Project consortium

TU Wien, Automation Systems Group

The Automation Systems Group (ASG) at Institute of Computer Engineering focuses on research in various topics related to distributed automation systems and computer engineering. Particular focus is put on home and building automation. In addition, knowledge engineering, formal methods for control systems, and automation network security/safety are investigated. The group is led by Prof. Wolfgang Kastner who, over the past 10 years, has established the Home and Building Automation Research Cluster which is internationally recognized in the scientific community as well as by renowned industrial partners. Current research topics at the group range from the comprehensive integration of heterogeneous building automation systems to smart home environments and smart grids. The work revolves around topics concerning the analysis and use of open standards such as BACnet, KNX, LonWorks and IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee, Wireless-MBus. Apart from a multitude of publications at international scientific conferences, several projects within the scope of distributed automation were and are successfully conducted at the group.

  Automation Systems Group

NETxAutomation

NETxAutomation is one of the leading providers of innovative software for building automation. NETxAutomation develops and distributes software for building management and central building control. The product range consists of reliable server systems, shading control systems, visualizations, energy reporting systems and hardware components. All products are based on open standards like OPC, KNX, BACnet, Modbus or SNMP. Multiple interfaces to hotel management software, door lock systems, etc. allow a broad application area. In more than 60 countries all over the world, system integrators and electrical engineers use our software in their building automation projects.

Within HumBAS, the server solution of NETxAutomation shall be used to provide the opportunity to integrate heterogeneous technologies. It provides various interfaces to integrate heterogeneous building automation systems. In addition, it supports various Web-based communication protocols and data modeling standards (oBIX, OPC UA …), which can be used for providing interfaces to a semantic information model. This software shall be used as basis for the aimed proof-of-concept implementation.

  NETxAutomation

Multidisciplinary Design & User Research, Faculty of Informatics, TU Wien

The research unit Multidisciplinary Design & User Research (MDUR) brings years of expertise in the field of user interface design, user interaction and design thinking into the project. In addition to this research field, the MDUR particularly addresses user-centered design of information and communication technologies (ICT). One main focus lies on interdisciplinary methods, participatory design processes and user-centered usability evaluations of new technologies. The goal is always to achieve the highest possible acceptance and relevance for a heterogeneous user field.

  Multidisciplinary Design & User Research

Caverion Österreich GmbH

Caverion is a leading provider of building services and plant constructions in Austria with over 800 employees, including 204 technicians. The company has subsidiaries at ten locations throughout Austria. Their clients include real estate owners and developers, real estate users, general contractors, public institutions and industrial companies from all branches of industry. Caverion understand the complexity of buildings and processes and have technical and management skills in all technical disciplines throughout the life cycle. The company can take responsibility for designing and installing all of the technical systems and solutions, as well as for the service and maintenance of the property or industrial plant. Caverion efficiently manage life cycle from individual technology to advanced total solutions.

  Caverion Österreich GmbH