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    Forewordby Grald Santucci

    15 illustrativeIoTapplication scenariosover 25 IoT concepts4 IoTexpertinterviewsby Stig Andersen

    Editor: Mirko Presser, the Alexandra InstituteIllustrator: Michael Skotting, Raaskot Visuel KommunikationGraphic Designer: Tine Raun, the Alexandra Institute







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    About a year ago, I started working

    on a then new European project

    called the Internet o Things Initia-

    tive (IoT-i) on a topic that was sup-

    posed to nd strategically important

    IoT applications.

    We managed to gather about 150

    application scenarios, short texts

    describing an IoT application in a

    situation. Quite diverse material and

    mainly rom other European projects

    past and present.

    Ater categorisation, combining and

    elimination we ended up with just

    ewer than 60 application scenarios

    that we presented to the public in

    a survey to nd out what scenarios

    would be strategically important.

    About 300 persons, mainly rom

    the ICT community, rom over 30

    dierent countries, took the survey.

    Now this is not bad but it is stay-

    ing within the ICT community. We

    need to branch out.

    We need to engage the general

    public, public authorities and busi-

    ness stakeholders that will be the

    contributors and end users o the

    Internet o Things.

    We need a new medium to com-

    municate the idea o the Internet o

    Things, its challenges, its problems

    and its benets; encouraging people

    to think about this new disruptive


    There are ew things better than

    telling a story with pictures.

    This comic book is aimed at

    everybody. Everybody can

    look at the stories that are

    being told and orm an

    opinion. Use them as a

    basis or deep discus-

    sions or just as inspira-

    tion; agree or disagree

    and anything in between

    but talk about it.

    We invite you to use the material in

    this book to communicate and think

    about the Internet o Things.

    Mirko Presser

    The Alexandra Institute

    Autumn 2011

    But in reality, we never aimed at making a comic book!

    We call it the Comic BookContributors:

    Srdjan Krco

    (Ericsson EYU)

    Tobias Kowatsch

    (University o St. Gallen)

    Stean Fischer

    (University o Luebeck)

    Wolgang Maas

    (Saarland University)

    Sebastian Lange


    Francois Carrez

    (University o Surrey)

    Bernard Hunt

    (University o Surrey)

    Richard Egan

    (Thales UK, Research and Technology)

    Jan Hller

    (Ericsson AB)

    Alessandro Bassi

    (Alessandro Bassi Consulting)

    Stephan Haller

    (SAP AG)

    Gunter Woysch

    (Alcatel-Lucent Deutschland AG)



    (the Alexandra Institute)


    (the Alexandra Institute)

    M ichaelSkotting

    (Raaskot Visuel Kommunikation)


    (the Alexandra Institute)

    S tigAndersen

    (Thingvalla Kommunikation)

    B enteKjlbyLarsen

    (the Alexandra Institute)

    Printed by PrinoAarhus

    Comic Book powered

    by the Alexandra Institute

    and partially unded

    by the FP7 ICT

    Internet o Things Initiative

    Coordination Action,

    contract number 2575652 1

    Throughout this comic you will nd Quick Response Codes or QR Codes pointing

    you to additional content such as videos, webpages or pd-les via the internet.

    Use a QR Reader or your smartphone to nd the content More about The Internet o Things Initiative on the ocial webpage

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    eration, smart communities, and

    governance, but also or getting an

    idea whether the Internet o Things

    will actually bring raw data to the in-

    dividual and the society and whether

    it will empower the individual and

    the society to generate new data.

    Whether we will be able to escape

    the enslavement o reication the

    essential tendency o capitalism to

    place the human condition under

    the reign o commodities and to

    propose a re-enchantment o the

    world grounded in the real, intimate

    and powerul connection between

    humans, objects, and nature.

    By letting comics illustrate the

    narratives o the many acets o

    the Internet o Things in particular

    society, technology, industry, etc.

    this book gives a large space to

    imagination and creativity, and also

    to excitement and trepidation. Its

    witty, charming, unny, and so in-

    structive and interesting! Opt in and

    have a nice journey into the uture!

