①Establishment of safety and security
This electrical outlet ensures safety as it authenticates a device and supplies 100V of power only when the authenticated device is used, avoiding electrification even when an exogenous material is inserted.
Accordingly, this outlet is not only suitable for general residential houses, but also play areas for children residing in condominium units and day-care centers. It would be also beneficial in countries where high-voltage power supplies are used, such as 220V in China.
②New electricity service 1
This outlet not only enables users to visualize their power consumption, but also enables users to continuously monitor the usage status and degradation level of their devices through analysis of the electricity usage data accumulated and stored in data storage devices installed in a house or building, or stored online via a cloud-based service. Such capabilities could for example support a new service whereby a user's electricity usage behavior is analyzed in order to propose the most suitable electrical device and related usage methods based on the user's electricity usage data.
③New electricity service 2
In an instance where electricity demand becomes too strained in a tight electricity supply situation, this outlet can be used to manage the shutdown of non-critical devices while the supply of power to critical medical equipment and appliances such as refrigerators is maintained to avoid an electricity outage for an entire house or building.
④New electricity service 3
The demand for the availability of electrical outlets in public places had increased as smartphones and tablet devices have become more popular.
If a simple charging system that could identify and authenticate a user or device were established, electrical outlets that enable users to use electricity whenever, wherever and as much as they want, may become popular. In the future, the Authentication Outlet could be made available in cafes, restaurants, train station waiting rooms and airport lounges etc.
⑤Other possible applications
- ·“Electricity theft” could be avoided if electrical outlets located in the common area of an apartment building were replaced by the Authentication Outlet, as this outlet would only supply power to authenticated devices.
- ·Even in a factory where production lines are frequently rearranged, operators could keep track of the usage location and status of jigs and production facilities simply by plugging them into the Authentication Outlet.
- ·The Authentication Outlet would also allow providers of a battery rental service or a distributed power supply service to identify and manage customers and the batteries they use in a simple and fast forward manner, in emerging countries where electricity infrastructure is still not firmly established.
A prototype of this “Authentication Outlet” system will be demonstrated at Sony's booth at “NFC&Smart WORLD 2012” which will be held at Tokyo Big Sight in Japan from March 6-9, 2012.
* “FeliCa” is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation