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Our Cambridge centre is the UK base for the European pilot programme GreenSoul, which aims to encourage more eco-awareness and energy efficiency by individuals when using public spaces, testing innovative technologies to alter and improve the ways people use shared devices

The GreenSoul project’s main objective is to achieve higher energy efficiency in public buildings by altering the way people use energy consuming shared devices (lights, printers) and personal devices (personal pluggable appliances). In order to achieve this goal, GreenSoul will apply a two-fold strategy:

    • It will persuade users to increase their energy-awareness and change their e-consumption habits through a variety of techniques, from persuasive social applications to physical interaction mechanisms linked to the networked devices
    • It will embed intelligence into the networked devices to allow them autonomously decide about their operational mode for energy efficiency purposes. GreenSoul devices will learn from users habits, acting only when wasteful energy behaviour is detected or users do not heed device suggestions