News and Events

IFAS 2014, Tag der Pflege, 24.10.2014, Messe Zürich


At the IFAS - Trade Fair for the healthcare market -  the classic exhibition of products and services will be accompained by a FORUM to discuss current issues of the healthcare market. They are presented at training level for professionals in hospital, doctor's surgery and care.


On 24.10.2014 Prof. Dr. med Kerstin Wessig, Senior Researcher at iHomeLab will hold a speech in Hall 2 at the session "Brückenbau im Gesundheitssystem: Nahtstellen und Übergangsstrukturen" between 10.00 und 12.30 h entitled:


Soziotechnische Systeme und Geschäftsmodelle: Anforderungen an Public Private Partnership Modelle.



Interview series "Living", SRF 1 Regionaljournal Central Switzerland, 10.10.2014

The interview series highlights different aspects of the topic "Living". Daily from 29th September until 10th October, an interview with a guest which deals in a certain aspect with the topic will be held at 17:30h.


On 10th October at 17.30 h Professor Alexander Klapproth, head of iHomeLab speaks about the research of iHomeLab and the future of housing.

If you missed it live, you can listen to the Interview here on the website after the broadcast.

Siemens Global Key Experts Forum at the iHomeLab 25 / 09/26/2014


Siemens visits with his Global "Key Experts" for building technology the iHomeLab and holds at the campus in Horw a two-day seminar.


As part of the two-day Workshopd the key experts from Siemens are discussing  the future of building technology.


The iHomeLab is proud to welcome these well-known experts in Horw.


The Siemens worldwide Key Experst in front of the iHomeLab

Public guided tour 


Next tours:
Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 17.00h
Wednesday, 14 January 2015, 17.00h
Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 17.00h
Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 17.00h

Our public guided tours are free of charge. Due to a limited space, a registration is required. Sign up here for a guided tour

Please note that our public guided tours are held in German. For guided tours in English, please call our reservation office at +41 41 349 35 99 or send an e-mail to info(at)





For the second time after 2013 a project of the iHomeLab wins the AAL Award, 12.09.2014, Bucharest




After already winning in 2013 with "iWalkActive", another Project of the iHomeLab, "Confidence", wins the AAL Award. 


The smartphone app "Confidence" simplifies the life of people with mild to moderate dementia.The app is the result of a European AAL research project in which the iHomeLab of the Lucerne University is involved.


According to the jury, Confidence is an innovative and very user friendly app, that shows large market opportunities.  


The iHomeLab, together with the project partners, is very pleased about the latest success!  


Click here for more detailed information and more pictures (in German only).




iHomeLab team wins the "Young Researchers Award" at the AAL Forum, 09.12.2014, Bucharest


The presentation of the business idea "ARTS - Activity Recognition and Trending Solutions" was most convincing to the jury. The "Young Researchers Award" is presented annually at the end of the "Young Researchers Workshop". He is presented to the best business idea with the largest market opportunities.

ARTS describes the concept for an activity recognition for care of elderly people in their home environment.

Within the workshop, the product was developed, including business model and marketing concept. The presentation was aimed at (fictitious) investors to which a "start-up-ready" Idea was presented.

Here you can download the presentation.

Alumni Homecoming Night, 15/09/2014, KKL Luzern

The Alumni Homecoming Night will discuss  the topic

Digital Future - what about the humans?

Will the human being of the future benefit from the advantages of the digital world or will we all be slaves of a controlling power? Opportunity or threat: There are no obvious limits to the digital world.

Professor Alexander Klapproth will discuss  this issue with David Bosshart (Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute), Sylvia Egli von Matt (Vice-President of the Federal Media Commission), Rachel El-Maawi (HSLU). Chair: Oliver Kuhn, Tele1.

Start of the event: 19.00 , KKL Luzern

Details on the event can be found here.

First test run successful: Newspaper article about the Rock'n'Rollator "iWalkActive" in the NLZ 09/02/2014


The NLZ (with all regional editions) reported on 02.09.2014 on the first field tests of our rollator "iWalkActive".


The test in Oberwil, ZG was extremely successful and the walker met wide acceptance among the test Persons.


You can download a PDF of the article (in German) here.



iHomeLab at the AAL Forum, 9 – 12 September, Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest

The AAL Forum 2014 is being held under the motto of "Broader - Bigger - Better AAL Solutions for Europe".


The annual conference for the growing AAL community provides the platform for meetings and discussions to improve the AAL Joint Programme and its projects and to commercialise AAL products.


iHomeLab’s presentation this year is bigger than ever and enriches the occasion with a varied programme:

iHomeLab Stand with Eleven Current AAL Projects


The iHomeLab AAL team will be presenting the current state of research of its eleven ongoing AAL projects at stand no. 47.


These are: Confidence, Inspiration, Revolution, healthy@work, Dalia, Relaxed Care, Care4Balance, YouDo, Trans.Safe, eGlasses and Carer Support.


The eleven iHomeLab scientists will be at hand to provide detailed information about the individual projects and technologies, or to talk over new ideas with you for potential research collaborations.

iWalkActive Stand (AAL Award 2013 Winner’s Stand)


At the last AAL Forum, iHomeLab was privileged to take the AAL Award trophy back home to Horw with the "iWalkActive" project.


This year we are presenting the Rock'n'Rollator at its own stand. Over the last twelve months, the development team has achieved several milestones, which meant, for example, that the motor drive including the intelligent control that recognises the user's needs could be implemented.


The walker with an intelligent E-Drive can be tested at the stand. The stand is located opposite the iHomeLab stand under the banner of "AAL Winner".


The iHomeLab AAL team has produced a specially made humorous, and certainly not entirely serious, promotional film about the iWalkActive for its appearance at the AAL Forum:

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AAL Award 2014: The Confidence project is among the three finalists

This year we have made it through to the finals for the AAL Award with the nomination of our Confidence project.

CONFIDENCE offers people with mild to moderate dementia a solution that combines personal assistance with meaningful technological support.

A group (community) of family members, professional helpers and volunteers have worked together on this project with the help of ICT in order to support relatives and patients on their way.

The AAL Award is awarded to the best product of the AAL Joint Programme, and acknowledges a high level of innovation and a great market potential.

Cross your fingers for us during the final presentation on the 10th of September and the prizegiving ceremony on the 11th of September!


Click here for AAL Award 2014 website.



Lectures and Poster Sessions


Naturally, we are also involved in the forum in a scientific capacity. With two reviewed papers, a presentation and a poster, we are more active than ever in this area.


The detailed programme:


Wednesday, 10 September 2014, 11.30 - 12.30
Track A – Deployment of AAL solutions, A1

Reviewed Paper, Lecture by Rolf Kistler: Commercialisation of an assistance service for people with dementia in Eastern and Western Europe


Thursday, 11 September 2014, 10.30 - 12.00

Track C – Supporting projects to market, C3: Economic and social impacts: C3-5Reviewed Paper, Lecture by Dr. med Kerstin Wessig: The Caring Community – An integrative PPP approach to foster and sustain healthy environments


Friday, 12 September 2014

as part of the side event "Bringing Together Indoor and Outdoor Mobility Solutions: Methodological Approaches for Navigation, Localisation and Environment Modelling"Lecture by Andreas Rumsch: Elevating Map Data to the 3rd Dimension


Wednesday, 10 September & Thursday, 11 September 2014

Poster Session A MobilityPoster: An Integrated Mobility And Services Concept realised by iWalkActive


Have a look at the pictures of the 2014 AAL Forum here.


Techweek@HSLU meets at iHomeLab, 7/7/2014


The Summer Programme of the Lucerne University "Techweek@HSLU" stopped at the iHomeLab on July 7th.


On an exciting sightseeing tour, the students visited the iHomeLab and learned how the researchers at the iHomeLab are working on the future of smart living.  


Some impressions of the future researchers can be found in the Gallery.



Kick off Meeting for the European Project "Trans.Safe" at the iHomeLab, July 17th - 18th 2014, Horw


Trans.Safe wants to support older employees in public transportation, in order to help them to stay longer in their Jobs.


The Project focusses on emplyees in positions with increased security and safety regulations, such as Drivers of Trains, Trucks or Busses.


Trans.Safe develops a Monitoring System, which tracks Stress- and Performace-Parameters.


The Project is funded by the european AAL Joint Programme with almost half a million euros and will take three years. The iHomeLab is leading the consortium, which consists of seven european organizations.


the iHomeLab is expanding its office space, 07/07 - 08/14/2014


The research team
of the iHomeLab is growing steadily. To meet the accordingly growing space needs,  the iHomeLab renovates and expands from 7.7. - 08/14/2014 its office space.

During the renovation period, the iHomeLab is best  reached by e-mail at info(at)

Since the offices are in a temporary at the time, the telephone availability is slightly limited because the landline connections are redirected to mobile phones. Thank you for understanding.



Brief appearance of the iHomeLab in the new movie "Welcome to the city of Lucerne", 26/06/2014 


The "Migrationsstelle" of the city of Lucerne welcomes people, who recently moved to Lucerne with a film that tells what the city has to offer to its residents.

In order to portray the field of research and education, the city has chosen the iHomeLab.


You can watch the entire movie in the player below.

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Introduction to <Minergiemodul Raumkomfort>, 06.27.2014, iHomeLab Horw


If one wants to install products that are certified according to the Minergie Modul Raumkomfort (room temperature) and its regulations, he needs this official GNI Minergie training (in addition to the specific training).

The participants will learn the general and supplementary requirements of Minergie standards, the certification process, the essential elements of proof and optimization options for achieving the Minergie standards and they will be able to apply these skills on training objects. In addition, they get to know how the Minergie Modul Raumkomfort is used in practice, and what systems are available on the market.

We are pleased that the GNI performs this training at the iHomeLab.

More information and registration

CE Academy, 23.06.2014, Grenchen

The event offers maximum cost-effective, efficient information, education and basic knowledge to dealers of consumer electronics.


Dieter von Arx holds at 16.15 h the final speech entitled


Digital Living
- Is the smart home really smart?


VSRT Vocational Training Centre, Niklaus-Wengi-Strasse 25, 2540 Grenchen


More information 

The speech will be
published here after the event.


