The system will be developed using marketable hardware products and standard communication technologies, in a software environment which allows the definition of control networks architectures with components independent from Manufacturers.
A substantial demonstration and validation phase will be performed to evaluate, through short-term and long-term practical tests, the effectiveness of the UMBRELLA system. This process will maximize the deliverable of a Scalability and Replication Plan, detailing the use of the system in any neighbourhood in Europe, covering all technical, economic, legacy and legal aspects, with contributions to/from standardization and regulation measures.
The UMBRELLA project will be completed over 36 month’s duration.
- Overall the first 12 months will define the characterisation of the value chain and assess the stakeholder engagement and requirements.
- The second 12 months will focus on the development of the business models and the toolset and the integration of these two activities with the UMBRELLA dynamic online web portal.
- The final 12 months will complete the demonstration phase, assessing and recording the overall benefits.