Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation launched

At the Net Futures 2015 conference in Brussels European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Günther Oettinger has officially launched the Alliance for the Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI in short) together with high level representatives from Bosch, Philips and SIGFOX. The alliance is expected to support the shaping of the emerging IoT ecosystem, both support the uptake of research results by businesses, and also drive research from a business perspective and thus ensure European leadership in this area.

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

Zolertia releases RE-Mote, the RERUM Mote

The RE-Mote is a hardware development platform. It follows the specifications 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). The idea behind RE-Mote is that there is a need for a rather powerful yet flexible and low-power IoT platform to be able to successfully tackle major issues for Smart Cities oriented IoT services such as security, privacy and anonymity. Zolertia’s RE-Mote aims to fill the so far persisting gap in existing IoT platforms that lacked the combination of industrial-grade design and ultra-low power operation capability, being at the same time easy to use and highly integrable to existing devices and deployment scenarios.

remoteAmongst many other features, the RE-Mote provides:

  • Double radio interface to enable personal area networks (100 m over 2.4 GHz) and long range applications (up to 40 km at 868/915 MHz).
  • Powerful ARM M3-Cortex processor with increased performance.
  • Direct programmability over USB (no external programmers required).
  • Ultra-low power operation (current draw is down to a few µA) to support operation on batteries for years.
  • A built-in battery charger allowing to directly connect solar panels and rechargeable batteries.
  • Powering from 2 to 28 V DC sources without requiring additional power converters.
  • Micro-SD card interface to store and retrieve data easily.
  • Security hardware acceleration.
  • Easy integration of existing commercial sensors and actuators.
  • Over the air programming to ensure that the device can be kept up to date.

Further information: Zolertia

RERUM supports CAMAD 2014

The International Workshop on Computer-Aided Modeling Analysis and Design of Communication Links and Networks (CAMAD) will be held on 1-3 December 2014 in Athens, Greece and RERUM is one of the seven projects that supports the workshop (as it can be seen in the home page of the workshop).

Apart from that, RERUM will have a strong participation in the workshop with several papers and demos and will also organise a special session on Recent advances in secure management of data and resources in the IoT (RED-IoT).

More details regarding the program and the accepted papers/demos will follow.

Initial real world trial discussion with Tarragona city representatives

On 29 September RERUM project experts met with the representatives of the Spanish city of Tarragona to kick-start the preparation for the validation process of the RERUM solution through real world trials. The discussions focused on various options for implementing the planned trials in Tarragona. 4 trials are planned in total, encompassing both outdoor and indoor use cases of smart transportation, environment monitoring, home energy management and comfort quality monitoring. The discussion with ICT smart city projects of the city of Tarragona covered the initial steps necessary to be completed, logistic aspects around the trials, overall responsibilities, and associated ethical aspects and how to deal with them. The deputy mayor of the city also attended a significant part of the meeting.

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Representatives of the city of Tarragona, Spain, including the deputy mayor, and RERUM project experts

RERUM plans that this initial meeeting will be followed up with a sequence of meetings involving also the identified key local players whose collaboration is essential.

Gartner predicts Internet of Things will spark supply chain reaction, will transform data centres and create challenges

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Techradar published that the analyst firm Gartner published a new report where they predict that a huge increase in the number of devices making up the Internet of Things (IoT), which will reach 26 billion by 2020, up from 0.9 billion in 2009, will have a significant impact on how the supply chain will operate.

According to Gartner, factors such as access to information about the supply chain and exposure to cyber-risk will become increasingly pertinent. In RERUM we also saw these risks in the WSN-based IoT and put the focus of the project in finding a technical solution to add reliability, privacy and security to the communication between devices.

Gartner, in another report published by Techradar, put the data centres in the eye of the storm of the IoT boom derived challenges, including security, consumer privacy, data management, networking, and server technology.

According to Techradar,

Security is a growing concern in the industry, and the increasing digitisation and automation of various devices in many different urban environments is likely to create new security issues. When coupled with the enterprise sector, where increasing volumes of big data present their own security challenges, it is not difficult to see that this will be a top priority.

Tied to security is the issue of consumer privacy, which is in the consumer consciousness now more than ever. The widespread adoption of smart devices means that more data is being collected on people than before, and any breaches in security will have a knock-on effect on privacy.

In RERUM we see also these challenges as opportunities and key enablers for a future with such amount of devices connected to internet that Gartner foresee.

Internet of Things: Freescale Addresses Challenges of Designing for the IoT

Security in the IoT is an important challenge that needs to be solved.
Geoff Lees, Senior Vice President and General Manager of MCUs from Freescale, one of the world’s biggest semiconductors manufacturers, highlights this in the above video (from 33″ to 1’07”): He underlines how important it will be to securely control the network access and security in the coming Internet of Things era.

This is one of RERUM’s goals.

Despite Freescale giving the maximum priority to the “Time-to-Market Focus Intensification” challenge, they identify “Securing information from the edge to the cloud” as the next important challenge “for making the IoT a reality”. RERUM focusses on Security and Privacy and Trust. We see Security as a main challenge and as a key enabler for the IoT. RERUM is assuming that companies, like Freescale, will solve the Time-to-Market challenge and bring technology to the market, that — implementing RERUM’s ideas and suggestions on those technology — allows building a more secure IoT.