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Smart Tech News Roundup: May

This month we bring you news of an uptake in smart devices, a report showing cheaper energy tariffs are only available to households with smart meters and how infrared will soon be used in space to forecast weather. 

 

45% Will Upgrade To Smart Devices To Save Time And Money

Research has revealed 57% of UK households now have some sort of smart device installed, whether that’s for controlling lighting, temperature, security or even a vacuum cleaner. 

More than four in ten use smart technology for television streaming services, while one in three control their music using a smart gadget such as a Google Home Hub or Amazon Echo. 

One in six currently use smart tech remotely to control the temperature of their house, while 45% said they plan to upgrade to smart devices in order to save time and money.

The research was carried out to mark Smart Home Week (20th to 26th May) and in conjunction with leading brands such as Amazon, Google, Philips Hue, Ring, Yale and Swinton Insurance.

Households Without Smart Meters Pay More

Millions of UK households will pay more for their energy bills each year, unless they agree to have a smart meter installed, according to new data from comparison website Energyhelpline

In order for customers to qualify for the cheapest tariffs from three of the big six energy providers — British Gas, SSE and Npower — they must have a smart meter installed. 

Customers without smart meters are immediately disqualified from accessing these lower rates, while Eon is offering all of its single fixed tariffs only to customers with smart meters.

Robert Cheesewright, from Smart Energy GB, said: “It makes perfect sense to switch to a smart tariff and contact your energy supplier today about your own installation.”

Infrared Detectors Central To ‘World’s Most Accurate Weather Forecasting Device’

The accuracy of our short-term weather forecasts will improve thanks to new infrared weather and pollutant detectors which are set to be launched into space by the UK Space Agency.

The forecasting device, a collaboration between Leonardo, AirBus Defence & Space and the UK and French space agencies, measures and analyses the temperature and water vapour profiles of the earth’s atmosphere. 

The Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer New Generation (IASI-NG) device, which is set to be the ‘world’s most accurate forecasting device’, will be placed onboard the European satellite MetOp-SG-A and is set to launch in 2022. 

Chris Skidmore, Science Minister and interim Minister for Climate Change, said: “This new mission will allow scientists to more accurately calculate the energy absorbed and reflected by the Earth over a much shorter timescale than is currently possible.”

The UK Space Agency has pledged around £8.5 million to support the research and development of the technology, which will vastly improve global forecasting accuracy. 

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May 15 2019