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Lead Performer: University of California-Berkeley — Berkeley, CA
DOE Total Funding: $1,586,856
Cost Share: $176,372
Project Term: 2016-2019
Funding Type:  Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovations Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2016 (DE-FOA-0001383)

Project Objective

Advancing wireless sensor networks as a low-cost approach to reduce energy use requires tight integration and development across the software-hardware interface to meet the goals of optimal performance of cyber-physical systems for building energy management. The University of California-Berkeley will develop, evaluate, and establish the technical foundations for secure and easy to deploy building energy efficiency applications utilizing pervasive, low-cost wireless sensors integrated with traditional building management systems (BMS), consumer-sector building components, personalized smartphone devices, and powerful data analytics. To do this, complete, long-lived networked sensors will be developed to provide situational awareness for optimization of environmental conditioning, lighting, and other building functions at a total manufacturing cost of <$10/node. The system will ensure secure data communications from the sensors to building management systems by developing a resilient, secure, fully distributed information bus middleware tier structured into decentralized namespaces supporting a hierarchy of resources with authenticated communication and verified authorization on each action. Finally, an applications, components, and services tier will integrate these advancements into a complete buildingwide secure system utilizing pervasive sensing and fine grain authorization. The research will focus on future platform adaptability and scalability, and includes a number of valuable innovations like sensor hardware design, software middleware and integration, to applications.


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