Greenbiz.com defines VERGE as the convergence of energy, information, buildings, and transportation. The advances in mobile and wireless communications technology and “big data” storage and analytics open up entirely new possibilities to give users the tools they need to make smarter energy usage decisions — saving money, increasing convenience, and/or making greener fuel choices. I believe we’ve only just begun to see what is possible in these areas. Do I think the term VERGE will catch on? I don’t know, it might, but even if it only remains a term greenbiz.com uses, I do believe that the technology trends are real.
I’ve signed up to attend the next VERGE conference, Convergence Paris 2013 (no, not in person unfortunately) to learn more from the industry leaders in this space. I’ll blog about it for sure, so stay tuned!