The TOPAs consortium issued the Newsletter summarizing the main Project achievements by Q2 2017. The English and French versions of the Newsletter are available at Newsletter

 

This paper was presented at the ARM workshop in the ACM/IFIP/USENIX Middleware Conference, held on December 12-16, 2016 in Trento, Italy.  
 
Adaptive systems behaviours can be intuitively programmed, using rule based middleware, as a set of rules. The rules verify conditions and perform actions in order to achieve a set of objectives. However, this raises several problems. First, inconsistencies may result from the fact that an action is not actually performed due to a communication error or a hardware failure. Second, the rules may be conflicting and their sequential chaining may lead to undesirable behaviour. This paper proposes an approach that combines transactional and behavioural reliability (i.e. consistency and no conflict) in adaptive middleware. This approach is implemented using the middleware LINC and the automata based language Heptagon/BZR. A case study, in the field of building automation, is presented to illustrate the approach 
 

Combining Transactional and Behavioural Reliability in Adaptive Middleware.pdf

 

This paper was presented at the SystemSim workshop in the International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Communications, held on November 13-17, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.  
 
Optimization of the energy consumption of sensor networks is traditionally performed either at the sensor node level or at the network level. However, more energy savings can be obtained if the application that makes use of the sensor nodes is considered. In order to achieve such extra energy gains, control theory can be applied. This paper summarizes control strategies implemented to minimize the energy consumption of a set of sensor nodes, while ensuring the application Quality of Service, this latter being mainly expressed with a minimum number of samples that must be available at the application level at each sampling time. With the Control strategies proposed, the sensor network lifetime is increased compared to the case without control strategy at application level. The control strategies have been implemented and evaluated on a real testbed composed of heterogeneous sensor nodes, and using the LINC middleware for node coordination.  
 

 

Energy Management of a set of sensor nodes at application level using the LINC Middleware

This paper was presented at the ACM International Conference on Embedded Systems for Energy-Efficient Built Environment - BuildSys, held on November 16-17, 2016 Palo Alto, CA, USA. 

 
Sensorized commercial buildings are a rich target for building a new class of applications that improve operational and energy efficiency of building operations that take into account human activities. Such applications, however, rarely experience widespread adoption due to the lack of a common descriptive schema that would enable porting these applications and systems to different buildings. Our demo presents Brick, a uniform schema for representing metadata in buildings. Our schema defines a concrete ontology for sensors, subsystems and relationships among them, which enables portable applications. Using a web application, we will demonstrate real buildings that have been mapped to the Brick schema, and show application queries that extracts relevant metadata from these buildings. The attendees would be able to create example buildings and write their own queries.   
 

2016_Balaji_BuildSys_BrickDemo.pdf

The Energy Performance of Building Directive (EPBD) Concerted Actions (CA) recently held a live streamed workshop on ‘Smart Buildings for a greener Europe: Emerging Policy and Practices”.

The Concerted Action EPBD (CA EPBD) addresses the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). It aims to contribute to the reduction of energy use in European buildings, through the exchange of knowledge and best practices in the field of energy efficiency and energy savings between all 28 European Union Member States plus Norway.

The European Portal For Energy Efficiency In Buildings “BUILD UP” recently published presentations and video recordings of workshop “Smart Buildings for a greener Europe: Emerging Policy and Practice”.

Have a look at >>  http://www.epbd-ca.eu/archives/1363    

This paper was presented at the ACM International Conference on Embedded Systems for Energy-Efficient Built Environment - BuildSys, held on November 16-17, 2016 Palo Alto, CA, USA.  