Smarter appliance comparison thanks to the Realyse project, 10.6.2014


In the BFE project Realyse, we explore the performances of electronic devices with the "fingerprint" technology NILM (Non Intrusive Load Monitoring).


It shows the consumer how much energy his unit consumes in comparison with the most efficient equipment on the website "".


So, the consumer will have a tool with which he can easily identify energy guzzlers and then replace them with more efficient appliances.


Smart energy management with, 10.6.2014


Within the scope of, we are exploring how we can best meet the changing conditions of the future energy market together with the Federal Office for Energy, Siemens Schweiz AG, BKW Energie AG, swissgrid, and MeteoSwiss.


In the future, the amount of electricity available will vary considerably in line with the weather as a result of the increased use of renewable energy sources. Our smart technology and the new concepts help to move the running of devices into a period that is more favourable in terms of lower electricity tariffs and when the power grid is off-peak - all this without any loss of comfort or convenience.


The first work packages were recently completed.We are currently evaluating service buildings that are suitable for a pilot installation.


We are Part of the National Energy Research SCCER FEEB&D, 6.6.2014


The Swiss Competence Centres for Energy Research (SCCER) are researching solutions on behalf of the Federal Council for phasing out nuclear energy.


We are pleased that the request for the SCCER Future Energy Efficient Buildings & Districts (SCCER-FEEB&D), which has been created with our assistance, was successfully adopted. The core mission is to reduce the energy consumption of buildings by five times.


We will use our know-how in the field of building intelligence and artificial intelligence in the projects that have yet to be fully defined and strive to ensure that the solutions are so intelligent, they are also accepted by the users.


Discussion on the topic of Real Estate, Institute of Financial Services, Rest. Metropol, Zurich, 12.06.2014

The rapid technological developments have more and more influence on buildings. Intelligent sensors and controls allow a variety of applications such as optimization of energy consumption, safety , but also to support the living comfort.


Experts from research and industry are discussing the following issues from different perspectives:

  • How "smart" can and should be a building at all ?
  • How can building technology link "dumb" devices so they can be used intelligently ?
  • How shall user interfaces be designed , so that the technology fits into our everyday life ?
  • How can older people be allowed to live as long as possible in their own home ?
  • How can energy and resource consumption be optimized by building intelligence?

Dieter von Arx, manager iHomeLab holds at 17.30 clock a lecture entitled "Ambient Assisted Living , How the building can adapt to the users themselves. "


Further speakers :

- Balz Halter , Chairman Halter AG , DigitalStrom AG
- Hans Fischer, Board member bonainvest AG, Head Bonacasa


Venue: Restaurant Metropol, Bahnhofstrasse 12, 8001 Zurich


Registration and further information about the event.


3rd demographics dialogue Switzerland, 20 & 21st May 2014, Reitnau


At the 3rd demographics dialogue we are discussing with 15 dedicated experts, the National Dementia Strategy 2014-2017 of the BAG. We enrich the round with our experience from current research projects on dementia. The Results from this dialog shall be specifically incorporated into the public discourse on demographics in Switzerland and support decision-makers from politics, administration, economy and society. The event is not open to the public.


UDAY 12, 16.5.2014, Dornbirn


AAL - Ambient Assisted Living - is a European-wide initiative to increase the quality of life of older people and to extend the autonomous phase of life through services based on information and communication technologies. 


In the western Austrian provinces of Tyrol and Vorarlberg up to 80 AAL apartments will be equipped and tested over the next three years. On 16 May 2014, a kick-off event at the Fachhochschule Vorarlberg will take place for a presentation of new technologies for assisted living. 


Decision-makers from politics , industry and science can dicuss the proposed solutions to cope with demographic change in society.


We present the current state of AAL research at the iHomeLab at our stand at the exhibition accompanying the event. 


Venue: University of Applied Sciences Vorarlberg, College Road 1, in Dornbirn ( Austria ) . 


Homepage of the event (German)




Publication of our german Version of the Comicbook about the Internet of Things (aka Internet of Everything, M2M), 17.4.2014


"What exactly is the Internet of Things (aka IoT, Internet der Dinge, Internet of Everything, M2M)"? Here at the iHomeLab, we were asked this question very often in the past.


Even for us, being the Swiss competence centre for IoT in buildings, giving a brief answer was not easy. Even after having done research on sensors and networked devices for more than 15 years. There are just too many application areas and scenarios for networked objects.


To make people understand, what IoT is all about, we have together with the Alexandra Institute from Denmark, translated  and issued a German Version of the so called "IoT Comicbook", originally issued in English. The Comicbook explains based on 25 Stories and Scenarios, how the Internet of Things can help to make our lives easier in the future.


Take a look inside and enjoy by clicking on the title page below (for German) or go to the original version in English.




iHomeLab co-organizer of the Intensive Programme "Internet of Things " in Amsterdam, 03/24 - 04/04/2014



"The IP IoT was an opportunity to gain experience in international teams. Moreover, I was able to use and improve my English skills. " (Adrian Buchmann, HSLU)



The iHomeLab organized a 2 -week intensive program for talented and interested students about the “Internet of Things” together with six other universities. In the interdisciplinary course, the students were supposed, after a theoretical part, to develop a "Smart Device" (networked and equipped with sensors), which communicates with the Internet.


Aliaksei Andrushevich , Senior Researcher at iHomeLab not only helped to designed the course actively and lectured but he also oversaw the group of five students from the University of Lucerne , which were able to participate in the free study tour on behalf of the iHomeLab .


Impressions of Amsterdam


The two weeks of the course included a theoretical part, where the participants were taught topics such as Creativity techniques, requirements analysis , user requirements , business administration, acceptance, business requirements or rapid prototyping. In Addition, the were able to join workshops for  sensor technologies , mobile development but also woodworking, etc..


In the practical part, mixed teams were formed consisting of different nationalities, fields of study and gender . The team developed a "Smart Device", which simplifies a problem from everyday life thanks to IoT technology. They emerged at the same time clever and useful concepts, for example


  • an intelligent street lighting
  • To wear " Forget me Not" , an application helps the important things close at hand
  • a system for the tracking of parcel deliveries
  • and many more

For the iHomeLab, to organize this international seminar was an exciting opportunity to strengthen its position as a leading research institution for IoT in buildings. In addition, talented students of the Lucerne University could be promoted in a leading edge field, thanks to the five sponsored  study places .


This is what the participants of the University of Lucerne think about the programme:

Christian Schlatter: „The IP IoT gave me the opportunity to deepen my knowledge in exciting areas such as creativity techniques and prototyping. In addition, I was able to improve my English skills and work across disciplines".


Adrian Buchmann: "The IP IoT was an opportunity to gain experience in international teams . Moreover, I was able to use and improve my English skills. "

iWalkActive Prototyp aces in MidTerm-Review, 31.3. - 2.4.2014 


The Project of our "Rock'n'Rollator" iWalkActive has passed half of its project time. From 31st of March to the 2nd of April, the "MidTerm-reviews" of the European commission took place in Horw.

Within this review, the recent progress of the research project was reviewed by a European Commission and assessed the current state of research.

The assessment was highly gratifying: The current prototype has received much recognition and the current status of the work was judged very positively.

We take the positive assessment with delight and will, together with the European research team, continue the research with the same enthusiasm as before.

We are still convinced that the "Rock'n'Rollator" can helt that older people can live independently at home longer.

Impressions of prototypes and tests

International IoT Day Rotterdam, 9. April 2014

The results from Intensive Program "Internet of Things" have been presented to international community during the IoT Day Rotterdam 2014 conference by one of the IP IoT lecturers (Alexey Andrushevich, HSLU CEESAR-iHomeLab, Switzerland) in his speech devoted to Education in the IoT (



4. Innovationsforum Energie, 27. - 28.3.2014, Zürich



The energy sector is changing . Political change and technical innovations determine the energy future. This will open new perspectives and challenges for grid operators and utility providers. The research and development pipelines are loaded with new, innovative ideas for a smarter, more cost-effective and resource-efficient use of energy.

The "Innovationsforum Energie» is an independent platform for decision makers from utilities, industry, research and politics. It presents current trends in the energy market and provides a comprehensive and in-depth overview of the strategic and technical challenges in the energy market of the future. Participants will be introduced to new ideas and innovative solutions for the tasks ahead.

Prof. Alexander Klapproth , head of iHomeLab will have a presentation on 27.3 . at 11.20 on on " Smart Technologies for a Smart Change" .


Pictures of the Speech

At our stand you will be discussing with our scientists the solutions provided from our research for a sustainable energy future.

10. Trendtage Gesundheit, 26. – 27.3.2014, KKL Luzern



The Trendtage Gesundheit (Health Trend Days) addresses to the health community, particularly to decision makers. The conference is an  interdisciplinary dialogue platform for senior managers. The event will be attended by an average of over 500 visitors and was first held in 2005. It is conducted annually for two days in Lucerne.

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Wessig, a scientist in our "Ambient Assisted Living" research unit will hold on

27.3. at 14.50 a lecture entitled "Sensoren für Senioren".

At our booth in the "Innovation Corner" in the lobby, we will present our solutions for an independent and long living at home.


Impressions of the exhibition




Swisscom M2M Day, 03.26.2014, Zürich


Machines and objects that perceive things and communicate with each other will make our lives a lot easier , safer and more sustainable.

There are only few limitations to the use of M2M or "Internet of Things " . The benefit is always the same : Make life easier and more sustainable. The usage of resources and cost is being reduced thanks to the optimization of complex processes.

What business models have the largest market opportunities? How will networked machines reduce our energy consumption? What applications are already part of the everyday life - what in the near future?


We will discuss these questions on the Breakout Session on "Energy & Utilities" from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with experts and will share our experience from over fourty M2M ( IoT ) projects in buildings .


Or meet us on site and have a talk with our scientists. We look forward to seeing you!





OSTIS 2014 IV International Scientific and Technical Conference Open Semantic Technologies for Intelligent Systems, 20 - 02.22.2014, Minsk, Belarus

Aliaksei Andrushevich will present on 22.02.2014 at 10.15 clock local time a Reviewed Paper entitled

Use of the ontological approach to semantic search in the environment of the Internet of Things


7. Deutscher AAL Kongress, 21. - 22.1.2014, Berlin


The 7th German AAL Congress in 2014 is entitled "Residential - Care - participation". Intelligent assistance systems help the people to live an independent life with a high quality. The Networked Living (Smart Home) is an important example of this, for there innovative applications have been developed for all life stages and situations and brought to market in the recent years.


