Programme aims to help community groups organise and source alternative energy solutions
The City of Los Angeles has teamed with Tech Mahindra, a specialist in digital transformation, consulting and business reengineering, on a new community-based digital initiative to help achieve the shared goal of building smarter, more sustainable and energy-efficient cities.
Other partners in the initiative are the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering and USC Marshall School of Business.
The community action platform for engagement (CAPE) is reported to be the first digital platform in the US that uses advanced data analytics – including satellite imagery and government energy consumption data – to help jump-start community-led energy projects with the goal of generating significant cost savings for local citizens while reducing CO2 emissions.
The purpose of the new digital platform is to create a marketplace where citizens, community action groups, local authorities and energy suppliers can easily view and select from an array of alternative energy options available in their designated area.
Using data supplied by the City of Los Angeles, platform users will be able to identify their neighbourhood on a satellite map and discover which alternative energy solutions are available and the potential cost-savings they will receive should they make a switch. Platform participants would then be able to use online forums to recruit their neighbours to create user pools large enough to attract proposals from alternative energy suppliers.
South Los Angeles Watts and Bel Air-Beverly Crest neighbourhoods have been designated as pilot sites for the programme. CAPE, which is part of USC’s I3 Consortium, will eventually be expanded to include areas such as housing, community health, public safety and education.
Tech Mahindra is a founding member of the I3 Consortium, an open data aggregator designed for developers and data brokers that aims to encourage and accelerate Internet of Things (IoT) adoption.
“Tech Mahindra is committed to developing innovative approaches to developing more livable urban centres through informed and effective community collaboration,” said Raman Abrol, SVP, business unit head for Americas communications, media, entertainment.
“We are thrilled to work with the City of Los Angeles and USC to promote energy efficiency, encourage citizen engagement and lay the groundwork to make our cities smarter and more sustainable. We look forward to working with cities across the country to implement more CAPE programmes.”
CAPE is already providing energy intelligence in Milton Keynes, UK, to help it become an energy efficient city and reducing carbon emissions. The project won the Smart Cities UK 2017 award under the housing category – for projects that improve the standard of living for homeowners and to support low-cost living.
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