Commercial buildings have long since been a primary target for applications from a number of areas: from cyber-physical systems to building energy use to improved human interactions in built environments. While technological advances have been made in these areas, such solutions rarely experience widespread adoption due to the lack of a common descriptive schema which would reduce the now-prohibitive cost of porting these applications and systems to different buildings. Recent attempts have sought to address this issue through data standards and metadata schemes,but fail to capture the set of relationships and entities required by real applications. Building upon these works,this paper describes Brick,a uniform schema for representing metadata in buildings. Our schema defines a concrete ontology for sensors, sub-systems and relationships among them,which enables portable applications. We demonstrate the completeness and effectiveness of Brick by using it to represent the entire vendor-specific sensor metadata of six diverse buildings across different campuses, comprising 17,700 data points, and running eight complex unmodified applications on these buildings. 
 

Brick: Towards a Unified Metadata Schema for Buildings.pdf

This paper was presented at the 42nd Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON), held on October 23-27, 2016 at the Palazzo dei Congressi, Florence, Italy.  
This paper describes the creation of an IoT driven architecture to support the realization of an OpenBMS approach to managing blocks of buildings. The objective is to overcome the complexities of integration, operation and management of heterogeneous building systems by leveraging existing IoT approaches. The goal is to eliminate vertical data silos and enable the holistic management of energy across existing and new building blocks.  
 

This paper was presented at the 42nd Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON), held on October 23-27, 2016 at the Palazzo dei Congressi, Florence, Italy.  

Reliability is one of the biggest challenges when using Wireless Sensor-Actuator Networks in control systems.  This paper exploits the transactional guarantees offered by the LINC coordination environment to provide reliability and robustness in wireless control systems. 
 

 

Reliable Control through Wireless Networks.pdf

This paper was presented at the 42nd Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON), held on October 23-27, 2016 at the Palazzo dei Congressi, Florence, Italy.  
 
The paper presents our work on the Coordination Scheme Editor (CSE). This editor provides a web interface to design building automation rules.  The CSE also offers a monitoring interface to know which scenario is impacted by one or several faulty sensors/actuators. The CSE relies on the LINC middleware to provide coordination across several building automation systems and sensors/actuators technologies.
 
 

The Project brochure contains a detailed overview of the Project, the tools developed within the project framework and the initial outline of the project exploitation potential.

The brochure is available for download at  TOPAs-Brochure.pdf

The TOPAs consortium has recently completed connecting the first pilot buildings at the Cork Institute of Technology with an early prototype of the project cloud-based analytic platform.

Read the consortium Press Release

The TOPAs Project was presented at Dresden‘s 14th Researchers night („Dresdner Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften“) event. The building automation team from the faculty of Computer Science at Technical University of Dresden discussed the trends and challenges in Smart Buildings automation and presented the TOPAs tool for the automatic engineering of room automation systems (AUTERAS). 

The English and German versions of the event’s report are available at: https://www.topas-eeb.eu/documents/dissemination-materials1/50-project-announcements

 

The TOPAs consortium issued the Newsletter summarizing the main Project developments between November-2015 and July-2016. The English and French versions of the Newsletter are available at Newsletters

The TOPAs consortium launched the Project channel on YouTube.

You are invited to access the Project videos library at https://plus.google.com/u/0/109746372877064124877/videos or directly from YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8rC9ccXBgD4yA0zOXOq3IA .

The TOPAs business offer is targeting the markets of Building Systems Integration, Real-time Energy Optimisation, Energy Performance Diagnosis, Energy Management Services.

The TOPAs Platform Requirements and Use Cases document provides the initial set of requirements and use case scenarios that reflect how the TOPAs platform addresses the business needs of the Project’s stakeholders.

The report is available at https://www.topas-eeb.eu/documents/deliverables

 

The special workshop on new tools to reduce the energy performance gap was organized by five European H2020 funded projects: HIT2GAP, TOPAs, QUANTUM, MOEEBIUS, and TRIBUTE.

As part of the Sustainable Places 2016 conference that took place between June-29 and July-1 in Anglet, France, the workshop focused on the solutions developed as part of the projects and the potential for collaboration between the projects to maximize the impact of new tools and methodologies to minimise the gap between the predicted and the actual energy usage in buildings and blocks of buildings.

