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Panasonic Corp. will launch in October an energy-management device to connect electrical equipment and appliances at homes to visualize and efficiently control energy.

The device, called AiSEG, is expected to be launched Oct. 21 at a suggested retail price of ¥112,350, along with air conditioners, IH (induction) cooking equipment and heat pump hot water supply systems that can be linked via a wireless network, the company said Tuesday.

Panasonic said it plans to sell 10,000 of the devices, which will come with an energy-measuring unit, this business year.

“We’d like to bring sales of AiSEG and related products to ¥20 billion” by next March, said Shusaku Nagae, head of Panasonic’s Eco Solutions business. The firm is shooting for ¥200 billion in annual sales by fiscal 2015.

In the home energy-management system equipped with AiSEG, users will be able to monitor the energy consumed by electronic devices, including televisions, computers and smartphones.

The system will also help users save energy consumption by automatically controlling operation of compatible appliances, the company said. The device will be eligible for a government subsidy of up to ¥100,000 aimed at promoting the introduction of energy-management systems.

The device is capable of downloading software updates to cope with changes in the energy environment and the development of new appliances, as well as future changes in light bulbs and fixtures, security equipment and vehicle charging facilities, it said.

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