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University of East London

IoT Living Lab – enabling University of East London's digital and sustainability transformation

Siemens Advanta supports the University of East London to accelerate its efforts towards achieving a net-zero mission. The primary objective is to establish a living lab that promotes research and innovation in the field of sustainable data. This initiative is centered around reducing energy consumption, fostering the growth of eco-friendly businesses, and cultivating a diverse pool of talent for the green economy.

The University of East London sought to enhance the talent pipeline by equipping graduates with the skills, tools, and competencies needed in a rapidly changing world. Simultaneously, the campus aimed to become carbon neutral through the integration of the latest technologies.

Client Challenge

The Living Lab provides a centralized access point to all important data and enables exploration of digital-enabled sustainable solutions. It uses the campus as a testbed, bringing together siloed data and functionality for easy accessibility by professional services, academia, and students.

Our Approach

The Living Lab transforms the campus into an inclusive, intelligent, and sustainable ecosystem, empowering students to create impactful solutions using the latest technologies and develop in-demand digital skills. This includes exploring the most efficient route to achieving Net Zero Carbon.

The Impact

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IoT Living Lab creates economic, environmental, and socio-cultural impact for UEL

The case study about the Living Lab is highlighted in the Economic, Environmental, and Socio-Cultural Impact Report 2023 of UEL. This report showcases the partnership between UEL, Siemens and Siemens Advanta, which led to the launch of the Living Lab project. The Living Lab aims to create a smart and sustainable environment for testing green innovation. It provides access to campus energy data for UEL students, staff, and researchers to analyze energy usage and simulate changes. Additionally, the Living Lab serves as a real-world test bed for researching and adapting technology. The collaboration between UEL and Siemens emphasizes the importance of community involvement in promoting the local green economy. The Living Lab enables students and researchers to utilize real data to enhance learning, teaching, collaborative research, and local-scale projects. It also supports hackathon initiatives and an internship program to foster sustainable enterprise on campus.

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