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Making Wall Outlets Safer—and Smarter


The SafePlug Energy Manager system uses RFID tags to gather energy use data and allow control of individual appliances remotely.

By Brent Ehrlich

The last decade has seen an explosion in the variety of products available to monitor our energy use and provide complex “smart” controls. There’s still plenty of room for new ideas, however, as shown by SafePlug outlets, made by 2D2C, Inc. Originally designed to protect occupants against electric shock and fire, SafePlug is the only plug-and-play system that uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags to help track energy use from individual appliances and turn them on and off remotely.

The SafePlug Energy Manager System comes with two Energy Manager receptacles; a wireless Energy Server (which looks similar to a wireless router) and software; and RightPlug RFID tags. A building owner can quickly install the system with the following steps.

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