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Publication of our german Version of the Comicbook about the Internet of Things (aka Internet of Everything, M2M), 17.4.2014

 

"What exactly is the Internet of Things (aka IoT, Internet der Dinge, Internet of Everything, M2M)"? Here at the iHomeLab, we were asked this question very often in the past.

 

Even for us, being the Swiss competence centre for IoT in buildings, giving a brief answer was not easy. Even after having done research on sensors and devices for more than 15 years. There are just too many application areas and scenarios for networked objects.

 

To make people understand, what IoT is all about, we have together with the Alexandra Institute from Denmark, translated  and issued a German Version of the so called "IoT Comicbook", originally issued in English. The Comicbook explains based on 25 Stories and Scenarios, how the Internet of Things can help to make our lives easier in the future.

 

Take a look inside and enjoy by clicking on the title page below (for German) or go to the original version in English.

 

 


  



iWalkActive Prototyp aces in MidTerm-Review, 31.3. - 2.4.2014 

 

The Project of our "Rock'n'Rollator" iWalkActive has passed half of its project time. From 31st of March to the 2nd of April, the "MidTerm-reviews" of the European commission took place in Horw.

Within this review, the recent progress of the research project was reviewed by a European Commission and assessed the current state of research.

The assessment was highly gratifying: The current prototype has received much recognition and the current status of the work was judged very positively.

We take the positive assessment with delight and will, together with the European research team, continue the research with the same enthusiasm as before.

We are still convinced that the "Rock'n'Rollator" can helt that older people can live independently at home longer.

Impressions of prototypes and tests




4. Innovationsforum Energie, 27. - 28.3.2014, Zürich

 

 

The energy sector is changing . Political change and technical innovations determine the energy future. This will open new perspectives and challenges for grid operators and utility providers. The research and development pipelines are loaded with new, innovative ideas for a smarter, more cost-effective and resource-efficient use of energy.

The "Innovationsforum Energie» is an independent platform for decision makers from utilities, industry, research and politics. It presents current trends in the energy market and provides a comprehensive and in-depth overview of the strategic and technical challenges in the energy market of the future. Participants will be introduced to new ideas and innovative solutions for the tasks ahead.

Prof. Alexander Klapproth , head of iHomeLab will have a presentation on 27.3 . at 11.20 on on " Smart Technologies for a Smart Change" .

 

Pictures of the Speech

At our stand you will be discussing with our scientists the solutions provided from our research for a sustainable energy future.




10. Trendtage Gesundheit, 26. – 27.3.2014, KKL Luzern

 

 

The Trendtage Gesundheit (Health Trend Days) addresses to the health community, particularly to decision makers. The conference is an  interdisciplinary dialogue platform for senior managers. The event will be attended by an average of over 500 visitors and was first held in 2005. It is conducted annually for two days in Lucerne.

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Wessig, a scientist in our "Ambient Assisted Living" research unit will hold on

27.3. at 14.50 a lecture entitled "Sensoren für Senioren".

At our booth in the "Innovation Corner" in the lobby, we will present our solutions for an independent and long living at home.

 

Impressions of the exhibition

 

 

 




Swisscom M2M Day, 03.26.2014, Zürich

 

Machines and objects that perceive things and communicate with each other will make our lives a lot easier , safer and more sustainable.


There are only few limitations to the use of M2M or "Internet of Things " . The benefit is always the same : Make life easier and more sustainable. The usage of resources and cost is being reduced thanks to the optimization of complex processes.
 

What business models have the largest market opportunities? How will networked machines reduce our energy consumption? What applications are already part of the everyday life - what in the near future?

 

We will discuss these questions on the Breakout Session on "Energy & Utilities" from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with experts and will share our experience from over fourty M2M ( IoT ) projects in buildings .

 

Or meet us on site and have a talk with our scientists. We look forward to seeing you!

 

 


 

 



OSTIS 2014 IV International Scientific and Technical Conference Open Semantic Technologies for Intelligent Systems, 20 - 02.22.2014, Minsk, Belarus

Aliaksei Andrushevich will present on 22.02.2014 at 10.15 clock local time a Reviewed Paper entitled

Use of the ontological approach to semantic search in the environment of the Internet of Things



  



7. Deutscher AAL Kongress, 21. - 22.1.2014, Berlin

 

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The 7th German AAL Congress in 2014 is entitled "Residential - Care - participation". Intelligent assistance systems help the people to live an independent life with a high quality. The Networked Living (Smart Home) is an important example of this, for there innovative applications have been developed for all life stages and situations and brought to market in the recent years.

 

We will enrich the conference with a peer reviewed paper, that Aliaksei Andrushevich will present on January 22nd at 11:30 in Session 1. The title of the paper is "Towards embedding wearables in intelligent environments".

 


 

 



Launch of "Horizon 2020", 14. - 17.1.2014, Bern

 

 

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

 

iHomeLab is researching to date in Projects of the previous programme "FP-7". For example in project "Butler". Projects from the field of ambient assisted living will also be funded by Horizon 2020 (previous AAL-JP).

 

We will be present at the launch-event together with the "SFBI", who coordinates Horizon 2020 in Switzerland. We will show our "Rock n' Roll Walker" iWalkactive, that recently won the european AAL Award.

 




Tele1 reports on our research, 10.12.2013

 

The newscast of Tele1 reported on our research in the area of ​​building intelligence.

 

The report shows how, thanks to building intelligence, living at home in the future can be safer, more comfortable and with less energy consumption.

 

If you missed the broadcast, you can play the show in the player below.



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Kick-Off Meeting at the iHomeLab for the Research Project YouDo, 3 - 4/12/2013

 

 

On  December third and fourth, 14 members of the consortium of the European research project "Youdo" met at the iHomeLab for a kick-off meeting.


During two days, the project idea was concretized and adopted. The aim of this research project is to create a platform which offers support to informal carers of needy persons. Within YouDo this should be done in the form of training (eg Documents, Videos, etc.) on the subject of care.


YouDo is a project that is funded by the AAL Joint Programme of the European Union. The project period will last until 2016.

Impressions of the Meeting

 


  



The two largest European Research Projects on " IoT " meet at the iHomeLab, 11/12 - 14/2013

 

From
November 12th - 14th 2013 the two largest European research projects in the area of ​​Internet of Things, Butler and iCore, brought together over 70 research partners at the iHomeLab .

 

The goal of the three-day conference were project meetings but most of all reviews
by experts of the European Commission of project activities carried out so far.


The iHomeLab, which is part of the consortium of Butler, presented his solution for remotely controlling the heating in a cottage by taking into account the arrival of the owner , the current electricity tariff and the weather forecast (for the prediction of renewable energy ) .


Further
Internet of Things applications which were presented in the Butler project are: monitoring of health data (diabetes) together with recommendations for nutrition, fitness and lifestyle. Or a system that guides to free parking space in the city with an App.
 

The results presented are highly encouraging and show that the Internet of Things is no longer just a concept, but slowly becomes reality. In a few years, we will be able to
rely on intelligent support for various areas of life thanks to the Internet of Things.
 

The Butler project will run until Sept. 2014 and has a circumference of 14.9 million Euros.

 
Impressions of the Reviews

 


  



10vor10 reporting about our research, 8.11.2013

 

The newscast 10vor10 reported about our research on building intelligence. 

 

The report on "Living in the Future" shows how an intelligent building can help to save energy or how older people can live longer independently at home thanks to technical support . 

 

Impressions of the recording.

 

If you missed the broadcast, you can watch it below.



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Take part in our Survey on the "Internet of Things"! 

As a part of our research on Internet of Things, the iHomeLab created a survey that explores the knowledge and the opinion of people about the "Internet of Things".

Please, share five minutes of your time and let us know what you know and think about the "Internet of Things"!

This survey is anonymus and the results will only be used for project purposes.

This link will bring you directly to the survey, which is also available as a mobile version.

 

 

 




8th ProKlima Day, 11/142013, Trafohalle Baden

 

Nuclear decommissioning, construction site Europe, Hidden Champions, smart living environments of tomorrow: Gripping and controversial. Issues that also have an impact on your business
or your private life.


The Conference has, once more,  a whole load of exciting and in-depth presentations of profiled personalities.

 

Dieter von Arx, Head of iHomeLab, holds at 14.00 a lecture entitled

"The iHomeLab is state of the art - however, we are concerned with the future."

 

After the event, the presentation will be published here.

 

Link to Proklima

 




Forum event, "Growing Older in Upper Aargau," Bad Gutenburg, Gutenburg, 11/08/2013  

 

At this event, Clemens Nieke, Project Manager of AAL research group, will hold at 14.00 a lecture entitled

 

"Possibilities of building intelligence" (German)  

 

The event is held by the "Planungskommission Alter Oberaargau".

