To achieve its objective and to support the European Commission’s proposals to save 20% of the EU’s energy consumption through improved energy efficiency by 2020, Beywatch has established a consortium of 8 key players in the field, including major service companies, manufacturers, technology companies, universities and SMEs (click on a partner logo for more details)..
Telefonica Investigación y Desarrollo(TID)
- Project Coordinator
TID is a company totally owned by Telefónica S.A and operational since 1988. Telefónica S.A has created TID
to fulfil its Research and Development requirements with more excellence and profitability and to contribute to
Telefónica Group competitiveness through technological innovation. Over the last years, the line of work of
TID has evolved to conform to the objective of becoming a services creation lab. This objective is driven by the
emergence of interactive multimedia services which are increasingly becoming a mayor force in the
telecommunications market. TID employs over 1200 persons, 93 % of them hold a University degree.
TID has facilities in Madrid, Barcelona, Huesca, Valladolid, SaoPaolo and a new subsidiary company has
been created recently in Mexico: Telefónica Investigación y Desarrollo de Mexico. All TID activities are
carried out conforming to an in house methodology, supported with tools, which have been awarded ISO-
9001 Certification since 1994, ISO-14001 Certification since 1998 and a large amount of prices to
innovation and excellence. Nowadays, TID is the most important private company in Spain devoted to
The expertise of TID is spread among different areas that cover the various technologies that are needed by
a Telco to offer services over the fixed and mobile/wireless networks and Internet. A few are:
- Services creation, related to the broadband, ADSL, intelligent network, data communications, narrow
band ISDN, mobile communications, speech technology, multimedia services, and public use
- Network and services management, both fixed and mobile, using solutions based on the latest
- Network innovation, with the purpose of supporting Telefónica in its effort to offer the widest
possible range of services.
In particular, for the project the TID organisation that will take part in BEYWATCH is responsible for the
specification and implementation of services for the Digital Home of Telefonica. More than 40 Engineers
are working in this area. Moreover the latter organisation has participated in the EC projects which are the
source of "inspiration" for BeyWatch: ePerSpace, TEAHA, Astrals and Amigo.
Synelixis Solutions Ltd - Technical Coordinator
Synelixis is a high-tech SME, that provides complete networking, security, control &
automation solutions. By utilizing modern software technologies and open middleware platforms, Synelixis
engineers are able to ensure an optimized solution that fulfils the project requirements.
Synelixis Solution technology superiority is a result of extensive R&D activities. The Synelixis’ personnel
brings with it extensive research background, working for more than 15 years, in the RACE I & II, ACTS,
ESPRIT and IST European frameworks in numerous projects and long co-operations with well renowned
companies in EU and USA. Synelixis is member of the NEM and the NESSI platform and also Technical
Coordinator of the EU funded project SEA FP7-ICT-2007-1/214063, cooperating with prestigious
companies like STMicroelectronics, Thomson, Philips, Vodafone and institutes like Fraunhofer HHI, UPM,
POLITO and UCLA.
The product-oriented core competencies of Synelixis include expertise in end-to-end multimedia
communications and services, telecommunications & network architectures, sensory systems & sensor
networks, surveillance & military systems and network security. Aiming to offer professional high-tech
solutions, Synelixis has made strategic partnerships with world-wide leading corporations. Synelixis is a
registered Cisco and Linksys partner, HP Business Partner and actively participates in HP DSPP
(Developer & Solution Partner Program) and the SUN Microsystems Partner Advantage Program.
Synelixis is a company with significant high-tech prospects in the fields of networking and security.
Powered by excellent people and strong relationships to globally renowned organizations, Synelixis is a
high performance, rapidly growing company.
GL is a world class technical assurance and consulting company for the energy industry.
With 6,400 employees in over 80 countries, GL helps clients to deliver improvements in safety, reliability, performance and integrity throughout the asset lifecycle. From planning and design, right through to decommissioning, our aim is to help our clients maximise performance, manage risk and ensure compliance.
At GL, we understand your needs. Our unique large-scale testing facilities, industry-leading software solutions, world class inspection and certification services, and expert staff can help you to improve the performance and extend the life of your major assets.
GL delivers technical expertise, uncompromising quality and first-class services wherever in the world you operate.
