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Saving Energy with the "Internet of Things"

Pacific Controls and the Vienna University of Technology are developing an “internet of things”. Automatic communication between electronic devices and infrastructures can save money and energy.


Why not save the world, especially if you can make money that way? Dilip Rahulan, CEO of Pacific Controls has an ambitious vision; together with Professor Schahram Dustdar and his team at the Vienna University of Technology, he wants to create networks in which information is automatically exchanged between electronic devices, computers and power grids. Intelligent software, permanently monitoring and controlling the grid, could save great amounts of energy and CO2-emissions. In March 2010, the Pacific Controls “Cloud Computing Research Lab” was established at the Vienna University of Technology. Due to its remarkable success, Pacific Controls has now boosted the research cooperation with another generous contribution of one million Euros.

Making Cities More Efficient

Dilip Rahulan believes that buildings, infrastructure and transport use far too much energy today. We keep heating, cooling and illuminating buildings, even if it is not necessary: “When a building designed for five hundred people is only occupied by ten, the air conditioner is still going at full blast.” Energy could often be saved without losing comfort – but this requires intelligent software solutions, which allow the electronic devices in the building to exchange information. This strategy works even better when whole cities or countries are connected in a network of information exchange. The internet and mobile phones have revolutionized the way people communicate. In a similar way, an “internet of things” could revolutionize our technology, enabling devices, computers, data bases and information networks to exchange information.

Automatic Bots

Schahram Dustdar is working on strategies to establish these networks. Via a software platform, the specific devices have to be controlled in an intelligent and anticipatory way. So called “bots” are being created – smart computer programs, which automatically detect and solve problems in the network. Schahram Dustdar gives an example: “When an air conditioner fails, the bot would automatically locate the problem. Errors in the software would be fixed right away, if there is a mechanical failure, the bot would arrange for repair.” The system has to be designed in such a way that it can be expanded to an arbitrary size. “Scalability is crucial. Energy efficiency increases ms, whichuildiruciaray. so called “bots”stecp>