WP1 -Interoperability Framework

In a smart building, many functions are under control of one or more systems. They are based on communication technologies, information technologies, automation and electronic technologies, using devices equipped by easy and manageable interfaces. The key words of smart building are integration and interoperability between systems.

These systems are already mature for tertiary markets (banks, offices, directional centre, technological centre). Nevertheless, for home market, we are still researching efficient solutions to achieve integration and interoperability objectives, and easier to sell. It is important that the automatic system can control and monitor all the functions of the building/structure/users/clime in real time. It should evaluate all the interactions and it should optimize all the performance, according to fixed criteria.

The project proposes an interoperability, open, free, accessible framework; it is the crucial structure and the enabling tool for vertical solutions in different and multifunctional fields (energy management and security management). The project boosts interoperability between home and automation devices on it; this interoperability grows energetic efficiency, safety and comfort. Home so is a functional and interoperable point, of a more widespread Smart Communities, open to new opportunities of Smart Cities.

According to these objectives, first it is important to boost a complete technological substrate, based on different interfaces’ integration and networks of environmental and structural sensors. Their tasks is to obtain information about home. The electrical appliances, home furnishings, window and door fixtures and everything that interact with home users, become a source of information for core system, in which decisions and actions were planned.

For this reason, it is important a strength interoperability between all domestic elements; it guarantees a common, univocal and easy to understand communication.The interoperability framework, necessary to achieve objectives, includes the definition of hardware design for modular interfaces and gateway points that enable interoperability of objects, legacy systems and sensorial networks. The project also includes integration activities, prototyping and functional testing, linked to native interoperability, to gateway that support legacy devices and sensorial networks. This activity allows the experimentally evaluation of manager, in all their component, hardware and software. It also implements the final phase of the project, in which there is an evaluation of performance’s quality.