Insights: Intelesant’s Howz system announced as finalist for EDF Energy’s Blue Lab Acceleration Programme

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Manchester-based health technology company Intelesant has been announced as one of five finalists in the EDF Energy Blue Lab Acceleration Programme for its connected home system, Howz.

Created to improve the lives of consumers by harnessing the latest technologies, developing energy services and testing the new business models of tomorrow, EDF Energy Blue Lab’s goal is to build an open innovation network to generate ideas from employees, start-ups, external businesses, consumer, academics and research facilities, and turn them into a reality.

Working in partnership with L Marks, EDF Energy’s Blue Lab offers start-ups and entrepreneurs, developing ideas and innovative solutions for the connected home and business, a unique opportunity to accelerate their speed to market and scale their business. The programme aims to show tangible proof of how disruptive thinking can be harnessed by partnering with creative start-up communities. Finalists will have the opportunity to showcase working prototypes of their ideas to various experts in mid-February 2017, giving them a platform to receive support and advice from the experts in the energy and smart home industries, and attract investors for their innovations.

Intelesant’s team will begin working with the EDF Energy Blue Lab team in December for 10 weeks in their co-working space on the south coast of England in order to develop and test their Howz system, and receive support from the company’s panel of experts, as well as those from the wider tech industry.

Jonathan Burr, founder and CEO of Intelesant, said: “This a significant development for Howz and we’re delighted to have been selected as one of the finalists of EDF Energy’s Blue Lab accelerator. One of the main components of Howz is its ability to read people’s use of electricity to determine patterns of daily activity. We felt this was an unmissable opportunity to align ourselves with one of the UK’s leading energy suppliers and to take part in a programme that will undoubtedly provide us with some valuable outcomes for the ongoing development of Howz.”

Howz is connected home system that measures a household’s usage of electricity and combines this with information from a series of sensors that detect door movement, temperature and light levels in a person’s home, to build up a pattern of daily behaviour.

The system uses statistical principles and machine learning to identify unusual activity or trends and notify a person’s care network, using predictive analytics and a knowledge of frailty and functional decline to give early warning of trends that could develop into a serious situation. Predominantly aimed at elderly people, typically living alone, the system has been created to empower the individual to let their care network know they are safe, warm and well.

Howz will join finalists Upside Energy, Futurehome, Momit and Ipsum Energy, when the programme starts on 5th December 2016 and will run for 10 weeks until 3rd March 2017.

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