Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology
competition. Students use their imagination and passion to create a
technology solution that addresses the Imagine Cup 2012 theme: Imagine a
world where technology helps solve the toughest problems.
year at the Microsoft Imagine Cup Canadian Finals in Waterloo Ontario, a
group of students mentored by Leo Salemi from George Brown College
presented their innovative solution to reduce the effects of greenhouse
gas emissions by managing electrical consumption only when it’s
GREENi provided a live demonstration of how the Microsoft Kinect
sensor could be used to detect when people were in the zone and
decide whether to turn the lights on and off or control the fan used to
supply the amount of fresh air to the area.
team backed up their work by using actual consumption data collected
from the research lab at George Brown to show how easy it was to reduce
electrical consumption if the responsibility of energy conservation was
shifted from the occupant to the intelligent sensors. "There are
many buildings out there with energy conserving technology already in
place" explained Granger, "but they are disparate and unaware
of what each other is doing." Granger went on to explain that by
putting the intelligence right into the sensors and using a cloud based
storage platform like Microsoft Azure all the sensors could be made to
work with a unified purpose of conserving energy consumption and
ultimately reduce our carbon footprint on this planet..
great idea isn't worth the paper it is written on unless we make it
happen.” says Leo Salemi team mentor and long time faculty from
the Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies at George Brown
College, “We can't turn these ideas into reality without the
support of visionaries like Microsoft and forward thinking administrators
and policy makers."
GREENi will now represent Canada at the worldwide Microsoft Imagine Cup
Finals in Australia - wish them luck!