The next generation of The Energy Detective or TED – device to measure energy consumption is coming soon. The new 5000 series looks pretty cool. It’s split on three parts – measurement module, network gateway and display. The core of the system is gateway. It receives data about energy consumption from the measurement module via power line and keeps it internally. The gateway can transmit then data to the TED 5000 Display via ZigBee or to the PC via LAN where real-time and historical data can be viewed using TED Footprints software.
Additionally the users will able to use TED Footprints API. This gives a possibility to integrate TED 5000 into their home automation system and use the same interface to view energy consumption data.
The basic package of new TED 5000 is tagged at $199.95 and doesn’t include TED 5000 Display (which is fine for integration). If you need the display you should pay $40 more. There are also special packages for the homeowners who have solar or wind generation systems with additional sensors to monitor them.
I like TED 5000 conception. It provides much more flexibility then previous 1000 series. The price is also reasonable. The only one big disadvantage it had – it cannot be used in Europe. Will wait for adopted version of the TED 5000 or similar set situated here.