We will enrich the conference with a peer reviewed paper, that Aliaksei Andrushevich will present on January 22nd at 11:30 in Session 1. The title of the paper is "Towards embedding wearables in intelligent environments".




Launch of "Horizon 2020", 14. - 17.1.2014, Bern



Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.


iHomeLab is researching to date in Projects of the previous programme "FP-7". For example in project "Butler". Projects from the field of ambient assisted living will also be funded by Horizon 2020 (previous AAL-JP).


We will be present at the launch-event together with the "SFBI", who coordinates Horizon 2020 in Switzerland. We will show our "Rock n' Roll Walker" iWalkactive, that recently won the european AAL Award.


Tele1 reports on our research, 10.12.2013


The newscast of Tele1 reported on our research in the area of ​​building intelligence.


The report shows how, thanks to building intelligence, living at home in the future can be safer, more comfortable and with less energy consumption.


If you missed the broadcast, you can play the show in the player below.

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Kick-Off Meeting at the iHomeLab for the Research Project YouDo, 3 - 4/12/2013



On  December third and fourth, 14 members of the consortium of the European research project "Youdo" met at the iHomeLab for a kick-off meeting.

During two days, the project idea was concretized and adopted. The aim of this research project is to create a platform which offers support to informal carers of needy persons. Within YouDo this should be done in the form of training (eg Documents, Videos, etc.) on the subject of care.

YouDo is a project that is funded by the AAL Joint Programme of the European Union. The project period will last until 2016.

Impressions of the Meeting



The two largest European Research Projects on " IoT " meet at the iHomeLab, 11/12 - 14/2013


November 12th - 14th 2013 the two largest European research projects in the area of ​​Internet of Things, Butler and iCore, brought together over 70 research partners at the iHomeLab .


The goal of the three-day conference were project meetings but most of all reviews
by experts of the European Commission of project activities carried out so far.

The iHomeLab, which is part of the consortium of Butler, presented his solution for remotely controlling the heating in a cottage by taking into account the arrival of the owner , the current electricity tariff and the weather forecast (for the prediction of renewable energy ) .

Internet of Things applications which were presented in the Butler project are: monitoring of health data (diabetes) together with recommendations for nutrition, fitness and lifestyle. Or a system that guides to free parking space in the city with an App.

The results presented are highly encouraging and show that the Internet of Things is no longer just a concept, but slowly becomes reality. In a few years, we will be able to
rely on intelligent support for various areas of life thanks to the Internet of Things.

The Butler project will run until Sept. 2014 and has a circumference of 14.9 million Euros.

Impressions of the Reviews



10vor10 reporting about our research, 8.11.2013


The newscast 10vor10 reported about our research on building intelligence. 


The report on "Living in the Future" shows how an intelligent building can help to save energy or how older people can live longer independently at home thanks to technical support . 


Impressions of the recording.


If you missed the broadcast, you can watch it below.

Flash is required!

Take part in our Survey on the "Internet of Things"! 

As a part of our research on Internet of Things, the iHomeLab created a survey that explores the knowledge and the opinion of people about the "Internet of Things".

Please, share five minutes of your time and let us know what you know and think about the "Internet of Things"!

This survey is anonymus and the results will only be used for project purposes.

This link will bring you directly to the survey, which is also available as a mobile version.




8th ProKlima Day, 11/142013, Trafohalle Baden


Nuclear decommissioning, construction site Europe, Hidden Champions, smart living environments of tomorrow: Gripping and controversial. Issues that also have an impact on your business
or your private life.

The Conference has, once more,  a whole load of exciting and in-depth presentations of profiled personalities.


Dieter von Arx, Head of iHomeLab, holds at 14.00 a lecture entitled

"The iHomeLab is state of the art - however, we are concerned with the future."


After the event, the presentation will be published here.


Link to Proklima


Forum event, "Growing Older in Upper Aargau," Bad Gutenburg, Gutenburg, 11/08/2013  


At this event, Clemens Nieke, Project Manager of AAL research group, will hold at 14.00 a lecture entitled


"Possibilities of building intelligence" (German)  


The event is held by the "Planungskommission Alter Oberaargau".



ICT 2013, Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre LITEXPO, Vilnius, 11/6-8/2013


ICT 2013


More than 4000 researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, industry representatives, young people and politicians will get together in Vilnius. The event will focus on Horizon 2020 - the EU's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020.


The iHomeLab will be present with two projects:


Stand 4B8: BUTLER - SmartLife 2020 enabled through pervasive secure and context-aware Internet of Things
Stand 5A3: AAL-JP - iWalkActive AAL Forum Award 2013


In addition, our scientists will be present at various networking sessions to discuss with  partners from various fields the opportunities for research collaborations.

7th European ZigBee Developers Conference, Munich, 11/6 - 7/2013




The The ZigBee Developers' Conference this year is all about Internet of Things. The technology makes an excellent enabler to have objects (things) to communicate with each other. 


We will be present with a stand at the exhibition. 


In addition, Martin Friedli will hold a speech on 7 November at 14.00 entitled"Experiences and lessons learned in building intelligence with ZigBee IP applications".


Download Presentation

conference website


iWalkActive to win AAL-Award 2013, 09.27.2013!



The smart walker "iWalkActive", which is being developed under the project management of iHomeLab by a European Consortium wins the AAL Award 2013.


The prize is awarded to products that are highly innovative and habe a large market opportunities. 


iWalkActive is a project of the AAL Joint Programme, which is funded by the EU and the State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation SBFI. 


Together with 7 partners (AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Care Guide GmbH, Trikon Solutions AG, Geo7 AG, ITH icoserve technology for healthcare GmbH, Social Services Department of the Canton train, Trionic Sverige AB) an intelligent walker will be developed by 2016. 


Official AAL Award Website.



AAL Forum, Louis de Geer konsert & kongress, Norrköpping (Se), 24. - 26.9.2013    



The AAL Forum is the annual platform for the increasing European AAL community to meet and discuss several topics, relevant for improving the AAL JP as well as the adoption of AAL solutions in the market.  We will enrich the event with the following contributions:





At booth No. 41/47, our engineers will present the current state of research of our seven ongoing AAL projects. Visit us and be inspired!


AAL Award 2013:

As part of the international AAL Forum 2013, this year the "AAL Award" will be awarded for the third time. The Award recognizes AAL Products that are innovative and user-friendly and have large market opportunities.


Our Project iWalkActive is one of three finalists who were nominated from 19 projects that had qualified for the finals. The winner will be presented on 26 September at 19.00. 


iWalkActive is a European research project that has the goal to equip a walker with technologies from the field of Internet of Things so that it supports its users with situationally useful information. In addition, the rollator is provided with a sensitive electric drive, which always provides the accurately required support for the user .


We are looking forward to the winner, fingers crossed!




Speeches and Presentations:



We will be present with 2 Posters:

  • Wednesday, 09/25, 11.00 -12.30 Uhr, Cornelia Schneider: "What can ICT do for people with dementia & their informal carers?", Session A1 Dementia
  • Thursday, 09/26, 09.00 - 10.30 Uhr, Marin Biallas: "Intelligent environment as acoustic enabler for persons with chronic hearing impairments", Session A4 Chronic Conditions



After the presentation, the Speeches will be available here.




Website AAL Forum
Website AAL Joint Programme




Biomedical 3-country meeting, Graz, 19 - 09/21/2013

The Biomedical Engineering integrates technological development, Biobedical research, science and clinical applications and is therefore a perfect example of inter-and multidisciplinarity.

The conference aims to provide participants with a stimulating view out of the box of their own work area and eventually lay the basis for new research and development cooperations.

We enrich the conference on 19/09/2013 in the Home Healthcare Track at 16:30 to 16:45 h with a peer-reviewed paper.

The title of the research paper is: "User centered gathering of requirements for mobile assistance services for people with mild to moderate dementia." R.Kistler, A. Andrushevich, C. Schneider, W. Willner, T. Meyer, L. Spiru.

Specifically, we describe the procedure for optimal identification of user requirements for a mobile assistance system for persons with mild to moderate dementia. The system is designed to help the people to live with less help from cares.

After the conference, the paper will be available at this location.


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Networking event for the "Mittelbau" of the Lucerne University at the iHomeLab, 09/10/2013


he focus of the current series of events "Wi2Wi coordination group for crosslinking of the Mittelbau T & A" is an exchange within the CC (Competence Center) and to build a bridge over the various departments.

The idea is to get to know different methods of research and analysis and to discuss them. Doing so, the CCs are presented and an exchange of experiences and inspirations for new methods are supplied.

At 10/09 Aliaksei Andrushevich will be presenting our research at the iHomeLab.

Photos of the event

Here you can read his presentation(German).




IoT Intensive Programme 2014



The EU has referred to a loan for financing and implementing a 2-week "IoT Intensive Programme 2014". We actively contribute to this intensive course, which is designed for a total of 75 students, 10 of whom we will be able to nominate ourselves - meals, accommodation and expenses are all included.


At this point, there is no more information available. If you are a student and interested in recieving news as soon as they are available, then write a Mail to the iHomeLab to enter the mailinglist.






IoT SenZations Summer School, 2013, 02 - 06.09.2013, Palic, Serbia

The 8th Summer School on Applications of IoT and Wireless and Sensor Networks - SenZations 2013 presents and discusses a number of research topics from wireless sensor networks to M2M / Internet of Things and their applications. SenZations combines lectures on fundamental and applied aspects of the Internet of Things with hands-on exercises and experiments.

Aliaksei Andrushevich, Senior Researcher at iHomeLab, presents an IoT vision, problems and progress from the European research project BUTLER in his speech entitled: "Addressing heterogeneous applications via cross-domain Internet of Things platform".

Link to presentations


IoT Conference "ruSMART", 08/28 & 29/2013, St. Petersburg


At the Conference ruSMART (are you smart) we will discuss with scientists from all over the world the challenges of life with the "Internet of Things".


