It is working with two tech scale-ups to develop products and services in the areas of environmental monitoring and smart buildings to help public sector customers drive a green recovery.
BT is teaming with tech scale-ups iOpt and Everimpact to develop new services aimed at helping public sector customers transition to net zero.
The collaborative venture forms part of its Green Tech Innovation Platform in partnership with Silicon Valley innovation platform, Plug and Play.
BT plans to help iOpt, an Internet of Things company based in Glasgow, and Everimpact, a company specialising in climate monitoring based in Paris, to expand by offering their products to local councils across the UK which are looking to adopt environmental monitoring and smart building solutions.
As part of the transition to a low carbon business model, BT recently announced that its network, offices and shops worldwide were now powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity. The telecoms giant is committed to becoming a net zero carbon emissions business by 2045.
“We look forward to bringing the best of our innovative ecosystem to support local councils on their journey towards net zero”
BT said its commitment to reducing its carbon intensity will help the UK Government meet its target of net zero emissions by 2050 and is calling on other companies to adopt similar measures and commitments to help the country “build back better” following the disruption of the global pandemic.
“As the world looks to recover from the current health and economic crisis caused by Covid-19, we have an opportunity to accelerate the transition to a greener society, working in partnership with government, business and society as they look at how they need to adapt and change their business models in the evolving digital world,” said Dean Terry, managing director, corporate and public sector at BT.
“We look forward to bringing the best of our innovative ecosystem to support local councils on their journey towards net zero.”
iOpt will be using its IoT platform to enable smart buildings, with a focus on improving the quality of social housing for local councils. Its platform provides real-time information and alerts on the condition of properties. Installed sensors will enable key information such as damp, mould, and fuel poverty to be collated and tracked.
“As the world looks to recover from the current health and economic crisis caused by Covid-19, we have an opportunity to accelerate the transition to a greener society, working in partnership with government, business and society”
BT said it will provide the network connectivity and manage the installation of the IoT sensors, while supporting iOpt in growing its customer base.
BT has also selected Everimpact to develop environmental monitoring for its smart streets proposition. Air quality and CO2 sensors will be integrated into BT’s street furniture estate, such as Street Hub units, payphone kiosks or CCTV sites, to provide actionable environmental insights for local councils.
The solution will combine Everimpact’s satellite data and AI technology with air quality and CO2 data collated via sensors. Local councils will be able to access the data via a smart city dashboard where they will be able to track emissions, and receive certified carbon offsetting information, enabling them to generate funds for their decarbonisation efforts.
Over the next few months, the scale-ups will be collaborating with BT to run proof of concepts with local councils and other organisations.
BT reports its ambition is to further expand this approach to green innovation by working with more start-up/scale ups and across more customers and business segments.
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