 

 




ICT 2013, Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre LITEXPO, Vilnius, 11/6-8/2013

 

ICT 2013

 

More than 4000 researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, industry representatives, young people and politicians will get together in Vilnius. The event will focus on Horizon 2020 - the EU's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020.

 

The iHomeLab will be present with two projects:

 

Stand 4B8: BUTLER - SmartLife 2020 enabled through pervasive secure and context-aware Internet of Things
Stand 5A3: AAL-JP - iWalkActive AAL Forum Award 2013

 

In addition, our scientists will be present at various networking sessions to discuss with  partners from various fields the opportunities for research collaborations.




7th European ZigBee Developers Conference, Munich, 11/6 - 7/2013

 

 

 

The The ZigBee Developers' Conference this year is all about Internet of Things. The technology makes an excellent enabler to have objects (things) to communicate with each other. 

 

We will be present with a stand at the exhibition. 

 

In addition, Martin Friedli will hold a speech on 7 November at 14.00 entitled"Experiences and lessons learned in building intelligence with ZigBee IP applications".

 

Download Presentation

conference website

 




iWalkActive to win AAL-Award 2013, 09.27.2013!

 


 

The smart walker "iWalkActive", which is being developed under the project management of iHomeLab by a European Consortium wins the AAL Award 2013.

 

The prize is awarded to products that are highly innovative and habe a large market opportunities. 

 

iWalkActive is a project of the AAL Joint Programme, which is funded by the EU and the State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation SBFI. 

 

Together with 7 partners (AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Care Guide GmbH, Trikon Solutions AG, Geo7 AG, ITH icoserve technology for healthcare GmbH, Social Services Department of the Canton train, Trionic Sverige AB) an intelligent walker will be developed by 2016. 

 

Official AAL Award Website.

 


  



AAL Forum, Louis de Geer konsert & kongress, Norrköpping (Se), 24. - 26.9.2013    

 

 

The AAL Forum is the annual platform for the increasing European AAL community to meet and discuss several topics, relevant for improving the AAL JP as well as the adoption of AAL solutions in the market.  We will enrich the event with the following contributions:

 

 

 

Stand:

At booth No. 41/47, our engineers will present the current state of research of our seven ongoing AAL projects. Visit us and be inspired!

 

AAL Award 2013:

As part of the international AAL Forum 2013, this year the "AAL Award" will be awarded for the third time. The Award recognizes AAL Products that are innovative and user-friendly and have large market opportunities.

 

Our Project iWalkActive is one of three finalists who were nominated from 19 projects that had qualified for the finals. The winner will be presented on 26 September at 19.00. 

 

iWalkActive is a European research project that has the goal to equip a walker with technologies from the field of Internet of Things so that it supports its users with situationally useful information. In addition, the rollator is provided with a sensitive electric drive, which always provides the accurately required support for the user .

 

We are looking forward to the winner, fingers crossed!

 

 

 

Speeches and Presentations:

 

Posters:

We will be present with 2 Posters:

  • Wednesday, 09/25, 11.00 -12.30 Uhr, Cornelia Schneider: "What can ICT do for people with dementia & their informal carers?", Session A1 Dementia
  • Thursday, 09/26, 09.00 - 10.30 Uhr, Marin Biallas: "Intelligent environment as acoustic enabler for persons with chronic hearing impairments", Session A4 Chronic Conditions

 

 

After the presentation, the Speeches will be available here.

 

Links:

 

Impressions
Website AAL Forum
Website AAL Joint Programme

 

 

 




Biomedical 3-country meeting, Graz, 19 - 09/21/2013

The Biomedical Engineering integrates technological development, Biobedical research, science and clinical applications and is therefore a perfect example of inter-and multidisciplinarity.

The conference aims to provide participants with a stimulating view out of the box of their own work area and eventually lay the basis for new research and development cooperations.


We enrich the conference on 19/09/2013 in the Home Healthcare Track at 16:30 to 16:45 h with a peer-reviewed paper.



The title of the research paper is: "User centered gathering of requirements for mobile assistance services for people with mild to moderate dementia." R.Kistler, A. Andrushevich, C. Schneider, W. Willner, T. Meyer, L. Spiru.


Specifically, we describe the procedure for optimal identification of user requirements for a mobile assistance system for persons with mild to moderate dementia. The system is designed to help the people to live with less help from cares.

After the conference, the paper will be available at this location.

 

Read Paper

Link to Conference

 

 


  



Networking event for the "Mittelbau" of the Lucerne University at the iHomeLab, 09/10/2013


 

T
he focus of the current series of events "Wi2Wi coordination group for crosslinking of the Mittelbau T & A" is an exchange within the CC (Competence Center) and to build a bridge over the various departments.

The idea is to get to know different methods of research and analysis and to discuss them. Doing so, the CCs are presented and an exchange of experiences and inspirations for new methods are supplied.

At 10/09 Aliaksei Andrushevich will be presenting our research at the iHomeLab.

Photos of the event

Here you can read his presentation(German).

 

 

 




IoT Intensive Programme 2014

 

 

The EU has referred to a loan for financing and implementing a 2-week "IoT Intensive Programme 2014". We actively contribute to this intensive course, which is designed for a total of 75 students, 10 of whom we will be able to nominate ourselves - meals, accommodation and expenses are all included.

 

At this point, there is no more information available. If you are a student and interested in recieving news as soon as they are available, then write a Mail to the iHomeLab to enter the mailinglist.

 

 

 

 

 




IoT SenZations Summer School, 2013, 02 - 06.09.2013, Palic, Serbia

The 8th Summer School on Applications of IoT and Wireless and Sensor Networks - SenZations 2013 presents and discusses a number of research topics from wireless sensor networks to M2M / Internet of Things and their applications. SenZations combines lectures on fundamental and applied aspects of the Internet of Things with hands-on exercises and experiments.

Aliaksei Andrushevich, Senior Researcher at iHomeLab, presents an IoT vision, problems and progress from the European research project BUTLER in his speech entitled: "Addressing heterogeneous applications via cross-domain Internet of Things platform".

Link to presentations

 




IoT Conference "ruSMART", 08/28 & 29/2013, St. Petersburg

 

At the Conference ruSMART (are you smart) we will discuss with scientists from all over the world the challenges of life with the "Internet of Things".

 

Aliaksei Andrushevich, Senior Researcher at the iHomeLab, will present the peer reviewed paper with the title: "Leveraging multi-domain links via the Internet of Things: Towards horizontal integration of vertical pilots". The Paper shows, how thanks to joining data from diffrent areas of life, the internet of things will make our lifes easier and smarter. E.g. by joining energy- and user-data to save energy.

 

Link to paper

 

 




Lecture "Das Haus, das mitdenkt" CompuTreff, Computeria Horgen, 28/08/2013

 

The Computreff of the Computeria Horgen informs seniors about developments, projects and trends in the PC world.

 

At 28.8. Rolf Kistler gives an insight into our work and holds a lecture titled "Das Haus, das mitdenkt."

 

Start of the event: 14.00 h. End about 16.00 h.
Fee: CHF 10 - includes drink and aperitif

Invitation flyer downloadfileadmin/Dateien/PDF/NewsEvents/2013/130828_P CT 1308 Haustechnik.pdf.

 

For more information on Computeria and the Coumptertreff click here.



iSENS Inactivity Sensor wins the Innovation Award of the Swiss Association of SME!, 08/20/2013

 

This year for the first Time, the Swiss SME Association together with Idée Suisse Suisse EMEX and the StartUp college arranged competition to award companies that have distinguished themselves by a special innovation.
 

The iHomeLab engineers have developed for and with the company Poly Project GmbH in Zollikofen an inactivity-sensor "iSENS". It recognizes "non-activity" in an apartment and triggers an alarm after a certain time.

The sensor closes a gap in conventional alarm systems: very often no alarm can be triggered manually due to loss of consciousness (eg with the known alarm buttons).
 

The company Poly project already offers a system which has seven different alarm options. The iSENS fits into this system and adds a function that is so far not covered by any competitive system.
 

Relevant criteria for the awards were the degree of innovation and market opportunities and innovation management at the concept.

 
Apparently the sensor iSENS was on these points the most convincing to the jury.

 
The iHomeLab and especially the project team are proud that our research works is being appreciated in the Market!

 

 

 




iWalkActive nominated for AAL Award 2013, 08/15/2013

 

The AAL Award 2013 is in its third edition and also this year it will nominate the best project of the AAL joint programme.

 

iWalkActive is one of three finalists who were nominated from the 19 projects that had qualified for the finals. The final competition will take place on September 26 th.

 

iWalkActive is a European research project that has the goal of improving a walker with technologies from the field of Internet of Things in order to support its users with situationally useful information. In addition, the rollator is provided with a sensitive electric drive, which always provides the accurately required support for the user.

