RERUM in IERC village at SIDO 2015, Lyon, France

Recent outcomes of the RERUM project were demonstrated at SIDO 2015, an international event where startups, manufacturers, tech companies, digital players, labs, investors, designers, contractors and media gather to explore the Internet of Things and make it the new economy.

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RERUM’s booth attracted many individuals, as well as companies, finding the project’s approach particularly interesting. The majority of the people interested in RERUM expressed their feeling that major players in IoT industry rarely mention anything about privacy and security of data.

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Furthermore, some IoT service providers expressed their interest to incorporate RERUM’s results (e.g., middleware) to 3rd party’s platforms in order to enhance their security and privacy mechanisms, acknowledging the fact that they play a crucial role in IoT business deployment

 

Workshop on Scientific Applications for the Internet of Things (IoT)

16 – 27 March 2015, ICTP-Trieste

http://wireless.ictp.it/school_2015/

Antonio Liñán (Zolertia) was invited as a speaker to participate in the 2015 ICTP workshop about Internet of Things, amongst a fine crowd of speakers from the Academia, International organizations and organizations from all over the world, for 2 hectic weeks, covering a wide range of subjects from basics about sensors and IPv6 to deploying real live IoT applications using Wireless Sensor Networks, cloud platforms and Big Data.

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Over 30 participants from 25 different countries and most diverse scientific backgrounds were invited at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), sponsored by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) and NetworkTheWorld (NTW).

The workshop objective was to prepare scientists for the IoT paradigm shift, to begin to evaluate new and developing technologies, establish collaborations and participate in joint efforts with experts in sensor technology, communications, information management, and networking to design and implement prototypes of IoT.

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Antonio was to organize the hands-on sessions to work on Contiki OS using Zolertia hardware development platforms, covering from basics such as timers, sensors and blinking a LED, to deploy low power and wireless MQTT, CoAP, UDP and RESTFull networks, able to communicate with external IoT known platforms such as Ubidots, Plotly, etc, over IPv6, enabling devices to be reached from anywhere in the world and truly connect things to the Internet.

The Zolertia Re-Mote platform, developed jointly with Universities and Industrial partners in the frame of the European research project RERUM (RERUM: REliable, Resilient and secUre IoT for sMart city applications), was presented to the crowd with a positive feedback from the attendees, as it provides a solution for their most common requirements such as low-power operation, long range to deploy on most diverse environments without range constrains, and industrial grade design, built on top of Open Source tools and resources, enabling researchers and scientists to build their own applications and improve their existing projects, such as “Smart Energy Monitoring” by the University of the Western Cape (UWC), “Wireless Sensor Network for Radiation Monitoring at Argentinean Nuclear Research Reactor RA-6” by the Bariloche Atomic Center, and “IoT for Tea plantation” by the Rajarata University of Sri Lanka.

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On day eight, the talks were focused on IoT, privacy and security by Stephen Hailes (University College London) and Steve Song (University of Oregon), covering the requirements and challenges for the IoT paradigm such as Trust/key establishment, assurance of middleware and components, secure routing. RERUM tackles these challenges developing a framework based on the concept of “security and privacy by design”, embedding security and reliability on the hardware smart objects (such as the Re-Mote platform), and providing reliable, robust and context-aware communications minimizing the energy consumption.

The feedback and insights gotten from the attendees and speakers at the workshop proved to be very valuable, validates both the Zolertia Re-Mote platform value proposal, and the need for a secure and privacy-aware framework to enable real IoT applications.

UNIVBRIS and Zolertia Port Contiki to the RE-Mote Platform

Within days after the production of the first batch of RE-Mote devices, George from the University of Bristol visited Zolertia for a 10-day long software development marathon. During this period, he worked very closely with Zolertia’s team, and the outcome of this effort was that the Contiki Operating System will now run on the RE-Mote.

All the basic functionality is in place (clocks, timers, support for LEDs and buttons, IEEE 802.15.4 2.4GHz RF operation over the built-on CC2538 radio). The Contiki port also supports the following of the more advanced RE-Mote hardware features:

  • Native USB.
  • Phidgets.
  • The TMP102 ambient temperature sensor.
  • An ultra-low power benchmark to validate the Re-Mote design and low power operation
George, two RE-Motes, Antonio's notebook and the necessary snacks

George, two RE-Motes, Antonio’s notebook and the necessary snacks

The team during a Contiki crash-course

The port’s sources have already been made available to all RERUM partners, and consortium members have already achieved the following using RE-Mote + Contiki:

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RE-Mote-powered Coin Box

More features are being added all the time:

  • sub-GHz operation over the CC1120 RF transceiver
  • support for the Zonik, Zolertia’s own sound sensor
  • support for more of the RE-Mote sensors. SHT25 – Digital Humidity & Temperature Sensor (RH/T)
  • TSL2563 Light-to-Digital Ambient light sensor

Important political commitment to the ‘Internet of Things’

Prime minister David Cameron has announced that the UK government will spend an extra £45m on funding the development of “Internet of Things” technology.

This pledge by the prime minister came at the opening of the 2014 CeBIT technology trade fair in Hannover Germany and will more than double the funds available to UK technology firms working on everyday devices that can communicate over the internet.

“I see the Internet of Things as a huge transformative development – a way of boosting productivity, of keeping us healthier, making transport more efficient, reducing energy needs, tackling climate change,” he said.

