My one bright idea over Easter has bit the dust.
I was reading an article in the Economist about kit which allows you to monitor in real time how much energy you are using at home. There are two options: the Owl and the Wattson. They both work by a unit clipping onto the main electricity cable of your house, which then transmits wirelessly to a display panel which you can put in your living room. I particularly liked the Wattson as it looks cool and changes colour from blue to red as your electricity usage increases (so you can go and turn some of your appliances off).
I thought we could demonstrate this in Georgia on our exhibition stand and in our office. But then we noticed a snag. In the UK, the cable from the meter to the fuseboard is normally easily accessible so it is not a problem to clip on the wireless unit. In Tbilisi at least, all premises (offices and houses at least) have been remetered, so that the meters are situated at the entrance of the building in a big cabinet so the meters are easily read, and maintained by the electricity company. So the connections are not accessible, eliminating all the illegal and unmetered connections there were before and making it difficult to make any new ones. Even in our office the main cable from the meter is enclosed in the wall plaster and not easy to tamper with.
So the new measures to prevent illegal connections make it impossible for us to use the Owl and the Wattson. Shame.