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Cloud computing-based German innovation helps reduce energy costs
By: Ray Pinto, Senior Government Affairs Manager
29 July 2011

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EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger has said that “The cheapest energy is the one we don’t consume”. Private households also need to reduce their energy needs, and doing so makes economic sense too: lowering your room temperature by just three degrees can save 20 percent on heating costs. Even reducing temperature by a single degree can cut consumption by 6 percent.

With this issue in mind, Multimedia Solutions, a Dresden based subsidiary of T-Systems, developed a breakthrough heating control application for smartphones and the internet. Multimedia Solutions’ application runs on the Windows Azure cloud platform, assessing the user’s heating behavior and calculating the cost. Users can then create individual heating profiles for workdays, weekends and holidays. Based on the settings chosen by the user, heating will switch on or off at specific times of the day. 

Based on its innovative features and applicability in tackling global environmental issues, the T-Systems heating application recently received the Country Partner of the Year Award at the the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Los Angeles, presented in person by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. 

Support from innovative partners like Multimedia Solutions keeps our business growing, and we are committed to recognizing and rewarding the best initiatives on both a European and on a global level. 

We congratulate Multimedia Solutions for this deserved win, and look forward to seeing the developments they come up with in upcoming versions! 

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