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PA Consulting speeds Onzo’s home energy display device to market and helps reduce domestic carbon footprint

24 June 2009

PA Consulting Group, the leading international management, systems and technology consultancy, has accelerated development of an innovative home energy display device for Onzo - the in-home energy information provider.

PA worked on the energy display device – in effect ‘technology in a box’ – which forms the major part of Onzo’s commercially-focused system to detect whole house electricity consumption and convert it to a real-time digital display, as well as providing expanded services via the Internet. 

PA accelerated development of the display device from initial concept to volume manufacture to enable Onzo’s product to meet utility companies’ requirement to introduce the system quickly for domestic consumers in such cost- and eco-conscious times. Studies have shown that provision of such data changes consumer behaviour and reduces energy consumption.

Onzo appointed PA as its development partner because of: its rapid product development capabilities in the area of handheld consumer electronics; experience in low power electronics and display technologies; understanding of the manufacturing supply chain. 

PA has worked closely with Onzo’s sustainable product design partner, Lightweight Medical Ltd, to make the carbon footprint of the device as low as possible through careful selection of components and manufacturing locations, and a design based around an end-of-life ‘take-back scheme’/recycling. The product will be subject to a full lifecycle analysis to measure and minimize its carbon footprint, making it a leader in its class.

Joel Hagan, chief Executive of Onzo, comments:
“Selecting PA helped us to increase investor and client confidence in our ability to deliver a market-leading product, particularly to an aggressive timeline.”

Mark Humphries, a Member of PA’s Management Group, comments:
“Onzo stands out amongst start-ups that I have come across for its commercialism, focus, and desire to work in genuine partnership.”


 

NOTES FOR EDITORS

1. About PA Consulting Group

At PA Consulting Group, we transform the performance of organisations.
We put together teams from many disciplines and backgrounds to tackle the most complex problems facing our clients, working with leaders and their staff to turn around organisations in the private and public sectors. Clients call on us when they want:

• an innovative solution: counter-intuitive thinking and groundbreaking solutions
• a highly responsive approach: we listen, and then we act decisively and quickly
• delivery of hard results: we get the job done, often trouble-shooting where previous initiatives have failed.

We are an independent, employee-owned, global firm of 3,000 talented individuals, operating from offices across the world, in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia, and Oceania. We have won numerous awards for delivering complex and highly innovative assignments, run one of the most successful venture programmes in our industry, have technology development capability that few firms can match, deep expertise across key industries and government, and a unique breadth of skills from strategy to IT to HR to applied technology.
• defence • energy • financial services • government and public services • international development • life sciences and healthcare • manufacturing • postal services • retail • telecommunications • transportation •

2. About Onzo

Onzo provides consumers with information on their energy use and the help they need to reduce it so they can become more environmentally friendly and lower their bills.  The global company offers innovative products and services that include real-time energy displays, a website and printed energy usage reports.  Onzo’s area of expertise is consumer-led Demand Reduction Management, working with energy companies to improve their relationship with their customers, extend their customer offering, and meet emissions reduction targets.  Onzo has recently announced that a major UK energy supplier has placed orders totalling more than £7m. Onzo - live lighter, live smarter.  For more information, please visit www.onzo.co.uk.

   
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