Our AI guides, checks and records the physical installation of digital infrastructure. Whether it's smart meters for smart homes, smart energy for smart cities, charging points for electric vehicles, or any other piece of the Revolution 4.0 infrastructure, our mission is to make sure it's done right first time, every time. On 28th November 2019, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy released its quarterly update on Britain's smart meter rollout.

Why is this crucial to a sustainable future, and why should we act now?

For all the promise of bright, shiny, sustainability, the infrastructure element's still lagging behind - we're not building the physical stuff fast enough. The World Economic Forum highlighted this in its report, Transforming Infrastructure: Frameworks for Bringing the Fourth Industrial Revolution to Infrastructure:

"The technological advances of the Fourth Industrial Revolution have fundamentally altered society in ways both seen and unseen. This digital transformation has changed how people live and work, and everything in between. One area of daily life, however, seems to be largely missing out on this revolution: infrastructure. It remains one of the least digitally transformed sectors of the economy. While individual examples of highly advanced infrastructure systems exist, the sector at large lags behind others in innovation, a fact made all the more apparent by infrastructure’s ubiquity."

In a nutshell, we need exponential growth in the physical infrastructure. If we are to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals and Decade on Ecosystem Restoration by 2030, let alone decarbonization and Net Zero, we need to accelerate the infrastructure rollout, accelerate the innovation.

The 2020s must be the exponential decade.

Cloud + AI

At 22i, our AI helps install digital infrastructure faster and more efficiently, conforms to best working practices, and records all results by storing them securely on the cloud.

This enables our clients to:

  • Maximize the daily number of infrastructure installations.

  • Open every job to remote, real time auditing.

  • Reduce carbon footprint by eliminating the need to physically check an engineer's work.

  • Deliver a Zero Harm industry by reducing injuries to engineers and customers.

  • Empower the workforce to meet their daily targets and reduce time off the road - meaning greater efficiencies, less pressure and less stress.

  • Improve business resilience, plus reduce industry sanctions, costs and fines for missed targets.

  • Open the door to de facto, global industry standards.

The cloud's proved pivotal over the past year, the pandemic and remote working forcing companies to adapt or die. This momentum will continue, with Gartner predicting cloud services will grow by 18.4% in 2021, accounting for 14.2% of total global enterprise IT spend in 2024 (up from 9.1% in 2020).

In effect, COVID-19 validated the cloud value proposition. Match AI with a proactive cloud strategy, however, and things really get interesting.

$414 billion on the table

The cloud provides the backbone for seamless accessibility and support. Cloud migration offers immense benefits, including scalability, cost-effectiveness and better performance. According to Deloitte (Artificial intelligence: From expert-only to everywhere), twinning AI and the cloud can transform efficiency and business productivity.

A report from the Infosys Knowledge Institute goes even further, estimating $414 billion in profits can be unlocked by using the cloud for business growth. This cloud is no longer about just saving money, but instead about gaining a competitive edge for the companies knowing how to use it - by automating more, accelerating innovation, speeding time to market and generating faster profits.

Infosys found that the highest performing businesses have a cloud strategy that accelerates how they:

Launch new solutions.

  • Add functionality.

  • Expand processing capability.

This provides the platform for:

  • Automating process.

  • Increasing collaboration.

  • Using AI to unlock high value data and new sources revenue.

In effect, the most adept companies have proactively rolled the cloud into core business strategy - it's no longer just a reactive, tactical tech fix. In the words of Martha King, Infosys Chief Client Officer:

"In a hyper-connected world, cloud an AI can power scalable mass automation."

Silver bullets

The challenges, however, still remain - with the World Economic Forum concluding:

"The challenges of bringing the Fourth Industrial Revolution to infrastructure and precipitating infrastructure’s industry transformation can seem daunting. These challenges are felt both by those endeavouring to finance, plan, design, build, operate and maintain infrastructure, as well as by the end users who depend on high-quality infrastructure for their prosperity and well-being... Silver bullets rarely exist for issues that affect society in such a fundamental way."

We know there are no quick solutions, no silver bullets.

For this very reason, at 22i our AI's agnostic, applicable to all physical infrastructure of Revolution 4.0. Not only does this accelerate innovation in the infrastructure piece, it also provides space for new ideas, shifting how infrastructure can be designed, developed and delivered.

At 22i, we're about speeding, scaling and integrating innovation. How else will we build smart homes without smart meters by 2030, let only fulfil the dream of Net Zero? How will we inhabit smart cities without smart energy? How can we drive from A to B without charging points to power electric vehicles?

Ultimately, it's all about accelerating the acceleration in the sustainability infrastructure.

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