    Grald Santucci

    Head o Unit,

    Networked Enterprise and RFID

    European Commission

    Directorate-General Inormation

    Society and Media

    This evolution marks indeed a

    technological disruption, which is

    perectly illustrated in this IoT Comic

    Book, but it also heralds the onset

    o a new paradigm or the relation-

    ship between human beings and


    In 2000, there were 6 billion

    humans living on Earth and 500

    million devices connected to the

    Internet. During 2008, while the

    EU Presidency was organising its

    Internet o Things Internet o the

    Future Conerence in Nice, France,

    the number o devices connected to

    the Internet exceeded or the rst

    time the number o people on Earth.

    Today in 2011, the world population

    reaches 7 billion and the number

    o connected devices 13 billion. By

    2015, there will be over three times

    the amount o connected devices as

    people on the planet and ve years

    later, there will be 50 billion con-

    nected devices or only 7.6 billion

    humans. At that time, imperceptibly,

    the world will no longer be the same.

    Then, will the prophecy o Trajan

    Koruga, the poet in The Twenty-

    Fith Hour o C. Virgil Gheorghiu be

    ullled? A society which contains

    [billions] o mechanical slaves and

    a mere [seven billion] humans ()

    will reveal the characteristics o its

    proletarian majority ().

    We are learning the laws and the

    jargon o our slaves, so that we can

    give them orders. And so, gradually

    and imperceptibly, we are renounc-

    ing our human qualities and our own


    Or will an enlightened version o the

    Internet o Things emerge in which

    the desirable power relationship be-

    tween human beings and machines

    will be refected in system design?

    I we take todays Idea o Man in

    the Western world, which views

    men as responsible and mature,

    able to act rationally, and capable o

    dening themselves through moral

    autonomy and reedom o choice,

    we establish high level guidance or

    how systems should be built and

    what an Internet o Things could,

    or should not, do or us. (Sarah

    Spiekermann, 2011).

    We must realise that the object is

    at the same time a communication

    channel and a stock o inormation,

    which refects social relationships in a

    society at a certain moment. Human

    beings communicate through the

    objects that they trade. The nature

    o the objects and the terms o their

    exchange are the symbol o the way a

    society watches and represents itsel.

    Thereore, the uture o the objects

    in the Internet o Things is not only

    important or understanding how

    we should address policies such as

    spectrum, standardisation, privacy,

    security, numbering, open data,

    education, recycling, global coop-

    Forewordby Grald Santucci

    When objects can sense the environment and communicate, theybecome powerul tools or understanding complexity and respond-ing to it eectively. Though such smart objects can interact withhumans, they are likely to be interacting even more with each

    other automatically, without human intervention, updating them-selves their daily schedules.

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    Smart urban waste management will provide useful information to

    the public by encouraging and promoting an easier and more

    environmentally friendly way of collecting waste.

    This can be achived by identifying and

    emptying bins and containers when

    they are close to their fill level butnot overflowing at private

    households, enterprises

    and public areas.

    The implementation of smart urban

    waste management will allow a more

    efficient waste collection and optimis -

    ing the way in which it is performed


    In addition, incentives can be brought for-

    ward to encourage citizens to produce less

    waste and recycle more.

    The Internet o Things will optimiseprocesses happening in the real


    Logistics, utilities or event operation

    are complex tasks that are gov-

    erned by many parameters that are

    today estimated or simply unknown.

    The IoT enables detailed data

    gathering o inormation on a much

    higher granularity and much better

    precision than ever beore.

    In the Smart Urban Waste Manage-

    ment application scenario garbage

    collection can be optimised e.g.

    in terms o route optimisation

    based on ll levels. Empty bins are

    bypassed, ull bins are emptied, and

    broken bins can be repaired quickly.

    Optimisation saves time and

    reduces costs an important actor

    or todays economically challenged


    Optimisation is, however, a chal-

    lenge in such scenarios. The de-

    velopment o algorithms to nd the

    right patterns out o masses o data

    and eed the results into reliable

    business processes will need much

    experimentation until the right level

    o condence is achieved.

