Organization and business

The Institute of Systems Engineering from the HES-SO is located in the Alps, in the heart of the Swiss hydroelectric production. As a result, one of the two main axes of research of the institute is Energy.

About 60 people are active in projects such as energy conversion, hydroelectric and solar production, energy efficiency analysis, smart grid, energy data analysis, as well as in embedded and distributed systems. Its numerous contacts with the local energy industry and its wide knowledge of energy problems makes of the Institute of Systems Engineering a key partner for this project.

Key skills, knowledge, and experience

In 2005, the Institute decided to devote an increasing part of its human, material and financial resources to the field of energy.

HES-SO areas of excellence include energy optimization, energy conversion and communication systems. More specifically, HES-SO is specialized in the design and realisation of communicating systems that can be connected to any current communication networks. This includes embedded energy management, wireless/wired embedded communication, real time processing and system integration.

HES-SO has also strong expertise in Service oriented architecture (web services, applications, middleware) for the integration of heterogeneous applications, use of web services, development of middleware, etc.

The Institute has also participated to several projects joining ICT and energy at the regional, national (Smart Metering for Eco-Cities) and European (S-TEN, Intelligent Self-describing Technical and Environmental Networks) levels.

Role in the project

The Institute of Systems Engineering will lead the development of the system infrastructure and architecture, focusing especially on the development of the Home Energy Management Gateway based on OGEMA. Moreover, its knowledge of Android and iOS will allow it to develop the smartphone version of the user interface. It will also work on the lab testing of the prototype and will lead the pilot testing in Switzerland.

Experience in electronic hardware development and communication is a key advantage for the development of a simulator to predict the behaviour of thousands of consumers. It benefits from its experience in the analysis of energy consumption, developed in projects such as the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI) project APEAS.