ISaLL - Intelligent Sensing and Smart Services Living Lab

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ISA - Intelligent Sensing Anywhere Estádio Cidade de Coimbra Av. Dom Manuel I, 92 3030-320 Coimbra Portugal  Tel. +351-239791090 Fax +351-239791099 E-mail

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The Intelligent Sensing and Smart Services Living Lab (ISaLL) is motivated by our understanding that a Living Lab can provide an excellent platform for exchanging the best practices towards the user-driven open innovation of products and services in the metering and sensing domains of Energy and Health, and to establish relevant partnerships in this sector.The focus of ISaLL is on SMEs and their empowerment for Knowledge and the Innovation Society, strongly in line with the cohesion and competitiveness priorities of the EU. The LL takes in consideration the Helsinki Manifesto and the Guimarães Living Labs Event conclusions on the Recommendations for the European Network of Living Labs and user-driven innovation.The strategies, methodologies and tools can be extrapolated to other industries thus contributing to accelerate the innovation take-up by other sectors. We also believe that the European wide expertise and experience achievable through a Living Lab will benefit ISaLL and will facilitate the establishment of European partnerships that will enable:

•    Knowledge and experience sharing of technology, products, services, and processes developed in the existing LL network, (e.g. e-Services and mobile services).

•    Networking with other Living Labs.

•    Increased competitiveness of the business and industrial community through the user-driven open innovation methodology.

•    Market image and position, which attracts more business, qualified human resources andstructural investment of a technological kind.The ISaLL can contribute to other Living Labs through:

•    Sector-specific innovative methodologies and services (Product development, productand production simulation, and optimization, testing and laboratory prototyping,engineering services).

•    Collaborative innovation methodologies, processes, tools and Web 2.0 based services formanaging the co-creative human interactions.

•    Technology-enhanced training, consultancy, and engineering services in automation androbotics, manufacturing and business processes relevant to the automotive sector.

•    Know-how of all stakeholders’ members of the ISaLL.



Mission/Offer, capabilities and qualities  

The Intelligent Sensing and Smart Services Living Lab stakeholders believe that being part of the European Network of Living Labs will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience with other Living Labs working in the same domain. Well Being and Health Care LL have today different scenarios in Europe. These scenarios are complementary offering the possibility to extend the usability and application of services and products to a much larger market and also offering European LLs the possibility of having access to a large community of users that may drive their own products and services in the European market.

The ISaLL domain is the Intelligent Sensing Anywhere applied to Energy Efficiency, Well Being and Healthcare. The Living Lab ecosystem was started in 1990 with ISA, a spin-off company on the University of Coimbra in Portugal.  From the start, ISA has adopted an open innovation business strategy with a strong involvement of users that are involved in all phases of the innovation cycle. The application domains of metering to energy, water, and gas, aims to reduce the consumption of these resources in order to achieve climate sustainability and mitigate their limited availability. The application of sensors to the healthcare domain aims to contribute to the human well being, home assisted living and preventive medicine. All these application domains generate new ICT-driven services that need a strong user involvement in order to understand their needs and motivate early adoption.  ISA integrates all the components of the RDI cycle allowing it to be involved in the full lifecycle of the innovation process, from the idea to prototype, commercial product, business model, distribution, and end of life. However, ISA has also adopted, from the start, an open attitude to innovation, taking advantage of Public Private Partnerships to develop and commercialise new products and services, having enabled the creation of the ISaLL ecosystem that today encompasses the stakeholders shown in figure 1.  Fig. 1 - ISaLL Ecosystem Stakeholders. The ISaLL offers a large range of equipments that can meet all the requirements of the Energy Efficiency and Smart Grid markets, as well as the healthcare and Ambient-Assisted Living markets. The ISaLL stakeholders have been and are involved in pilot and large scale projects, in Portugal, Europe and in the global market, such as in Brazil, Australia, and other countries in five continents. Some of these projects are already being developed with ENoLL partnerships, being supported by ICT, CIP, Energy, FP7, and other EC funded Programmes.


References and Track Record

Typical results and Impacts  ISA and other ISaLL partners have been actively involved in the folllowing projects:

The APOLLON project on Energy Efficiency implements an experiment in 4 European cities; Luleå, Helsinki, Amsterdam and Lisbon aiming to test cross-border collaboration services to support SMEs. This includes internationalisation, standardisation, regulatory environment and market surveys and distribution. APOLLON aims at the sharing and harmonisation of Living Lab approaches and platforms between clusters of exemplary European Living Labs, and the subsequent evaluation results and the set up of sustainable domain-specific networks at European and global levels. APOLLON addresses four major domains in which ICT products and services innovation may benefit most from cross-border Living Lab networking. These are; eHealth, Energy Efficiency, eManufacturing and eParticipation.

The SAVE ENERGY project aims to transform the energy consumption behavior of public building users by applying leading edge ICT-based solutions, specifically Real-Time Information on energy consumption and Serious Games, in an innovative user-driven Living Lab approach implemented in 5 pilots; Helsinki, Leiden, Lisbon, Luleå and Manchester. The project uses an innovative Web 2.0 based Dissemination and Communication strategy. The 5 pilots use a network of electronic sensors to measure energy usage, plug adapters between wall sockets and the devices that plugs into them use the mains electricity as both a power source and means of communication, measure the energy used by devices, and communicate this to a local “gateway” system with a web interface. The information of a network of sensors is gathered by a central server allowing for the data analysis and identification of consumption patterns and real-time view, providing an action plan to adjust the energy usage pattern and hence, the carbon footprint. A given public space becomes better informed of their energy profile and be given advice on adapting behavior. The pilot implementation follows the Living Lab methodology, involving large communities of motivated Citizens co-creating ideas, decisions and recommendations in the open innovation environment of SAVE ENERGY. This core group of Living Labs is collaborating along the project and launched a Thematic European Network of Living Labs cities focused on Energy Efficiency and Sustainability. European wide dissemination of results is provided to key stakeholders to influence Policy change, market impact and advancement of knowledge. Policy recommendations will be provided to the European Commission.

