Accenture showcases its smart home energy tracking platform at #MWC22, Sustainability

Among the many sustainability-related proposals showcased at this year’s Mobile World Congress, Accenture showcased a smart home platform that can track the energy efficiency of home devices and help communications service providers develop new managed service offerings for their consumer customers using their 5G and IoT networks. -How? ‘Or’ What.

The platform uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) capabilities to track multiple aspects of appliances used in a home, from the warranty of a light bulb to the temperature of a fridge and even the the use of kWh for decades. – old toaster. This data feeds into a dashboard that can show in detail, room by room, what drives energy consumption and how users can reduce their consumption and, respectively, their monthly electricity bill.

“Even if you have an old toaster from the 1980s, we can get it from the home network device…and if you’re using renewable energy and you have solar on top of that , 5G will detect [this] via the home platform” and advise on the best time to schedule the washing machine – perhaps during the day when the sun is shining rather than at 8 p.m. in the evening when energy rates can be higher – to balance consumption and improve efficiency, says Albert Tan, managing director of network services for Accenture in the ASIAM region (ANZ, Southeast Asia, India, Africa and the Middle East) and global head of sustainability for its communications and media industry.

According to Accenture, the platform will enable operators to offer their customers the right set of platform performance insights and ensure they are using the right set of services.

The platform is being tested by a few operators in North America where consumer demand is very high, according to the company.

Accenture is deciding whether the platform will be offered as a plug-and-play solution that service providers can brand and use or something that can be used as the basis for a carrier-specific offering. Either way, it’s designed to position communications service providers as businesses that can help their customers track and manage their energy usage. “We believe in the mantra that telecom operators can be an enabler and amplifier of energy efficiency,” Tan noted.

He explained that telecom operators with a “really good 5G network” can deploy such tracking platforms as part of their IoT service for energy efficiency in buildings, homes and transportation systems. smart.

He cited data from a recent study he co-authored with CTIA, which found that 20% of carbon emissions reduction in the United States by 2050 could be saved through 5G and, more specifically, intelligent transportation automation , remote work and smart buildings, among others. “Everyone will set a goal – the real measure is, how fast do they achieve it per year?” Tan added.

On this point, he highlighted Accenture’s efforts in creating a dashboard with different software vendors “to not only track and set a target for ESG [environmental, social and governance]“, but also “implement and manage KPIs as an objective” and understand the performance of a company on energy consumption.

The company also develops telecom network design and optimization tools that collect data to see how the network is performing and where telecom operators can improve efficiency. “We’ve taken this whole ecosystem…in partnership with everyone who is actually in the region, and bundled it into a one-stop-shop value proposition,” Tan noted.

As for Accenture itself, it also tracks its own environmental impact, as well as social and governance aspects through its Value 360 reporting experience.

– Yanitsa Boyadzhieva, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, TelecomTV

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