In line with the vision of a “Smart City,” LeanCiti enables people, municipalities, and communities to share any type of city-related data about resource consumption within a social network. The platform, created by the Israeli startup LeanCiti, uses big data to help cities and its residents make informed decisions, plan ahead, and use resources optimally. It is applicable in a variety of scenarios, from renewable energy production to water consumption, the reading of smart meters, or the measurement of greenhouse gas emissions.
The startup was one of the CODE_n14 finalists and had the opportunity to present its project during the five days of CeBIT. In today’s interview, we talk to Eran Aloni, CEO of LeanCiti, about smart cities, their big data solutions, and how they experienced the time spent in the CODE_n hall during CeBIT.
Could you briefly explain how the smart resources platform LeanCiti works?
LeanCiti collects data from smart meters and smart devices that monitor energy consumption and production in smart city environments. We use social networks to change consumption behavior and study patterns, and also allow consumers, producers, and cities to share, compare, and define goals.
How do you encourage usage and get people involved with the platform?
Social engagement, environmental awareness, and gamification.
What will the cities of the future look like?
Good question… 🙂 I believe that cities will become more independent and function as a state. Cities, devices, and residents will be completely interconnected and synchronized. From hazards, transportation, energy, water, pollution etc. data will be accessible by all for the simple reason that the more data is shared, the better life in the city will be. Privacy will be in the hands of every single user and data ownership will become the norm.
What were your impressions of CODE_n? Could it influence the future at LeanCiti?
It was the best show we attended by far! The quality of leads and follow-up meetings that we set up made this event a real success. The panels that we were invited on were the real trigger for most of our leads.