The Internet of Things (IoT) is currently moving rapidly from media hype to a large-scale market deployment. Up to now public, industry, researchers and policy makers have focused mainly on the technologies and the opportunities of this new concept.
Only recently concerns have been raised about the energy consumption of the potentially billions of additional network-enabled devices. In the framework of the IEA implementing agreement "Efficient Electrical End-Use Equipment" the "Electronic Devices and Networks Annex" has decided to investigate the energy impact of IoT and to develop according policy recommendations, on how the energy consumption can be minimized.
This project, which is supported by the Annex member countries Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom, Canada, and USA, has been assigned to the iHomeLab of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences due to its broad competencies in energy monitoring, Internet of Things and sensornetworks.