IoT Solutions World Congress-2015 and 2016

The RE-Mote, the hardware device created by Zolertia within the RERUM project, along with its core module, the Zoul, were presented in the two last editions of the IoT Solutions World Congress, yearly held in the trade fair space of Barcelona, in September, 16-18 of 2015 and October, 25-27 of 2016.

Zolertia’s booth mainly focused on showing these hardware products, RE-Mote and Zoul, and different applications of them were demonstrated to attendees, coming from industry and trying to understand how IoT and Industry 4.0 could be used to improve their businesses:

  • In the 2015 edition, a smart lighting solution was shown how to control, switch on and off and dimmer a street or an indoor lamp.
  • In the 2016 edition, the demos were about an industrial application connecting the RE-Mote to different industrial grade sensors, and a cold-chain application, monitoring goods carried into a freeze and using sensors from the UC-I2 Comfort Monitoring of RERUM.
  • Zolertia’s cold-chain demonstrator, implemented on a cool box using the RE-Mote, for the IoT Solutions World Congress 2016

    Zolertia’s cold-chain demonstrator, implemented on a cool box using the RE-Mote, for the IoT Solutions World Congress 2016

    Zolertia’s booth in the IoT Solutions World Congress 2015

    Zolertia’s booth in the IoT Solutions World Congress 2015

Speech recognition based home automation application

Home automation applications have attracted a lot of interest of researchers and companies for many years. Home owners are usually using tablets, smart phone applications or even control panels to act upon the household appliances, i.e. for turning on/off the lights, the washing machine, moving up/down the blinds, etc.

Lately, speech recognition has also made its way into home automation applications, using devices such as Alexa, but also smart phone applications for Siri, Google, etc. However, if the speech-recognition based systems are not properly designed to be secure, one can consider that they can become the Pandora’s box for intruders.

One such example is described here [1] where a person had spent a lot of money to make his house “smart”, but a neighbour just by yelling at Siri to “open the front door” from outside the household, he was able to easily get in.

To address such issues, RERUM prepared a joint use case with the EU-H2020-MSCA-RISE project LISTEN for secure speech-recognition based home automation applications. In this example, we have a microphone array (built within LISTEN) with 8 digital microphones, able to calculate the direction of arrival of the voice signal. Then, RERUM assigns different roles to the “users” according to the direction of the speech signal and identifies if the users are authorized to act upon the household appliances or not. Assuming that the microphone array can be placed either at the front door or at the windows, the system can easily distinguish if a user is inside or outside the house, so it can reject any commands coming from outside (so in the example of the neighbour, the front door wouldn’t open).

See below a video demonstrating the integration between RERUM and LISTEN and the implementation of the above mentioned scenario.

[1] https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2016/09/22/siri-opens-smart-lock-to-let-neighbor-walk-into-a-locked-house/

 

RERUM Final Review meeting

On December 1st 2016, the final review meeting of the RERUM project took place in Brussels. More than 20 members of the large RERUM team participated to the meeting, which showed the great involvement of all partners in the project.

Of high political value was also the attendance of the deputy mayor of Heraklion Municipality, Mr. Petros Iniotakis, who briefly analysed the importance of RERUM for Heraklion, how the project changed the philosophy of the Municipality and helped drafting the Smart City agenda, and how Heraklion wants to continue to support, maintain and extend the RERUM infrastructure in the following years.

The project consortium was quite happy to hear the excellent words from the project officer and the reviewers in the end. All of them acknowledged the very good work that the project has done and the high impact it had in all of its three axis: research, industry and cities. The confirmation from the consortium that the project results will be re-used in many other activities and ongoing project was also a very positive element.

Below you can see the RERUM team that participated to the final review meeting. Thanks to everyone that contributed to the success of the project! It’s been a very interesting journey.

The RERUM team in the final review meeting in Brussels.

IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things 12-14 DECEMBER 2016 // RESTON, VA, USA

 

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RERUM together with ARMOUR is co-organizing a workshop at the WF-IoT 2016 to be held in Reston, VA, USA in December 2016. The workshop is entitled “Workshop on User centric security, privacy and interoperability in the context of Internet of Things and Smart Cities” and attracted 13 submissions, out of which 6 papers were accepted for presentation. Elias Tragos (FORTH) and Adam Kapovits (Eurescom) are part of the organisation committee of the workshop and actively assisted in the promotion of the workshop and the handling of the peer-review process.

More info regarding the event here

Workshop on User centric security, privacy and interoperability in the context of Internet of Things and Smart Cities

 

IoT Solutions World Congress 2016 Barcelona

 

Invitation to the IoTSWC side-event workshop on 6LoWPAN over RE-mote and Contiki OS.

Invitation to the IoTSWC side-event workshop on 6LoWPAN over RE-mote and Contiki OS.

RERUM organized, together with the innovation department of the Barcelona City Council, called Barcelona Activa, and the company TheThings.io, a side-event workshop of the IoTSWC about “Building an IoT low-power application with 6LoWPAN and Contiki” based on the RERUM hardware platform, the RE-Mote, and the Contiki porting developed within the RERUM project.

The workshop, a three-hour hands-on seminar hosted by Antonio Jesús Liñán Colina and Marc Fàbregas Bachs, from Zolertia, took place on 24th October 2016 in the MediaTIC Building. The seminar was attended by 20 invited participants, mainly attendees of the side Congress and a clear majority of companies interested in understanding how to integrate some of the outcomes of the project, mainly on the hardware side, with their businesses.

