JRC opens test lab to boost smart home and IoT performance

December 06, 2018 // By Nick Flaherty
Europe’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has opened a Smart Grid Interoperability Laboratory to boost the performance of the smart home and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The lab at Petten in the Netherlands will help to ensure that new smart technologies are able to meet the potential of the technology as houses are fast becoming smart homes, with smart thermostats, domestic appliances and security systems activated by apps on smartphones.

As smart homes growing into smart communities and smart cities, virtual power plants connect up sustainable energy systems and electric cars behave as intelligent batteries with homes producing energy as well as consuming it. In order to achieve an intelligent digital ecosystem, all systems need to be able to communicate with each other and need to be interoperable. This will need to be facilitated and supported by dedicated policy, standardisation and technical instruments.

So the JRC Smart Grid Interoperability Laboratory will test the interoperability of smart technologies, both coming from the market and resulting from research projects from across its six centres in five countries (Brussels, Geel, Ispra, Karlsruhe, Petten, Seville) and over 1000 collaborating organisations. It will test devices, appliances and components for energy use, energy storage and the systems connecting them and help to develop a common testing methodology so that customers can be sure that when the products they are buying meet interoperability standards.

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