage new applications and developments from users Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
  22. 22. Extensible. Reconfigurable.  Software can be upgraded or reconfigured in the field – it will be easy to download new behaviours  Investigating the possibility of non- techie user hardware extensibility Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
  23. 23. Tell me more!  Still in development, but if you’re interested then please get in touch – adrianm@mcqn.com  Check for project updates at http://www.mcqn.com/research Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
  24. 24. Photo Credits  Power substation: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/866669  Switches and dials: http://www.flickr.com/photos/albedo/ 97915333/  Wattson: http://www.flickr.com/photos/marksim pkins/2120466739/ Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com

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