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Sony to help smarten up 20m homes powered by Tepco

Internet-of-things tech enables smart homes to track the power usage of consumer appliances.

TOKYO -- Sony and Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings will join hands to offer an all-in-one smart home service enabling households to track and control appliances' power usage, as well as monitor seniors and children in the house.

The service, based on internet of things technology, will target roughly 20 million Tepco household customers. Subsidiaries of the two companies, Sony Mobile Communications and Tepco Energy Partner, are to sign a basic agreement as early as Tuesday and kick off discussions for commencing the service.

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