 


  



Basic training "Einführung in das Minergie Modul Raumkomfort ," 28.8./15.10.2013, Winterthur


 
If you want
to install the official products that are certified according to the Minergie Modul Raumkomfort (room temperature), then you need this official GNI / Minergie training in addition to the specific training of the manufacturer.

 

The course is intended to planners and executive professionals of construction, building services and electrical installations, as well as interested architects and energy planners.

 

After the course the participants know the requirements of the Minergie standards, Minergie modules and systems for the certification process of the Minergie Modul Raumkomfort.



Peter Kronenberg, Head of Certification Minergie Modul Raumkomfort at iHomeLab, informs the participants as part of block 2 on the purpose and the services of our certifications.

 

Registration:
www.g-n-i.ch/seminare

 

Download flyer

 

 


  



A user of a Veloped (iWalkActive) Rollator from the UK visiting the iHomeLab, 09/08/2013

 

Hillary Ambrose, a user of the Veloped walker from England, visited the iHomeLab. The Veloped is the futuristic walker, which we use in our project iWalkActive and is being upgraded with technology from the field of Internet of Things.

 

Hillary had learned from the British press that the device, which she affectionately calls "monster", is being improved at iHomeLab. As she spends her hiking holidays (of course with Veloped support) regularly in the region of Lucerne, she combined this with a visit to the iHomeLab.

 

She was informed by the Project Manager, Andreas Rumsch, aboutthe latest results on the iWalkActive project. Thanks to her great experience with the Veloped she could also provide valuable input from her everyday use.

 

We thank Hillary Ambros for her visit and wish her happy holidays in Central Switzerland!








  



Press Conference TerzStiftung/iHomeLab/Dyson Schweiz of 23.7.2013: Reportings about the iHomeLab

On August 23th the terzStiftung together with the iHomeLab and Dyson and Switzerland AG informed about the work of TerzExperts.

 
The TerzExperts provide valuable practical information, which we have incorporated into our AAL projects.
 

After the press conference following articles have been published:

Interview with Prof. Alexander Klapproth, RadioChico

Printed article und article on the web, Zürich Nord

 

 

 


  



Radio Central reporting about the iHomeLab, 7-18-2013

 

Central Radio reported about our think tank and research center for building intelligence iHomeLab in Horw. The interesting background report by Philipp Lustenberger, with a total length of 17:54 minutes, was broadcast at 15.00 in the afternoon news. Click on the player below to listen to the broadcast.




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Impressions of the recording:











  






iHomeLab to co-found the "International Internet of Things Forum" during iOT Week in Helsinki, 19.7.2013

 

Wednesday the 19th of June the IoT Forum was founded in Helsinki during the international IoT Week. 14 organisations, from eight different countries and three continents are the founders. The Forum is backed by the European Commission and the founding organisations.

The main goals for the forum are to sustain the IoT-week (the next event is planned for June 2014 in London), sustain the activities on the IoT ARM (Architectural Reference Model) and subsequent certification (ARM label), develop knowledge in the domains of Privacy and Ethics for IoT as well as the investigation of new Business Models for the IoT – in particular moving form profitable vertical domains into horizontal constructs.

 

Thanks to many years of experience with IoT in buildings, our researchers will continuously improve this technological platform and actively contribute to the further development and introduction of the "Internet of Things".

 

 Website of the IoT-Forum

 


 

 



Seminar "Introduction to building automation with BACnet" on iHomeLab, 09/07/2013

 

 Welcome to the first training of the German BACnet Academy Europe.

 

At this seminar, you will get to konow, understand, plan and specify building automation with BACnet.

 

The seminar will have the following topics:

• Basics of interoperability

• Why BACnet?

• object types and services

• Project planning

• Conformance test, BTL logo and European certification

 

Registration
www.bacnetacademy.org
E-Mail: info@big-eu.org

 

Download Flyer

 

 


  



Public guided tour 

 

Next tours:
Wednesday, 18 September 2013, 17.00h - fully booked
Wednesday, 16 October 2013, 17.00h
Wednesday, 30 October 2013, 17.00h
Wednesday, 13 November 2013, 17.00h
Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 17.00h
Wednesday, 19 February 2014, 17.00h



Our public guided tours are free of charge. Due to a limited space, a registration is required. Sign up here for a guided tour

Please note that our public guided tours are held in German. For guided tours in English, please call our reservation office at +41 41 349 35 99 or send an e-mail to info(at)ihomelab.ch

 

 


 

 



Kick Off Meeting for Project Inspiration, Horw, 2.-3.7.2013

 

On July 2nd & 3rd, the Kick Off Meeting for the international research project "Inspiration" took place in Horw.

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, in particular on the planning, doing and exchange of movement and nutrition activities 

  • managing the daily shopping

  • analysing and reporting their actual health status and provide information to informal caregivers.

 

See the Pictures in the Gallery.

 

 




Future Network & Mobile Summit, 3. – 5. Juli, Lissabon

 

The Summit regularly attracts delegates from industry and research to share experiences and research results, identify future trends, discuss business opportunities and identify opportunities for international research collaboration under FP7-ICT and Horizon 2020.

 

In the context of convergence and innovation, the 22nd Future Network and MobileSummit will address the challenges of building the Future Internet Infrastructures, based on mobile, wireless and fixed broadband communications technologies.

 

iHomeLab will be present with a Stand in "Castello i/II" and show the state of research in our FP7- Project "Butler". We will explain and show how IoT can help to make our lifes more energy efficient, secure and comfortable.

 

Impressions

 





Welcome to the iHomeLab Team Irene Sigrist! 07/01/2013

 

Irene Sigrist is since 1st of July the new contact person for our event-customers. She will replace Cristina Kistler, who  will be from Sept. 2013 until June 2014 on maternity leave.

 

Irene Sigrist has many years of hospitality and event experience. Most recently, she organized the Champions League with TEAM Marketing.

 

We wish Irene a good start and are delighted that she will serve our customers with the  perfect service as usual.

 




AAL Module for Students of CAS e-Health, Horw, 15.6.2013

 

The iHomeLab held a AAL module for students of the CAS e-Health of the University of Lucerne. 

 

Rolf Kistler, Director of AAL Research at the iHome Lab gave the participants an overview of the purpose and structure of the AAL research community with a Presentation

 

Afterwards, the participants developed in a workshop a product that could improve the lives of older people in 2020. 

 

Here are some impressions of the workshop.

 

 




Lecture Series for "care and support of people with dementia," Gossau, 13/06/2013

 

Rolf Kistler holds a lecture titled "Nie mehr alleine unterwegs: Technologie, die Menschen verbindet." on 13.6. at 19.00 clock.

 

There are more older people who are looked after and cared for by fewer and fewer younger people. Is it possible that we will use our technical progress  to support these people in their daily lives? To make it so, to enable them to live longer independent in their familiar surroundings? 

 

Can we help carers and relatives by assistance systems to give them phisical and mental reliev, so that they can increasingly focus on the actual care itself? Where are we today and how could such - as unobtrusive and easy to use - services help in the future? 

 

The field of "AAL (Ambient Assisted Living)" researches exactly these issues. In a brief introduction and using concrete examples of projects Rolf Kistler would like to give some answers with this lecture. 

 

The presentation is here available for download.

 

Venue:

VitaTertiaGerbhof und WeiherHaldenstrasse 469200 Gossau SG

 




Kick Off Meeting of Poject "Relaxed Care", Vienna, 4.6.2013

 

The kick off meeting of the International Research Project "Relaxed Care" was held on 4 June in Vienna.

The "RelaxedCare system" explores a solution, which can be determined with the current condition of a person in need of care and unobtrusive communicated to relatives.

 

People who live on their own and need support from family members do not want to be monitored. Through the "RelaxedCare system", the invasion of privacy of assisted may be limited to the necessary minimum.

 

More information about the project.

 

 




The Government of the Cantons Lucerne and Zug to visit the iHomeLab, 30.4.2013

 

The government of the cantons Lucerne and Zug, partly accompanied by their partners, visited the iHomeLab on April 4th.

 

 Prof. Alexander presented the current state of research in the field of building intelligence to the group at the iHomeLab.

 

In the Gallery you can find some impressions of the visit.

 

 


  



10vor10 reporting about our AAL Research, 18.4.2013

 

The Newscast 10vor10 of Swiss national TV reported about our AAL Research. The report shows, how our work can help elderly people to stay independet for longer.



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ABB Automation & Power World 2013, 23.4.2013

 

ABB Automation & Power World gives visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the whole width of the ABB portfolio and to learn which products, systems and services make it possible to use energy more efficiently, to increase productivity while reducing environmental impact.

 

The iHomeLab is present with a speech: 


At 15.15-15.45 Dieter von Arx gives a lecture titled: How smart is smart technology really?