Aliaksei Andrushevich, Senior Researcher at the iHomeLab, will present the peer reviewed paper with the title: "Leveraging multi-domain links via the Internet of Things: Towards horizontal integration of vertical pilots". The Paper shows, how thanks to joining data from diffrent areas of life, the internet of things will make our lifes easier and smarter. E.g. by joining energy- and user-data to save energy.


Link to paper



Lecture "Das Haus, das mitdenkt" CompuTreff, Computeria Horgen, 28/08/2013


The Computreff of the Computeria Horgen informs seniors about developments, projects and trends in the PC world.


At 28.8. Rolf Kistler gives an insight into our work and holds a lecture titled "Das Haus, das mitdenkt."


Start of the event: 14.00 h. End about 16.00 h.
Fee: CHF 10 - includes drink and aperitif

Invitation flyer downloadfileadmin/Dateien/PDF/NewsEvents/2013/130828_P CT 1308 Haustechnik.pdf.


For more information on Computeria and the Coumptertreff click here.

iSENS Inactivity Sensor wins the Innovation Award of the Swiss Association of SME!, 08/20/2013


This year for the first Time, the Swiss SME Association together with Idée Suisse Suisse EMEX and the StartUp college arranged competition to award companies that have distinguished themselves by a special innovation.

The iHomeLab engineers have developed for and with the company Poly Project GmbH in Zollikofen an inactivity-sensor "iSENS". It recognizes "non-activity" in an apartment and triggers an alarm after a certain time.

The sensor closes a gap in conventional alarm systems: very often no alarm can be triggered manually due to loss of consciousness (eg with the known alarm buttons).

The company Poly project already offers a system which has seven different alarm options. The iSENS fits into this system and adds a function that is so far not covered by any competitive system.

Relevant criteria for the awards were the degree of innovation and market opportunities and innovation management at the concept.

Apparently the sensor iSENS was on these points the most convincing to the jury.

The iHomeLab and especially the project team are proud that our research works is being appreciated in the Market!




iWalkActive nominated for AAL Award 2013, 08/15/2013


The AAL Award 2013 is in its third edition and also this year it will nominate the best project of the AAL joint programme.


iWalkActive is one of three finalists who were nominated from the 19 projects that had qualified for the finals. The final competition will take place on September 26 th.


iWalkActive is a European research project that has the goal of improving a walker with technologies from the field of Internet of Things in order to support its users with situationally useful information. In addition, the rollator is provided with a sensitive electric drive, which always provides the accurately required support for the user.



Basic training "Einführung in das Minergie Modul Raumkomfort ," 28.8./15.10.2013, Winterthur

If you want
to install the official products that are certified according to the Minergie Modul Raumkomfort (room temperature), then you need this official GNI / Minergie training in addition to the specific training of the manufacturer.


The course is intended to planners and executive professionals of construction, building services and electrical installations, as well as interested architects and energy planners.


After the course the participants know the requirements of the Minergie standards, Minergie modules and systems for the certification process of the Minergie Modul Raumkomfort.

Peter Kronenberg, Head of Certification Minergie Modul Raumkomfort at iHomeLab, informs the participants as part of block 2 on the purpose and the services of our certifications.




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A user of a Veloped (iWalkActive) Rollator from the UK visiting the iHomeLab, 09/08/2013


Hillary Ambrose, a user of the Veloped walker from England, visited the iHomeLab. The Veloped is the futuristic walker, which we use in our project iWalkActive and is being upgraded with technology from the field of Internet of Things.


Hillary had learned from the British press that the device, which she affectionately calls "monster", is being improved at iHomeLab. As she spends her hiking holidays (of course with Veloped support) regularly in the region of Lucerne, she combined this with a visit to the iHomeLab.


She was informed by the Project Manager, Andreas Rumsch, aboutthe latest results on the iWalkActive project. Thanks to her great experience with the Veloped she could also provide valuable input from her everyday use.


We thank Hillary Ambros for her visit and wish her happy holidays in Central Switzerland!


Press Conference TerzStiftung/iHomeLab/Dyson Schweiz of 23.7.2013: Reportings about the iHomeLab

On August 23th the terzStiftung together with the iHomeLab and Dyson and Switzerland AG informed about the work of TerzExperts.

The TerzExperts provide valuable practical information, which we have incorporated into our AAL projects.

After the press conference following articles have been published:

Interview with Prof. Alexander Klapproth, RadioChico

Printed article und article on the web, Zürich Nord





Radio Central reporting about the iHomeLab, 7-18-2013


Central Radio reported about our think tank and research center for building intelligence iHomeLab in Horw. The interesting background report by Philipp Lustenberger, with a total length of 17:54 minutes, was broadcast at 15.00 in the afternoon news. Click on the player below to listen to the broadcast.

Impressions of the recording:


iHomeLab to co-found the "International Internet of Things Forum" during iOT Week in Helsinki, 19.7.2013


Wednesday the 19th of June the IoT Forum was founded in Helsinki during the international IoT Week. 14 organisations, from eight different countries and three continents are the founders. The Forum is backed by the European Commission and the founding organisations.

The main goals for the forum are to sustain the IoT-week (the next event is planned for June 2014 in London), sustain the activities on the IoT ARM (Architectural Reference Model) and subsequent certification (ARM label), develop knowledge in the domains of Privacy and Ethics for IoT as well as the investigation of new Business Models for the IoT – in particular moving form profitable vertical domains into horizontal constructs.


Thanks to many years of experience with IoT in buildings, our researchers will continuously improve this technological platform and actively contribute to the further development and introduction of the "Internet of Things".


 Website of the IoT-Forum




Seminar "Introduction to building automation with BACnet" on iHomeLab, 09/07/2013


 Welcome to the first training of the German BACnet Academy Europe.


At this seminar, you will get to konow, understand, plan and specify building automation with BACnet.


The seminar will have the following topics:

• Basics of interoperability

• Why BACnet?

• object types and services

• Project planning

• Conformance test, BTL logo and European certification




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Kick Off Meeting for Project Inspiration, Horw, 2.-3.7.2013


On July 2nd & 3rd, the Kick Off Meeting for the international research project "Inspiration" took place in Horw.

The goal of INSPIRATION is to help older adults living a healthier life to stay mentally and physically fit. The digital coach will motivate them to be active. The focus points are:

  • mastering the everyday life, in particular on the planning, doing and exchange of movement and nutrition activities 

  • managing the daily shopping

  • analysing and reporting their actual health status and provide information to informal caregivers.


See the Pictures in the Gallery.



Future Network & Mobile Summit, 3. – 5. Juli, Lissabon


The Summit regularly attracts delegates from industry and research to share experiences and research results, identify future trends, discuss business opportunities and identify opportunities for international research collaboration under FP7-ICT and Horizon 2020.


In the context of convergence and innovation, the 22nd Future Network and MobileSummit will address the challenges of building the Future Internet Infrastructures, based on mobile, wireless and fixed broadband communications technologies.


iHomeLab will be present with a Stand in "Castello i/II" and show the state of research in our FP7- Project "Butler". We will explain and show how IoT can help to make our lifes more energy efficient, secure and comfortable.




Welcome to the iHomeLab Team Irene Sigrist! 07/01/2013


Irene Sigrist is since 1st of July the new contact person for our event-customers. She will replace Cristina Kistler, who  will be from Sept. 2013 until June 2014 on maternity leave.


Irene Sigrist has many years of hospitality and event experience. Most recently, she organized the Champions League with TEAM Marketing.


We wish Irene a good start and are delighted that she will serve our customers with the  perfect service as usual.


AAL Module for Students of CAS e-Health, Horw, 15.6.2013


The iHomeLab held a AAL module for students of the CAS e-Health of the University of Lucerne. 


Rolf Kistler, Director of AAL Research at the iHome Lab gave the participants an overview of the purpose and structure of the AAL research community with a Presentation


Afterwards, the participants developed in a workshop a product that could improve the lives of older people in 2020. 


Here are some impressions of the workshop.



Lecture Series for "care and support of people with dementia," Gossau, 13/06/2013


Rolf Kistler holds a lecture titled "Nie mehr alleine unterwegs: Technologie, die Menschen verbindet." on 13.6. at 19.00 clock.


There are more older people who are looked after and cared for by fewer and fewer younger people. Is it possible that we will use our technical progress  to support these people in their daily lives? To make it so, to enable them to live longer independent in their familiar surroundings? 


Can we help carers and relatives by assistance systems to give them phisical and mental reliev, so that they can increasingly focus on the actual care itself? Where are we today and how could such - as unobtrusive and easy to use - services help in the future? 


The field of "AAL (Ambient Assisted Living)" researches exactly these issues. In a brief introduction and using concrete examples of projects Rolf Kistler would like to give some answers with this lecture. 


The presentation is here available for download.



VitaTertiaGerbhof und WeiherHaldenstrasse 469200 Gossau SG


Kick Off Meeting of Poject "Relaxed Care", Vienna, 4.6.2013


The kick off meeting of the International Research Project "Relaxed Care" was held on 4 June in Vienna.

The "RelaxedCare system" explores a solution, which can be determined with the current condition of a person in need of care and unobtrusive communicated to relatives.


People who live on their own and need support from family members do not want to be monitored. Through the "RelaxedCare system", the invasion of privacy of assisted may be limited to the necessary minimum.


More information about the project.



The Government of the Cantons Lucerne and Zug to visit the iHomeLab, 30.4.2013


The government of the cantons Lucerne and Zug, partly accompanied by their partners, visited the iHomeLab on April 4th.


 Prof. Alexander presented the current state of research in the field of building intelligence to the group at the iHomeLab.


In the Gallery you can find some impressions of the visit.




10vor10 reporting about our AAL Research, 18.4.2013


The Newscast 10vor10 of Swiss national TV reported about our AAL Research. The report shows, how our work can help elderly people to stay independet for longer.

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ABB Automation & Power World 2013, 23.4.2013


ABB Automation & Power World gives visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the whole width of the ABB portfolio and to learn which products, systems and services make it possible to use energy more efficiently, to increase productivity while reducing environmental impact.


The iHomeLab is present with a speech: 

At 15.15-15.45 Dieter von Arx gives a lecture titled: How smart is smart technology really?


