"Electricity suppliers speak about it as if it were the future, but it is already happening right now," Knut Johansen, CEO of Esmart Systems told the Norwegian daily Aftenposten.
One of the products Esmart System offers are drones with artificial intelligence. Smart drone surveillance along power lines may reveal errors and accidents faster and cheaper than a helicopter-based crew.
Another idea is to introduce smart power meters by January 1, 2019. Since most power is used in the morning and at night, by spreading out electricity consumption more evenly during the day, the worst consumption peaks may be neutralized, which spares the necessity of building out "monster electricity masts," according to the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate. According to Gerd Kjølle from the independent research organization SINTEF, the conservative estimate is that over 10 percent of power may be saved this way, which translates to about 15 billion NOK (nearly $2bln) each year.
Kongsberg Digital is one of Norway's leading digital companies, with a staff of approximately 500 employees. It is part of Kongsberg Gruppen, an international technology group that supplies high-technology systems and solutions to customers in the merchant marine, defense, aerospace, offshore oil and gas industries, and utilities industries. With only 60 employees, Esmart Systems, which was only launched four years ago, has an annual turnover of around 40 million NOK (nearly $5mln), a figure which is expected to rise further. The Norwegian experience was lauded by many experts, including Microsoft.
Norway is slated to become a pilot for the company's ambitions. For Kongsberg Gruppen, however, which has 80 percent of its sales abroad, the name of the game is the global market.