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2nd General Assembly of the InterConnect project

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March 1, 2021

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December 10, 2020

Dutch pilot: residential and office buildings are being prepared to test new technologies

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1st General Assembly of the InterConnect project

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August 20, 2020

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June 30, 2021

2nd General Assembly of the InterConnect project

The 2nd General Assembly of the InterConnect project took place on June 29. The 50 partners of the project were present at the event, which aimed at presenting the main achievements of the 21 months of the project and the next steps.

The session was organised by the project leader, INESC TEC. Introducing the session, Luís Seca, from INESC TEC, described the current situation: the implementation of interoperability solutions and services and the preparation of the demonstrators (setting the scene with manufacturers and providers of technology) are underway. Next, all work package (WP) leaders presented the objectives, progress and next steps of the activities they are conducting.

 

 

The first WP – Use Cases, Business Models and Services –, led by EEBUS has finished. The main results of the WP were the collection of pilot requirements, pilot ecosystem maps, services, High Level Uses Cases (HLUC) and Technical Use Cases (PUC) to define the pilots’ solution. The WP also generated inputs for others WP and for the SAREFization process.

 

 

The second WP – Domain interoperable IoT Reference Architecture -, led by TNO, is now focusing on the architecture that is needed to build an interoperability layer. So far, the WP settled a technology independent and device agnostic system architecture, based on use cases from WP1 and existing reference architectures in the smart grid and IoT domains, and has integrated, defined and collected privacy and security strategies and guidelines. The WP will then monitor application of system architecture actively pursue feedback and process this into new version; contribute to shared understanding of privacy and security concepts; ensure concepts will be ontologically covered; finalize the set of ontologies for use; ensure industry support by alignment with ‘big standards’; contribute to D2.3 and D2.4 by zooming in on domain abstraction layers; and ensure separation of concerns to enable “Easy, affordable & reliable” interoperability of devices and services.

 

 

The WP3 – Semantically Interoperable Components, Applications, and Devices for Smart Homes and Buildings – led by VITO, has provided a starting point for SAREFization preparation. The WP has made contributions to ontology extensions/definitions and architectural definitions, started development of missing functionality, of Graph Patter creation, of Digital Platform adaptation and also started user centric ML activity. The SAREFization process was defined. In the following months, the WP will continue to make improvements to service and KI definitions, will accelerate and finalize KI Graph Patten creation for all services, will implement SSA and test all services. Finally, the WP estimates to shift focus to Digital Platform Integration and ramp up user centric ML activity.

 

 

The WP4 – Smart Grids Framework for an Interoperable Energy System -, led by E-REDES, where the grid side was explored with the specification and implementation of DSO Interface for Market Platforms Interaction. A common framework for the distribution grid management and control system was developed. The guidelines and recommendations for the flexibility platform, addressing the flexible enablers for the provision of standard flexibility products and services, were defined.

 

 

WP5 – Digital platforms and marketplace -, is led by Vizlore. The main impact of it is the specification, development and integration of the semantic interoperability framework which will enable the project partners and third parties to achieve the required level of semantic interoperability and become part of a wider InterConnect ecosystem, realized through the pilots. The semantic interoperability framework opens new possibilities for developing innovative services and processes for flexibility management, forecasting and energy trading (e.g. P2P energy trading), leading to new business models and opportunities to make renewable energy management more efficient. The goal is to make Interoperability Framework publicly available.

 

 

WP6 – Preparation, Coordination and Monitoring of Pilots -, led by Th!nk-E has, so far, prepared the device deliveries, in alignment with the pilot sites manufacturers. The WP is preparing the pre-test and is also doing regular monitoring updates. Those activities will continue in the following months.

 

 

WP7 – Large-scale demonstration and integration of solutions -, led by INESC TEC, stated that all pilots started the preparation activities and the engagement of users. The WP is doing field surveys of necessities of hardware and software, as well as the first configuration and installations in some pilots. The appliances for the pilots and the governance topics are also being defined.

 

 

WP8 – Fostering Innovation through Bottom-up projects – led by FundingBox, launched recently the project online community, which offers a fruitful atmosphere for networking, mentorship and ideas exchange. The WP is preparing the Expression of Interest, to be launched mid-July, and the prototypes open call, to be launched in November.

 

 

WP9 – Sustainability of the InterConnect Project – led by Wings ICT Solutions, has, so far, identified targeted bodies for standards & regulation: more than 22 standardization groups/initiatives in 6 major bodies have been identified for strengthening the impact of InterConnect to the wider community.

 

 

Finally, WP10 – Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation of the project -, led by INESC TEC, presented the dissemination outcomes that have been achieved since the beginning of the project, the results of second communication campaign already developed (focused on the pilots) and the outcomes of the exploitation plan. Regarding this, there was created an exploitable plan (per partner), a value group approach, and the platform business model is being designed (in connection with WP5). The project maintains cooperation with other relevant European initiatives, such as BRIDGE or OPEN-DEI; and direct collaboration with other H2020 projects, namely DECIDE, PLATOON, SmartBuilt4EU, as well as cooperation with the Joint Research Centre.