The University of Central Florida has expanded its 30 year-partnership with Siemens to include collaboration on smart infrastructure.
The University's Smart Infrastructure Data Analytics Lab and Siemen's Digital Grid Lab will research, develop and pilot technologies to improve the performance and efficiency of buildings and the energy grid.
The university will use Siemens' MindSphere cloud-based IoT operating system, Navigator building data analytics platform, Desigo CC building management station and other building automation hardware to automate energy management within its facilities.
The technologies will be integrated with machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities.
The project will include working with local utilities to collect utility consumption, related weather, operational and planning data for their power distribution systems.
The aim is to create a synergy between buildings energy consumption and grid management.
Students and faculty will learn how to conduct in-depth research on data analytics focused on building systems using the technologies.
Once operational in early 2019, the Smart Infrastructure Data Analytics Lab will help Siemens to accelerate the commercialisation of smart building platforms and technologies.
Dale Whittaker, president at UCF, said: “We look forward to partnering with Siemens to help build and shape the smart cities of tomorrow.
“Together, we will prepare our students to meet the data science workforce demands of the future and produce technology efficiencies and innovations in infrastructure and energy that will benefit our community and our nation for decades to come.”
“There’s a definite synergy between buildings and the grid, as seen with energy becoming more decentralised and buildings assuming more of a prosumer role,” said Mike Carlson, president of Siemens Digital Grid – North America.
“The opportunity to take what we are already doing with UCF related to grid digitalisation and combine supply and demand in coordination with technology for building automation will make this a benchmark programme for Siemens.”