habitat Netzwerk | Success Story – open.DASH
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Digitalization gets more and more part of the daily life in our homes. Intelligent devices, sensors and actuators help us to learn more about our environment and activities at home, but they generate a huge amount of data. These data can be visualized for various use cases like e.g. energy efficiency, comfort or security. In addition, the information can help to identify new automatization potentials.

The user needs are very specific and individual. They depend on a variety of different factors. So, there’s a big challenge for the visualization of Smart Home Data: Every user needs an individual solution which helps to adapt to personal information requirements and allows the user to explore their personal home.


open.DASH offers the possibility to customize and configure the Smart Home Interface to a huge variety of user specific requirements and demands. open.DASH operates as a hybride tool:

Many elements for data-visualization are already pre-defined and ready to use, like e.g. widgets for displaying the energy consumption. The user can leave them as they are or adjust them according to his own needs. Like using a construction kit, consumers can arrange their own dashboard.

Step by step they can create their own visualizations, explore data and add those visualizations to their dashboard. Our open.DASH dashboard system is independent of the most available Smart Home technology. For a variety of existing sensors and actuators interfaces are available in order to support universal integration in our system.

  • Pre-defined visualization elements for simple creation of Smart Home data views
  • Possibility to explore data and design individual visualizations independently

In cooperation with households that already use Smart Home systems, we elaborated data specific needs and potential value adds. In workshops and interviews we identified common and overlapping demands of end-users, for whom we could create and implement pre-defined widgets, that have been tested and evaluated in practice. In the context of a two-stage usability test an assistant module was developed and iteratively improved – supporting end-users now to create their own individualized visualizations.


This is what our test household from Living Lab Siegen say about open.DASH:

„I like the design, it’s clearly arranged. (…) You can adapt your widgets and arrange many things.“

„The configuration process of open.DASH is – in contrast with other solutions – intuitively. It works quickly!“