The overall goal of HOBNET is to ease and maximize the use of FIRE platforms by multidisciplinary developers of Future Internet applications focused on automation and energy efficiency for smart/green buildings. In particular, the main objectives of HOBNET are:

  • To identify the needs, current limitations and novel research challenges towards developing smart/green building environments. To propose guidelines for large scale deployments of sensors and actuators networks in buildings, taking into account the potential heterogeneous combination of wireless, wired and PLC connectivity, in order to optimize the energy consumed by the system itself.
  • The design and evaluation of scalable all IPv6/6LoWPAN network architectures to support Future Internet services and applications, particularly for the smart/green building management domain. The creation of a simulation framework for networks of heterogeneous IP networks. The development of an energy aware protocol stack enhancing existing standards for wireless sensor networks.
  • To come up with a coherent set of novel models and implemented, tested and validated best algorithmic solutions and high level technical recommendations particularly for smart building scenarios, for problems including self-organizing network design and on-line topology management, energy and radiation awareness, routing around obstacles, localization/tracking and mobility management.
  • To develop a service oriented architecture easing the mutual integration of several control and monitoring systems, such as those developed by the HOBNET partners. To provide an interface layer between the building management system and FIRE experimentation platforms to be used for the rapid development and the evaluation of building management applications. The overall goal is to ease and maximize the utility of FIRE for the research and development of real building management systems (BMS).
  • To implement, integrate and evaluate a platform prototype including proposed research solutions and key innovations coming out of WP2, WP3 and WP4 on a FIRE experimental research facility deployed in UNIGE and CTI. The findings of this FIRE evaluation provides feedback to the relevant WPs towards improving the proposed research solutions in the next research/validation iteration. To also evaluate the results from FIRE facilities in an end-user environment deployed in the MANDAT building in Geneva. A broader research goal is to test the potential of IPv6 to deploy and integrate heterogeneous sensors, including non IP based sensors together with 6LoWPAN sensors, actuators and mobile devices.
  • To contribute to a standardization towards a new embedded application protocol for building automation. To also develop a multipurpose building automation demonstration integrated into the project website and easily useable as part of demonstration activities and for connecting with external activities through an API. A broader research goal is to contribute to the vision of the Future Internet and building automation.


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