The EDF Group, one of the leaders in the energy market in Europe, is an integrated energy company active
in all the businesses: production, transport, distribution, energy selling and trading. The Group is the
leading electricity producer in Europe. In France, it has mainly nuclear and hydraulic production facilities
where 95% of the electricity output involves no CO2 emissions. EDF operates 1,200,000 km of low and
medium voltage overhead and underground electricity lines and around 100,000 km of high and very high
voltage networks. The Group is involved in supplying energy and services to more than 40 million
customers around the world, including more than 28 million in France. The Group generated consolidatedsales of € 58.9 billion (of which 42% in Europe excluding France) and net income from ordinary operations
of € 4.2 billion in 2006. EDF is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange and is a member of the CAC 40 index.
Another main feature of the Group is its involvement on research in climate change and in the energy area
like new generation technologies, such as renewable energies and their impact on the network,
conventional technologies as nuclear, and the interaction between energy market and electric system
The aim of the EDF’s R&D Division is to keep electricity costs competitive, prepare the generating
facilities of the future, enhance the quality of supply while preserving the environment, as well as to
develop innovative solutions with the customer in mind. The variety of these objectives has led EDF to set
up a strong R&D function, including multidisciplinary knowledge, and with a balance between basic
research and industrial applications. Figures for EDF’s R&D activities in 2005:
- 1329 researchers of whom 27% women
- 96 teaching researchers, 55 phd candidates
- Participating in 53 FP6 projects (7coordinated by EDF)
- 4 main research sites: Clamart (France), Chatou (France), Les Renardières (France), Karlsruhe
Fagor Electrodomesticos, the Spanish white goods multinational, is part of the Mondragon Co-operative
Corporation (MCC). Fagor Electrodomesticos has a workforce of 4,500 people and manufacturing plants in
four continents: Europe, South America, Asia and Africa. Fagor Electrodomesticos is divided in eight
business divisions: refrigeration, washing and drying machines, cooking, dishwashers, heating, small
electrical appliances, home systems and kitchen furniture. Therefore, Fagor Electrodomesticos can give a
complete solution to all the kitchen environment nowadays, including Home Automation services, and in
the coming future with Ambient Intelligence (AmI) concepts. Nearly 50% of Fagor Electrodomesticos
investment is spent on research, development and innovation in all business fields and lines.
The Gorenje Group nowadays encompasses - Gorenje Domestic Appliances - Gorenje d.d. - the joint-stock
company holding together 47 integrated enterprises. Over recent years the group has achieved dynamic
growth that has resulted in ongoing product development, expansion of production facilities, efficient
distribution and sales networks and ever-expanding market shares. Despite the less than favourable market
conditions related to the global economy, the Gorenje Group has managed to maintain its position among
the five largest domestic appliance manufacturers in Europe, and today 84% of its production is exported.
Gorenje d.d. is engaged in the manufacture and sale of domestic appliances. The construction of new plants
and the modernisation of old ones, together with the development of new generations of appliances, make
this core element of business the most rapidly growing in the entire Group. Gorenje's success should also
be attributed to its extensive system of indigenous enterprises and sales operations in a number of countries
across the European continent. The Group’s foreign affiliates are to the most part commercial concerns
with their own networks of sales representatives, warehousing, logistics and after-sales service. In addition
to this, there are also Austrian and Czech subsidiaries engaged in the manufacture of kitchen furnishings.
Although the Gorenje Group accomplishes the majority of its sales in the EU, it has - of late - been
expanding into the markets of Eastern and Southeastern Europe, ever further increasing its reach as well as
upgrading its export sales system. Based on the aforementioned achievements and operational performance,
the Gorenje Group has established itself as one of Slovenia’s largest industrial corporations, as well as one
of the leading manufacturers of domestic appliances in Europe.
Established in the Sophia Antipolis technology
park, Sigma Orionis is a SME offering its clients a range of technology and marketing support services
(market research, technology assessment, organisation of business and cooperation events, etc.). Its client
list includes most major manufacturers, service companies and research institutions active in the
development of ICT based products and services for the home worldwide.
The company has been organising, since 1999, the annual Net-atHome Conference and Exhibition, the
largest international event organised in Europe in the Connected home area. Sigma Consultants has been
and is still involved (as coordinator or project partner) in several Projects funded by the European
Commission under the IST Programme, such as TEAHA, BIP, OPERA Phase I, PULSERS Phase II, ASKIT.
Sigma Orionis is also specialised in support services devoted to S&T
cooperation between Europe and other regions of the world (Asia, Africa) in the ICT area.
University of Palermo
DIEET is one of the Departments of the Engineering Faculty of the University of Palermo, one of the
largest Universities in Italy (more than 50.000 students). DIEET comprises of three large areas: Electrical
Engineering, Electronics Engineering, and TeLeCommunication Engineering. Two PhD programs are also
offered on Electrical Engineering, and Electronics & Telecommunications Engineering. DIEET covers a
large spectrum of research interests, carried out under the sponsorship of the Italian Research Agencies
(MIUR, CNR, ASI, AEI), European Research Agencies (ESA), and several private organizations.
