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ICwhatUC chosen in top 100 startups globally for the Start Up Energy Transition (SET) Award

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Kristen Gray

ICwhatUC announced this week that they have been selected as one of the top 100 energy and mobility startups of 2021 by Start Up Energy Transition.

ICwhatUC is a self-service visual work platform for the mobile workforce that uses augmented reality and AI to simplify customer-driven repairs, estimates, and inspections. The software allows for customers to connect by video instantly and receive virtual service on-demand, which reduces truck rolls and unnecessary carbon gas emissions.

Serving mainly the utilities and construction industries, ICwhatUC’s philosophy is the truck roll that didn’t happen is the most sustainable truck roll. Their software enables a step change impact for sustainable field operations, while also enabling end consumers with more autonomy.

The Start Up Energy Transition (SET) is a global innovation platform supporting innovation in energy. They are powered by the German Energy Agency (dena), in cooperation with the World Energy Council, and they believe that a sustainable future is directly linked to innovative business models.

Each year they publish a SET100 list - a list of the top 100 most innovative, savvy and promising startups who are working on ideas affecting global energy transition and climate change. The startups on the SET100 list have all been invited to pitch virtually at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue. The theme of this year’s conference is “Energiewende” - towards climate neutrality. 

“Field trips are a huge source of emissions. Vattenfall is a medium-sized utility with an estimated 7,000 field technicians, those technicians execute roughly 5.6 million trips each year. This translates into 280 million km’s driven annually, roughly the distance to Mars,” said CEO Guillermo Salazar during his pitch at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue. “They drive to Mars each year. And like the Mars trip, this costs them around 2 billion dollars, and worse, emits around 52,000 metric tonnes of carbon.”

Transitioning away from our reliance on non-renewable energy sources means changing the way we think about and the way we execute work processes. Current technologies reflect an old way of thinking about what’s possible and actually reward trip dispatch, increasing the length and frequency of trips, and increasing emissions. 

The best way to reduce GhG from service trips is to first find ways to eliminate the trip. Our customers have proven that they can eliminate 50% to 60% of their trips by using ICwhatUC embedded in their process. Not to mention they make the work safer, the customers happier, and reduce costs and emissions by a large percentage.

As power and utility organizations increasingly look to shift towards virtual, on-demand service options, solutions like ICwhatUC are needed to help speed the transition. Consumers are increasingly expecting their service providers to be efficient both for the planet and their own time - fortunately that time is now. 

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