The additional information is available at http://sustainable-places.eu/sp-2016/programme/sp16-workshops/new-tools-reduce-energy-performances-gap/

 

This report describes the methodology that the TOPAs consortium has developed and will apply from Month 12 to Month 36 to perform the validation of the TOPAs solution at three demonstration sites: the CIT campus in Cork (EIR), the IBM campus in Dublin (EIR) and the GALEO building near Paris (F).

 The report is available at https://www.topas-eeb.eu/documents/deliverables

 

In this report, the TOPAs consortium presents the current best practices in Energy Performance Auditing. The capability of existing energy auditing methods at the building and the district level were assessed for their relevancy to TOPAs technical approach.

This report serves as the basis for the definition of TOPAs validation methodology.

The report is available at https://www.topas-eeb.eu/documents/deliverables

In this report, the TOPAs consortium presents key findings from the TOPAs stakeholder forums held in Ireland & France on 25th February 2016 and 8th March 2016.

The fora goals included engaging with the wider stakeholder community, understanding the energy management challenges and needs of the potential TOPAs end users, and how TOPAs might address them.

 The report is available at https://www.topas-eeb.eu/documents/deliverables

TOPAs paper and poster were presented at the International Conference on Embedded Wireless Systems and Networks (EWSN 2016) in TU Graz, Austria.

The paper is available at https://www.topas-eeb.eu/documents/scientific-papers

 

TOPAs organising Special Session at IECON 2016 on Sustainable Cities: Tools & Methodologies for Managing Energy Performance In The Built Environment.

IECON 2016 - The 42nd Annual Conference of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society
October 23-27, 2016
Palazzo dei Congressi
Piazza Adua, 1 - Firenze (Florence), Italy

Call for papers: IECON 2016 Special Session: Sustainable Cities: Tools & Methodologies for Managing Energy Performance In The Built Environment

The real time monitoring of energy use in buildings typically shows large variations with respect to the predicted performance. This is further compounded when interacting blocks of buildings at district level are considered. This motivates the need to understand the real performance of buildings and districts by capturing the actual energy flows and district dynamics. Effective tools and methodologies are needed to improve our understanding of post occupancy energy demand, space usage, and user behaviour. Quantifying the performance gap between actual and predicted energy use is non-trivial with the performance gap being dependent on time and contextual factors, and varying from building to building. New tools and methodologies are needed to measure, understand and significantly reduce real energy use in comparison to predicted energy use across blocks of buildings.

Original contributions addressing the following topics will be considered:

• Cloud based building management systems (BMS) for district level management
• Information-driven systems for integrating and managing the built environment
• Modelling, simulation, optimisation, and control of energy flows in built environments
• Preventative maintenance, fault detection and adaptive diagnosis
• Measurements and control of environmental comfort (thermal, health, air quality, etc.)
• Energy efficiency driven by district and building occupant in the loop
• Tools and methodologies for energy prediction and validation in buildings and districts
• User behaviour aware building energy modelling
• Sensing and control systems for managing energy flows in the built environment

Important Dates:
Deadline for Submission: April 30th 2016
Notification of Acceptance: May 31st 2016
Full paper & author registration: July 15th 2016

Le consortium du projet TOPAs a organisé une rencontre le 8 Mars 2016 à Issy-les-Moulineaux, près de Paris avec différentes parties prenantes de la gestion de l’énergie dans les bâtiments et les quartiers. Ce forum a permis au consortium TOPAs de présenter son approche pour la prédiction de consommation post-occupation et de la confronter à l’expérience des invités du forum. Ce rendez-vous d’une journée a donné lieu à des discussions ouvertes entre les participants, offrant ainsi la possibilité d’identifier de nouvelles solutions pour répondre aux défis énergétiques auxquels les participants au forum sont confrontés dans les différents secteurs de marché.

