CABInet – Software for consultancy services in the social field
«CABInet» is intended to provide the basis for the ICT-supported coordination platform of the central advisory office, as well as to question the service landscape and the individual services in the area of the city of Lucerne. In the future, this advisory body will act as a «single point of contact» for all the institutions involved. It directs an auxiliary person to the appropriate institution in case of a specific inquiry. A future-oriented approach takes advantage of the opportunities offered by digitalization.
With the specially developed app, relevant and useful information can be made easily accessible with just a few clicks.
SCCER «Future Energy Efficient Buildings & Districts» (FEEBD)
In the project «SCCER – FEEBD» we investigate methods for the recognition of user behaviour in order to enable user-centered control strategies. We expect the users of a building to better accept the building management system. In order to achieve this goal, we analyse the interactions between the building management system and the user behaviour.
Energy Aware IoT
An approach for smart efficiency optimisations in the grid lies in the usage of connected, energy-aware devices. The goal of this study is to identify the challenges and sketch possible solution scenarios to grasp the complexity and get an overview of the energy-related potential of a smart, networked energy-awareness of devices in and outside the IoT.
Feasibility study on speech recognition for room automation systems (speech control, speech recognition, room automation)
Study about the effectiveness and applicability of assistive monitoring systems. The aim of the project is to investigate the following issues related to the state-of-the-art and the data of monitoring systems for the use at home:
- Requirements for assistance systems
- What data can be collectet using different sensor types?
- What data is contrived for evaluating, what basic mechanisms can be used and what could be the result of it?
- How is the privacy of the persons directly involved ensured
The questions should be answered in order to create a start-up project.
Kith & Kin
Communication device (for the elderly) with simple options for electronically exchanging messages, appointments, images, movies etc. within defined groups of people (family, multiple generations, support teams). An NFC-capable tablet will be extended with a functional frame on which actions may be triggered with NFC tags.
My Life, My Way
A modern version of a butler: a personal assistant that is easy to use (speach recognition of local dialects) and able to learn autonomously the persons preferences and needs. The assistant will combine tailor made services according to the persons needs like agenda maintenance, medicine alerts, supervison or excercise.
Electrical energy is generated increasingly decentralized with intermittent sources and the consumer is becoming a prosumer, because he often also produces electrical energy. To balance supply and demand, utilities will influence energy usage patterns with time dependent tariffs. Thus the prosumer has to decide, whether to sell, buy, consume or store energy. To support this process a brokerage system will be explored, which leverages the smart grid infrastructure.
Energy Efficiency in IoT
Investigation for the International Energy Agency (IEA) about the energy consumption of networked devices within the Internet of Things.
A platform is being created as part of the «ZocAALo» project with the aim of helping to market smartphone apps specially designed for older people. On the one side the platform comprises a «marketplace» for offering apps exclusively for the target group. The user-friendliness of these apps will be assessed beforehand. In addition, the platform supports developers of apps aimed at older people, for example by providing format templates or development kits. The platform is highly customizable so e.g. care organizations can combine a selection of useful apps into their own app and make this available to their customers.
The project is conducting research into a solution for supporting people with dementia within their own homes. The solution includes various sensors, providing direct support for the individual with dementia e.g. in taking regular medication or meals. It will also involve care organisations and carers from the individual’s personal environment. The system supports these personnel in the provision of care and in the areas of safety and prevention.
The result of the «eGlasses» project will be an open platform in the form of multisensory electronic multimedia glasses and a set of new methods for intelligent user interactions, especially in the context of perceptual media.
«REALYSE» will show the full potential of the so called NIALM technology (Non Intrusive Appliance Load Monitoring). The measured values, the fingerprint, will be used to benchmark the appliance with the best in class products. A benchmark portal like TopTen.ch will be interfaced to give a hint which product will serve the needs the most efficient way.
«Demand-Response» researches smart concepts with companies like BKW, Siemens, swissgrid and MeteoSchweiz to enable energy suppliers and consumers to adapt and be ready for the energy market of the future.
The goal of «INSPIRATION» is to help older adults living a healthier life to stay mentally and physically fit. The digital coach will motivate them to be active. The focus points are: Mastering the everyday life, managing the shopping, analysing the actual health status.