    The Internet o Things will enablea world where we can have more

    incentives, and not just nancial


    Financial incentives have been

    employed or decades with a moder-

    ate degree o success in some

    areas they work; in others they have

    limited impact. It is all about instant


    Computer games are great exam-

    ples where there is always a task to

    be perormed that is just challeng-

    ing enough to engage in but easy

    enough to achieve (maybe ater a

    ew tries, but nevertheless).

    In the Smart Urban Waste Manage-

    ment application scenario citizens

    get instant eedback in the orm o

    green credits (a virtual currency)

    or their behaviour overuse o a

    resource (in this case the bin space

    is the resource) is punished by

    removing credits; and ecient use is

    rewarded with green credits.

    Credits can then be used to gain -nancial rewards such as tax returns

    or simply in comparing each other

    to your riends and ellow citizens in

    social real-world games.

    Experimentation with other than

    nancial incentives is an important

    area that knowledge rom the

    Internet o Things will enable. But

    nding out what triggers human

    behavioural changes, is altogether

    another area o research.

    Optimisation Incentives

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    Smart Urban


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    Interactive Street Sensing gathers data about the city the citys pulse.

    Sensors on every lamppost in the city measure data about noise, traffic,

    environment, crowds, temperature literally anything. Data is transmitted

    and processed and information is presented as ...

    for example, a map illustrating real-time and historic data of

    pollution can be viewed.

    dynamic infographics, showing interesting detail about the city as

    a living organism, e.g. how it is used by people, flow of traffic and

    impact on the environment ...

    Traditional urban planning happenswith government-generated data

    sets. These are relatively stable and

    are sourced with well established


    What i this is supplemented with

    much more detailed data? Data

    coming rom a plethora o sources,

    public and private.


    citizens or example pictures o

    things they want to have xed,

    like a pothole in the road.


    placed all over the city sensors

    might be owned by private or

    public organisations and need

    to be combined to orm a com-

    plete picture.

    There is no doubt that city planners

    can benet rom using large data

    sets that are stable and proven.

    But there is only a small step to

    envisaging dynamic data being ed

    into the urban planning process.

    Those dynamic data could, in

    particular, be used or real-time as-

    sessments o the long-term eects

    o the planning.

    Urban planning

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    Smart Urban

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    Citizens can see actions that the city planners have taken or are plan-

    ning to implement. Citizens can also actively participate in the conversa-

    tion by posting messages to the city authorities.

    According to broad public opinion,

    its vital to reduce the traffic generated

    emissions in the inner urban area!

    Later at a conference in the town hall ...

    The public has access to visualisations

    of the current level of pollution

    Citizens comments are collected, discussedat planning meetings and considered in new


    The Internet o Things will makepolicy.

    With the increase in ever more

    detailed knowledge about our world,

    and in particular our environment,

    policy decisions can be made based

    on real data. And more importantly,

    their impact can be monitored

    almost in real time.

    For example a new emission charg-

    ing zone is implemented: Does it

    have the desired impact on lowering

    congestion and the environment?

    How do commuters now get to the

    centre? Are there additional prob-

    lems such as or instance the over-

    crowding o certain public transport

    routes that were not oreseen?

    The interpretation o data or

    decision-making is a key challenge

    that the Internet o Things is acing.

    The development o algorithms

    that can sit through massive and

    diverse data to nd the patterns

    that explain our world without bias

    is a complex problem. Only then can

    the Internet o Things help us plan,

    operate and infuence our world or

    the better.

    Making policy

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    Sustainable Urban

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    Proper governance, in particular

    with respect to privacy and security,

    also needs to be developed. You

    dont want everyone to know which

    objects you have in your home.

    There is a risk o intrusion by

    governments and companies, and

    i you look at some o the current

    attempts at controlling the Internet,

    this is pretty scary. So privacy and

    security need to be addressed rom

    the point o view o both technology

    and governance.

    Alessandro Bassi is condent

    that the potential o the Internet o

    Things will eventually be realised.

    But short-term, he also sees the risk

    o actual implementations not being

    able to match the hype.

    Technical development takes a

    long time, and I think that some o

    the current hype about the Internet

    o Things may wear o. I dont think

    that anything major will happen

    within a timerame o about ve

    years in the eld, which may cool

    down the general interest.