The researchers that will participate to the BeyWatch project are part of the Electrical Machine Lab, Digital
Electronic System Lab and Telecommunication Group. People from these groups have a quite large project
expertise, as documented by the participation to several projects, including ITEA and IST European
projects (ITEA RTIPA, ITEA POLLENS, IST SUITED, IST FIFTH, IST ICEBERGS), national FIRB
projects (TANGO, PRIMO, VICOM), and national PRIN projects (RAMON, MIMOSA) among others. The
major research topics addressed are: Design and Performance Evaluation of Broadband Networks, IP Next
Generation, Wireless Networks, Programmable and Active Networks, Neural Networks, Fuzzy logic, Image
processing, Innovative transmission systems (Coding and Modulation). The results have produced a large
number of papers in archival journals and international conferences, and a few prototypes.
Well-established cooperation activities involve foreign Universities (Washington University of St Louis,
Columbia University, STANFORD University) and several National Organizations (CNR, MIUR, TILAB,
CRES, ITALTEL, ERICSSON, TIM, ALCATEL, NORTEL, STM,...).
The SDES (Sustainable Development and Energy Saving) Laboratory offers innovative and economy
solutions with low environment impact in order to maximize energy saving, realize generation prototypes,
to realize measurement and automation systems, design solar and aeolian plants, to design and test fuel cell
systems, to design electrical power system (delivery). Objectives are research and design activities in the
field of wind and photovoltaic generators, renewable energies, efficiency improvement, electrical drives for
the industrial automation, artificial intelligence and home automation. The Laboratory is the Sicilian
cultural and scientific reference point on innovative technologies for the Sustainable Development and
Energy Savings area. The Laboratory benefits of: 11 senior researchers, 15 researchers and a group of post
graduate students which are accomplishing their master degree in this area. In this study will be involved
four people in the area of energy management and mathematical model implementation plus two people in
the specific area of demand side management (connected appliances) and two in costs-benefits analysis and
value analysis (8 persons). This team has long time experience in: Home and Building Automation (field
tests in power line technologies, radio frequency technologies like ZIGBEE and WIFI, etc.; energy
management (demand side simulation and experimental management, etc.) efficiency in energy final uses
in domestic ambient (loss minimization algorithms, etc.), Green Building (integration of renewable energy
resources and sustainable constructions, etc), the Sustainable development and Energy Saving Laboratory
since years carries out designs and feasibility studies as well as scientific papers and conferences in the
field of energy management and connected appliances.
The ESD (Digital Electronics System) Laboratory is routinely involved in research and development of
microprocessor and microcontroller based embedded systems. Moreover research topics of interest are
programmable logic system (mainly FPGA based) and more broadly VLSI digital architectures, with
particular emphasis on SoC (System on Chip) and reconfigurable architectures. During the last five years, a
strong collaboration has been established with the telecommunication group of the same Department,
aiming to study, design and implement smart digital platforms for wireless application. A few prototypes
have been realized as demonstrators for several national research project as well as conference participation
and scientific publications
Beywatch is a project funded by the European Commission under FP7, in the project portfolio of the “ICT for sustainable growth” Unit of European Commission’s DG Information Society and Media.
- Full Name
- Contract Number
- Strategic Objective
- Start Date
- Project Coordinator
: Building Energy Watcher
: 6.3 - ICT for environmental management and energy efficiency
: December 1, 2008
: 30 months
Pierre Plaza, Telefonica I+D
The below European projects, addressing BeyWatch-related topics, may be relevant to you. Beywatch has been discussing potential areas of cooperation and synergies with other projects during its ICT for sustainable homes event yearly organised.
"ICTs as leverage technologies for energy efficiency"
Asunción Santamaría Universidad Politécnica de Madrid - CeDInt
"Very nice site!"
"Red Eléctrica de España has a strong commitment with Demand Side Management and Energy Efficiency and fully supports this projects objectives"
Susana Bañares Hernandez Red Electrica de España
"As a utility company in Spain, we consider this project as an enormous contribution to solve the challenges that are faced with in this sector during the next century."
Antonio Castellanos ENDESA Network Factory
ICT for sustainable homes
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October 24-25, 2011
Beywatch final results to be presented at ICT for sustainable homes 2011
July 15, 2011
Beywatch releases its note on the methodology used for validation
July 12, 2011
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