The ideal apartment has low power consumption, yet it conveys comfort and safety. New technologies help people in all stages of life and enable to live independently in their own homes for a longer time. At the iHomeLab on the campus of the of  the Lucerne  University of applied arts and sciences, a team of specialists researches the possibilities of "intelligent living" scenarios.


Sign up here for the Event. The Speech of Dieter von Arx has carries the number C3.




Report about the iHomeLab on "",  the international branch of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, 10.4.2013 is the international branch of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC). Its role is to report on Switzerland and to provide a Swiss perspective on international events.


The report on the iHomeLab shows the latest research in the field of Building Intelligence.


In addition to English, the contribution was translated in eight other languages: GermanFrench, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese and Russian.


English Contibution

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1st international Internet of Things Day on April 9th 2013



When back in 1999 scientists started to think about the Internet of Things, the idea was to not only connect people through the Internet but every single thing in this world.


Internet of Things is moving fast and getting real. Every thing to be connected to every thing, surely science fiction, or some strange engineering dream? It just does not seem so unreal now, as IoT is moving from hype to market. Today you can buy e.g. an irrigation detector for plants, which is connected and communicates to the internet.


Still, it is relatively unknown. If you are working somewhere, anywhere - you will see a little bit more connectivity in every part of your job. New clients seem to appear quicker and from different directions. You are beginning to wonder if your product will be the same in three years? What services will you be offering in two? What will Internet of Things mean for you?



The event was a big success and was fully booked.

You can look at the pictures in the gallery.




Date: Tuesday, April 9th 2013

Venue: 11.15 Uhr at the iHomeLab



11.30 Uhr Opening Speech by Professor Alexander Klapproth, Head of iHomeLab - Hochschule Luzern

11.40 Uhr Speech Aliaksei Andrushevich "IoT@iHomeLab & iHomeLab@IoT"

11.50 Uhr Guided Tour at the iHomeLab

12.50 Uhr Buffet Lunch 13.30 Uhr End


Registration: Register here



Our current IoT Projects:

Butler - Smartlife Concept
802.15.4 Schwarmintelligenz





Cleantec City, 19. - 21.3.2013, Bernexpo


At the Cleantech City national and international exhibitors from the fields of energy, environmental technology and infrastructure / mobility were presenting their new technologies, processes and services.


This year, we were present with various contributions:


Mulitmedia-Show at the "Quartier der Zukunft"

Together with our Partner BKW, we have presented the Multimedia Show "SMART CHANGE". SMART CHANGE showed a future scenario for the Energy Transition. The interactive multimedia show illustratde and brought to life the cornerstones of the future energy policy "Smart Production, smart grid and smart buildings".


Ambassador of Cleantec City

Professor Alexander Klapproth - Head of iHomeLab is Ambassador of Cleantec City 2013. 



At 21.3. we hosted the symposium "Energy Transition and Iintelligent Buildings". The conference offered a variety of presentations on the topic. Professor Alexander Klapproth held the opening speech entitled "Building Intelligence: What is it and what does it do for me?".




"Input" on SRF3 about the Swiss Power Network reporting from the iHomeLab (24.2.2013)


The show illuminates various aspects of the Swiss electricity market. Besides of contributions from the high voltage laboratory of the ETH and  Swissgrid,  the iHomeLab was featured on the Article about the "Smart Grid". An interview and a video post were produced.


Prof. Alexander Klapproth explained in an interview how the intelligent socket, which was developed at iHomeLab, will send in the future relevant information  from smart buildings to the smart grid, to help save energy (or to consume targeted).


We are pleased that our work is carried out by Swiss Radio so that we have been included in this report as experts for the Smart Grid.


SRF Website: Thematic Dossier about "Smart Grid: Das Stromnetz, das den besten Preis kennt"

Below you can listen to the Interview and watch the Videoclip.

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New CTI funded Project "Neutun"




We are very pleased that our research project "NEUTUN" (Non-intrusive real-time monitoring of power transformers of lower power levels) was accepted by the federal Commission for Technology and Innovation “CTI”. The project is in our research field of Energy Efficiency and is based on our NIALM Technology.


The development of new renewable energy (NEE) leads to high stress, and impact on all network levels. Particularly affected are the transformers of the lowest network level, they form the final link in the  energy supply chain. Until now, there is no cost-effective method for assessing the condition of these transformers.


NEUTUN will explore a method for an accurate assessment of the remaining life of these transformers with low-cost devices. These residual life is heavily depending on the operating temperature. In this research project, the operating temperature will be calculated by current and voltage analysis and thus determines the life of the transformer. The method is tested with simulation data in a demonstrator.


NEUTUN starts in March 2013 and has a term of 18 months.




Fachtagung Smart Home, 14.3.2013, Spreitenbach


The idea of intelligent living influences many projects and has many aspects. these range the conduit for future multimedia services over Minergie modules to complete Audio-video integration and the connection of mobile devices. The themes of smart meteringand smart grid also gain importance in home electronics increasingly. Expanded by the trend around the theme Ambient Assisted Living, there is a huge field for the industry.



What are the facts? What will the future bring and where is our personal benefit? The conference  tackles this problem and based on exciting case studies from companies that operate successfully in this businessis. Visionaries explain how they work on the future and builders are explaining the benefits of intelligent living.



Rolf Kistler held a speech with the title "Smart Home - Forschung für mehr Komfort, Sicherheit und Energieeffizienz". You can download the presentation here.


Impressions of the Event.


Here you can download the Info Flyer with detailed information and the facts.


iHomeLab Partner Event, 18.2.2013


This year's partner event was another successful event. About 50 people accepted the invitation and met at the iHomeLab for an interesting exchange.


The attendees were informed about the activities at iHomeLab in 2012. Dieter von Arx presented the latest showcases on "Plasic Optical Fiber", "Gesture Control" and a new product from Bosch, which has been integrated in the AAL Showcase.


During the subsequent Apero new contacts were made, existing maintained and news exchanged.


To the Gallery.



The European AAL Association Elects our project "iWalkActive" for Project of the Month January 2013.

The European AAL organization manages the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme, a European funding program with a total budget of 600 million euros.

The organization reports on its website, among other things regularly about especially noteworthy projects.

Our project "iWalkActive" was elected in January 2013 for the "Project of the Month".

We are pleased about the award and the recognition of our work.



Call 6 of the AAL Joint Programme on January 31st.


The Call 6 will focus on the work environment of the elderly. The aim is the use of technical tools, to support older people in their workplace so that their skills, experience and network is available as long as possible . Either  at work, or from home.


The Callo opens on January 31st and will last 3 months. The AAL Association has published a Information Notice about the details.


The iHomeLab is the ideal partner for the realization of an EU funded project. With 5 years experience in the field and an impressive rate of won and realized AAL projects,  we are able to bring your project to success.



Rolf Kistler, Director of AAL research, is ready to talk with you about possible projects. Contact him at




6. German AAL Congress (22. - 23.1.2013, Berlin)

New assistance systems and services are developed for various target groups and situations for which they can offer support. These approaches are reflecting this - and are making their way into increasingly practical tests and in everyday life. The sixth German AAL Congress represents this diversity and is focusing his attention in 2013 on the quality of life in the change of demographics and technology.


The iHomeLab is represented with a booth. We will show the current state of our AAL research projects. Visit us at booth # 34!


More information about the conference can be found here.




Seminar MINERGIE and building automation, the common way to the future of the best construction, 28 11.2012, Horw 


How is MINERGIE developing, and how does the future of this construction standard look? The GNI treats these frequently asked questions in this seminar.


Did you know that ...


In March 2012 ...


a very important step for the future of Minergie has been made ? MINERGIE module "Raumkomfort" was launched in collaboration with the GNI and now home control systems are integrated into the Minergie system. What does this mean for manufacturers, what are the advantages for developers and investors?



Around these issues, the GNI offers three very interesting presentations.


Among others,  Peter Kronenberg, responsible for the certification on iHomeLab will hold a speech entitled "The new Minergie module interior comfort, specification and certification." Here, you can download a PDF of the presentation.


The seminar will take place from 17:00 to 18:15 in the Rudolf Mäder hall at the Lucerne University of applied Arts and Sciencies in Horw.


More information on the program and registration can be found here.





Recent publications in the press, 26/11/2012



Recently, there has been reported about the iHomeLab in various Newspapers and Magazines. Below is a summary:


NZZ am Sonntag, 25.11.2012

Zentralschweiz am Sonntag, 18.11.2012

Neue Luzerner Zeitung, 16.11.2012, S. 24

Blick am Abend, 16.11.2012, S. 10

Tagesanzeiger, 14.11.2012

Umweltperspektiven, 5-2012




Consortium-Meeting Project Confidence, 3./4.12.2012 (Horw)


On December 3rd and 4th, a meeting of the project consortium for the research project "Confidence" will take place at the iHomeLab. 


Confidence is researching a system that provides people with mild to moderate dementia with a new and flexible solution combining help from the personal environment with meaningful, beneficial technology support. 

For more information on the research project, visit our project page. 


The clip below shows the objectives of Confidence.

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Filming for 10vor10 - SF Schweizer Fernsehen, 23 11.2012, Lucerne 


The newscast 10vor10 of Swiss television was shooting a reporting about the iHomeLab on  November 23rd.


The focus was on our research activity, which researches in a number of projects  the toptic of an "intelligent walker". 


The shooting took place in typical urban locations of Lucerne as a ship of the SGV or the Richard Wagner Museum. 


The broadcast date for the background report is not yet known. We will make the post after the release at this point available for you. 


Impressions of the shooting on a typical fall day can be seen here.




International Joint Conference on Ambient Intelligence - AmI, 13. - 15.11.2012, Pisa



The AmI-12 conference brings together researchers and practitioners from industry and academia working in the field of technologies and applications of Ambient Intelligence. Ambient Intelligence represents a vision of the future where we shall be surrounded by invisible technological means, sensitive and responsive to people and their behaviors, deliver advanced functions, services and experiences.

The iHomeLab will be Present with a Paper (Title "Behavior modeling and recognition methods to facilitate transitions between application-speci c personalized assistance systems") and an Poster.







