Research Projects Archives - advanticsys | Industrial IoT | IoT Cloud Platform | Digital Transformation

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29/10/2019

Following its commitment to continuous research and innovation, advanticsys has just started its participation in the Cultural-E collaborative project.

Cultural-E is a H2020 EU-funded project, which goes a step beyond Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEBs) towards the future of Plus Energy Buildings (PEBs). The team is approaching this topic by looking at climate and cultural differences in the use of residential buildings around Europe. By the end of the five years the project will have built four new Plus Energy Buildings in France, Germany, Italy and Norway. Cultural-E will also produce design tools, smart technologies, methodologies and policy recommendations.

Research applied to construction sector is more and more demanding nowadays in terms of energy efficiency, carbon emissions, sustainability, in terms of resource use and life-cycle management, and indoor environmental comfort. Climatic factors, such as local temperature, weather, sun orientation, relation with the surrounding context are integral parts of the design process, because, inevitably, they influence the daily habits and how we consume energy. Studies have shown that a Norwegian uses a different amount of energy for cooking than a French, and an Italian heats his/her house in a different way than a German.

advanticsys will develop a cloud-based house management system for all the pilots in the project taking into consideration all the difference data sources within the building but also external ones like third-party weather services or real-time energy prices. Edge computing will help to optimise control strategies within the buildings and the apartments themselves. This research will have a direct impact on new features of our Concordia IoT Cloud platform and it is our goal that our customers will benefit from them.

The project is coordinated by Eurac Research, a research centre headquartered in Bozen (Italy), and includes 17 participants, such as local authorities, SMEs, technology providers, designers, European universities, construction companies and the Architects’ Council of Europe.


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25/10/2019

Manufacturing is a pillar of innovation and growth for Europe, providing over 32 million jobs and 16% of GDP; but outdated machinery and unplanned downtime can cause significant losses for companies and employees. To reclaim lost productivity and strengthen competitiveness, the European Commission asked innovators to improve industrial sustainability and unlock the potential of digital connectivity. A recently launched European project is looking to provide the solutions and advanticsys is proud to be part of it.

We all slow down over time. Joints start to creak, tasks seem harder and we begin to make mistakes… well it is the same for the machinery that produce the goods and equipment that make today’s world possible. So what to do? Leaving aging and underperforming machinery idle and neglected is costly. Replacement is often very expensive and also carries a large environmental footprint thanks to raw materials, production and transportation.

But imagine if manufacturing machinery could not only find the secret to their youth again – but integrate new digital capabilities to make them highly productive and effective in a new era.

A group of researchers and industries from nine countries recently launched the RECLAIM manufacturing project to do just this. We hope to benefit the environment and the economy with new recycle and reuse techniques to reduce obsolescence and prove the advantages of high-tech refurbishment.

The project will focus on harnessing digital analytics, the Internet of Things (IoT) and circular economy strategies to improve predictive maintenance and upgrade legacy machines. Known as digital retrofitting, it could be key to staying one step ahead of possible disruption and production failures.

 

Follow our progress @Reclaim_FoF or the project’s LinkedIn page


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26/01/2017

Advanticsys recently presented European Energaware project during the Sustainable Energy Week Conference organized by the European Commission in Brussels from 19th to 25th June 2017.

The main objective of the EnerGAware project is to reduce energy consumption and emissions by 15-30% in a social housing pilot in Plymouth (UK) by increasing tenants’ understanding and engagement in energy efficiency through the development of a serious game. Thus, energy savings virtually achieved in the game and in reality (through the real-time measurement of household energy consumption) enable progression in the serious game. Social media features offer users a platform to share their achievements, compete with each other, give energy advice and join together to form virtual energy communities. Since February 2015, a total of 100 social houses are participating in the pilot.

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A plug&play wireless energy monitoring kit was designed and deployed by Advanticsys in each household. Little intervention was needed thanks to the selection of suitable devices to collect consumption information from legacy gas and electricity meters as well as to group data collected and send to the remote data server for further analysis. Therefore, the monitoring infrastructure used in the project is as follows:

  • Wireless M-Bus LED pulse sensor for electricity meters.
  • Wireless M-Bus OCR camera sensor for gas meters.
  • Data collection cabinet including our DM-108 wireless bridges, supporting both Wireless M-Bus and Modbus RTU and our UCM-316 data concentrator. They logged and sent meters data to the cloud platform in 15 minutes intervals.

Energaware, coordinated by Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, has been funded by the Horizon 2020 European Union Research and Innovation Programe, and its duration is three years. More information can be found at project dedicated website .


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12/03/2014

ADVANTICSYS has successfully completed the European project GreenerBuildings . The consortium, composed of companies from several countries, including Technical University of Eindhoven and Philips, has developed a novel service oriented architecture applied to building automation systems, achieving reductions in energy consumption and improvement of comfort by monitoring user activity.

The main objective of GreenerBuildings is to achieve a more efficient energy usage inside the building while ensuring user comfort. Nowadays, people spend a great deal of time in buildings, may these be offices, hospitals or commercial buildings. While active indoor, people desire to have comforting lighting and microclimate conditions that adapt to their daily activity and wishes.

GreenerBuildings has gone one step further from traditional building management systems, not only with the deployment of sensors for ambient and light data gathering, but also other sensors capable of monitoring the specific activity a user is carrying out at each moment, all of it by installing a great number of wireless sensors and actuators throughout the building, capable of communicating among them and collectively forwarding their data to the system.

With the help of these sensors, the system is for example capable of detecting whether a user is working at his desk, therefore reducing the ambient light conditions in the rest of the room. At the same time, whenever the user leaves his desk, it can disconnect non-essential devices such as the computer monitor or the lights. The system allows as well the addition of virtual sensors like a user agenda or calendar, and by analyzing the use of the different rooms throughout the day is capable of setting up the ambient conditions in advance.

This increment in the number of devices is exponential depending on the size of the building, reaching up to a thousand in a standard office building. To manage this large amount of information, it is necessary to have a robust and easily scalable architecture, capable of receiving the data from the sensors, adapt it, analyze it and together with the rules established by the user, carry on the necessary control actions.

This is why it was decided that a distributed service oriented architecture had to be developed, acting as a building management service, even on top an already existing one in the building. This open and flexible approach allows third parties the addition of new complementary services easily, the adaptation of the system over existing infrastructures, and the scalability from one unique building to hundreds of them, due to the distributed computation tools used.

The project carried out pilots in several buildings in Netherlands, achieving savings of up to 20% of electric consumption . Surveys conducted clearly showed that the system maintained or improved in certain cases the user satisfaction in relation to comfort perceived.

GreenerBuildings has been funded by the Seventh Framework Program of the EU, and its duration has been three years.


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