Sharp Corp announced Feb 18, 2014, that the number of subscribers to its "Web Monitoring Service," which monitors its clients' solar power generation systems via the Internet, exceeded 40,000 in December 2013.
The service was launched in April 2009. The operation status of a solar power generation system is usually checked by the client with a monitor in, for example, a living room. But in the Web Monitoring Service, Sharp monitors the statuses of its clients' systems via the Internet for free.
Sharp publishes reports on the amounts of power generated by the systems on a special website on a regular basis. When the company detects a problem, it is displayed on a monitor so that it can be quickly checked or repaired. Also, the company offers diagnosis services in which the operation status of a system is compared with those of other systems in the neighborhood. So, the increase in the number of subscribers improves the accuracy of such diagnoses, the company said.
Sharp aims to double the number of subscribers to the service by fiscal 2015. And it plans to use big data collected on the network for in-home energy management systems.