BBDATA – Big Building Data A cloud platform for data storage and processing in the context of the Smart Living Lab
  • HES-SO
  • Prof. Jean Hennebert
  • Prof. Jean-Philippe Bacher
  • Smart Buildings
  • Big Data analysis and processing
  • Internet of Things
Our skills
Big Data technology stacks, Machine learning techniques.
Enabling Big Data technologies for building management systems.

Our Partners:

  • iCoSys – HES-SO//Fribourg
  • Energy – HES-SO// Fribourg
  • Smart Living Lab
Smart living lab HEIA-FR

BBDATA stands for Big Building Data and aims at developing a scalable cloud platform and tools for storing and processing smart building data. The project is realized in collaboration with the Smart Living Lab (SLL), a cross-school lab  in Fribourg aiming at developing the buildings of the future. BBDATA services are targeting data access, processing and analysis, using open, robust, standardized and secured big data technologies.


Numerous sensors and actuators are located in the different buildings of the blueFACTORY site. These sensors collect measurements such as temperature, humidity, presence, CO2, electricity consumption, etc. As these sensors are connected to different networks using heterogeneous protocols, gateways are integrated enabling a seamless and standardized way to communicate with all sensors and actuators as if they would be simple Internet of Things devices. Thus, research teams and projects of the SLL can easily exploit their recorded data using a unique and simple protocol.

BBDATA provides a shared cloud platform running Big Data technologies, enabling a low cost solution and a short time-to-research. The underlying infrastructure is powered by DAPLAB, our Hadoop cluster at iCoSys analysis and processing lab

BBDATA services also include processing capabilities and offer information visualization tools for understanding and communicating research results.

Update as of Sept 2019

BBDATA has been running without any faults for more than 2 years. It is now connected to more than 2’000 sensors located in the Halle Bleue and the Neighbourhub. Other projects have also started to use it as main storage and access facility for time series processing. In peak days, it is more than 10’000’000 values stored in BBDATA, representing billions of data every years. A decision has been taken to maintain a production version of BBDATA as part of the core research tools of the Smart Living Lab.


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FTAL conference 2018 - BBDATA