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The challenge

For a start-up company, hitting deadlines is critical for the success of a new product. Navetas Energy Management had to launch their smart energy hub at a key trade show.

  • Applied Expertise
  • Research & strategy
  • Human factors
  • Industrial design
  • Packaging
  • Technology development
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Electronic engineering
  • Software engineering
  • Wireless & connected
  • Short run manufacturing
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Supply chain management

The solution

Cambridge Design Partnership transformed Navetas’ requirements into a quality model demonstrating real functionality in a mere four months. Our closely integrated team worked together to design and develop the product from scratch. Mechanical engineers and industrial designers created a robust, appealing product to meet all safety requirements. Simultaneously, our electronic and software engineers designed all electronics, and implemented ISE patented technology into a real product.

In addition, our industrial designers created an intuitive user interface to allow users to examine their real-time energy use on a small touchscreen device in their home. The challenge was to take complex, technical information on energy use and communicate it in a simple and practical manner through on-screen infographics.

Benefit to client

Navetas’ Smart Energy Monitor is a new approach to smart metering for electricity, gas and water metering. It is able to monitor readings from certified utility meters and communicate data wirelessly to a central billing system as well as indicate household energy usage to the domestic user. It incorporates non-intrusive appliance monitoring technology, developed and patented by Intelligent Sustainable Energy (ISE) that identifies the use of individual electrical appliances by interpreting mains electricity waveforms.

Our intensive work contributed to Navetas’ success at the Metering Europe 2009 trade show, helping to open up new opportunities in the market.

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