Dear reader, in this SPACES newsletter you can read about SMARTSPACES at the European Sustainability Week 2013, now available Publishable Summaries, an interview with Werner B. Korte and a successfull project paper.
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Newsletter No. 4 - May 2013

INVITATION: Towards smart cities and smart housing in Europe Conference

Towards smart cities and smart housing in Europe Conference agenda available and Online Registration now open at! EU Sustainable Energy Week 2013 High Level Policy Conference "Towards smart cities and smart housing in Europe - Energy Efficiency in public buildings and social housing through ICT based energy management and awareness services" on 25th June 2013, 13:00-17:00 hrs in Brussels at the Committee of the Regions building, room JDE 51.

Publishable Summary for Service Specification (D3.1) and Prototype Testing (D4.1) ready for download

D3.1 introduces the SMARTSPACES Common Framework that has been chosen to represent the SMARTSPACES service offered by all 11 pilot sites and that can be used as a reference point when replicating the SMARTPSPACES service for future pilots. D4.1 introduces the SMARTSPACES Testing Methodology used to analyse the quality of the service by performing various tests. More specifically,it summarises results of testing the developed use cases (D1.2), reviewing the identified requirements for the SMARTSPACES services and systems (D1.1), and provides a summary of results on testing on a pilot level.

empirica director Werner B. Korte sharing his thoughts on the Dutch pilot site Villa Flora

During the SMARTSPACES workshop on 'Saving Energy in Europe's Public Buildings Using ICT' in Venlo, Netherlands on 9 May 2012, Werner B. Korte, Director of empirica,shared his thoughts about the Dutch pilot site of the SMARTSPACES project, Villa Flora in Venlo. "It absolutely essential to push back the boundaries of information and communication technology in new buildings. A prime example of such premises is Villa Flora", Mr Korte explains while highlighting the buildings sustainability. Despite, he also sees room for further improvement. "I have spotted the odd case of lighting still lit in an unoccupied area."

SMARTSPACES project paper successfully peer-reviewed by eceee 2013 Summer Study

The SMARTSPACES partner "Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development of De Montfort University" Leicester successfully handed in a paper on the SMARTSPACES pilot site in Leicester, enabling them to present it at the eceee 2013 summer study from 3-8 June 2013 in Toulon/HyŤres, France.Leicester is the UK's first Environment City. The SMARTSPACES pilot site at Leicester is made up of two partners. Leicester City Council (LCC) is a unitary local authority, providing fifteen buildings in which to pilot the services. De Montfort University (DMU) is the technical partner and will also be piloting the services in five buildings.Pilot buildings include leisure centres, university buildings, offices, schools, community centres, libraries, a museum and a concert hall. Services are due to be launched in the autumn of 2013.

Additional information

The SMARTSPACES project enables public authorities in Europe significantly to improve their management of energy in the buildings they occupy. The SMARTSPACES energy optimisation service exploits the potential of ICT including smart metering for significant energy saving in public buildings. The implementation of operational services includes 11 pilot sites with more than 550 buildings in 8 countries with almost 20,000 professionals and staff users and reaching more than 6,000,000 visitors annually. The project is co-funded by the European Commission within the CIP ICT Policy Support Programme.

The responsible project coordinator is:

empirica Gesellschaft für Kommunikations- und
Technologieforschung mbH
Oxfordstr. 2, 53111 Bonn, Germany
Phone: +49 (2 28) 9 85 30-0
Fax: +49 (2 28) 9 85 30-12


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