Long Term WSN Monitoring for Energy Efficiency in EU Cultural Heritage Buildings

  • Femi Aderohunmu
  • Domenico Balsamo
  • Giacomo Paci
  • Davide Brunelli
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 281)


Historic buildings are a distinctive and invaluable characteristic of numerous European cities, and living symbols of Europe’s rich cultural heritage. However, today, EU cultural heritage buildings are contributing huge percentage to the greenhouse gas emissions. This has led to the increasing of wireless sensor network (WSN) deployments aimed at monitoring and improving the energy efficiency of these historic buildings. In this chapter we show a long term, low cost, passive distributed environmental monitoring system that promotes energy-efficient retrofitting in historic buildings. We focus on the design and implementation of an innovative technological framework, and on the hardware and software development of the solution. The presented system provides real-time feedback for the civil engineers for prompt intervention via remote interfaces.


Real-world deployment Historic building monitoring Energy-efficiency Stack architecture Structural health monitoring Real-time systems 



The research leading to these results has received funding from the projects 3ENCULT and GreenDataNet, both funded by the EU 7th Framework Programme. In addition, the authors would like to thank WISPES srl for the implementation of the prototypes


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Femi Aderohunmu
    • 1
  • Domenico Balsamo
    • 2
  • Giacomo Paci
    • 2
  • Davide Brunelli
    • 3
  1. 1.Information Science DepartmentUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand
  2. 2.Department of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering (DEI)University of BolognaBolognaItaly
  3. 3.Department of Industrial Engineering (DII)University of TrentoTrentoItaly

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