Software firm set to develop Living Lab 2.0 digital platform

Energy Systems (ES) Catapult has announced that SysMech will help to deliver a cloud-based Digital Integration Platform for Living Lab 2.0.

SysMech, whose involvement was announced on 3 April, were selected following a competitive tender process and the software firm have formed a joint team with the Catapult, working closely throughout the project. The lab is set to be a first-of-a-kind, agile and scalable real-world test environment for businesses that are innovating in the home energy market by upgrading existing homes from across the UK to become digitally connected smart ones. The development of a Digital Integration Platform is a key part of its infrastructure.

Dr Andrew Barton, Systems Development Manager at ES Catapult, said: “The Digital Integration Platform will act like the operating system, allowing innovators to plug in their own software or utilise a Catapult option that will be interoperable – physically, digitally, and commercially – with the smart control systems and IoT devices being used by households.”

Living Lab 2.0 is set to expand and improve on Catapult’s existing lab of 100 connected homes, where businesses are able to rapidly design and market-test heating products and services. At first, it will focus on low carbon heating and transport innovations along with the integration of smart controls, electric vehicles and distributed energy technologies. Evolving policy and market needs will see new integrations added in response.

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