ITU Regional Experts Group Meeting for Europe , 14.11.2012, Genf


Aliaksei Andrushevich will hod on 14.11.2012 at 16.00 - 17.30 Uhr a Speech in the Lecture Series "Fostering Creation of Successful PPP in the ICT Ecosystem" with the Title "iHomeLab – successful example of PPP in the ICT applied research".




You can download the PDF of the Speech here.





First National Congress of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (11.16.2012, Bern)


2012 is the International Year of renewable energy. The first Congress of renewable energy and energy efficiency takes a closer look on this topic.

At the invitation of the A EE ,  representatives of the Swiss energy sector come together on November 16th  2012 at the Stade de Suisse in Bern and discuss with government, business and society the possible scenarios for the future energy strategy until 2050.

New impulses, technological developments, strategic approaches and market opportunities are the focus of the four key themes of the conference: "renewable energy", "energy", "networks and storage" and "financing".


The iHomeLab will be present with a stand at the exhibition. The stands do not have an id. The event is only open to representatives of the Swiss energy sector and not open to the public.

Further information can be found here.




The 10000th visitor at the iHomeLab! (14/11/2012, Horw)

We keep on celebrating:
After we recently celebrated 15 years of research activity, we will soon celebrate another anniversary:

On the occasion of the public guided tour of 14 November 2012, we expect the 10000th visitors at the iHomeLab.

We are proud and pleased that we have increased the number of visitors within 4 years  from  expected 1000 now to more than 2500 visitors each year. The Interest in the iHomeLab is enormous and we are still seeing  increasing numbers of visitors.



Report in NLZ

Report in Blick am Abend


HSLU Real Estate Conference: Wohnen im Alter: Brauchen wir überhaupt noch Altersheime? 8.11.2012 (Zug)



Due to demographic changes, the proportion of elderly will increase dramatically in the coming years and decades. While focusing on the individual and collective care, it is assumed that these seniors not only will have plenty of time but also great financial resources and therefore will be an interesting clientele. On the other hand, however, cost for health care will encrease massivly  if we will not  succeed with relevant concepts and services / additional services to enable the elderly to stay as long as possible  in their own home. The real estate industry assumed in this megatrend big future business opportunities.


Experts from research and practice will try to give possible answers to current questions about office space and its use.



Professor Alexander Klapproth will hold a Speech at 2 PM with the Title: Ambient Assisted Living: Sensoren für Senioren und virtuelle Assistenten für das Leben im Alter. Ein Werkstattbericht aus dem iHomeLa.


You can download the speech here.



Venue: Institut für Finanzdienstleistungen Zug - IFZ, Grafenau, Zug





Tage der Technik 2012: iHomeLab to organize the Supporting Programme (3. & 31.10.2012)

The Tage der Technik in October 2012, held by Swiss Engineering, Empa and  SATW are discussing " the future City" .

The iHomeLab enrichesthe supporting programme with special guided tours on the following dates:

Wednesday, 3. October 2012: 17.00 - 18.00 Uhr
Wednesday, 31. October 2012: 17.00 - 18.00 Uhr


The Tours are free of charge. Due to the limited space, a registration Anmeldung TdT 2012is needed.





Visitors from China, 25.10.2012


 A delegation of "China Life" visited the iHomeLab. Cina Life is the largest insurance company in China and would like to build retirement homes on a large scale (about 6,000 units) in the near future in China and is looking for partners and operators from Europe. 


Visitors were able to gather many exciting ideas at the iHomeLab visit.



TeleNet fair, 23., 24., 24.10.2012 (Lucerne)


For visitors to the TeleNet fair in Lucerne we offer every day a special tour at the iHomeLab. Experience an exciting tour on building intelligence!

Peter Kronenberg will hold on

23.10. at 10:30 and
25.10. at 10:00

a presentation titled: iHomeLab - think tank for building intelligence.



The iHomeLab and terzStiftung to intensify cooperation (10/22/2012)


The iHomeLab and terzStiftung  are intensifying their cooperation. The terzStiftung has the aim to improve the safety of elderly people so that they can stay as long as possible independently. This is consistent with the objectives pursued by the iHomeLab with its research in the field of Ambient Assisted Living.


The Project “” was launched with a national media conference on 22 October in Bern. The Project  aims to improve road safety. Professor Alexander Klapproth is a member of The “Patronatskommittee”, which is composed of prominent personalities from politics, society, research and healthcare.


In addition to the cooperation within “” there are more projects in the pipeline, on which we will report here soon.


German Press release for the launch of  “”
Link to website of “”


A milestone birthday: Celebrating 15 Years of Research! (11.10.2012)


Research at our institute is celebrating its birthday.

On 1 October 1997 Prof. Alexander Klapproth perceived the first funded research project and 3 years later, he was able to hire the  first employee.

The Institute startet under the name "FB-CT" (Department of Computer Engineering), from 2002 it was called  "EmSyG" (Embedded Systems Group), and since 2004 "CEESAR" (Center of Excellence for Embedded Systems Applied Research)

2008 we opened with more than 50 partners from industry and economy the iHomeLab, which was a true success story. In the past 4 years our institute has grown to 20 employees and over 100 iHomeLab-Partners.

On October 11th  we will celebrate together with former employees, "obstetricians" and our team this joyous event at the iHomeLab.

View Image Gallery.


IT Girls @ iHomeLab (8.10.2012).


Most areas in Life don't work anymore without modern infomation and communication technologies (ICT). Wether in communications, in Traffic or in the healthcare business.


Adressing Girls at the Age of 14 to 16,  ICT Professionals of the Lucerne University of applied arts and sciencies  are introducing their work.


Part of the  3-day Workshop was a visit at the iHomeLab. Find below some impressions of the Girls during their visit. 






Media Coverage about our Appearance at the AAL Forum in Eindhoven, 24. - 27.9.2012

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Rollator kommt aus der Schweiz

Radio Sunshine, News, 24.9.2012

Michiels Renaud

Des nouveautés high-tech pour aider les seniors

Le Matin online, 26.9.2012

Author unknown

Innovazioni svizzere per le persone anziane

Giornale Online di Mesolcina e Calanca, 24.9.2012


 AAL Forum, 24. - 27.9.2012 (Eindhoven): The iHomeLab to represent Switzerland 

AAL Forum 


The iHomeLab was this year entrusted with the honorable task of operating the Regional and Country Pavilion of Switzerland at the AAL Forum and thus represent our country in Eindhoven.


In the Pavillon, we will present twoof our current research projects called "Confidence" and "iWalkActive". We will show the new emergency-clock "Quing", which  our partner Swisscom will use in "Confidence" and commercially launch in Switzerland soon.


On Thuesday, September 25 we will celebrate the big Switzerland-Party. Enjoy the quaint atmosphere at the Pavillion, taste our Swiss-Specialitys, try to blow the "Alphorn" or even to spin a 5 CHF coin in a bowl, a traditional swiss rhytm device!


Impressions of the Forum.


Additionally, we will represent the iHomeLab at the Forum with the following contributions:  



Monday, 24.9.2012, whole day:
Aliaksei Andrushevich, Speech at the "Young Researchers and Phd Workshop" (RISE) with the Title "Supporting the AAL applications via building intelligence ".




Tuesday, 25.9.2012, 11:00 – 12:30
Rolf Kistler: "iWalkActive – The Active Walker for Active People"


On Monday, Sept. 24th, european parliamentarian Lambert van Nistelrooij visited our stand and was very impressed by the Prototype of our intelligent walker. This lead to a Tweet on his Twitter Account.

Media Release (German) of September 24th with the associated pictures.






Lecture Series "Wohn- und Lebensformen im Alter", 10/03/2012 (University of Zurich)

This Lecture series In cooperation with the Age Foundation is dedicated to the various changes of living and ways of life in old age (s). It shall take a look on the past, present, and current trends and stimulate visions.


The iHomeLab offers exciting prospects for for scenarios of an independent life and living with the help of building intelligence and was asked therefore to contribute a post to the lecture series.


Rolf Kistler will hold a speech on 03.10.2012 with the title "sensors for seniors."


Download the presentation here.

Reports about the Kick-off Meeting of the Project iWalk-Active on 16. and 17.8.2012

Michel Vogel

Rollator 2.0

Swiss IT Magazine 9/12, 4.9.2012

Ohne Autorennennung

Mehr als eine Gehhilfe

Polyscope, 16/12, 6.9.2012, S. 6

Aregger Cyrill:

Hochschule baut Super Rollator

NLZ, 17.8.2012, S. 29


Mehr als eine Gehhilfe: iHomeLab der Hochschule Luzern forscht am Rollator der Zukunft, 16.8.2012

Vogel Michel:

Schweizer forschen an Rollator der Zukunft mit Tablet und Elektroantrieb

IT Magazine, 20.8.2012

Ohne Autorennennung:

Rollator mit Elektroantrieb, 20.8.2012


Hochschule Luzern, Der Rollator der Zukunft

Pro Infirmis Schweiz, 16.8.2012


Gehhilfe mit Elektroantrieb

Walliser Bote, 17.8.2012, S. 19


The iHomeLab at the Medtechforum, Lucerne  (24. - 27.9.2012)



the World Medtech Forum Lucerne is the most important meeting point for the international medical technology industry. The aim is to delight domestic and international visitors with the trade fair, congress and networking events to establish the World Medtech Forum Lucerne as an indispensable platform for the medical technology industry.



At the Medtech-Night on September 26th, the visitors will be able to experience from 5 - 7 PM at the iHomeLab, how Medtech can help to improve safety and security and allows to extend the time people can live at their preffered environment.


Tickets for the Medtech-Night can be ordered here (scroll down).




The European Fuel Cell Forum visiting the iHomeLab (27.6.2012)


The European Fuel Cell Forum ist an High-level international event with an honest presentation of the state-of-the-art technology of solid oxide fuel cells and electrolysers.

The Agenda contains 300 technical contributions with full length manuscripts in hand-out electronic proceedings.

The Highligt of the Social Programme was a visit at the iHomeLab. 




EvAAL Indoor Localization Competition , Madrid (5.7.2012)


The iHomeLab Living Lab together with the Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart demonstrate the iLocPlus system  within the  EvAAL competition 2012.