The ENERsip project creates an adaptive, customizable, and service-oriented energy monitoring and control system for energy grids and decision makers. ENERsip is based on the idea of mixing energy, communications, control, computing and construction for the consumption and generation elements must be active and proactively coordinated. To bring the idea into reality, ENERsip provides an open Information platform that allows optimising in near real-time generation and consumption matching in residential, commercial buildings and neighbourhoods. ENERsip created an open service-oriented architectural platform to allow creating positive energy buildings and neighbourhoods by coordinating the consumers and the generators, while creating smart energy grids that will self feed with real-time information. Using advanced and novel communication protocols the information is constantly exchanged through the ENERsip system, between energy grids, decision makers and users, helping consumers save energy using intuitive interfaces while maintaining the desired comfort levels. ENERsip is targeted to allow the emergence of a liberalised electricity market by using components from different suppliers, unifying their protocols and providing reliable data exchange services, thus helping reinforce European industrial and technological position in ICT-enabled energy efficiency technologies.

The iEnergy project develops an intelligent energy source management and consumption monitoring device, which analyses, in real time, the state of consumption of the monitored site, the available energy sources, their respective costs, and foreseen energy needs, making decisions on the optimal mix that minimizes the site’s energy bill. The system is capable of making decisions on the ideal time to activate a co-generation battery, when to defer consumption to more convenient hours (e.g. fridge equipments), or when to resort to the primary energy provider, if the energy need cannot be met by locally generated or if the operator’s tariff is lower than the local generation cost.

The EnerEscolas project develops an energy efficiency platform for schools, aiming to reduce consumptions but also to have a learning component that raises the student’s awareness for energy efficiency issues, introducing their multidisciplinary components in the context of their school curricula. Thus, physics may use the topic of energy efficiency to introduce the concept of energy, chemistry may tackle the problems associated with the liberation of CO2 in the burning of fossil fuels, natural sciences may focus on alternative forms of energy generation, mathematics may use monitoring data to perform statistical analysis of trends and distributions, and geography may use meteorological data to study the effects of climate on energy consumption.

The MiDDas concept was to develop an innovative Power Management System, which when the demand on the Grid is low stores accessible power that can be used later to allow flexible disconnection of various appliances from the Grid when the demand is high.

The Smart@Home project is aimed to boost the development of integrated and convergent products and services which will be easy to install and use, by creating platforms capable of supporting the management of the most important functions in a house, namely by creating a smart equipment which will integrate the access network and all the components of the domestic network (Home Smart Center). This project had also the objective of developing new equipments for digital IP TV reception with advanced user interfaces and multimedia capabilities (Smart TV Box) as well as other equipments with limited capabilities to allow a lower cost offer (Basic TV Box), both based on the same technological platform and completely integrated with the Home Smart Center and supporting Domotic, Energy and Health based solutions. In order to achieve these goals, the Smart@Home project is structured along 7 activities and 44 tasks to develop over 29 months within a consortium led by PT Inovação and involving Novabase and ISA, to assemble a highly qualified team in the required technical-scientific, financial and management competencies required by the project.

The i2Life project provides the services to support an independent life, by reconciling safety and the comfort of a protective home. The Ambient Assisted Living system provides the technologies that allow seniors to live with autonomy - accessing home devices and automations through a single simplified interface - and safety - continuously monitoring the vital signs and anomalous situations, such as falls, flooding, among others. The constant increase in average life expectancy, in parallel with a decrease in birth rates, has been setting the stage for the developed world to face the new reality of an inverted age pyramid. As a consequence, a number of senior citizens will live a great number of years alone or in the together with senior citizens, without the benefit of younger relatives being close by. Since people also stay healthy and active until a later age, the option for a retirement community is less and less appealing for people reaching retirement age with the intent of taking full advantage of the years of freedom ahead. In spite of that increased activity and independence, age will still be a gradual during which people with lose capacities and physical autonomy, while also requiring a more continuous monitoring of their health status. The i2home platform which enables the integration of the different devices typically present at home is broadened to further include medical signal monitoring, and home-user interaction monitoring. The project also encompasses a data mining module with alarm generation, which detects deviations from the user’s usual life pattern and potentially anomalous situations, triggering different alarm levels according to the seriousness of the detected situation.

The Scalopes project is focused on cross-domain technology and tool developments for multi-core architectures, aiming at 4 different application domains; communication infrastructure, surveillance systems, smart mobile terminals and stationary video systems. The main focus of the technology development is on application & programming models, composite ability, dependability, reliability, predictable system design, resource management and tools supporting these new developments. Scalopes privileges generic cross-domain tools and architectures which are worked upon, but also application- specific extensions are covered. The project focuses on enhancing as much as possible the generic aspects by means of identifying how future cross-domain reference platforms will be built.

The E3SoHo project implements and demonstrates three Social Housing pilots integrating a replicable ICT-based solution which aims to bring a reduction of 25% of energy consumption in European social housing by:  

• Providing tenants with feedback on consumption and offering personalised advice for improving their energy efficiency;

• Reducing the energy consumption and increasing the share of RES by informing and supporting the user decisions on the most appropriate behaviors in terms of energy efficiency, cost, comfort and environmental impact;

• Monitoring and transmitting consumption data to Energy Services Companies which can enable real-time energy audits in order to perform more accurate refurbishment activities as well as maintenance operations.