Demo Abstract: Human-in-the-loop BMS Point Matching and Metadata Labeling with Babel

Jonathan Fürst, Kaifei Chen, Randy H. Katz, Philippe Bonnet

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The inconsistent metadata in Building Management Systems (BMS) hinders the deployment of cyber-physical applications in non-residential buildings. In this demonstration we present Babel, a continuous, human-in-the-loop and crowdsourced approach to the creation and maintenance of BMS metadata. Occupants provide physical and digital input in form of actuations (e.g., the switching of a light) and readings (e.g., the reading of the room temperature of a thermostat) to Babel. Babel then matches this input to digital points in the BMS based on value equality. We have implemented a prototype of our system in a non-residential building over the BACnet protocol. While our approach can not solve all metadata problems, this demonstration illustrates that it is able to match many relevant points in a fast and precise manner.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd ACM International Conference on Embedded Systems for Energy-Efficient Built Environments, BuildSys 2015, Seoul, South Korea, November 4-5, 2015 : BuildSys '15
Number of pages2
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2015
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-3981-0
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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