La journée a été organisée en deux parties. Durant la matinée, les participants se sont intéressés aux défis actuels de la consommation énergétique des bâtiments. Des membres du consortium TOPAs, experts reconnus sur la qualité de l'air, la modélisation de la performance énergétique et la gestion de l'énergie en phase opérationnelle ont présenté la vision proposée par le projet TOPAs. Durant l’après-midi, une discussion libre organisée sous la forme d’une séance de créativité a permis aux participants de partager leur point de vue sur les nouvelles méthodes de supervision de la performance énergétique du bâtiment, telles que celle que TOPAs se propose de développer. Les participants ont également exploré la capacité de ces méthodes à répondre à leurs besoins en matière de durabilité énergétique.

Ce forum d'une journée a offert aux participants de nouvelles connaissances sur les méthodes innovantes de gestion et de supervision de l'énergie du bâtiment. Parmi les participants, on trouve notamment des compagnies de services énergétiques, des gestionnaires de bâtiments, des propriétaires de bâtiments et des décideurs politiques, réunissant ainsi un ensemble unique d'experts dans le but d’approfondir et d’encadrer les directions à prendre pour TOPAs, de mieux comprendre les besoins de ses clients potentiels, d’améliorer son modèle économique et de relever les défis de la gestion de l'énergie rencontrés par les acteurs du bâtiment.

Les transparents des présentations sont disponibles en téléchargement: https://www.topas-eeb.eu/documents/dissemination-materials/stakeholder-workshop-france

Pour plus d’information concernant le projet TOPAs, vous pouvez nous contacter par email :  

The TOPAs consortium has organized a stakeholder forum on the 8th of March 2016 in Issy-les-Moulineaux, near Paris, France. This forum has been a unique opportunity for TOPAs to present its approach and rationale in relation to continuous auditing to minimize the gap between predicted and actual energy use. The forum has offered an open discussion to facilitate engagement between stakeholders in identifying potential solutions to the energy challenges faced by them across various market sectors.

The forum has been organised in two sessions. During the first one, current challenges in building energy consumption have been reviewed and talks from TOPAs partners have been given. These speakers are recognized leaders in their field, on air quality, energy performance modelling and Energy management in practice. The second session has been organized as round table discussions where the goal for the participants was to share their views regarding the new building energy performance supervision methods that TOPAs aims to develop, and to explore the opportunities for these in addressing their energy sustainability needs.

This one day forum has provided participants with new insights on innovative building energy management and supervision methods. Invited participants included ESCOs, building managers, building owners and policy makers, bringing together a unique forum of experts to provide feedback on the TOPAs direction. The forum outcomes helps the TOPAs consortium to better understand the needs of its potential customers, to improve its business model offering and to address the energy management challenges faced by those concerned.

Presentations from the workshop are available at: https://www.topas-eeb.eu/documents/dissemination-materials/stakeholder-workshop-france  

For further information related to TOPAs project, please contact us:  

The TOPAs Consortium hosted a Stakeholder Workshop that took place on Thursday 25th February 2015 at the IBM Research Smarter Cities Technology Center, Dublin. The workshop was structured as an open discussion on the practical challenges, road blocks and solutions for building operation and energy assessment to deliver on energy sustainability in the built environment.

The aim of the workshop was to explore the challenges in minimising the gap between predicted and actual energy use. Specifically, to address the topics of how to improve the understanding of post occupancy energy demand, and explore the modelling approaches to quantify the performance gap. While tools for energy performance assessment are expected to help operators in fulfilling their tasks, the gap between predicted and actual energy use is still significantly larger than expected.

During the workshop, the topics for discussion included among others: Open BMS approaches, Auditing Methodologies, Energy Performance Modelling & Assessment, and Energy Sustainability - Challenges for Building Managers.

Presentations from the workshop are available at: https://www.topas-eeb.eu/documents/dissemination-materials/stakeholder-workshop-ireland

For further information related to TOPAs project, please contact us:  

Project Information

Project Acronym: TOPAs
Project Number: 676760
Call Topic: EeB-07-2015
Project Start Date: 01 November 2015
Duration: 36 months
Coordinator: Boris Kantsepolsky
Organisation: Motorola Solutions Israel
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