L1: Set-up

The aim of L1 is to provide the equipment, the spatial and infrastructural environment for the methods and demonstrators developed in Research Field 2 and to enable the test of methods. The laboratory is based on the works on theory and methods of interdisciplinary technology design (Research Field 1 and 2) and it is geared in its functions and equipment to their results.
The laboratory consists of three functional areas: a development area, an interior area and an outdoor area. The work to be carried in L1 is:

In the development area phases of design, implementation and early tests are taking place for the components that are used in the experiments (hard- and software). Therefore ten IT workstations based on conventional PC-systems and Apple Macs are so configured as to enable the development of mobile platforms like iOS and Android applications for different sensor /actor systems. Several powerful computer systems are to be available for the execution of simulation tasks. Concurrently, the development area is to be equipped with a sufficient number of sensor /actor systems.

In the interior area developments and investigations are taking place that can be assigned to the VENUS-scenarios, e.g. assisted living, mobile government or office environment. The demonstration area requires new architectural concepts for the UC- technologies in living and working spaces. For the simulated living or working surroundings and/ or typical environments are geared to both stationary workstations and also to mobile components (e.g. laptops, presentation equipment). Sensors will deliver context information that can process specific optical or acoustical information (e .g. cameras, microphones) or identify the presence of persons or objects within a determined area, for example by RFID.

In the outdoor area activities are captured that are taken place outside closed rooms, for example applications that offer contextual and location-specific services to the mobile user.

These experiments enable the test of relevant effects of technology such as the localization of persons and the creation of motion profiles in the context of UC-services.