5th of July 08:30 -11:30 AM:
Evaluation of the iLocPlus indoor positioning system on EvAAL Indoor Localization Competition at Smart House Living Lab of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain




Link  to the official Website of the EvAAL Competition.






Internet of Things Week 2012, Venice (18. - 22.6.2012)


Our Team, which is working in the european IoT Project "Butler-Smartlife Concept", visited the Internet of Things Week in Venice.

During the confrernce, they were able to establish interesting contacts with opinion leaders of the Internet of Things Research.






First Certification for MINERGIE®-Modul Raumkomfort by the iHomeLab, (1.6.2012)




Our new range of Services has started sucessfully with the first certification of the MINERGIE®-Modul Raumkomfort. We tested the product "Synco Living" of Siemens Switzerland.


The iHomeLab tests and certifys Building Automation Parts. If the Parts will pass the certification, they will be allowed to use the Minergie Label on their System.


For more Information, please contact Peter Kronenberg (info(at), Tel. +41 41 349 35 99).  






New Online Game with the iHomeLab


The Internet-Portal "Energie-Experten" of EKZ gives you access to a new Online Game called "Watt the Game". The Scenery of the Game shows the iHomeLab.



The game is not only fun to play. You can win cool prizes as well,  like a Day with the Tesla Roadster, the Lamborghini among all electric vehicles.


Courious? Here you can play the game.



Broadcast on DRS 1, 6.6.2012


There will be a There was a feature on DRS 1 about our research project "iWalkActive".

Broadcast Wissen Aktuell


New CTI funded Project in the Field of the Internet of Things, 31.5.2012


The Ambient Assisted Living Research focusses on technical aids for elderly people to help them to live longer save and secure at home. Todays solutions, like sensors or end user devices should be connected to the environnemen in a secure, reliable and cost efficient way.  Today, the common connection for these devices ist established over telephone or the internet. Experience shows, that only minor problems such as a handset that is not correctly hung up, can cut off the alerting.


In Practise, the project focusses on the research and development of a hard- and software-architecture for a wireless, battery powered and cost efficient communication module. The module needs to meet very high encryption standards in order to secure the privacy of indivdiuals. 


The main goal is to combine the synergic potential of the research in Ambient Assisted Living and Energy Efficiency. This way, two of our main research fields, that have been worked on individually, are now combined for the first time. This shows, that our research strategy points in the right direction.




International Meeting for a longer and independent living at Home of elderly persons (22.5.2012)


On May 22nd, a Meeting of the European National Contactpersons of the «Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme» took part at the iHomeLab.


Besides of a long Meeting, a visit of the iHomeLab was part of the Agenda. The iHomeLab shows several Showcases which are presenting scenarios and solutions from our research work, that allow elderly people to stay longer independetly at home.


Currently we are doing research on two european funded Projects, that have the goal to improve the safety, mobility and comfort for the elderly.


Please read our Press Release for more detailed information (german).





 Link to reporting on the web on




5th European ZigBee Developers' Conference  (27. - 28. June 2012, Munich)

Professor Alexander Klapproth will be present with the abstract “Possibilities of ZigBee to support Non-Intrusive Appliance Load Monitoring (NIALM) is targeting increased energy efficiency”  in the course of session 09 "System Design & Performance" on June 28th.


In addition, we will again be present at the exhibition with our booth.

You can read the Abstract here.



Swiss national Television Shooting at the iHomeLab (21.3.2012).


On March 21st, the shooting for "10 vor 10", the late night News of Swiss National TV took part at the iHomeLab. See here Impressions of the shooting. 


The Background Report about the "Internet of Things" (the future internet) was on Air on May 9th. 

You can watch the Clip below.


Flash is required!


9th ExCo & Annex Meetings, (9.5.2012, Stockholm, SE)


Stephan Tomek will present our "Scoping Study on NIALM" . The meeting is not open to the Public.



1st International Workshop on Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring (7.5.2012, Pennsylvania, USA)


The mission of this workshop is to create a forum that can unite all the researchers that are working on the topic of energy disaggregation. There are currently no specialized conferences or workshops dedicated to this topic, and the contributions (which have been increasing in the past 5 years) come from researchers in a wide variety of fields and from different backgrounds. 


Stephan Tomek will hold a Speech on 1:40PM with the Title "iHomeLab experience with NIALM for Smart Buildings".







 4th Congress & 1st Swiss AAL-Conference  (9. &10. May 2012, Nottwil)


The Congress Immohealthcare focusses on construction in the healthcare business. Not only buildings need to be adapted, but also processes, structures and organizatzions will be transformed.


During the Congress, the 1st. Swiss AAL-Conference takes part.


Professor Alexander Klapproth will hold a Speech on Wednesday, Mai 9th from 16.30 to 17.00 with the Title "Sensoren für Senioren". Have look here at the Presentation.


On both days, we will be present with a Stand (Nr. 14) . We will present a system that allows elderly people to live longer safely at home.



GZI Seminar- und Kongresshotel
Guido A. Zäch Strasse 4
6207 Nottwil


Visitors must register to the Congress (Fr. 420.-).

A registration is possible only for the AAL-Conference (Fr. 120.-). Please register via or directly on site.


Light and Building (19. & 20.4.2012, Frankfurt)

This year,  the world’s biggest trade fair for lighting and intelligent buildings focusses on energy efficiency. The focal points are digitalisation of light and buildings and buildings as a green power station.

We will be present with a speech about "BACnet".


See the speech of Peter Kronenberg with the title "Das iHomeLab als zukünftiges BACnet Testlabor" on


Friday, 20.4.2012 at 10.30 Uhr at the Booth of BACnet Europe, Hall 9, Stand B60.

Here, you can download the presentation in pdf format.





IT Girls @ iHomeLab (16.4.2012).


Most areas in Life don't work anymore without modern infomation and communication technologies (ICT). Wether in communications, in Traffic or in the healthcare business.


Adressing Girls at the Age of 14 to 16,  ICT Professionals of the Lucerne University of applied arts and sciencies  are introducing their work.


Part of the  3-day Workshop was a visit at the iHomeLab. Find below some impressions of the Girls during their visit. 






in Planning Stage: BACnet-Test-Laboratory (2.4.2012).




The iHomeLab will perform audits for the certification of BACnet components.


BAC-net is an open Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks. It allows the communication between different systems and various suppliers.


In order to assure a faultless communication between the components, they need to pass a BACnet audit first.


The iHomeLab will be accredited as an independent BACnet Test Laboratory and will then be permitted to issue audit reports. Theseare  needed to obtain a BACnet Certification.


Would you like your components to be audited? Peter Kronenberg will be happy to provide you with further information (+41 41 349 35 99)



4 Classes of Berufsschule BBZ, draftsmen specialised in building construction visiting the iHomeLab (20.3.2012)


On March 20th, four classes of the BBZ Berufsschule in Emmen visited the iHomeLab. The 60 future draftsmen specialised in building construction were fascinated of the future scenarios, presented at the iHomeLab.


Who knows, maybe there was even a future researcher amongst them?







Broadcast on DRS 1, Regionaljournal Zentralschweiz (23.3.2012)


The Regionaljournal reported on the Lucerne University. A Part of the reporting was about the ihomeLab.


New Services at iHomeLab: Assesments for the "POM" Guarantee-Mark(26.3.2012)


iHomeLab has been intrduced as the certification centre for the POM (Peace of Mind) Label of Saia-Burgess.


The aim of Peace of Mind tendering is to systematically minimize potential trouble, worries and overall costs across a full life cycle of over 15 years. The aim is to verify and evaluate the extent to which Peace Of Mind specifications from a tender have in fact been realized in the implementation phase.


iHomeLab will be the first organization in Switzerland that is allowed to test and assess building automation solutions according to Peace Of Mind rules with complete independence and neutrality.


Depending on the results of assessment, bronze, silver or gold test plaques are awarded, along with the standardized test report. This means that the quality of a building automation solution can be documented not only in the building’s technical documentation, but also in the visible technical area. This test and assessment system applies equally to all the usual makes of automation technology on the market. Alongside new projects, the current stock of a system can also be inspected.


Are you intersted in a Certification? Peter Kronenberg can give you detailed information (info(at)




iHomeLab launches Task Force for 5th AAL Call "Home Care"



The AAL Joint Programme launches its Fifth Call for Proposals: “ICT-based Solutions for (Self-) Management of Daily Life Activities of Older Adults at Home, which encompasses important dimensions of the broad topic of Home Care. The call opened on February 29th and closes on May 31st.


The iHomeLab has formed a Task Force which will be lead by Rolf Kistler. They have presented their ideas on the infodays for Call 5 in Innsbruck and Zurich:


Download the presentation here


Are you a SMB or Enduser-Organization and would you like to realise a EU-funded Research Project in the field of "Home Care" with the iHomeLab? Rolf Kistler will provide you with detailed information!







Innovationsforum Energie, 29. & 30. March 2012, Zurich



The Innovationsforum focusses on the Topics of Smart Metering, Smart Grids, Smart Home and E-Mobility. It takes Place at the Renaissance Hotel in Zurich.


The Event is adressed to CEO's, Members of the Board and Executives of the power supply industry, public services, Telcos, IT-Industry and business consultancy.


Focus topics of the Symposium

• Effects of the new Energy Policy

• Smart Meter Rollout: Practical Experience in  Switzerland and abroad

• Smart Grids and Super Grids: Status Quo, Experience and Strategies

• Smart Home and Energy-Efficiency: Challenges on the way to the Smart City

• E-Mobility: Creating an electro-mobile infrastructure

• Virtual Power Plants: Innovative Projects

• IT-Security: What about Data Privacy Protection?

• Motivators, Standards, Politics:  Framework Requirements and Projects in Switzerland and Europe


Professor Alexander Klapproth will hold a Speech on  30. March between 13.30 und 15.00  with the Topic of „Warum das Smart Grid Smart Homes und Smart Citys braucht“. It will take place on Forum B.


Visit our Stand at the  „Grand Foyer“.


Impressions of the event



Präsentation von Prof. Alexander Klapproth "Warum das Smart Grid Smart Buildings und Smart Homes braucht".


