BT partners with QiO to help customers deliver on sustainability commitments

Source: press release, 27 May 2022            

New AI-powered Edge Compute solution delivers on BT’s pledge to help customers avoid 60 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030
New AI-powered Edge Compute solution delivers on BT’s pledge to help customers avoid 60 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 (photo: BT Group)

BT has announced a new AI-powered solution to help customers achieve their sustainability targets by optimising energy use across their operations. The launch is the latest step in the BT Group Manifesto pledge to help customers avoid 60 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.

Powered by AI technology within Foresight Optima™ from QiO Technologies, it combines the latest in machine learning with BT Edge Compute devices. Customers can also benefit from BT’s wider digital industries capabilities, including IoT, cloud and secure connectivity, in a single managed solution.

The new solution brings together real-time data from IoT sensors, machinery control settings, databases, external data and energy sources to identify the variables that can be optimised to reduce energy consumption, and can also help improve quality, productivity, and other relevant factors.

The resulting energy efficiency index (EEI) looks at past configurations of the process and compares them to see which were most energy efficient and why. It can also compare sites and equipment to look for best practices.

The solution is hosted on a BT Edge Compute device, which ensures data can be securely processed by the AI close to where it is created. BT securely connects the device to all relevant systems, hardware and assets to give total visibility of the process being measured. Connectivity options include private 5G.

QiO’s AI has been successfully deployed across a wide range of industries, including glass, steel, cement, automotive and others, delivering energy savings between 5-15%. For example, QIO’s deployment at a leading glass manufacturer reduced energy consumption by 6% and carbon emissions by 21,600 tonnes.

“I believe we have a very important role to play in addressing the climate crisis. By partnering with customers, we can help them achieve net-zero carbon emissions,” says Hriday Ravindranath, Chief Product & Digital Officer, Global, BT.

“Data is key,” he adds. “Too many organisations still gather carbon data manually, making reporting difficult and limiting its usefulness in improving operations. Our solution collects data securely, and by using QiO’s AI, recommends steps to optimise processes. Moreover, customers can use this data to report on their performance in a standardised way. It’s a great example of how we’re delivering on our Manifesto commitments and connecting for good.”

“Our partnership with BT will deliver the benefit of QiO Foresight Optima™ to asset heavy and energy intensive industry to help meet sustainability and net-zero goals,” says Rick Haythornthwaite, Chairman & Co-Founder, QiO Technologies. “Combined with BT’s industry knowledge and connectivity expertise, we can accelerate delivery of energy efficiency, carbon emissions reduction and cost savings for organisations globally.”