Category Archives: REViSITE Blogs

REViSITE Workshop on Interoperability for more Energy Efficiency on 28/10/2011 Sophia Antipolis

As a follow up from the eeBDM workshop which will take place within the CIB W78 conference at Sophia Antipolis on the 27th of October, the REViSITE EU project (Roadmap Enabling Vision and Strategy for ICT-enabled Energy Efficiency) http://www.revisite.eu is organising a half a day workshop to explore in more depth the main gaps and barriers to interoperability within the built environment and to determine the basis for the development of a roadmap for the European Commission to identify key standards, taking into consideration key standardisation bodies, and to develop standardisation proposals to overcome these barriers. The workshop will include among its participants invited key speakers from the eeBDM workshop in addition to an expert group working with the REViSITE consortium, and will be moderated by the REViSITE partners with the support of DGINFSO from the European Commission. Preliminary data collection will take place prior to the workshop via a survey on interoperability priorities within eeBDM online and on the previous day with the wide audience of experts attending the eeBDM workshop.
Having identified high level semantic issues, from ontologies to SOAP, middleware and messaging, a structured discussion will take place during the workshop taking into account existing standardisation initiatives and international industrial proposals, the acceptability to the main market players, the necessity for a consensus building period among the research community and other stakeholders, then the practical launching within the work plan of candidate standardisation organisations (e.g. BuildingSmart, OASIS, ETSI, etc.). The initial results of the survey will be discussed and validated together with the main components of the REViSITE roadmap related to interoperability issues.
It is expected that the outcome of this workshop will complement those of the eeBDM workshop on the previous day and will constitute an important step forward towards standards in Energy Efficiency that can be agreed by industry, market players and public authorities and boost the interoperability of the Energy Efficiency IT applications and tools.

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REViSITE will be at ‘ICT for Sustainable Homes’

REViSITE project will be at the “ICT for Sustainable Homes” conference and exhibition in Nice, France, on the 24th-25th October 2011, with a dedicated exhibition stand and a presentation made on the 25th of October.

“ICT for Sustainable Homes” is an international conference and exhibition organised every year in Nice, France, by Sigma Orionis in cooperation with the Beywatch project funded by the European Commission’s DG Information Society and Media. The conference aims at providing companies, research laboratories and other organisations involved in ICT based products and services for the home with a key opportunity to meet and network, to be informed of latest promising technologies and find potential partners to initiate or strengthen projects.

The event is approaching, only three weeks left to register!

Register now at: http://store.sigma-orionis.com/login?conferenceid=47

ICT for Sustainable Homes 2011 will feature:
– 20 leading projects in the ICT4EE and Future Internet fields
– Over 30 high-level speakers featured in 6 thematic sessions (View agenda at http://ict-sustainablehomes.org/program)
– Exclusive technival visits at IBM’s Industry Solution Centre and CSTB’s lab
– A unique opportunity to network with peers, share visions and build new projects!

We are looking forward to seeing you in October!

REViSITE ITU ‘Green Standard Week’

September 2011 Rome Italy – the REViSITE project had the distinct pleasure of participating in ‘GREEN STANDARDS WEEK’ organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), hosted by Telecom Italia Spa and supported by the European Commission.

The event attracted a very high-level of participation, including Mr. Paolo Romani Italian Minister of Economic Development, Ms. Jasna Matic Serbian State Secretary for the Digital Agenda, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu Ghanaian Minister of Communications, Mohamed Jamil A. Mulla Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology, EC Vice-President Neelie Kroes and the CEO’s of Telecom Italia and Huawei.

Delegates at the weeklong conference openly discussed strategies to combat climate change, E-waste and lagging energy efficiency targets. The event represented a highly-relevant opportunity to present the REViSITE framework and to discuss with delegates the pressing need to focus on ‘direct’ and ‘enabling’ environmental impact of the ICT sector.

Keith Ellis from Intel presented, on behalf of REViSITE, in Session 1: Energy Efficiency / Carbon Reduction: Unlocking the Energy Efficiency Potential Using ICTs. The project was well received and approximately a dozen delegates subsequently inquired regarding further information, amongst which were ITU-T, Climate Associates and CEDARE (Centre for Environment & Development for the Arab Region & Europe) representatives.

Although, a side-track to the main REViSITE objective of Research Agenda development, the event offered the unique prospect to discuss, with Malcom Johnson, Director of the ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau and Ahmed Zeddam chairman of the ITU-T SG5, the inclusion of the REViSITE framework as a potentially useful ‘test-case’ in the context of SG5 development of ‘a common methodology for assessing the environmental impact of ICT’.

In short, the week offered opportunity to court potential REViSITE community members, to further impress the importance of a cross-sectorial approach to ICT4EE and to discuss the need for interoperability and standards specifically in the context of the built environment and its interface to other energy intensive sectors namely energy grids and manufacturing. It is hoped this engagement will result in additional inputs to upcoming REViSITE work on Research Agenda development but more specifically with regard to standards recommendations in Deliverable D3.4.

European Union Sustainable Energy Week EUSEW 2011

Between 11 and 15 April 2011 hundreds of events organised in all parts of Europe will show, promote, discuss and celebrate energy efficiency and renewable energy. Be a part of it!

Furthermore the European Institutions, associates of the Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign, and other important players in the field will organise a series of events in Brussels during the EUSEW. These will include a 3-day policy conference organised by the European Commission from 12-14 April 2011. This will also include the annual Awards Ceremony on 12 April 2011.

More details available at: http://www.eusew.eu/

SAP releases white paper on SmartGrids

White Paper Presented to European Energy Commissioner and Kicks Off Panel Discussion on Smart Grid Rollout: ‘There are few transformations driven by information and communication technologies (ICT) that are as promising as ‘smart grids’ in meeting Europe’s urgent energy challenges’

SAP has released in public a white paper on Smart Grids titled ‘Smart Grids for Europe: Benefits, Challenges, and Best Practices’ during an event 25 Jan 2011.

The press release: http://www.sap.com/about/newsroom/press.epx?pressid=14655

Direct link to the white paper: http://www.scribd.com/doc/47461006/12036-NM-Smart-Grids-for-Europe-En

ComplexEnergy Final Conference

The ComplexEnergy Network is going to held its Final Conference in Brussels on the 22nd of February and will be focused on presenting the conclusions of the project up now and the topics proposed in the Roadmap for future FP calls.

The aim of ComplexEnergy is bridging the ICT, Energy and Complex Systems research communities and identify new research topics at the intersection of these three areas, all the experts are invited to participate.

ComplexEnergy aims at contributing to promote an holistic approach to 21st Century challenges in the domain of Energy, with relevant contributions from the ICT and Complex Systems research communities.

ComplexEnergy gets funding support from the European Commission’s Future and Emerging Technologies Programme, whose goal is to identify new research topics and to assess emerging global Science & Technology trends in Information & Communication Technologies.

More details at http://complexenergy.innaxis.org/index.html

REViSITE @ ICT4EE for Sustainable Homes

November 2010: The REViSITE project participated actively in the ICT for Sustainable Homes conference and exhibition held in Nice (France) on 17-19 November 2010.