Will will be part of the Cleantech City (Bern, 13. - 15.3.2012)



Cleantec City is the first Swiss platform for sustainable communal and urban development. For the first time, this trade fair will investigate the question of what a community, town or private company looks like if it relies on sustainable technologies and methods, therefore making it an industry platform and meeting point for clean technology in Switzerland.

Leading suppliers and institutions will show how sustainable development in the fields of supply, waste disposal/recycling, town and country planning/buildings and mobility is already possible today thanks to current know-how and forward-looking systems.

The iHomeLab will present the brand new "Smart Energy Monitor". An interactive device which measures the consuption of electric appliances in realtime and comes up with suggestions on how to save energy.


Visit us an Stand No. C026 at Bernexpo.


Professor Alexander Klapproth is Ambassador of Cleantec City. He will be present at the following Times: 


13. März 2012
10.35 Uhr Speech: Forschungsinitiativen und Wissenstransfer. Download the Speech (German).


11.15 Uhr Discussion: «Cleantech zwischen Utopie und Realität»

Panel Members:

Daniel Schafer CEO, Energie Wasser Bern

Dominique Reber Mitglied der Geschäftsleitung, Leiter Infrastruktur, Energie & Umwelt, economiesuisse

Nick Beglinger Präsident swisscleantech

Prof. Alexander Klapproth Leiter iHomeLab, Hochschule Luzern

Jürg Bucher Konzernleiter, Die Schweizerische Post




Speech Prof. A. Klapproth (German)

Visitors Guide



Event Note: Green Building, 14.3. - 15.3.2012, Zürich


The iHomeLab is Educational-Partner of the Green Building. The Congress focusses on the topics of Energy Efficiency an sustainable Construction.

The Events of GNI, KNX Swiss an LonMark are a meeting point for the industry. They take part once or twice a year.


Programme and Speakers:

  • Der PrimeTower aus der Sicht des Architekten - Stefan Thommen, Gigon Guyer Architekten
  • Herausforderung Gebäudetechnik im PrimeTower - Urs Von Arx, Ing. Büro Hefti Hess Martignoni
  • Gebäudelabeling und Energieeffizienz - Christian Roethenmund, MINERGIE
  • Green Buildings – State of Art - Bob Gysin, Bob Gysin + Partner BGP


The admission is free. 

Place: PrimeTower Zürich, Konferenzzentrum Clouds


More Information about the event:




GNI and iHomeLab to close contract (1.3.2012) 


The GNI and iHomeLab have enterd an agreement about a certification Center for the "MINERGIE-Modul Raumkomfort" (Room  temperature).


Certification of Parts

The iHomeLab will test and certify Building Automation Parts. If the Parts will pass the certification, they will be allowed to use the Minergie Label on their System.


Picture: The leaders of GNI and iHomeLab after signing the contract.






Tele 1 / Tele M1  broadcasting about the iHomeLab 


On February 14th, the shooting for the regional TV Channel Tele1 / Tele M1 took part at the iHomeLab. See here Impressions of the shooting. 


The Background Report about our current research was on Air on March 6th. 


You can see the Clip below.


Flash is required!


Article about iHomeLab on (3.2.2012) published a Report with the Title "Per Smartphone Geräte bedienen".


You can read the Report  here .



iHomeLab Partner-Event (January 18th 2012) 



We invented our Partners to celebrate the kick off of our new Business Year. The noumerus guests were able to attend the exclusive presentation of the all new iHomeLab-Guided Tour in English.


Subsquent to the presentation, an Aperitiv was served and the Guests took the chance to network, meet new People and exchange News.


We would like to thank our Partners for their support. We are looking forwart to the forthcoming 4th Year of iHomeLab!

Here, you can find some impressions of the Event.


The Managing Director of Miele Worldwide visits the iHomeLab!


Dr. Eduard Sailer, Managing Director of  Miele & Cie. KG  Gütersloh came to visit the iHomeLab to learn about the latest state of research in Building intelligence.


He took the opportunity to discuss possible future Scenarios of using and implementing Electrical Houshold-Appliances together with Prof. Alex Klapproth, Dieter von Arx and Daniel Lischer (Arcitect of the iHomeLab).


Pictures of the visit.




Swiss Television producing at the iHomeLab


On the 9.1.2012 the programme „Einstein“ was produced at the iHomeLab. 



Impressions of the Shooting.

Flash is required!

5. AAL congress, 24. – 25.1.2012, Berlin





On 24. - 25. January 2012 the 5th German AAL-Congress focuses on engineering for a self-determined life. Engineering has to be supporting in every situation of life: from daily business to social life up to mobility.


The congress is organized by BMBF and VDE for the fifth time. The AAL congress was promoted in the past years to the indicator congress in the innovationfield "age-based assisted systems".


After we were assigned with the "elderly person award" last year, we will be also joining the congress this year.


We will present a Paper and a Poster with the Title: Building Intelligence and Human Service Infrastructures as Enabler for Self-Determined Living in the Old Age.




This paper focuses on applications of Building Intelligence (BI) in combination with a network of human carers as a common basis for a self-determined and independent living for elderly people. After a short introduction and the definition of the problem statement we describe our proposed solution. It bases on a technical infrastructure which on the one hand consists of an infrastructure for direct assistance at home including a user-driven interaction and training frame-work. A key role of the proposed concept plays a service network of human helpers who are directly included into the system and provide their services context sensitively depending on the end user’s needs. This is the reason why on the other hand the home infrastructure is connected to a cloud based platform for case management and the involvement of care-giving stakeholders. A novelty is that besides caring professionals, relatives and volunteers also providers with existing service infrastructures are involved (infrastructure reuse). Goal of the overall, user-centric solution is the improvement of the elderly’s self-determination while guaranteeing an optimal skill-grade mix of the helpers. At the end of the paper we refer to the related work in the field and discuss the results and future directions of our research.



Interested? Visit us at our stand (Berlin Congress Center, stand 34).



Article about the iHomeLab


The trade magazine "tab" published an article about the iHomeLab.




The iHomeLab participates at the Project "BUTLER" funded by the European Commission of PF7 


The Project has a gross volume of 15.6 Millions Euros and is supported with 10 Millions by the EU.


BUTLER will be the first European project to emphasise pervasiveness, context-awareness and security for IoT (Internet of Things). Through a consortium of leading Industrial, Corporate R&D and Academic partners with extensive and complementary know-how, BUTLER will integrate current and develop new technologies to form a “bundle” of applications, platform features and services that will bring IoT to life.


iHomeLab and Swisscom will represent Switzerland in a Consortium of 19 Members from Europe. iHomeLab will cover the Fields of "Smart Home", "Smart Health" and run the Field Tests.


Butler Website

Further informations (German)


Overview Press Articles:

Blick Online, 24.11.2011

Neue Luzerner Zeitung Online, 24.11.2011

Home Electronic INSIDE, 25.11.2011

Neue Luzerner Zeitung, 25.11.2011

SF Online, 25.11.2011

Computerworld, 2.12.2011


The Butler project on Radio Pilatus News


Radio Pilatus reported about the iHomeLab and the Butler project in the News programme on 28.11.2011. 


Visit from China


On 22.11.2011 a delegation from Kun Ming (China) visited the iHomeLab in conjunction with the project "EXPLORING THE NEW FACE OF UPCOMING KUNMING".




Ambient Intelligence Conference 2011


Aliaksei Andrushevich was part of the Ambient Intelligence Conference 2011 in Amsterdam from 15.11.2011 to 18.11.2011. He was holding a speach about "The Autonomic Computing Paradigm in Adaptive Building / Ambient Intelligence Systems".




Swiss Energy Research Conference  2011  28.11. - 29.11.2011: Premiere of the new "Smart Energy Monitor".



This year the Swiss Energy Research Conference is arranged at the Bea Bern Expo. The conference is organized by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy SFOE.


The iHomeLab will present the brand new "Smart Energy Monitor". An interactive device which measures the consuption of electric appliances in realtime and comes up with suggestions on how to save energy.


The "Smart Energy Monitor" is very user friendly and easy to understand, even for non-professionals. This way, everybody can learn how easy it is to save energy. The Smart Energy Monitor is the Result of a Research Project, financed by the SFOE.


The iHomeLab has its Stand in Hall 3,  Congressroom 2, DG/1.




Further informations:

Website SFOE


The iHomeLab on your Smartphone 


Get the iHomeLab on your Smartphone! Watch up-to-date videos of our research topics Ambient Assisted Living and Energy Efficiency.

Thus you always keep the iHomeLab with you: right mouse button, "save as..."


Ambient Assisted Living for iPhone 3G/3GS

Ambient Assisted Living for iPhone 4 

Energy Efficiency for iPhone 3G/3GS

Energy Efficiency for iPhone 4


Tele 1 producing at the iHomeLab


On the 2.11.2011 the programme „Wohnen“ was produced at the iHomeLab. The show is presenting the topic of energy-saving.


Broadcasting dates:

Tele1: 16.11.2011,  18.40h

Tele M1: 14.11.2011,  18.40h

Flash is required!


The iHomeLab on NZZCampus TV


NZZCampus visited the iHomeLab and produced a video about intelligent living. A specifical documentation about the iHomeLab is the result of this production.



Interview with Prof. Alexander Klapproth  


The trade magazine "HK Gebäudetechnik" published an interview with Prof. Alexander Klapproth about the topic of application-oriented research.




Publication at the Springerverlag


The paper "Improvement of Building Automation System" written by Mark Sh. Levin, Aliaksey Andrushevich and Prof. Alexander Klapproth was published at the Springerverlag.




Landis + Gyr reports on Masterthesis


Landis + Gyr has published an article in his newsletter "Update" about the Masterthesis by Pascal Walther.




On October 28th, the iHomeLab will be present at the Zugermesse


This year, the Zugermesse takes a closer look on different living concepts for aged people.


We were present with our stand (A2.10a) and informed about the latest research in Ambient Assisted Living, which is one of our main research fields.


Is there an ideal way of living for elderly? Prof. Alexander Klapproth discussed this issue with experts from research and industry on 28.10.2011.



Recording of the discussion (German)


9th ExCo & Annex Meetings, (9.5.2012, Stockholm, SE)


Stephan Tomek will present our "Scoping Study on NIALM" . The meeting is not open to the Public.