Investigation on the efficacy and applicability of assistive monitoring systems. The aim of the study project is to investigate the following issues related to the state-of-the-art and the data of Montioringsystemen for the 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.
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.
Keywords: demand response, renewable Energy, brokerage System
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.
Keywords: personal Assistant, Butler, Services
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.
Keywords: Communication Device, Elederly, NFC, Simple
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.
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 result of the e-glasses 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.
Schlüsselwörter: Human Building Interaction, HBI, IoT, Internet of Things
Energy Efficiency in IoT
Invistigation for the Interational Energy Agency (IEA) about the energy consumption of networked devices within the "Internet of Things"
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.
Keywords: Digital-Halthcoach, AAL, IoT, Shopping Aid, Visualization of the 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.
Keywords: Informal carers, pervasive, unobtrusive, userinterface, UI, EU AAL joint Programme, AAL-JP, SBFI
"Demand-Response" researches smart concepts with BKW, Siemens, swissgrid and MeteoSchweiz so that energy suppliers and consumers can adapt and be ready for the energy market of the future.
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.
Keywords: NIALM, Energy Efficiency, End Devices, Benchmark
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.
Keywords:Internet of Things, Smart Home, Smart Traffic, Smart City, Smart Health, Smart Office, WSN, IPv6, 6LoWPAN, Localisation, Awareness, Mobile Computing, pervasive, context awareness, 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.
Schlüsselwörter:Buildingautomation, Building Automation, Light, Blinds, Shadow, human centered
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.
Keywords: AAL, emergency call systems, building infrastructure, interface
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.
Keywords: AAL, Ambient Assisted Living, Hearing Aid, Hearing Instrument, domestic networking, hearing loss, hearing situation
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.
Keywords: Swarm intelligence, sensor fusion, distributed systems
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.
Keywords: AAL, Ambient Assisted Living, Seniors, emergency call system, security in old age.
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.
Keywords: Communication, Internet of Things, Messaging System
Zig Bee USB Dongle including Diagnosis - and Ping-Software.
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%. 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.
Keywords: energy efficiency, energy measurement, disaggregate energy per appliance, NIALM, save electricity, private households, load switch, ZigBee, wireless
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. Doing so, the cost of installation and maintenance were significantly reduced.
Keywords: DPWS, web service, building automation, SOA, room automation system, middleware
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.
Keywords: Personal Energy Management, Load Control, Home Area Network, IPv6, low-power, wireless, powerline communications
The energy measurement dimmer (eMeDi) measures the energy of a electrical device, and sends this information wirelessly to a information display. Through the detailed information about their energy consumption, the residents can optimize the energy consumption. In addition, the eMeDi can switch or dim a device.
Keywords: energy efficiency, energy measurement, low-current, private household, dimming, ZigBee, wireless
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
EeasyLoc hat zum Ziel, ein Lokalisierungsverfahren zur genauen Positionsbestimmung von Raumautomationsgeräten zu erforschen. Solche Geräte werden in grosser Zahl in Bürogebäuden, Einkaufszentren, Spitälern, Flughäfen etc. zur Steuerung z. B. von Klima, Beleuchtung, Zutrittskontrolle oder Alarmierung eingesetzt.
Diese Technologie soll in zukünftige Raumautomationsgeräte und Konfigurations-Werkzeuge integriert werden. Hierzu werden geeignete Verfahren und Algorithmen erforscht und Funktionsmuster entwickelt.
Keywords: User guidance, indoor localisation, indoor GPS, ultrasonic localisation, ultrasonic positioning, wireless localisation, ZigBee / 802.15.4
The project Unite aims at researching universal network infrastructure technologies for eHomes. Our contributions contain a requirement analysis and an evaluation of existing network structures and integration technologies. We will also develop a full system architecture which will serve as a basis for an implementation that we will integrate into the iHomeLab.
The EnerBee project aims at building up a reliable, monitored infrastructure for wireless networks of "Advanced Metering Devices". As a basis for the AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) we work on and use the new "Smart Energy" profile of the ZigBee Alliance.
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 25cm.
Das WeBee4 ist ein 802.15.4 / ZigBee Sensor Knoten mit einer erhöhten Reichweite. Der SoC EM250 von Ember dient als Basis. Durch einen Sende- und einen Empfangsverstärker kann eine Reichweite von bis zu 2.2 km erreicht werden.
WeeBee3 is a miniaturised, battery operated sensor for less than 10 €. The heart of the IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee hardware node is a CC 2431 type SoC from TI/Chipcon. The onboard ZigBee stack allows to fully integrate WeBee3 as an end device into ad-hoc mesh networks. As a temperature sensor WeBee3 can work for over 10 years without replacing or recharging the battery.
In our daily life we are surrounded by a lot of electronic devices that have a communication interface which they use to share information with other devices or with the users. The goal of the project CARUSO is to make the user interaction with those devices easier and more consistent. To demonstrate the results of the project we will develop a system architecture which e.g. allows a user to lower the blinds, control the volume of the stereo or put on the lights with his 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
Wireless systems in buildings are the topic of this project. There are three goals that we want to achieve: Do a technology evaluation, a device and frequency comparison and an IEEE802.15.4 performance benchmarking.
WeeBee is an embedded ZigBee-Webserver-JVM Solution. There is a SOAP enabled Webserver, a Java Virtual Machine, and a ZigBee communication stack integrated on a small platform. The biggest advance are the low costs due to lowest resource usage.
EtherBee is a low cost ethernet - IEEE 802.15.4 gateway. On a 8 bit micro controller platform we implemented TCP/IP communication over IEEE 802.15.4. Low cost is achieved due 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 a OPC XML data access server for two different embedded operation systems (Windows CE and Nucleus RTOS). Benchmark tests on several operating systems were run.
Plug and Play technologies for building automation have been studied in this project in order to build a demonstrator for a self-configuring field device. The goal is to reduce deployment costs of field devices.
The project focuses on developing a Java Virtual Machine with very low resource requirements that can be used on 8 bit micro controllers. We have implemented Java libraries for small embedded systems and an appropriate development environment.
WED (Web Enabled Devices) is an implementation of ‘Web Services’ on small embedded systems with strongly limited resources. Our Contribution: Small embedded system with internet connectivity, small webserver, small ‘Java Virtual Machine’ (JVM) and Implementation of XML-RPC and SOAP.
Project objective: Introduction of a new platform for the education in microcomputer technology. We evaluated a dignified, appropriate successor of the Motorola 68HC11 micro controller and retrofitted the consisting education platform.