 

The ideal apartment has low power consumption, yet it conveys comfort and safety. New technologies help people in all stages of life and enable to live independently in their own homes for a longer time. At the iHomeLab on the campus of the of  the Lucerne  University of applied arts and sciences, a team of specialists researches the possibilities of "intelligent living" scenarios.

 

Sign up here for the Event. The Speech of Dieter von Arx has carries the number C3.

 

 


  



Report about the iHomeLab on "Swissinfo.ch",  the international branch of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, 10.4.2013

 

swissinfo.ch is the international branch of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC). Its role is to report on Switzerland and to provide a Swiss perspective on international events.

 

The report on the iHomeLab shows the latest research in the field of Building Intelligence.

 

In addition to English, the contribution was translated in eight other languages: GermanFrench, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese and Russian.

 

English Contibution



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1st international Internet of Things Day on April 9th 2013

 

 

When back in 1999 scientists started to think about the Internet of Things, the idea was to not only connect people through the Internet but every single thing in this world.

 

Internet of Things is moving fast and getting real. Every thing to be connected to every thing, surely science fiction, or some strange engineering dream? It just does not seem so unreal now, as IoT is moving from hype to market. Today you can buy e.g. an irrigation detector for plants, which is connected and communicates to the internet.

 

Still, it is relatively unknown. If you are working somewhere, anywhere - you will see a little bit more connectivity in every part of your job. New clients seem to appear quicker and from different directions. You are beginning to wonder if your product will be the same in three years? What services will you be offering in two? What will Internet of Things mean for you?

 

 

The event was a big success and was fully booked.

You can look at the pictures in the gallery.

 

 

 

Date: Tuesday, April 9th 2013

Venue: 11.15 Uhr at the iHomeLab

 

Programme

11.30 Uhr Opening Speech by Professor Alexander Klapproth, Head of iHomeLab - Hochschule Luzern

11.40 Uhr Speech Aliaksei Andrushevich "IoT@iHomeLab & iHomeLab@IoT"

11.50 Uhr Guided Tour at the iHomeLab

12.50 Uhr Buffet Lunch 13.30 Uhr End

 

Registration: Register here

 

 

Our current IoT Projects:

Butler - Smartlife Concept
ufeel
802.15.4 Schwarmintelligenz
LoReMa
MIRACO

 

 

 


  



Cleantec City, 19. - 21.3.2013, Bernexpo

 

At the Cleantech City national and international exhibitors from the fields of energy, environmental technology and infrastructure / mobility were presenting their new technologies, processes and services.

 

This year, we were present with various contributions:

 

Mulitmedia-Show at the "Quartier der Zukunft"

Together with our Partner BKW, we have presented the Multimedia Show "SMART CHANGE". SMART CHANGE showed a future scenario for the Energy Transition. The interactive multimedia show illustratde and brought to life the cornerstones of the future energy policy "Smart Production, smart grid and smart buildings".

 

Ambassador of Cleantec City

Professor Alexander Klapproth - Head of iHomeLab is Ambassador of Cleantec City 2013. 

 

Symposium

At 21.3. we hosted the symposium "Energy Transition and Iintelligent Buildings". The conference offered a variety of presentations on the topic. Professor Alexander Klapproth held the opening speech entitled "Building Intelligence: What is it and what does it do for me?".

 

 


  



"Input" on SRF3 about the Swiss Power Network reporting from the iHomeLab (24.2.2013)

 

The show illuminates various aspects of the Swiss electricity market. Besides of contributions from the high voltage laboratory of the ETH and  Swissgrid,  the iHomeLab was featured on the Article about the "Smart Grid". An interview and a video post were produced.

 

Prof. Alexander Klapproth explained in an interview how the intelligent socket, which was developed at iHomeLab, will send in the future relevant information  from smart buildings to the smart grid, to help save energy (or to consume targeted).

 

We are pleased that our work is carried out by Swiss Radio so that we have been included in this report as experts for the Smart Grid.

 

SRF Website: Thematic Dossier about "Smart Grid: Das Stromnetz, das den besten Preis kennt"

Below you can listen to the Interview and watch the Videoclip.




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New CTI funded Project "Neutun"

 

 

 

We are very pleased that our research project "NEUTUN" (Non-intrusive real-time monitoring of power transformers of lower power levels) was accepted by the federal Commission for Technology and Innovation “CTI”. The project is in our research field of Energy Efficiency and is based on our NIALM Technology.

 

The development of new renewable energy (NEE) leads to high stress, and impact on all network levels. Particularly affected are the transformers of the lowest network level, they form the final link in the  energy supply chain. Until now, there is no cost-effective method for assessing the condition of these transformers.

 

NEUTUN will explore a method for an accurate assessment of the remaining life of these transformers with low-cost devices. These residual life is heavily depending on the operating temperature. In this research project, the operating temperature will be calculated by current and voltage analysis and thus determines the life of the transformer. The method is tested with simulation data in a demonstrator.

 

NEUTUN starts in March 2013 and has a term of 18 months.

 

 


  



Fachtagung Smart Home, 14.3.2013, Spreitenbach

 

The idea of intelligent living influences many projects and has many aspects. these range the conduit for future multimedia services over Minergie modules to complete Audio-video integration and the connection of mobile devices. The themes of smart meteringand smart grid also gain importance in home electronics increasingly. Expanded by the trend around the theme Ambient Assisted Living, there is a huge field for the industry.

 

 

What are the facts? What will the future bring and where is our personal benefit? The conference  tackles this problem and based on exciting case studies from companies that operate successfully in this businessis. Visionaries explain how they work on the future and builders are explaining the benefits of intelligent living.

 

 

Rolf Kistler held a speech with the title "Smart Home - Forschung für mehr Komfort, Sicherheit und Energieeffizienz". You can download the presentation here.

 

Impressions of the Event.

 

Here you can download the Info Flyer with detailed information and the facts.


  



iHomeLab Partner Event, 18.2.2013

 

This year's partner event was another successful event. About 50 people accepted the invitation and met at the iHomeLab for an interesting exchange.

 

The attendees were informed about the activities at iHomeLab in 2012. Dieter von Arx presented the latest showcases on "Plasic Optical Fiber", "Gesture Control" and a new product from Bosch, which has been integrated in the AAL Showcase.

 

During the subsequent Apero new contacts were made, existing maintained and news exchanged.

 

To the Gallery.

 


  



The European AAL Association Elects our project "iWalkActive" for Project of the Month January 2013.

The European AAL organization manages the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme, a European funding program with a total budget of 600 million euros.

The organization reports on its website, among other things regularly about especially noteworthy projects.


Our project "iWalkActive" was elected in January 2013 for the "Project of the Month".

We are pleased about the award and the recognition of our work.

 


 



Call 6 of the AAL Joint Programme on January 31st.

 

The Call 6 will focus on the work environment of the elderly. The aim is the use of technical tools, to support older people in their workplace so that their skills, experience and network is available as long as possible . Either  at work, or from home.

 


The Callo opens on January 31st and will last 3 months. The AAL Association has published a Information Notice about the details.

 


The iHomeLab is the ideal partner for the realization of an EU funded project. With 5 years experience in the field and an impressive rate of won and realized AAL projects,  we are able to bring your project to success.

 

 


Rolf Kistler, Director of AAL research, is ready to talk with you about possible projects. Contact him at  Rolf.Kistler@iHomeLab.ch

 

 


 



6. German AAL Congress (22. - 23.1.2013, Berlin)

New assistance systems and services are developed for various target groups and situations for which they can offer support. These approaches are reflecting this - and are making their way into increasingly practical tests and in everyday life. The sixth German AAL Congress represents this diversity and is focusing his attention in 2013 on the quality of life in the change of demographics and technology.

 

The iHomeLab is represented with a booth. We will show the current state of our AAL research projects. Visit us at booth # 34!

 


More information about the conference can be found here.

 

 


 



Seminar MINERGIE and building automation, the common way to the future of the best construction, 28 11.2012, Horw 

 

How is MINERGIE developing, and how does the future of this construction standard look? The GNI treats these frequently asked questions in this seminar.

 

Did you know that ...

 

In March 2012 ...

 

a very important step for the future of Minergie has been made ? MINERGIE module "Raumkomfort" was launched in collaboration with the GNI and now home control systems are integrated into the Minergie system. What does this mean for manufacturers, what are the advantages for developers and investors?

 

 

Around these issues, the GNI offers three very interesting presentations.

 

Among others,  Peter Kronenberg, responsible for the certification on iHomeLab will hold a speech entitled "The new Minergie module interior comfort, specification and certification." Here, you can download a PDF of the presentation.

 

The seminar will take place from 17:00 to 18:15 in the Rudolf Mäder hall at the Lucerne University of applied Arts and Sciencies in Horw.

 

More information on the program and registration can be found here.