At the workshop the attendees learned how to develop a ready-to-deploy prototype, integrating sensors and actuators with the RE-Mote low-power hardware, using the Contiki OS. Subsequently, they learned how to create a secure 6LoWPAN connected to TheThings.io, a company from Barcelona, providing a cloud-based IoT platform, that co-organized the event.

IoT BCN meetup group Barcelona 2016

Antonio Liñán (Zolertia) showing the RE-Mote and RERUM results during the presentation to the IoT BCN meet-up.

Antonio Liñán (Zolertia) showing the RE-Mote and RERUM results during the presentation to the IoT BCN meet-up.

In September 7th of 2016, in the TheThings.io headquarters, in downtown Barcelona, Antonio Jesús Liñán Colina, from Zolertia, presented the RERUM’s project and its achievements, and how to easily build an IoT application using the RE-Mote tool . The keynote was made in front of 25 members of the local community of engineers and makers interested in IoT, in the frame of an IoT BCN meet-up event.

 

RERUM demo at the Researcher’s Night organised at FORTH

The RERUM team of FORTH participated at the 2016 Researcher’s Night organised at FORTH on September 30, 2016.  Researcher’s night is an open public event that is being organised for 11 years and institutes all over Europe are opening their doors to the public to demonstrate their results. At FORTH many citizens, students, and young kids attended the event that was organised at the central building of FORTH.

Dr. Alexandros Fragkiadakis (FORTH) presenting the RERUM smart transportation application to citizens attending the Researcher’s Night at FORTH.

Dr. Alexandros Fragkiadakis (FORTH) presenting the RERUM smart transportation application to citizens attending the Researcher’s Night at FORTH.

Research teams from all institutes of FORTH participated in the event showing their results to the attendees. RERUM participated with a demo of the overall framework, showing also the extension of the framework to control and dim two lights. Moreover, the smart transportation demo was also presented and attracted a lot of interest of the participants. Dr. Alexandros Fragkiadakis (FORTH) and Dr. Stefanos Papadakis (FORTH) were present at the booth, explaining the importance of RERUM for improving the security of smart applications and how RERUM can help citizens protect their privacy.

At the IoT Week Belgrade 2016

Continuing the successful participation in the previous IoT Week events in 2014 and 2015, RERUM had a strong participation in the IoT Week 2016, held at Belgrade from 31st of May to 2nd of June 2016. RERUM was on the organisation committee of two sessions and participated in a third session with an invited speech. Furthermore, RERUM was part of the organisation of the IoT Week hackathon and had a booth with a demonstration of the latest advances of the project.

IEEE WoWMoM Coimbra Portugal 2016

Elias Tragos (FORTH) was invited to organise the 5th workshop on Internet of Things: Smart objects and Systems (IoT-SoS 2016), co-located with IEEE WoWMoM 2016 in Coimbra, Portugal in June 2016. The workshop attracted 16 submissions, out of which eight were accepted for presentation at the conference. The workshop was split in two sessions: (i) security and networking, and (ii) services and applications. Dr. Martin Serrano was invited to give the keynote speech, setting the basis for discussions regarding security in the IoT world. As it can be seen from the event photos, the room of the workshop was full with participants, which shows that the topic of the workshop and the accepted papers were of interest to the conference participants.

 IoT-SoS 2016 workshop.

Dr. Martin Serrano giving the keynote speech (left) and Dr. Ralf C. Staudemeyer from UNI PASSAU giving his presentation at the IoT-SoS 2016 workshop.

 IoT-SoS 2016 workshop.

Dr. Martin Serrano giving the keynote speech (left) and Dr. Ralf C. Staudemeyer from UNI PASSAU giving his presentation at the IoT-SoS 2016 workshop.

 IoT-SoS 2016 workshop.

Dr. Alexandros Fragkiadakis from FORTH (left) and Dr. Nikolaos Pappas from LiU (right) giving their presentations at the IoT-SoS 2016 workshop.

 IoT-SoS 2016 workshop.

Dr. Alexandros Fragkiadakis from FORTH (left) and Dr. Nikolaos Pappas from LiU (right) giving their presentations at the IoT-SoS 2016 workshop.

 

More info regarding the event here

http://www.ics.forth.gr/tnl/IoT-SoS-2016/

 

IoT Week Belgrade 2016 RERUM framework at work in a live environment

The RERUM team at the IoT week.

The RERUM team at the IoT week.

RERUM participated in the IoT Week with a booth, in order to showcase the RERUM framework at work in a live environment. George Moldovan (SSRL), Elias Tragos and Antonis Makrogiannakis (FORTH) attended the booth at all times, showing the latest advances of RERUM (Photo). The booth included a poster showing the RERUM architecture, a live presentation on a screen with more detailed information about the project, the distribution of leaflets and other promotional material, besides the live demo of the RERUM framework.

The live demo included RERUM Devices (the Zolertia RE-Mote), the RERUM Gateway, the RERUM Middleware and an example application requesting data from the devices. The components that were shown in that demo were the following:

  • RD Adaptor, drivers and firmware for the RE-Mote;
  • CS encryption/decryption;
  • Device registration and data collection activation;
  • Data minimization;
  • Smart transportation demo;
  • Integration with SocIoTal platform.

The RERUM booth attracted a large number of participants all three days (more than 50 in total) and there was much interest in the devices and the security/privacy mechanisms implemented in the project.