Effective visualization and control of the indoor environmental quality in smart buildings

Nadine Von Frankenberg und Ludwigsdorff, Sebastian Peters, Bernd Brügge, Vivian Loftness, Azizan Aziz

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Smart environments collect huge amounts of low-level data, but tend to fail to provide this data in an accessible, user-friendly, and meaningful way. Given the amount of time we spend inside buildings, the indoor environmental quality has a strong influence on our productivity and health. We developed the system SmartSpaces that aggregates and visualizes environmental data in a smartphone application. The goal is to provide access to this data such that users can understand and improve the factors that influence their well-being. User interface guidelines for visualizing the environmental quality are proposed. We describe a case study of occupants in a smart building that allows them to access the data. The findings show that usability and transparency increase the users' awareness of the environmental quality. This can lead to a behavioral change and therefore improve the users' health and productivity, and optimize the energy consumption of buildings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-129
Number of pages6
JournalCEUR Workshop Proceedings
StatePublished - 2016
EventGemeinsamer Tagungsband der Workshops der Tagung Software Engineering 2016 - Workshops of the Conference on Software Engineering, SE-WS 2016 - Wien, Austria
Duration: 23 Feb 201626 Feb 2016


  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Indoor environmental quality
  • Internet of things
  • Mobile application
  • Smart buildings
  • Smart environments
  • Visualization


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