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

16 – 27 March 2015, ICTP-Trieste

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.

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