The Smart Energy Living Lab is a laboratory that serves to demonstrate innovations at the intersection of ICT and the energy industry to a broad target group, such as researchers, students and companies, and to make them more tangible by means of realistic application scenarios. In addition, it offers ideal conditions for developing solutions to energy industry problems within cooperations between science and practice, thus promoting the transfer of knowledge. This includes the identification and description of real-world problems, the collaborative development of solution concepts, the development, piloting and demonstration of hardware and software prototypes from research and industrial projects, and conducting laboratory experiments for the evaluation and validation of the results. The Smart Energy Living Lab focuses on various current topics, such as Smart Metering, Smart Building and Smart Home, and is a joint project of the Leipzig University and the Institute of Applied Informatics (InfAI).
Presentation. The lab is equipped with various presentation systems to play multimedia content quickly and easily over several channels. These include an overhead projector as well as AppleTV, Google Chromecast and ClickShare for wireless screen sharing. Dynamic lighting control and sound systems can be used to support presentations.
Collaboration. To promote creative collaboration, a seating area is available, from which the presentation systems and a whiteboard can be used for workshops, project meetings or information events. In addition, temporary workplaces equipped with mobile workstations, monitors and peripheral devices are available for employees.
Technology. The meter cabinets of the Smart Energy Living Lab house different generations of energy meters as well as different communication technology for recording, reading and transmitting energy consumption data. Starting with analogue Ferraris meters and digital Smart Meters for electricity, gas, heat and water to Multi-Utility Controllers (MUC) and communication centres, visitors are offered a comprehensive overview of modern technology in the field of Smart Energy. These are not just mere exhibits, but important infrastructure that records energy consumption within the lab in real time and is used in various research and industrial projects as a data supplier and testbed.
Automation. The heart of the lab is the server cabinet and in particular the communication technology located in it. In addition to a WiFi router and commercial IoT and smart home gateways, open source projects for the Raspberry Pi also serve to interconnect numerous sensors and actuators. Based on this infrastructure, the SENERGY platform is responsible for the monitoring and control of the entire Smart Energy Living Lab for room automation purposes.
Demonstration. In order to illustrate the possible applications and functionality of the SENERGY platform, an environment was created that is inspired by Smart Homes. This includes connected devices for the application areas of energy management (smart meters, smart plugs, smart thermostats, etc.), comfort (remote-controlled lamps and household appliances, sensors for temperature, humidity, brightness, air quality, etc.), entertainment (smart TV, sound system, etc.) and home security (surveillance cameras, motion detectors, siren, etc.). By means of the SENERGY platform, these devices can be used together for room monitoring and automation in different applications scenarios.