At the moment there are no existing solutions on the market to find out how the assisted person is doing without getting in direct contact. The «RelaxedCare» system aims to build a solution that detects the actual state of an assisted person and communicates it in a pervasive and unobtrusive way to the caregiver.
«RelaxedCare» is the winner of the AAL Award 2015. Project Website
The goal of this project is to develop a «building communication hub» that create a bridge between employees and colleagues, regardless of time and distance. The building acts as a communications-hub.
«Cocome» explores the possibility of using building infrastructure interfaces for different type of applications. These interfaces often have a secure communication link. The project «CoCome» researches whether these compounds are safe to be used for other applications, which also require a high level of data security.
«ufeel» explores an innovative, user-centered and adaptive system for the automation of commercial buildings. A newly designed, context sensitive user interaction model and method for identifying users and situations allows the control of lighting and blinds actuators so that users are satisfied and at the same time a situationally optimal energy efficiency can be maintained.
802.15.4 «Swarm Intelligence» explores a novel approach to improve energy efficiency in buildings using sensor nodes that will create a sensor network. The radio-based sensor nodes can be used directly in existing devices without the need to modify the existing electrical installation.
BUTLER (uBiquitous, secUre inTernet-of-things with Location and contEx-awaReness)
«BUTLER» will integrate current and develop new technologies to form a «bundle» of applications, platform features and services that will bring the vision of Internet of Things to life. We focus on smart resource management and digital security to ensure the pervasiveness and awareness required from users.
«HEARO» does research for a new system to integrate hearing aids into the domestic environment. The Goal is to improve the security and comfort of individuals with hearing limitations.
iSens (Projectname INAT)
The aim of this project is the development of a sensor which recognizes the lack of movement in the home and triggers an alarm. If the sensor detects a configurable time without motion, a pre-alarm is triggered. If this is not acknowledged, the alarm will be forwarded.
Studies are showing that systems which give the occupants a detailed feedback on their energy usage, result in an average energy saving of 5 to 15 percent. «LoReMA» helps to utilize this potential. Its goal is to measure every single appliance in the household and to display their energy consumption in real time. The energy is measured directly inside the power socket and transmitted to the display by means of a low power ZigBee radio link.
Zig Bee USB Dongle including Diagnosis - and Ping-Software.
The «MIRACO» project explores a middleware for the controller of a novel room automation system. With «MIRACO» the logic (software) was disconnected from the hardeware. This way the costs for installation and maintenance were significantly reduced.
The energy measurement dimmer «eMeDi» measures the energy of a electrical device and sends this information wirelessly to an information display. Through the detailed information about the energy consumption, the residents can optimize the energy consumption. In addition, the «eMeDi» can switch or dim a device.
The objective of «IMPACT» is to research and develop a reliable infrastructure for personal energy management (PEM) application. Including energy consumption visualisation, load control and micro generation.
«MEGA» erforscht innovative, massentaugliche Lösungen zur Verbesserung der Energieeffizienz in privaten Haushalten. Es macht detaillierte und präzise Messungen von Energiedaten, intelligente Aufbereitung der Daten in Echtzeit und benutzerfreundliche Information des Bewohners über den Energieverbrauch und mögliche Sparpotentiale.
«MEGA» research is focused on innovative, ready-to-use solutions to increase the energy efficiency in private housholds. The chosen approach wants to precisely measure the energy usage of all major consumers in real-time, process the collected data smartly and finally present it to the inhabitant in a user friedly way.
Elderly people would like to stay in their own home as long as possible. For most of them it is a difficult step if they need to move to a nursing home. On the other side if a person lives at home alone she could fall down and get hurt and perhaps nobody notices it for a long time.
