SMArc: Optimizing Energy Consumption with Semantic Technologies


The Daily Fusion reports, "Semantic Middleware Architecture (SMArc) is the result of a research conducted by the Department of Engineering and Telematics Architectures of Centro de Investigación en Tecnologías del Software y Sistemas Multimedia (CITSEM) of the Technical University of Madrid (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UPM). SMArc aims to optimize data transmission for smart grid users thanks to an effective mechanism for data exchange. This way, users can be simultaneously consumers and energy producers."


The article goes on, "The smart grid aims to improve the conventional electrical grid by using information technology. This would allow a better energy consumption which is essential for smart and sustainable progress of cities. Electricity has been traditionally obtained from power companies. Also, renewable energy can simply be generated by users. The integration of renewable energy is of great interest since users who use smart grid can choose between local produced electricity, to accumulate it or retain electricity for its possible trading."


It adds, "SMArc uses semantic technologies with a double purpose, to transmit data according to a common data format and to directly extract data from the content. The idea behind this concept is that the devices will interchange data amongst themselves according to the semantic characteristics provided by SMArc that allows the standardization of the system."


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