Data Analysis at ASCR

A new film by Siemens shows how ASCR generates and evaluates data.

The analysis of the data provides answers for the energy world of tomorrow.

ASCR’s Smart Home Control app

Use electricity and heating more sustainably and cost effectively with just a few clicks when sitting on the sofa or in the metro. This is possible for the 111 households at aspern Seestadt which are actively participating in ASCR’s energy research project. Since December 2016, these residents have had a clear and simple overview of their energy consumption, along with all apartment control options, via their smartphones or tablets, thanks to the Smart Home Control app developed by ASCR and EMAKINA.

The benefit to users is that they are able to view and manage all energy settings from any location and at any time via a personalised dashboard. Energy consumption itself can be managed as required. Heating and ventilation can be switched on or off, turned up or down, as desired. Similarly, predefined plug sockets can be taken offline using the app or by activating the eco button at the front door of the apartment.

Additionally, the app has user-friendly, pre-set modes such as workday, home office, party or holiday. A time-variable electricity tariff has also been implemented with which users can activate households, e.g. running the dishwasher, ironing, charging batteries, etc., at times when electricity is cheaper.

The app has an interface with the building’s technological systems, enabling the control function, and another with a database from which energy consumption data, for example, can be read. In addition to findings concerning user energy consumption, it can also be determined which app functions make sense over the long term and how often they are used.

This practical check is invaluable as real user data gives ASCR important insights into the behaviour of these users. Ultimately, the objective is to develop customer-friendly market solutions which are then applied on a large scale and to entire cities

R20 Austrian World Summit climate initiative

The R20 Austrian World Summit is a hub for sharing best practice examples of green infrastructure projects that help businesses and policy makers implement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and meet the global climate protection goals set by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Its inaugural conference was hosted on June 20, 2017 in Vienna, where ASCR was present with a booth and Michael Strebl, CEO of Wien Energie, took place in a panel discussion on the topic “solutions in cities and regions, strategies and best practice examples to prepare for the future”.

Insights into the energy world of tomorrow

Since June 2016, the ASCR Demo Center at the Seestadt Technology Center has been open and providing an insight into tomorrow’s energy world.

In an interactive showroom covering more than 60 square metres, visitors are given the opportunity to get to know the complex research programme and all its facets. A tour through the Demo Center demonstrates all about how the production, storage, distribution and consumption of energy can be efficiently designed in an urban context. Presentations are tailored to the interests and prior knowledge of the visitors. The content of interactive installations and animations can be controlled by a tablet and additional information displayed on demand. This way, the tour can be just as informative and interesting for a group of energy experts as for interested laymen.

In order to present information in a comprehensible and clear way, ASCR’s research areas in the Demo Center are spread over two levels. The first level focuses on components of energy research visible from outside, smart buildings, and the smart users interacting with these. The second floor of the Demo Center looks at the technical equipment, data flows and control elements that work in the background, i.e. the smart grid and smart ICT.

Where is it located?

The Demo Center is located on the first floor of the Seestadt Technology Center, Seestadtstrasse 27, 1220 Vienna. Tours can be booked by writing to or calling 01 908 93 69. There are no fixed opening times.