SARBAU (Security & Reliability in Building Automation and Control)
Next generation building control and automation networks will migrate from fieldbus solutions to IP based solutions using wired and wireless connections, with rise of security- and reliability concerns. Our project investigates these issues and aims to develop an integrated approach adopting common IT network technologies to low resource embedded platforms. Beyond common IP encryption and authentication schemes like SSL and IEEE802.11i we concentrate on automatic configuration, enhancement and adoption of the Universal Plug&Play protocol (UPnP) as well as localisation to overcome the issues and ensure high security and reliability of the system.
easyLoc (Building Automation Device Localization)
The objective of «easyLoc» is to carry out research into a localization procedure to determine the precise position of building automation devices. Large numbers of these devices are used in office buildings, shopping malls, hospitals, airports, etc., for example to control air conditioning, lighting, access controls, or alarm signals.
This technology should be integrated into future building automation devices and configuration tools. To this end, procedures and algorithms are being studied and functional models are being developed.
The project «Unite» aims to research universal network infrastructure technologies for eHomes. Our contributions include a requirement analysis and an evaluation of existing network structures and integration technologies. We will also develop a full system architecture that will serve as a basis for an implementation that we will integrate into the iHomeLab.
The «EnerBee» project aims to build up a reliable, monitored infrastructure for wireless networks of Advanced Metering Devices. We are working on and using the new smart energy profile of the ZigBee Alliance as a basis for the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI).
The 802.15.4 / ZigBee wireless node is based on the 2430 SoC from TI. On the hardware there is also a thermometer, an accelerometer and a pressure sensor. The pressure sensor can resolve a difference in height of up to 25 cm.
The «WeBee4» is an 802.15.4 / ZigBee sensor node with an extended range. It is based on the Ember SoC EM250. Transmission and reception amplifiers make it possible to achieve a range of up to 2.2 km.
«WeBee3» is a miniaturized, battery-operated sensor. The heart of the IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee hardware node is a TI/Chipcon SoC type CC 2431. The onboard ZigBee stack allows full integration of the «WeBee3» into ad-hoc mesh networks as an end device. Used as a temperature sensor, the «WeBee3» can function for over 10 years without replacing or recharging the battery.
In our daily life we are surrounded by many electronic devices equipped with communication interfaces to share information with other devices or with the users. The goal of the «CARUSO» project is to make user interaction with such devices easier and more consistent. To demonstrate the results of the project, we will develop a system architecture that, for e.g., allows a user to lower blinds, control the volume of a stereo system, or turn on lights using their cell phone.
iLoc (Indoor Localization)
We have developed a system that can locate moving and fixed objects inside of a building. We use supersonic sound waves and wireless technology for a system which can be used e.g. for a guidance system. A demonstrator is integrated in the iHomeLab.
WiBui (Wireless Building Evaluation)
This project focuses on wireless systems in buildings. Its aim is to achieve three goals: Carry out technology evaluation, a device and frequency comparison, and IEEE802.15.4 performance benchmarking.
«WeBee» is an embedded ZigBee-Webserver-JVM Solution. A SOAP enabled Webserver, a Java Virtual Machine, and a ZigBee communication stack are integrated on a small platform. The biggest advance is the low costs thanks to lowest resource usage.
«EtherBee» is a low-cost Ethernet - IEEE 802.15.4 gateway. An 8-bit micro controller platform has been used to implement TCP/IP communication over IEEE 802.15.4. Low costs have been achieved thanks to lowest resource usage.
OPC (OLE for Process Control) is a widely-used interface definition in automation. The goal of this project is to implement an OPC XML data access server for two different embedded operation systems (Windows CE and Nucleus RTOS). Benchmark tests have been carried out for several operating systems.
This project studied Plug-and-Play technologies for building automation in order to build a demonstrator for a self-configuring field device. The goal is to reduce the deployment costs of field devices.
The project focuses on developing a Java Virtual Machine with very low resource requirements that can be used for 8-bit micro controllers. Java libraries have been implemented for small embedded systems and an appropriate development environment.
WED (Web Enabled Devices)
«WED» is an implementation of Web Services for small embedded systems with highly limited resources. Our contribution: A small embedded system with internet connectivity, a small webserver, a small Java Virtual Machine (JVM), and implementation of XML-RPC and SOAP.
Project objective: Introduction of a new platform for microcomputer technology training. A suitable, appropriate successor for the Motorola 68HC11 micro controller was evaluated and retrofitted into the existing training platform.