The EDF Energy Blue Lab’s Connected Home and Business Challenge, part of the Pulse Innovation Awards, explored the opportunities presented by the Connected Home and Business. Over 150 startups from all over the world applied, with products and services that change the way customers use Energy.
Following a pitch day in late 2016, 5 innovative international finalists joined the Blue Lab for a 100 days’ incubation period leading to the final Demo Day in February 2017.
And the winner is… Howz!
Founded by inventor Jonathan Burr, Howz is a new connected home system predominantly aimed at elderly people living alone, created to empower the individual to let their family know they are safe, warm and well.
The system has the ability to analyse people’s use of electricity, and combine it with information from sensors that detect door movement, temperature and light levels in a person’s home. Howz uses this information to determine patterns of daily activity and notify a person’s care network should it identify any unusual activity or trends.
Many congratulations to Howz. We’re looking forward to bringing your innovation to market and make our customers’ lives truly better together.