 

 

 


  



Recent publications in the press, 26/11/2012

 

 

Recently, there has been reported about the iHomeLab in various Newspapers and Magazines. Below is a summary:

 

NZZ am Sonntag, 25.11.2012

Zentralschweiz am Sonntag, 18.11.2012

Neue Luzerner Zeitung, 16.11.2012, S. 24

Blick am Abend, 16.11.2012, S. 10

Tagesanzeiger, 14.11.2012

Umweltperspektiven, 5-2012

 

 


  



Consortium-Meeting Project Confidence, 3./4.12.2012 (Horw)

 

On December 3rd and 4th, a meeting of the project consortium for the research project "Confidence" will take place at the iHomeLab. 

 

Confidence is researching a system that provides people with mild to moderate dementia with a new and flexible solution combining help from the personal environment with meaningful, beneficial technology support. 

For more information on the research project, visit our project page. 

 

The clip below shows the objectives of Confidence.



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Filming for 10vor10 - SF Schweizer Fernsehen, 23 11.2012, Lucerne 

 

The newscast 10vor10 of Swiss television was shooting a reporting about the iHomeLab on  November 23rd.

 

The focus was on our research activity, which researches in a number of projects  the toptic of an "intelligent walker". 

 

The shooting took place in typical urban locations of Lucerne as a ship of the SGV or the Richard Wagner Museum. 

 

The broadcast date for the background report is not yet known. We will make the post after the release at this point available for you. 

 

Impressions of the shooting on a typical fall day can be seen here.

 

 


  



International Joint Conference on Ambient Intelligence - AmI, 13. - 15.11.2012, Pisa

 

 

The AmI-12 conference brings together researchers and practitioners from industry and academia working in the field of technologies and applications of Ambient Intelligence. Ambient Intelligence represents a vision of the future where we shall be surrounded by invisible technological means, sensitive and responsive to people and their behaviors, deliver advanced functions, services and experiences.

The iHomeLab will be Present with a Paper (Title "Behavior modeling and recognition methods to facilitate transitions between application-speci c personalized assistance systems") and an Poster.

 

Poster

Paper

 

 


  



ITU Regional Experts Group Meeting for Europe , 14.11.2012, Genf

 

Aliaksei Andrushevich will hod on 14.11.2012 at 16.00 - 17.30 Uhr a Speech in the Lecture Series "Fostering Creation of Successful PPP in the ICT Ecosystem" with the Title "iHomeLab – successful example of PPP in the ICT applied research".

 

 

 

You can download the PDF of the Speech here.

 

 

 


  



First National Congress of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (11.16.2012, Bern)
 

 

2012 is the International Year of renewable energy. The first Congress of renewable energy and energy efficiency takes a closer look on this topic.

At the invitation of the A EE ,  representatives of the Swiss energy sector come together on November 16th  2012 at the Stade de Suisse in Bern and discuss with government, business and society the possible scenarios for the future energy strategy until 2050.

New impulses, technological developments, strategic approaches and market opportunities are the focus of the four key themes of the conference: "renewable energy", "energy", "networks and storage" and "financing".

 

The iHomeLab will be present with a stand at the exhibition. The stands do not have an id. The event is only open to representatives of the Swiss energy sector and not open to the public.

Further information can be found here.

 

Impressions 


 



The 10000th visitor at the iHomeLab! (14/11/2012, Horw)




We keep on celebrating:
After we recently celebrated 15 years of research activity, we will soon celebrate another anniversary:
 

On the occasion of the public guided tour of 14 November 2012, we expect the 10000th visitors at the iHomeLab.

 
We are proud and pleased that we have increased the number of visitors within 4 years  from  expected 1000 now to more than 2500 visitors each year. The Interest in the iHomeLab is enormous and we are still seeing  increasing numbers of visitors.

 

 

Report in NLZ

Report in Blick am Abend


 



HSLU Real Estate Conference: Wohnen im Alter: Brauchen wir überhaupt noch Altersheime? 8.11.2012 (Zug)

 

 

Due to demographic changes, the proportion of elderly will increase dramatically in the coming years and decades. While focusing on the individual and collective care, it is assumed that these seniors not only will have plenty of time but also great financial resources and therefore will be an interesting clientele. On the other hand, however, cost for health care will encrease massivly  if we will not  succeed with relevant concepts and services / additional services to enable the elderly to stay as long as possible  in their own home. The real estate industry assumed in this megatrend big future business opportunities.

 

Experts from research and practice will try to give possible answers to current questions about office space and its use.

 

 

Professor Alexander Klapproth will hold a Speech at 2 PM with the Title: Ambient Assisted Living: Sensoren für Senioren und virtuelle Assistenten für das Leben im Alter. Ein Werkstattbericht aus dem iHomeLa.

 

You can download the speech here.

 

 

Venue: Institut für Finanzdienstleistungen Zug - IFZ, Grafenau, Zug

 

 

 


  



Tage der Technik 2012: iHomeLab to organize the Supporting Programme (3. & 31.10.2012)

The Tage der Technik in October 2012, held by Swiss Engineering, Empa and  SATW are discussing " the future City" .

The iHomeLab enrichesthe supporting programme with special guided tours on the following dates:

Wednesday, 3. October 2012: 17.00 - 18.00 Uhr
Wednesday, 31. October 2012: 17.00 - 18.00 Uhr

  

The Tours are free of charge. Due to the limited space, a registration Formular Guided Toursis needed.

 

 


 

 




Visitors from China, 25.10.2012

 

 A delegation of "China Life" visited the iHomeLab. Cina Life is the largest insurance company in China and would like to build retirement homes on a large scale (about 6,000 units) in the near future in China and is looking for partners and operators from Europe. 

 

Visitors were able to gather many exciting ideas at the iHomeLab visit.

 


  



TeleNet fair, 23., 24., 24.10.2012 (Lucerne)

 

For visitors to the TeleNet fair in Lucerne we offer every day a special tour at the iHomeLab. Experience an exciting tour on building intelligence!

Peter Kronenberg will hold on

23.10. at 10:30 and
25.10. at 10:00

a presentation titled: iHomeLab - think tank for building intelligence.

www.telenetfair.ch

 

 

www.telenetfair.ch

 


  



The iHomeLab and terzStiftung to intensify cooperation (10/22/2012)

 

The iHomeLab and terzStiftung  are intensifying their cooperation. The terzStiftung has the aim to improve the safety of elderly people so that they can stay as long as possible independently. This is consistent with the objectives pursued by the iHomeLab with its research in the field of Ambient Assisted Living.

 

The Project “Sicher-Mobil.ch” was launched with a national media conference on 22 October in Bern. The Project  aims to improve road safety. Professor Alexander Klapproth is a member of The “Patronatskommittee”, which is composed of prominent personalities from politics, society, research and healthcare.

 

In addition to the cooperation within “Sicher-Mobil.ch” there are more projects in the pipeline, on which we will report here soon.

 


German Press release for the launch of  “Sicher-Mobil.ch”
Link to website of “Sicher-Mobil.ch”


  



A milestone birthday: Celebrating 15 Years of Research! (11.10.2012)

 

Research at our institute is celebrating its birthday.


On 1 October 1997 Prof. Alexander Klapproth perceived the first funded research project and 3 years later, he was able to hire the  first employee.

The Institute startet under the name "FB-CT" (Department of Computer Engineering), from 2002 it was called  "EmSyG" (Embedded Systems Group), and since 2004 "CEESAR" (Center of Excellence for Embedded Systems Applied Research)

 
2008 we opened with more than 50 partners from industry and economy the iHomeLab, which was a true success story. In the past 4 years our institute has grown to 20 employees and over 100 iHomeLab-Partners.

On October 11th  we will celebrate together with former employees, "obstetricians" and our team this joyous event at the iHomeLab.

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IT Girls @ iHomeLab (8.10.2012).
 

 

Most areas in Life don't work anymore without modern infomation and communication technologies (ICT). Wether in communications, in Traffic or in the healthcare business.

 

Adressing Girls at the Age of 14 to 16,  ICT Professionals of the Lucerne University of applied arts and sciencies  are introducing their work.

 

Part of the  3-day Workshop was a visit at the iHomeLab. Find below some impressions of the Girls during their visit. 

 

 

 


 

 



Media Coverage about our Appearance at the AAL Forum in Eindhoven, 24. - 27.9.2012



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Rollator kommt aus der Schweiz

Radio Sunshine, News, 24.9.2012



Michiels Renaud

Des nouveautés high-tech pour aider les seniors

Le Matin online, 26.9.2012



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Innovazioni svizzere per le persone anziane

Giornale Online di Mesolcina e Calanca, 24.9.2012




  



 AAL Forum, 24. - 27.9.2012 (Eindhoven): The iHomeLab to represent Switzerland 

AAL Forum 

 

The iHomeLab was this year entrusted with the honorable task of operating the Regional and Country Pavilion of Switzerland at the AAL Forum and thus represent our country in Eindhoven.

