WP2

Work Package 2 and its associated deliverables have reached completion.  This work package, which was dedicated to the development of the modules for the HIT2GAP platform, had four main objectives:

  • to develop simple solutions for connecting a software layer to existing Building Management Systems (BMS);
  • to explore new data fields in offices (e.g.from alternative multimedia sources) and approaches that can extract more information from the same data (e.g. using disaggregation techniques);
  • to explore specific ontology for understanding the behaviour of users; and
  • to define the detailed HIT2GAP software platform architecture.

The main outcome of this WP was a comprehensive architecture, detailing the different 'bricks' located at each fundamental level (i.e. at field level (ground level), data treatment level (analytics, behaviour models) and management level (added value to services).  The outputs from this work package will now serve as a foundation for Work Packages 3 and 4, both of which are now in progress.

Deliverable 2.1, which was completed by Abo Data in March 2017, is a synthesis report on the available and retained solutions for the connection of the HIT2GAP platform to an existing BMS. The main purpose of this deliverable was to describe some of the technologies that are to act as data sources for the system to be deployed in the pilots, as complementary technologies.

Deliverable 2.2, produced in January 2017, is a public report, produced by the Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour and IK4-Tekniker. This deliverable is a synthesis report on the benchmark conducted in the field of new data fields in offices. The work in D2.2 identified recent studies, devices and methods for capturing and assessing appropriate data, identifying key lessons that can be learnt from existing solutions and identifying what is feasible, applicable and usable in the frame of HIT2GAP. To this end, the following were undertaken:

  • analysis of existing sensor technologies and related algorithms;
  • analysis of existing smart devices;
  • analysis of existing recent alternative methods.

This report (i.e. D2.2) offers a general overview of various data sources (generated by multimedia sensors, smart equipment technologies, occupants, etc.), which could be integrated into the HIT2GAP repository in order to enrich the typology and content of information and consequently, to allow the development of new or complementary features in terms of diagnosis and analysis. D2.2 concluded that several existing solutions can cope with some of the requirements related to occupant behaviour and activity detection in buildings.

HT2GAP has already adopted several sensors delivered by the partners that are able to provide accurate and open sensing from buildings and occupants.  HIT2GAP will also implement a set of methods in which, recent methods and technologies are considered mainly Big Data analysis (through a set of advanced services to be provided to end-users such as: energy prediction, anomaly detection, etc.).  However, there are several issues and perspectives yet to be explored in order to establish how these an be injected into the scope of HIT2GAP, these being:

  • how to help deploy sensors and sensor networks in a building in order to detect all of the requested events and activities?
  • what is the list of events and activities that can be detected in a building, which can play a major role in energy optimisation?  And how can this list be evolved within the building life?
  • how to address the issue of occupant privacy while looking for more precision in event detection?
  • how to exploit Big Data analysis in restricted environments (as several buildings won't have adequate processing and storage capacities to exploit collected data)?

[note: HIT2GAP partners have also looked at other data-related problems and in particular have examined the best ways to compress data, and produced an article at hittp://www.mdpi.com/1424-8220/17/8/1755 which examines the benefits of using templates and contexts to compress data and thereby to reduce demand on resources.]

Project partners also produced several other synthesis reports, however these are not yet in a form that is suitable for public consumption.  These are as follows:

  • deliverable D2.3 was provided by IK4Tekniker in December 2016 to provide a synthesis of the complementary technologies chosen to be deployed in the pilot sites,
  • deliverable D2.4 was prepared by NUIG on March 2017.  This is a synthesis report on the simulation models' integration within HIT2GAP platorm and calibration;
  • deliverable D2.5 was prepared by EGE University and Eurecat in April 2017.  This was a synthesis report on the approach followed for integration of usage patterns and occupants' behaviour (including occupancy key factors, specific ontology for users' behaviour understanding);
  • deliverable D2.6 was prepared by FISE in April 2017.  This deliverable was a synthesis of the developments conducted in the field of data display interfaces;
  • deliverable D2.7 was prepared by NBK in March 2017.  This deliverable gave specifications for the HIT2GAP software platform architecture.