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SAS | Future Plans

The Future

Ideally, the system would like to one day be fully integrated with the user’s daily life. External accounts could be linked straight to their profiles so that information is collected with minimal effort or input from their side. However, we are still a long long way from there.

Once the app is rolled out in a testing or beta phase, we plan to begin analysing the information collected and work out any issues that there may be. When we have a stable and reasonably successful version of the app, we will be able to make it more widely available to form a larger resource base. After any initial problems or bugs have been fixed, we will start working on ways to add on to the existing framework. This would include recording more information about the different aspects of sustainability and energy consumption such as: shopping, transport - petrol and public transport, water consumption, etc. By gaining more information, the quality of the data recorded will improve.

For this to happen, we would need the support of many organisations and companies who could share their databases and infrastructure with us, helping us to gather the information that we need. From there, we aim to map out the information recorded, showing how areas are performing and determining patterns between different areas. These maps and graphs would be made available for the public to view for use in research and education around the topics of energy efficiency and sustainability.