 

In the Pavillon, we will present twoof our current research projects called "Confidence" and "iWalkActive". We will show the new emergency-clock "Quing", which  our partner Swisscom will use in "Confidence" and commercially launch in Switzerland soon.

 

On Thuesday, September 25 we will celebrate the big Switzerland-Party. Enjoy the quaint atmosphere at the Pavillion, taste our Swiss-Specialitys, try to blow the "Alphorn" or even to spin a 5 CHF coin in a bowl, a traditional swiss rhytm device!

 

Impressions of the Forum.

 

Additionally, we will represent the iHomeLab at the Forum with the following contributions:  

 

Workshop:

Monday, 24.9.2012, whole day:
Aliaksei Andrushevich, Speech at the "Young Researchers and Phd Workshop" (RISE) with the Title "Supporting the AAL applications via building intelligence ".

 

 

Speech:

Tuesday, 25.9.2012, 11:00 – 12:30
Rolf Kistler: "iWalkActive – The Active Walker for Active People"

 

On Monday, Sept. 24th, european parliamentarian Lambert van Nistelrooij visited our stand and was very impressed by the Prototype of our intelligent walker. This lead to a Tweet on his Twitter Account.

Media Release (German) of September 24th with the associated pictures.

 

 

 

 


 



Lecture Series "Wohn- und Lebensformen im Alter", 10/03/2012 (University of Zurich)




This Lecture series In cooperation with the Age Foundation is dedicated to the various changes of living and ways of life in old age (s). It shall take a look on the past, present, and current trends and stimulate visions.

 

The iHomeLab offers exciting prospects for for scenarios of an independent life and living with the help of building intelligence and was asked therefore to contribute a post to the lecture series.

 

Rolf Kistler will hold a speech on 03.10.2012 with the title "sensors for seniors."

 

Download the presentation here.




Reports about the Kick-off Meeting of the Project iWalk-Active on 16. and 17.8.2012



Michel Vogel

Rollator 2.0

Swiss IT Magazine 9/12, 4.9.2012



Ohne Autorennennung

Mehr als eine Gehhilfe

Polyscope, 16/12, 6.9.2012, S. 6



Aregger Cyrill:

Hochschule baut Super Rollator

NLZ, 17.8.2012, S. 29



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Mehr als eine Gehhilfe: iHomeLab der Hochschule Luzern forscht am Rollator der Zukunft

Reuss24.ch, 16.8.2012



Vogel Michel:

Schweizer forschen an Rollator der Zukunft mit Tablet und Elektroantrieb

IT Magazine, 20.8.2012



Ohne Autorennennung:

Rollator mit Elektroantrieb

www.med-eng.de, 20.8.2012



SDA:

Hochschule Luzern, Der Rollator der Zukunft

Pro Infirmis Schweiz, 16.8.2012



SDA:

Gehhilfe mit Elektroantrieb

Walliser Bote, 17.8.2012, S. 19




  



The iHomeLab at the Medtechforum, Lucerne  (24. - 27.9.2012)

 

 

the World Medtech Forum Lucerne is the most important meeting point for the international medical technology industry. The aim is to delight domestic and international visitors with the trade fair, congress and networking events to establish the World Medtech Forum Lucerne as an indispensable platform for the medical technology industry.

 

 

At the Medtech-Night on September 26th, the visitors will be able to experience from 5 - 7 PM at the iHomeLab, how Medtech can help to improve safety and security and allows to extend the time people can live at their preffered environment.

 

Tickets for the Medtech-Night can be ordered here (scroll down).

www.medtech-forum.ch

 

 


 



The European Fuel Cell Forum visiting the iHomeLab (27.6.2012)

 

The European Fuel Cell Forum ist an High-level international event with an honest presentation of the state-of-the-art technology of solid oxide fuel cells and electrolysers.

The Agenda contains 300 technical contributions with full length manuscripts in hand-out electronic proceedings.

The Highligt of the Social Programme was a visit at the iHomeLab. 

 

 


 



EvAAL Indoor Localization Competition , Madrid (5.7.2012)

 

The iHomeLab Living Lab together with the Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart demonstrate the iLocPlus system  within the  EvAAL competition 2012.

 

5th of July 08:30 -11:30 AM:
Evaluation of the iLocPlus indoor positioning system on EvAAL Indoor Localization Competition at Smart House Living Lab of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain

 

 

 

Link  to the official Website of the EvAAL Competition.

 

 

 

 

 




Internet of Things Week 2012, Venice (18. - 22.6.2012)

 

Our Team, which is working in the european IoT Project "Butler-Smartlife Concept", visited the Internet of Things Week in Venice.

During the confrernce, they were able to establish interesting contacts with opinion leaders of the Internet of Things Research.

 

 

 


 



 



First Certification for MINERGIE®-Modul Raumkomfort by the iHomeLab, (1.6.2012)

 

 

 

Our new range of Services has started sucessfully with the first certification of the MINERGIE®-Modul Raumkomfort. We tested the product "Synco Living" of Siemens Switzerland.

 

The iHomeLab tests and certifys Building Automation Parts. If the Parts will pass the certification, they will be allowed to use the Minergie Label on their System.

 

For more Information, please contact Peter Kronenberg (info(at)ihomelab.ch, Tel. +41 41 349 35 99).  

 

 

 


 



 



New Online Game with the iHomeLab

 

The Internet-Portal "Energie-Experten" of EKZ gives you access to a new Online Game called "Watt the Game". The Scenery of the Game shows the iHomeLab.

 

 

The game is not only fun to play. You can win cool prizes as well,  like a Day with the Tesla Roadster, the Lamborghini among all electric vehicles.

 

Courious? Here you can play the game.

 


 



Broadcast on DRS 1, 6.6.2012

 

There will be a There was a feature on DRS 1 about our research project "iWalkActive".

Broadcast Wissen Aktuell

 



New CTI funded Project in the Field of the Internet of Things, 31.5.2012

 

The Ambient Assisted Living Research focusses on technical aids for elderly people to help them to live longer save and secure at home. Todays solutions, like sensors or end user devices should be connected to the environnemen in a secure, reliable and cost efficient way.  Today, the common connection for these devices ist established over telephone or the internet. Experience shows, that only minor problems such as a handset that is not correctly hung up, can cut off the alerting.

 

In Practise, the project focusses on the research and development of a hard- and software-architecture for a wireless, battery powered and cost efficient communication module. The module needs to meet very high encryption standards in order to secure the privacy of indivdiuals. 

 

The main goal is to combine the synergic potential of the research in Ambient Assisted Living and Energy Efficiency. This way, two of our main research fields, that have been worked on individually, are now combined for the first time. This shows, that our research strategy points in the right direction.

 

 


 



International Meeting for a longer and independent living at Home of elderly persons (22.5.2012)

 

On May 22nd, a Meeting of the European National Contactpersons of the «Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme» took part at the iHomeLab.

 

Besides of a long Meeting, a visit of the iHomeLab was part of the Agenda. The iHomeLab shows several Showcases which are presenting scenarios and solutions from our research work, that allow elderly people to stay longer independetly at home.

 

Currently we are doing research on two european funded Projects, that have the goal to improve the safety, mobility and comfort for the elderly.

 

Please read our Press Release for more detailed information (german).

 

 

 

 

 Link to reporting on the web on Reuss24.ch


 

 

 



5th European ZigBee Developers' Conference  (27. - 28. June 2012, Munich)

Professor Alexander Klapproth will be present with the abstract “Possibilities of ZigBee to support Non-Intrusive Appliance Load Monitoring (NIALM) is targeting increased energy efficiency”  in the course of session 09 "System Design & Performance" on June 28th.

 

In addition, we will again be present at the exhibition with our booth.

You can read the Abstract here.

 


 



Swiss national Television Shooting at the iHomeLab (21.3.2012).

 

On March 21st, the shooting for "10 vor 10", the late night News of Swiss National TV took part at the iHomeLab. See here Impressions of the shooting. 

 

The Background Report about the "Internet of Things" (the future internet) was on Air on May 9th. 

You can watch the Clip below.

 



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9th ExCo & Annex Meetings, (9.5.2012, Stockholm, SE)

 

Stephan Tomek will present our "Scoping Study on NIALM" . The meeting is not open to the Public.


 

 



1st International Workshop on Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring (7.5.2012, Pennsylvania, USA)

 

The mission of this workshop is to create a forum that can unite all the researchers that are working on the topic of energy disaggregation. There are currently no specialized conferences or workshops dedicated to this topic, and the contributions (which have been increasing in the past 5 years) come from researchers in a wide variety of fields and from different backgrounds. 

