• DTI, Germany support SME mobile app for cheaper power

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    THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the German government are supporting the development of a mobile application that will enable small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to lower their electric bills.

    The app, called OneWatt, will allow SMEs to pick out the most cost-efficient energy source at various times of the day and to find alternative power sources during outages.

    It was developed by a team of Filipino IT professionals from the University of the Philippines Diliman and De La Salle University.

    OneWatt was the grand prize winner in a contest held recently by DTI and the German international cooperation company Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), GIZ for a mobile app that would best help local SMEs become more competitive and environment-friendly.

    The competition drew male and female participants from Luzon, Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao. The youngest was 15 and the oldest, 73. They consisted of students, professionals, and startup companies. The other winning apps were for natural resource management, waste recycling, green packaging, and disaster management.

    GIZ’s Promotion of Green Economic Development (ProGED) project, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, will support the full development and commercialization of the app among SMEs all over the country through the DTI.

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