The idea of webinos is to bridge the data, application and application across all the platforms, including the smart phone, car , TV, open source hardware, PC, tablet in a secure web environment.

The webinos Smart energy demo is based on the idea of consumers who want to retain control of
their own energy consumption data which can in turn be used to negotiate with suppliers when they
want to switch suppliers.

As a use case, this story is described from the perspective of a consumer who wants to manage their
energy consumption, own their energy consumption data and use that data to negotiate with their
energy suppliers and / or switch energy suppliers.

John is conscious of energy savings and also the need to own his own energy consumption data.
He knows of a webinos based third party supplier who runs a cloud based system which manages
his energy data on his behalf. John signs up to the service (called webenergy). Webenergy connects
energy consumption from all devices in the home to a central server hosted in the cloud. the energy
consumption is stored in the cloud and its integrity and access is managed by webinos technology.
This consumption can be accessed by John and his family. The next time John switches providers, john
is able to accurately indicate to the new provider his consumption and thereby get a better deal. The
alternative is a ‘meter reading’ every six months and an approximation of energy consumption based
on that reading. This does not benefit anyone. The new webinos based alternative thus provides a
benefit to John (Green awareness, better deal for negotiations, secure storage), the provider(a better
awareness for charging)

The concept needs collaboration between different energy suppliers. This may need regulation but
in the USA, this regulation is already enacted through the Green button initiative – New Industry
Commitments to Give 15 Million Households Tools to Shrink Their Energy Bills

The ability to own and trade data has a number of consumer and economic benefits including –
green effects (providing a feedback on energy consumption at a granular level) and also the ability to
negotiate with suppliers when switching electric suppliers.

The webinos smart city demo: The same idea for Smart energy can be also used to create a
smart city demo. From the perspective of webinos, we are describing ‘Smart city’ as ‘screen zero’
applications that have a value in a Smart city ecosystem. In this case, we focus around the idea of
creating an ‘app for a smart city’. An app for a smart city comprises of the following components:

a) An ‘intelligent’ location in a city that is made sensor aware and can capture some element
needed by the city(ex: air pollution levels) – this is implemented as the arduino based
component below
b) A component that manages the security, data, authentication etc (which is webinos) and
c) A mobile app which can access these elements from the cloud or in proximity (again an
implementation of webinos PZP-PZH architecture)

The wider vision for apps for smart cities is based on accessing any city level data through a mobile
device (which includes Open data but also data from any physical location that is sensor enabled).
To harness the true potential of Smart cities, the city must become a platform i.e. an enabler for

developers, creativity and applications. Apps for smart cities could be defined as:

Apps for Smart city = Intelligent places + Data + Mobile apps + Community + Services = City as a
platform

Thus, Smart city applications are similar to conventional mobile applications. However, in
conjunction with mobile devices which often include sensors, Smart city applications would interface
with hardware – typically open source hardware – which enables ‘intelligent data’ spots in the city.
Thus the prototype application will be designed to ‘intelligently enable a location’ in a city.

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