 

Stephan Tomek will hold a Speech on 1:40PM with the Title "iHomeLab experience with NIALM for Smart Buildings".

Slides

Abstract

Pictures

 


 

 



 4th Congress Immohealthcare.ch & 1st Swiss AAL-Conference  (9. &10. May 2012, Nottwil)

 

The Congress Immohealthcare focusses on construction in the healthcare business. Not only buildings need to be adapted, but also processes, structures and organizatzions will be transformed.

 

During the Congress, the 1st. Swiss AAL-Conference takes part.

 

Professor Alexander Klapproth will hold a Speech on Wednesday, Mai 9th from 16.30 to 17.00 with the Title "Sensoren für Senioren". Have look here at the Presentation.

 

On both days, we will be present with a Stand (Nr. 14) . We will present a system that allows elderly people to live longer safely at home.

 

Venue:

GZI Seminar- und Kongresshotel
Guido A. Zäch Strasse 4
6207 Nottwil

 

Visitors must register to the Congress (Fr. 420.-).

A registration is possible only for the AAL-Conference (Fr. 120.-). Please register via info@immohealthcare.ch or directly on site.

 




Light and Building (19. & 20.4.2012, Frankfurt)

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This year,  the world’s biggest trade fair for lighting and intelligent buildings focusses on energy efficiency. The focal points are digitalisation of light and buildings and buildings as a green power station.

We will be present with a speech about "BACnet".

 

See the speech of Peter Kronenberg with the title "Das iHomeLab als zukünftiges BACnet Testlabor" on

 

Friday, 20.4.2012 at 10.30 Uhr at the Booth of BACnet Europe, Hall 9, Stand B60.

Here, you can download the presentation in pdf format.

 


 

 

 



IT Girls @ iHomeLab (16.4.2012).
 

 

Most areas in Life don't work anymore without modern infomation and communication technologies (ICT). Wether in communications, in Traffic or in the healthcare business.

 

Adressing Girls at the Age of 14 to 16,  ICT Professionals of the Lucerne University of applied arts and sciencies  are introducing their work.

 

Part of the  3-day Workshop was a visit at the iHomeLab. Find below some impressions of the Girls during their visit. 

 

 

 


 

 



in Planning Stage: BACnet-Test-Laboratory (2.4.2012).

 

 

 

The iHomeLab will perform audits for the certification of BACnet components.

 

BAC-net is an open Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks. It allows the communication between different systems and various suppliers.

 

In order to assure a faultless communication between the components, they need to pass a BACnet audit first.

 

The iHomeLab will be accredited as an independent BACnet Test Laboratory and will then be permitted to issue audit reports. Theseare  needed to obtain a BACnet Certification.

 

Would you like your components to be audited? Peter Kronenberg will be happy to provide you with further information (+41 41 349 35 99)

  


 



4 Classes of Berufsschule BBZ, draftsmen specialised in building construction visiting the iHomeLab (20.3.2012)

 

On March 20th, four classes of the BBZ Berufsschule in Emmen visited the iHomeLab. The 60 future draftsmen specialised in building construction were fascinated of the future scenarios, presented at the iHomeLab.

 

Who knows, maybe there was even a future researcher amongst them?

 

 

 

  


  

 



Broadcast on DRS 1, Regionaljournal Zentralschweiz (23.3.2012)

 

The Regionaljournal reported on the Lucerne University. A Part of the reporting was about the ihomeLab.




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New Services at iHomeLab: Assesments for the "POM" Guarantee-Mark(26.3.2012)

 

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iHomeLab has been intrduced as the certification centre for the POM (Peace of Mind) Label of Saia-Burgess.

 

The aim of Peace of Mind tendering is to systematically minimize potential trouble, worries and overall costs across a full life cycle of over 15 years. The aim is to verify and evaluate the extent to which Peace Of Mind specifications from a tender have in fact been realized in the implementation phase.

 

iHomeLab will be the first organization in Switzerland that is allowed to test and assess building automation solutions according to Peace Of Mind rules with complete independence and neutrality.

 

Depending on the results of assessment, bronze, silver or gold test plaques are awarded, along with the standardized test report. This means that the quality of a building automation solution can be documented not only in the building’s technical documentation, but also in the visible technical area. This test and assessment system applies equally to all the usual makes of automation technology on the market. Alongside new projects, the current stock of a system can also be inspected.

 

Are you intersted in a Certification? Peter Kronenberg can give you detailed information (info(at)iHomeLab.ch).

 


 

 



iHomeLab launches Task Force for 5th AAL Call "Home Care"

 

 

The AAL Joint Programme launches its Fifth Call for Proposals: “ICT-based Solutions for (Self-) Management of Daily Life Activities of Older Adults at Home, which encompasses important dimensions of the broad topic of Home Care. The call opened on February 29th and closes on May 31st.

 

The iHomeLab has formed a Task Force which will be lead by Rolf Kistler. They have presented their ideas on the infodays for Call 5 in Innsbruck and Zurich:

 

Download the presentation here

 

Are you a SMB or Enduser-Organization and would you like to realise a EU-funded Research Project in the field of "Home Care" with the iHomeLab? Rolf Kistler will provide you with detailed information!

 

 


 

 

 

 



Innovationsforum Energie, 29. & 30. March 2012, Zurich

 

 

The Innovationsforum focusses on the Topics of Smart Metering, Smart Grids, Smart Home and E-Mobility. It takes Place at the Renaissance Hotel in Zurich.

 

The Event is adressed to CEO's, Members of the Board and Executives of the power supply industry, public services, Telcos, IT-Industry and business consultancy.

 

Focus topics of the Symposium

• Effects of the new Energy Policy

• Smart Meter Rollout: Practical Experience in  Switzerland and abroad

• Smart Grids and Super Grids: Status Quo, Experience and Strategies

• Smart Home and Energy-Efficiency: Challenges on the way to the Smart City

• E-Mobility: Creating an electro-mobile infrastructure

• Virtual Power Plants: Innovative Projects

• IT-Security: What about Data Privacy Protection?

• Motivators, Standards, Politics:  Framework Requirements and Projects in Switzerland and Europe

 

Professor Alexander Klapproth will hold a Speech on  30. March between 13.30 und 15.00  with the Topic of „Warum das Smart Grid Smart Homes und Smart Citys braucht“. It will take place on Forum B.

 

Visit our Stand at the  „Grand Foyer“.

 

Impressions of the event

 

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Präsentation von Prof. Alexander Klapproth "Warum das Smart Grid Smart Buildings und Smart Homes braucht".


 



Will will be part of the Cleantech City (Bern, 13. - 15.3.2012)

 

 

Cleantec City is the first Swiss platform for sustainable communal and urban development. For the first time, this trade fair will investigate the question of what a community, town or private company looks like if it relies on sustainable technologies and methods, therefore making it an industry platform and meeting point for clean technology in Switzerland.

Leading suppliers and institutions will show how sustainable development in the fields of supply, waste disposal/recycling, town and country planning/buildings and mobility is already possible today thanks to current know-how and forward-looking systems.

The iHomeLab will present the brand new "Smart Energy Monitor". An interactive device which measures the consuption of electric appliances in realtime and comes up with suggestions on how to save energy.

 

Visit us an Stand No. C026 at Bernexpo.

 

Professor Alexander Klapproth is Ambassador of Cleantec City. He will be present at the following Times: 

 

13. März 2012
10.35 Uhr Speech: Forschungsinitiativen und Wissenstransfer. Download the Speech (German).

 

11.15 Uhr Discussion: «Cleantech zwischen Utopie und Realität»

Panel Members:

Daniel Schafer CEO, Energie Wasser Bern

Dominique Reber Mitglied der Geschäftsleitung, Leiter Infrastruktur, Energie & Umwelt, economiesuisse

Nick Beglinger Präsident swisscleantech

Prof. Alexander Klapproth Leiter iHomeLab, Hochschule Luzern

Jürg Bucher Konzernleiter, Die Schweizerische Post

 

Links:

Impressions

Speech Prof. A. Klapproth (German)

Visitors Guide

 

 




Event Note: Green Building, 14.3. - 15.3.2012, Zürich

 

The iHomeLab is Educational-Partner of the Green Building. The Congress focusses on the topics of Energy Efficiency an sustainable Construction.

The Events of GNI, KNX Swiss an LonMark are a meeting point for the industry. They take part once or twice a year.

 

Programme and Speakers:

  • Der PrimeTower aus der Sicht des Architekten - Stefan Thommen, Gigon Guyer Architekten
  • Herausforderung Gebäudetechnik im PrimeTower - Urs Von Arx, Ing. Büro Hefti Hess Martignoni
  • Gebäudelabeling und Energieeffizienz - Christian Roethenmund, MINERGIE
  • Green Buildings – State of Art - Bob Gysin, Bob Gysin + Partner BGP

 

The admission is free. 

