Award for Cambridge smart home energy firm

geo, the Cambridge-based developer of smarter home energy products and services, has been awarded a 2017 Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation.

The award is recognition of the firm’s incredible progress since launch 11 years ago. This recognises not just technical achievement and business success for the Cambridge firm, but also the progress they have made in introducing ground-breaking solutions to help consumers control their home energy usage. The expanding range of options from geo now includes smart heating, solar monitoring, energy monitoring and smart metering devices.

Co-founder and CEO Patrick Caiger-Smith said: “We are proud and delighted to have been recognised in the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in Innovation. It has always been our belief that our technology solutions are a means to a very important end – engaging consumers so that we can bring about a real, tangible change in energy usage that has a positive, long-term impact on climate change.

“Innovation is at the heart of what our entire team does on a daily basis, and this requires a huge amount of commitment and talent. Receiving the Queen’s Award is testament to our team and we are all honoured by the recognition.”

geo’s commitment to delivering vital, actionable energy data into homes is driven by the concerns about climate change and the growing shortage of resources shared by its co-founders, Caiger-Smith and Simon Anderson.

The specific innovation mentioned in the citation is the Solo in-home energy monitor. The Solo concept was conceived long before the advent of smart meters, and has a very simple premise – to show consumers how much electricity they are using. Solo is easy to operate and ensures that users gain meaningful information that they can act upon to make improvements in their energy usage.

“Solo represents the starting point for everything that geo was set up to do,” commented Caiger-Smith. “It is a highly engineered and beautifully designed solution that is simple and engaging to use. However, it also has the power to deliver vital data to the cloud that can be captured, transferred, stored and analysed, resulting in information to help the customer.”

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