Analysts say the Internet of Things could transform daily life. US research firm Gartner predicts there will be nearly 26 billion devices connected to the Internet of Things by 2020. (BBC News)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-26504696

Pre-FIA Workshop

RERUM is co-organizing a pre-FIA workshop together with 3 new IERC projects: VITAL, CityPulse and COSMOS. The workshop explores the concept of “IoT as a proponent of new Business Models and Social Engagement in Smart Cities” and includes both keynote presentations and panel discussions, encouraging also the participation of the audience in the discussions through Q&As.

The workshop will take place on Monday March 17th from 09.30 to 13.00. A draft agenda of the workshop is available at http://www.fi-athens.eu/program/workshops/iot-proponent-new-business-models-and-social-engagement-smart-cities.

Registration is open. Please register through the FIA event: http://www.fi-athens.eu/.

RERUM at PerCity 2014

RERUM consortium members recently wrote a paper entitled “Enabling Reliable and Secure IoT-based Smart City Applications”. This paper has been accepted for publication in the proceedings of the 1st International IEEE Workshop on Pervasive Systems for Smart Cities (PerCity).

The workshop will take place in Budapest and is organised in conjunction with the 12th IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom 2014).

For an up-to-date list of RERUM’s academic publications including DOI links, please visit the papers page.

2nd RERUM Meeting in Munich – Presentation on COMPOSE

RERUM’s 2nd meeting took place in Siemens AG’s offices in Munich on December 9th and 10th, with very strong attendance from all partners.

During the meeting, there was also a presentation given to us by University of Passau’s Daniel Schreckling on the COMPOSE project’s security architecture. We found that COMPOSE and RERUM have a host of complementary elements and, as a result, Daniel’s seminar talk was followed by very lengthy and interesting discussion!

Many thanks to Daniel and COMPOSE for taking the time to come and talk to us.

RERUM: REliable, Resilient and secUre IoT for sMart city applications

RERUM will develop, evaluate, and trial an architectural framework for dependable, reliable, and secure networks of heterogeneous smart objects supporting innovative Smart City applications. The framework will be based on the concept of “security and privacy by design”, addressing the most critical factors for the success of Smart City applications.

The Challenge

The rapid growth of cities aggravates many challenges associated with living in urban environments, such as public safety, transportation management, waste disposal, noise, air, and water pollution. Smart Cities provide ICT enabled services and applications to citizens, companies and authorities, driving competitiveness and improving quality of life. The Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm has been suggested as a solution. With IoT, objects like phones, cars, household appliances, or clothes become wirelessly connected and can sense and share data. A key challenge for IoT towards Smart City applications is ensuring its reliability, incorporating the issues of security, privacy, availability, robustness and flexibility to changing environmental conditions. Without guarantees that Smart City IoT objects are: (i) sensing correctly the environment, (ii) exchanging the information securely, (iii) safeguarding private information, users are reluctant to adopt this new technology that will be a part of their everyday lives, which decreases the market value of Smart City applications for the service providers.

Project Objectives

The ultimate goal of RERUM is to allow IoT to become the fundamental enabler towards a truly Smart City, having the citizen at the centre of attention. The key objectives of RERUM are:

  • Identify common threats and open security/privacy/reliability issues in existing IoT frameworks for Smart City applications.
  • Develop an architectural framework for the interconnectivity of a large number of heterogeneous smart objects based on the concept of “security, privacy and reliability by design”.
  • Embed security and reliability on the hardware smart objects, providing reliable, self-managed, robust and context-aware communications minimizing energy consumption.
  • Investigate the adaptation of Cognitive Radio (CR) technology in smart objects to minimize wireless interference and ensure the “always connected” concept.
  • Evaluate the performance of the framework in two real-world Smart City environments: Tarragona and Heraklion.

Methodology

RERUM’s work is split into three major scientific and technical phases for optimizing the workplan and better monitoring and managing the progress of the activities:

  1. Architecture requirements and design
  2. Research and Development
  3. Trials development, experimentation and evaluation of results.

The work will be driven by the requirements of the target Smart City applications and by an assessment of the threats and open security issues in existing IoT frameworks for smart cities. The work will also follow an iterative approach starting from an initial definition of the architecture and the respective mechanisms that will be refined as the work progresses in order to mitigate any identified issues. The key scientific areas of focus of the project are:

  • Security, privacy and trust in IoT-based smart objects.
  • Information security and privacy in smart city applications.
  • Reliable interconnectivity of smart objects based on Cognitive Radio.
  • Energy efficient operation of smart objects.
  • Performance and scalability analysis of IoT.
  • Smart City applications.

Smart City Applications

RERUM considers four smart city applications to drive the requirements for system development and these will be developed and tested in the trials:

  • Outdoor 1: Smart Transportation.
  • Outdoor 2: Environmental monitoring.
  • Indoor 1: Home energy management.
  • Indoor 2: Comfort quality monitoring.

RERUM has Started

REliable, Resilient and secUre IoT for sMart city applications

RERUM is a 3-year FP7 project funded by the EU under the FP7-SMARTCITIES-2013 programme. The project involves 12 partners and spans 6 European countries. Click here to visit RERUM’s page on CORDIS.

The project started on the 1st September 2013 and has a total cost of €5,196,176.00

RERUM will develop, evaluate, and trial an architectural framework for dependable, reliable, and secure networks of heterogeneous smart objects supporting innovative Smart City applications. The framework will be based on the concept of “security and privacy by design”, addressing the most critical factors for the success of Smart City applications.

You can read more about the project’s Aims and Objectives in the About page, while the Consortium page summarises information about the participants.

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Kick-Off Meeting

RERUM’s consortium members are excited to announce the start of this project.

The kick-off meeting took place on September 23rd-25th at Eurescom’s offices in Heidelberg, with over 15 attendees.