Place: PrimeTower Zürich, Konferenzzentrum Clouds

 

More Information about the event:

http://www.g-n-i.ch/deutsch/veranstaltungen/aktuell.php

 

 


 



GNI and iHomeLab to close contract (1.3.2012) 

 

The GNI and iHomeLab have enterd an agreement about a certification Center for the "MINERGIE-Modul Raumkomfort" (Room  temperature).

 

Certification of Parts

The iHomeLab will test and certify Building Automation Parts. If the Parts will pass the certification, they will be allowed to use the Minergie Label on their System.

 

Picture: The leaders of GNI and iHomeLab after signing the contract. 

www.g-n-i.ch

 

 

 

 


 



Tele 1 / Tele M1  broadcasting about the iHomeLab 

 

On February 14th, the shooting for the regional TV Channel Tele1 / Tele M1 took part at the iHomeLab. See here Impressions of the shooting. 

 

The Background Report about our current research was on Air on March 6th. 

 

You can see the Clip below.

 



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Article about iHomeLab on Blick.ch (3.2.2012)

 

Blick.ch published a Report with the Title "Per Smartphone Geräte bedienen".

 

You can read the Report  here .

 


 



iHomeLab Partner-Event (January 18th 2012) 

 


 

We invented our Partners to celebrate the kick off of our new Business Year. The noumerus guests were able to attend the exclusive presentation of the all new iHomeLab-Guided Tour in English.

 

Subsquent to the presentation, an Aperitiv was served and the Guests took the chance to network, meet new People and exchange News.

 

We would like to thank our Partners for their support. We are looking forwart to the forthcoming 4th Year of iHomeLab!

Here, you can find some impressions of the Event.
 

 




The Managing Director of Miele Worldwide visits the iHomeLab!

 

Dr. Eduard Sailer, Managing Director of  Miele & Cie. KG  Gütersloh came to visit the iHomeLab to learn about the latest state of research in Building intelligence.

 

He took the opportunity to discuss possible future Scenarios of using and implementing Electrical Houshold-Appliances together with Prof. Alex Klapproth, Dieter von Arx and Daniel Lischer (Arcitect of the iHomeLab).

 

Pictures of the visit.

 

 


  



Swiss Television producing at the iHomeLab

 

On the 9.1.2012 the programme „Einstein“ was produced at the iHomeLab. 

 

 

Impressions of the Shooting.



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5. AAL congress, 24. – 25.1.2012, Berlin

 

 

 

 

On 24. - 25. January 2012 the 5th German AAL-Congress focuses on engineering for a self-determined life. Engineering has to be supporting in every situation of life: from daily business to social life up to mobility.

 

The congress is organized by BMBF and VDE for the fifth time. The AAL congress was promoted in the past years to the indicator congress in the innovationfield "age-based assisted systems".

 

After we were assigned with the "elderly person award" last year, we will be also joining the congress this year.

 

We will present a Paper and a Poster with the Title: Building Intelligence and Human Service Infrastructures as Enabler for Self-Determined Living in the Old Age.

 

 

Abstract

This paper focuses on applications of Building Intelligence (BI) in combination with a network of human carers as a common basis for a self-determined and independent living for elderly people. After a short introduction and the definition of the problem statement we describe our proposed solution. It bases on a technical infrastructure which on the one hand consists of an infrastructure for direct assistance at home including a user-driven interaction and training frame-work. A key role of the proposed concept plays a service network of human helpers who are directly included into the system and provide their services context sensitively depending on the end user’s needs. This is the reason why on the other hand the home infrastructure is connected to a cloud based platform for case management and the involvement of care-giving stakeholders. A novelty is that besides caring professionals, relatives and volunteers also providers with existing service infrastructures are involved (infrastructure reuse). Goal of the overall, user-centric solution is the improvement of the elderly’s self-determination while guaranteeing an optimal skill-grade mix of the helpers. At the end of the paper we refer to the related work in the field and discuss the results and future directions of our research.

 

 

Interested? Visit us at our stand (Berlin Congress Center, stand 34).

 

 




Article about the iHomeLab

 

The trade magazine "tab" published an article about the iHomeLab.

 

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The iHomeLab participates at the Project "BUTLER" funded by the European Commission of PF7 

 

The Project has a gross volume of 15.6 Millions Euros and is supported with 10 Millions by the EU.

 

BUTLER will be the first European project to emphasise pervasiveness, context-awareness and security for IoT (Internet of Things). Through a consortium of leading Industrial, Corporate R&D and Academic partners with extensive and complementary know-how, BUTLER will integrate current and develop new technologies to form a “bundle” of applications, platform features and services that will bring IoT to life.

 

iHomeLab and Swisscom will represent Switzerland in a Consortium of 19 Members from Europe. iHomeLab will cover the Fields of "Smart Home", "Smart Health" and run the Field Tests.

 

Butler Website

Further informations (German)

 

Overview Press Articles:

Blick Online, 24.11.2011

Neue Luzerner Zeitung Online, 24.11.2011

Home Electronic INSIDE, 25.11.2011

Neue Luzerner Zeitung, 25.11.2011

SF Online, 25.11.2011

Computerworld, 2.12.2011

 




The Butler project on Radio Pilatus News

 

Radio Pilatus reported about the iHomeLab and the Butler project in the News programme on 28.11.2011. 




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Visit from China

 

On 22.11.2011 a delegation from Kun Ming (China) visited the iHomeLab in conjunction with the project "EXPLORING THE NEW FACE OF UPCOMING KUNMING".

 

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Ambient Intelligence Conference 2011

 

Aliaksei Andrushevich was part of the Ambient Intelligence Conference 2011 in Amsterdam from 15.11.2011 to 18.11.2011. He was holding a speach about "The Autonomic Computing Paradigm in Adaptive Building / Ambient Intelligence Systems".

 

Impressions

 




Swiss Energy Research Conference  2011  28.11. - 29.11.2011: Premiere of the new "Smart Energy Monitor".

 

 

This year the Swiss Energy Research Conference is arranged at the Bea Bern Expo. The conference is organized by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy SFOE.

 

The iHomeLab will present the brand new "Smart Energy Monitor". An interactive device which measures the consuption of electric appliances in realtime and comes up with suggestions on how to save energy.

 

The "Smart Energy Monitor" is very user friendly and easy to understand, even for non-professionals. This way, everybody can learn how easy it is to save energy. The Smart Energy Monitor is the Result of a Research Project, financed by the SFOE.

 

The iHomeLab has its Stand in Hall 3,  Congressroom 2, DG/1.

 

Impressions 

 

Further informations:

Website SFOE

 




The iHomeLab on your Smartphone 

 

Get the iHomeLab on your Smartphone! Watch up-to-date videos of our research topics Ambient Assisted Living and Energy Efficiency.

Thus you always keep the iHomeLab with you: right mouse button, "save as..."

 

Ambient Assisted Living for iPhone 3G/3GS

Ambient Assisted Living for iPhone 4 

Energy Efficiency for iPhone 3G/3GS

Energy Efficiency for iPhone 4

 




Tele 1 producing at the iHomeLab

 

On the 2.11.2011 the programme „Wohnen“ was produced at the iHomeLab. The show is presenting the topic of energy-saving.

 

Broadcasting dates:

Tele1: 16.11.2011,  18.40h

Tele M1: 14.11.2011,  18.40h



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The iHomeLab on NZZCampus TV

 

NZZCampus visited the iHomeLab and produced a video about intelligent living. A specifical documentation about the iHomeLab is the result of this production.

 



 




Interview with Prof. Alexander Klapproth  

 

The trade magazine "HK Gebäudetechnik" published an interview with Prof. Alexander Klapproth about the topic of application-oriented research.

 

Interview

 




Publication at the Springerverlag

 

The paper "Improvement of Building Automation System" written by Mark Sh. Levin, Aliaksey Andrushevich and Prof. Alexander Klapproth was published at the Springerverlag.

 

Publication

 




Landis + Gyr reports on Masterthesis

 

Landis + Gyr has published an article in his newsletter "Update" about the Masterthesis by Pascal Walther.

 

Article

 




On October 28th, the iHomeLab will be present at the Zugermesse

 

This year, the Zugermesse takes a closer look on different living concepts for aged people.

 

We were present with our stand (A2.10a) and informed about the latest research in Ambient Assisted Living, which is one of our main research fields.

 

Is there an ideal way of living for elderly? Prof. Alexander Klapproth discussed this issue with experts from research and industry on 28.10.2011.

 

Impressions 

Recording of the discussion (German)

 




9th ExCo & Annex Meetings, (9.5.2012, Stockholm, SE)

 

Stephan Tomek will present our "Scoping Study on NIALM" . The meeting is not open to the Public.