The Smart City project is looking for solutions to save on energy waste. They might want to take a close look at SangamTech who are helping homeowners to understand their consumption habits in real-time fashion
When we think of the term “smart home” we imagine a home with doors that can be locked and unlocked by a smartphone, lights turned on and off by clapping and a virtual personal assistant that wishes us a good morning and makes us coffee before we head out to work. Israel’s Smart City is a project that takes automation of houses to a city wide level; monitoring and managing the consumption of household energy resources, such as electricity, water and gas in order to reduce waste and improve efficiency.
Real-time consumption data
The Israel Electric Company (IEC) is launching a pilot program to install 4,600 smart electricity meters in several communities. Should SangamTech be brought in as a partner to this project homeowners would be able to connect to the system that processes the data via their smartphone, keeping themselves updated on their electricity consumption in real time and allowing them to make on the spot adjustments as well as long-term lifestyle habit adjustments to reduce their electricity bill at the end of the month, saving more electricity for the city.
One of the biggest issues that had to be overcome is the privacy issue. The meter companies would have access to real time information of when homeowners are likely in the house and when they are out, and what they’re doing while they’re home. They presume correctly that homeowners would probably not like to share all that information without having to give their permission first.
One possible solution to deal with this issue would be to bring in SangamTech to the project; a clean-tech startup who developed a system called Lean City. Lean City is a sort of social network potentially connecting any homeowner with a smart meter to others within the network, and connecting all of them to utility companies like the IEC. Lean City offers complete custom privacy settings control so that users can decide who sees their information, how much and how often. The same setup can be established for water and gas.
Routing information according given permissions
The solution itself is cloud based and includes independent software solutions from various mobile social information sharing platforms of energy providers, connecting network operators, government agencies and end users. By collecting real-time data from the entire network for analysis, SangamTech can provide users with expected data consumption amounts, letting them know how much they can expect to have to pay on their monthly bill given their current average rate of consumption. Individual users can proactively take advantage of the system, for example, customizing the routing of data to tell them what they want to know, and when they want to know it.
“15 cities in Israel signed a treaty of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which requires them to conduct proper energy conservation practices, and that’s where we come in,” says Eran Aloni, CEO of SangamTech. “People feel that the information belongs to them and not to entities that install their devices, so we decided to build a system to enable homeowners to share their real-time information only with those they want to share it with and as frequently as they want to share it – and have this system sync with data from other systems, such as electric, water or gas.”
SangamTech was founded earlier this year by Eli Segalowitz, who gained most of his experience at Oracle before founding another startup in the field of Video Streaming and then began to deal in green energy. The company so far managed to raise $200K, 100 of which came from private investors and another 100 from Friends & Family. The company has five employees and is located in Tel Aviv.
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