Bringing Energy to life at London 2012

Our work with EDF on energy monitoring at the Olympic Park contributed to London 2012 being the most sustainable Games ever. It also resulted in the launch of Visi, an innovative new product designed to shape the future of energy management.

The opportunity

As official electricity supplier of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, EDF wanted to leverage their involvement to demonstrate the benefits of intelligent energy management. We worked closely with them to define the opportunity and develop a product that would provide better understanding of energy usage during and after the Games, at key Olympic venues and beyond.

We had access to live energy usage data feeds from the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre, Velodrome, and Basketball Arena, as well as Tower Bridge and the EDF London Eye. On its own, the raw data gave no insight into the causes of changes in consumption. To make sense of the feeds, we needed to add context and started investigating factors that impacted on energy demand for each building.

Uncovering energy stories

After researching, digitising and mapping a huge amount of additional data, we established meaningful correlations with the energy feeds and found that demand at each location was influenced by specific, individual variables. From the angle and duration of bridge lifts at Tower Bridge, to the energy-efficient design of buildings at the Olympic Park, or the weather affecting pod humidity at the London Eye, our analysis revealed the stories behind energy usage at each venue.

Designing the interface

We used our insights to design and build Visi, a powerful real-time energy monitoring dashboard that visualises live energy demand and historic trends from the six destinations, alongside the events that influence consumption.

We created a dedicated website for Visi, which featured at the Olympic Park to showcase live energy consumption of the major venues during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Visi’s ability to connect complex data and display it in engaging and intuitive ways made the dynamics of energy usage easy to understand for a broad range of visitors, as well as energy managers.

Visi helped shape the future of energy management at the Olympic Park and now provides EDF’s business customers with a tool that will educate their employees on smarter ways to consume energy.