“Above all, this award is an opportunity to expand our network!”

What is EcoIsme's aim? Ivan Pasichnyk : EcoIsme aims to provide the tools for everyone to be able to take steps to protect the environment and the planet from the comfort of their own home. We know that too much energy can be simply wasted – that we sometimes consume more than we really need. With EcoIsme, we want everyone to be able to save money and protect resources while helping to develop renewable energy sources as much as possible. If we truly want to change our energy system, for example by developing solar power, we need to make sure that demand from consumers doesn't exceed the amount of energy generated by the solar panels. How does your device work? EcoIsme can result in energy savings of up to 30%, and even more with solar panels. To measure the energy being consumed by the household and to obtain data on the residents' habits, we use our own sensor, which is connected to the main power line and plugged into a socket. Once we have this data, we send it to the user. The data, which gives details on the energy used by all the appliances in the home, is very easy to analyse so that users can understand where their money is going and control their spending. Why did you call it EcoIsme? It's a contraction of "Ecology is me", which states the main aim of the system and the start-up's truly eco-friendly vision. We're convinced that sustainable development requires smart homes. Human beings can't spend their entire lives monitoring everything, but technology can help us to save time, money and the planet's resources. You've just won the 2016 EDF Pulse Award for the "Smart Home" category. For us, this award from EDF is above all an opportunity to expand our network. It's also a source of pride due to the huge support we received from Ukraine during the vote (although the start-up is based in Krakow, Ivan Pasichnyk is Ukrainian – Ed.). And winning €100,000 in prize money is also a nice bonus. Especially now that we're finalising the prototypes and moving to the production stage. To go furtherEcoIsme: Regulate energy in your homeAnd the three winners of the third EDF Pulse Awards are...

The new generation of sensors

From home security to discovering the latest promotional offer at the supermarket, from heating adjustment to perfectly defined Wi-Fi networks, remote data sensors and transmitters are further expanding their areas of influence. Here are just a few of them. Point: Those who constantly want to keep an eye on their home will no longer have to bother their neighbours or turn into watchmen glued to a video-surveillance screen. Developed by Swedish company Minut AB, the Point sensor will keep them informed of the slightest abnormal event that may take place in their absence. This non-intrusive sensor is not designed to spy on the babysitter and has no cameras. An advocate of "soft monitoring", it is made up of a multitude of sound, air, temperature and pressure sensors. Thus, if smoke fills the house, if a window is broken, or if suspicious noises are detected, it will send the user a notification on their smartphone via an application. Already available on the market, Point costs 99 euros. Point is a finalist in the 2016 EDF Pulse Awards, in the 'Smart Home' category. Discover the project in more detail Chronos  : Wi-Fi with pinpoint accuracy is the latest discovery made by Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence researchers at MIT. With Chronos, it is now possible to define the range of a wireless signal to the centimetre. Using the "flight time" of data between receiver and emitter means that the network’s coverage can be perfectly defined. In concrete terms, public Wi-Fi networks, such as those found in cafés, will no longer require users to enter a password, by avoiding network squatters, neighbours or passers-by who connect without authorisation. A sensor capable of identifying all connected objects in its coverage area, Chronos could also revolutionise our homes. In this way, it is able to determine the number of people located in one room through their connected objects. For example, it could turn off the light in the kitchen once a meal is finished or turn up the heating in the living room when the entire family is having an evening in front of the TV. Le LiFi : These will soon be two-in-one. In additional to providing durable lighting, LEDs could soon become information sensors, emitters and receivers. All thanks to Li-Fi technology, Wi-Fi’s brilliant little brother. Developed by an Edinburgh professor, this new network uses light to send information at high speed. The idea is not new, and Graham Bell had tried to develop it in the 19th century. In order to send information to smartphones or tablets, LEDs now simply have to be equipped with a mini-chip and then linked to a network. This new network would relieve the pressure on the existing 3G and 4G networks, caused by the proliferation of connected objects, and would reduce exposure to magnetic waves. In the future, the applications seem endless. Still in their infancy, they are beginning to make their appearance. A supermarket in Lille is equipped with Li-Fi to guide its customers in the store and inform them of nearby promotions in real time. Several hospitals have adopted this technology to avoid disrupting machines, and aircraft manufacturers are considering using it to equip their planes. In the 'Smart Home' category, you can also discover another finalist Ecoisme: Regulate energy in your home To go further Point, a sensor for your peace of mind

Three anti-waste apps

Often a few simple gestures are all it takes to save energy. That said, we still have to think about doing them... These applications will help the user remember. Sakanal App: Created by two young Senegalese people, this free application has one goal: to encourage its users to moderate their power consumption. First and foremost, it focuses on providing simple tips on how to change daily habits. Among these tips: do not put a fridge next to a heat source, do not leave electrical appliances permanently on standby, equip yourself with the latest, more energy-efficient household appliances, and so on. Users can set up this application to deliver reminders at fixed times and to suggest unplugging devices before going to bed or reading the meter once a week. Above all, this application can be used to assess consumption in real time and anticipate future bills. By informing users on their lifestyle, it announces the sums they will have to pay at the end of the month. The start-up worked with Sénélec (National Electricity Company of Senegal) to provide the most accurate estimates. This avoids unpleasant surprises and above all reduces overall consumption in a country where power cuts remain frequent. EcoIsMe will be your anti-waste partner and promises to reduce a household’s power consumption by 15%. Developed by a Ukrainian start-up, the Ecoisme box monitors the user’s energy expenditure in real time. Connected to the main switch, it detects all electrical appliances in operation and provides a dashboard that lists the activity of each one. It provides recommendations on how to reduce bills, provides advice on equipment management and informs users if an iron is left on too long or if phone chargers remain permanently connected. Ecoisme will be marketed later this year. EcoIsMe is a finalist in the 2016 EDF Pulse Awards, in the 'Smart Home' category. Discover the project in more detail Voltaware: Hidden away in the fuse box, the Voltaware sensor analyses a household’s power consumption. Connected to a smartphone via Wi-Fi, it sends real-time reports on the household’s energy activity, and once it is familiar with all the habits of the household, helps reduce expenses. It then informs users when an unused device is left turned on, notifies them of faulty equipment behaviour and provides guidance on how to regulate power consumption, depending on the various events of the day. In the 'Smart Home' category, you can also discover another finalist Point, a sensor for your peace of mind To go further Greenely, the pocket energy info advisor