"Internet of Things” became a trendy expression in the very recent past. The idea of a globally interconnected continuum of devices, objects and things in general emerged with the RFID technology, and this concept has considerably been extended to the current vision that envisages a plethora of heterogeneous objects interacting with the physical environment.
Today, a large number of different means are used to enable communication between heterogeneous devices. These can be described as "Intranet of Things", representing vertical silos that do not support interoperability. However, this balkanisation of efforts will lead to a predictable slowdown in devising a viable global solution. Furthermore, existing solutions do not address the scalability requirements for a future Internet of Things, they provide inappropriate models of governance and fundamentally neglect privacy and security in their design.
IoT-A, the European Lighthouse Integrated Project addressing the Internet of Things Architecture, proposes the creation of an architectural reference model together with the definition of an initial set of key building blocks. Together they are envisioned as crucial foundations for fostering a future Internet of Things. Using an experimental paradigm, IoT-A will combine top-down reasoning about architectural principles and design guidelines with simulation and prototyping to explore the technical consequences of architectural design choices.
The IoT-A project shall lead to an architectural reference model for the interoperability of Internet of Things systems, outlining principles and guidelines for the technical design of its protocols, interfaces, and algorithms;
corresponding mechanism for its efficient integration into the service layer of the Future Internet;
novel resolution infrastructure, allowing scalable look up and discovery of Internet of Things resources, entities of the real world, and their associations;
novel platform components;
implementation of real-life use cases demonstrating the benefits of the developed architecture.
"Do you think, an orchid will ever be able to tell its story? Do you think, it is possible to teach traffic to speak? Do you think, a car can call an ambulance faster than a phone? Can you imagine an ambulance that gathers critical patient information before arriving at the hospital?"
The IoT-A movie introduces you to the spectacular story of how the Internet of Things could benefit people and society in the future and how the European Lighthouse Project on the Internet of Things will "make things talk". It provides you with a glimpse into a concept being worked on by the IoT-A project team for several years, namely the Architecture Reference Model, ARM, a dictionary for the IoT, a toolbox for developers.
Project Acronym: IoT-A
Project Number: 257521
Duration: 1.9.2010 - 30.11.2013
Coordinator: Günter Külzhammer,
Technical Coordinator: Alessandro Bassi
Alcatel Lucent (BE, FR), CEA (FR), CFR (IT), CSE (GR), FhG IML (DE), Hitachi (UK), IBM (CH), NEC (UK), NXP (DE, BE), SAP (DE), Siemens (DE), Sapienza University of Rome (IT), University of St. Gallen (CH), University of Surrey (UK), University of Würzburg (DE), VDI/VDE-IT (DE), VTT (FI)