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Intelligent Green Buildings are based on heterogeneous networks of diverse Smart Objects. These cooperate to sense the environment and act autonomously to improve the quality of life of the inhabitants.

State of the art Building Management Solutions (BMS) have severe limitations due to closed architectures, limited object interconnectivity and centralized management. Meanwhile, the robust and reliable interconnection of a large number of wireless heterogeneous objects for Intelligent Buildings has not been yet sufficiently explored.

These problems urgently call for solutions, in view of the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), as they are key enablers for the realization of robust management of energy efficient buildings. The need for advancements along these lines demands cuttingedge research and development (R&D) efforts and the renewal and integration of intersectoral knowledge. The SOrBet project addresses these challenges mobilizing a joint industry-academic group on two complementary areas: (i) Internet of Things and (ii) Building Automation and Energy Management.

SOrBet aims to investigate solutions to leveraging classic BMS systems and developing a highly distributed, self-organizing, platform with reliable and trustworthy machine-to-machine communication as the basis for management of green buildings. In R&D terms SOrBet builds upon the IoT concept of “reliability by design”.

It will thus develop and prototype a state-of-the-art software platform for BMS with a focus on the robust, efficient and reliable communication of large numbers of heterogeneous wireless smart objects. Knowledge-wise SOrBet contributes to enhancing competitiveness of the partners by a comprehensive transfer of knowledge program. This is designed on a mutual-benefit basis, to promote new skills, career opportunities, and development in the European Information and Communication technologies arena, generating new expertise and high-value human capital for the European Research Area.