The ITEA project SEAS is at the heart of energy transition. Their
revolution: cost-effective, environmentally friendly and customer-focused energy streams through
efficient interaction between providers, consumers and prosumers... everywhere.
The project set out to enable interoperability of energy, ICT and automation systems at consumption
sites, introducing dynamic and intricate ICT-based solutions to control, monitor and estimate energy
consumption. It also explored business models and solutions to enable energy-market participants to
incorporate micro-grid environments and active customers. The SEAS platform will allow the charging of
electric cars, the production of warm water, the triggering of home appliances (dishwashers, washing
machines, refrigerators, etc...) and other activities requiring electricity, in accordance with weather
information, available production capacity, local constraints of the distribution grid and many other
factors. These operations will be enabled automatically, by remote control, without further consequences
in the distribution of energy (over or under-voltage, etc.), at the best price for consumers.
The scope and range of the project is evident from 120 use cases classified in six main categories along
with 30 ontologies for the energy domain. In addition to two demonstrator scenarios defined on
autonomous buildings and microgrids, 16 pilots in four different countries and distributed data
platforms were installed and supplemented with a Microgrid Context Awareness Framework, including
algorithms. This was demonstrated on a dataset of 40 houses (2125 metering points) and four billion data
entries plus a Last Mile Data Acquisition Hybrid Network.
In terms of revenues, the SEAS exploitation in the short term (2017) is expected to be € 2 million,
medium-term exploitation (2018) anticipated to be € 25 million and long-term revenues (2019 to
much as € 600 million.
"SEAS is a standard that will allow any kind of energy - heat, cold,
gas, electrons - to be transferred securely and automatically with embedded artificial intelligence
between devices that either produce, store or consume. This is a really, really major development in the
IoT for energy, one that is going to transform the future."
ENGIE (project leader of the SEAS project) introduced the DAPM (data access point manager), a dedicated
middleware and appstore for city areas, open to third party applications and data. This new "City as a
Service" model breaks down not only the energy silos but also other verticals in a first step towards
interoperability. Data management thus operates horizontally across domains – transport, water, heating,
lighting, even weather information and traffic regulation, bringing urban management to a higher level.
DAPM has already been taken up by Aubagne (for public lighting) and is being considered in Rennes,
Marseille, Saint-Nazaire in France and Barcelona in Spain. A partnership for prototyping has already
been signed between ENGIE & Intel, the latter providing dedicated chipsets, cybersecurity and artificial
intelligence solutions for large-scale industrialisation. The DAPM architecture has been chosen by ENGIE
as the reference architecture for the company's overall service platform. The market potential using the
service platform including the applications (cumulative from 2017 to 2020) is approximately US$70
billion for the geographical regions where the ENGIE competence already exists.
The impact of the results is wholeheartedly underlined by Engie's CTO who compared the impact of SEAS
with that of the international banking standard SWIFT that allows safe and secure money transfers
between banks all over the world.
Finnish company Asema Electronics markets the Smart API SDK and its specification. Furthermore, Asema IoT
Central is a software that embeds the functionality of the Smart API into a development platform that
can be used by organisations who want to implement their own energy and mobility IoT solutions. The
Asema IoT Central is used in smart cities for smart waste management, smart lighting, vehicle sharing,
smart charging and building management - this offers a single, holistic view of all city data across
various departments and organisations within the city. Coordination between departments and
organisations can now be made much more effortlessly and automatically. For instance, cities can combine
the routes and tasks of people managing infrastructure: an electrician repairing a street light can
check the status of waste containers and water pipes while on site, plan daily routes based on tasks
from multiple interconnected systems, and report these to the corresponding systems with one interface.
Planning and coordination can be shared between subcontractors from whom the cities buy services, while
the city management gets one integrated map and dashboard of the city, including service vehicle
locations, street lights, electric vehicle charging and parking.
The Enerim EMS (Energy Management System) from the Finnish partner Empower also builds on the SEAS
It is an energy domain network and market-process orchestration system that allows the network to be
balanced with market and control functionalities. Enerim EMS enables energy companies and
communities or industrial customers to manage their energy assets and market positions more efficiently.
Market participants and renewable energy integrators benefit from Enerim EMS enabled access to multiple
market levels and can create shared energy positions based on the distributed energy resources. The
CIS (Customer Information System) solution that builds on SEAS knowledge in connectivity is gradually
becoming the premier new energy customer information management and billing solution. It is deployed now
facilitate emerging data-hub enabled retail markets in Finland with over 45% of the national
metering points it manages over the next years. Finally, Empower is already taking the concept further
within another ITEA project (M2MGrids) involving NOKIA as a multinational connectivity enabler.
As SEAS project leader and senior project coordinator at Engie, Philippe Bourguignon, explains: "SEAS was
first ITEA project on semantics with a big impact, but it will not be the only one. M2mgrids and BaaS
two ITEA projects with the same semantics technology as SEAS, with the involvement of big players like
and Siemens. Thanks to this, ITEA can have a big footprint."