In recent years, the energy sector has been subject to many controversies among citizens. The price of “light” and the excess contamination caused by non-renewable energy sources are the themes of never-ending public debates. Researchers in this field work on creating systems that reduce expenses and contamination through the increased use of renewable energies.

Research work on smart cities is a crucial element for smart energy management. The key to resolving the majority of our energy problems is the wise and efficient management of energy in cities, which can be achieved with current advances in electrical engineering and information technologies. The use of a management system which measures and optimizes expenses allows to improve the efficiency of electric networks.

One of the fundamental aspects of this balance is the new assumption that citizens may produce their own renewable energy. The bidirectional control of this energy contributes to an effective production and distribution process. At present, the BISITE Group is working on diverse projects whose aim is to improve the energy sector, these include BISITE Lamp, eBikeMotion and Tabón.

The BISITELamp project develops a public and private lighting management system to achieve economic savings. The system watches the movement of people in different areas in order to regulate the use of lighting. Another project is called eBikeMotion, it is a platform which allows to control all the functions of electric bicycles through a smartphone placed on the bike’s handle. Lastly, Tabón designs a technology to improve the control of high voltage lines through the measurement of earth ground resistance.

As you can see, the problem of energy efficiency is one of BISITE’s focal points. It is an issue of great concern and we must work together to achieve progress, BISITE is ready to do its bit.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.