    Alessandro Bassi considers the IoT-i

    orum to be an important instrument

    in the process o developing the

    vision o the Internet o Things.

    Work on the Internet o Things is

    carried out in a lot o dierent elds,

    so there is a need or a place where

    the tech people, the policy people,

    end users and science staers

    can meet and exchange ideas and

    experiences. But we need to nd

    a good story line it shouldnt

    be yet another board, yet another

    standardisation body or yet another


    Alessandro Bassi is condent that

    the IoT-i Forum will be a community

    where everything rom protocols to

    architecture and governance can be

    discussed openly.

    The IoT-i Forum is a community in

    the sense that individuals can con-

    tribute with their input and insights,

    and exchange o ideas can take

    place without any company policies

    or other external actors blurring the


    Alessandro Bassi has worked with

    the Internet o Things since 2004

    when he joined Hitachi Europe as a

    researcher or advanced networking

    topics. When asked what excites

    him about it, he does not mince

    words: The Internet o Things will

    be a much bigger revolution than the

    Internet and the mobile telephony

    put together!

    The response o Alessandro Bassi,

    Alessandro Bassi Consulting, to

    the question Does the Internet o

    Things need a killer app? is a case

    in point:

    I dont think we need a killer app,

    but we need a killer business model.

    Just look at the impact that Apples

    App Store has had on the app


    According to Alessandro Bassi, one

    model could be based on the idea

    o borrowing and lending objects

    instead o buying them. Obviously,

    with the whole process made much

    easier than it is today.

    Take the example o a drill, which

    you will see in many households.

    A drill can be pretty expensive, so

    given the act that you may in total

    use it or about 10 minutes in its

    lietime makes or quite a high price

    per minute. Renting one in your

    local DIY store is quite a hassle, so

    imagine putting a stupid chip into

    the drill and being able to track it

    and borrow it through some kind o

    community service instead.

    He points to logistics and health as

    sectors that will certainly benet

    rom the developments within the

    Internet o Things. Together with the

    energy sector, these are also the

    sectors where practical implemen-

    tations o the Internet o Things are

    most easily available.

    Alessandro Bassi does in act see

    some impatience among consumers

    or Internet o Things solutions that

    would make their daily lives easier.

    We are in a similar situation as

    with the Internet in 1992. The

    Internet o Things is in its inancy,

    but people are getting much more

    excited much aster. Why not just

    walk out o the supermarket with

    the ood in the trolley without having

    to take it out in order to pay?

    But what is the Internet o Things

    - really? The answer is obviously in-

    fuenced by the act that Alessandro

    Bassi has worked or years within

    the area o advanced networking


    I tend to see the Internet o Things

    as the interconnectivity o objects. It

    is the capability to uniquely identiy

    and communicate with objects by

    electromagnetic means. And he


    We are pretty much at the begin-

    ning, both in terms o number o

    interconnected objects and ways to

    interconnect them. To a large extent,

    we are still using wireless or RFID

    technologies to develop solutions

    or specic tasks. The Internet o

    Things will encompass these tech-

    nologies, but we need to go much

    urther. This also goes or everything

    related to the supply o energy to

    individual sensors or other devices.

    We cannot just stick a battery into

    all objects, so we need to nd a

    way to harvest ambient energy.

    In act, he says, we need to get

    away rom the idea o adding

    something to objects to enable


    We need real integration o

    components, or instance by the

    use o non-silicone transistors like

    transistors made o plastic. This

    would mean that we did not need

    to stick a chip on everything, but

    the transistor and thus the ability to

    communicate would be embedded

    in the object itsel. This is a very

    important aspect.

    Again, technology is only part o

    the story.

    We need akiller business modelAlessandro Bassi interviewed by Stig Andersen

    Much technological development goes hand-in-hand with largertrends in society and is uelled by other driving orces than the wetdreams o the geek world; and being a techie does not mean thatyou do not care about what lies around and beyond technology

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    Recently t e doctors ave diagnosed t at Jo ns

    Alzheimers disease is taking a turn for the worse.

    As a result, his children have decided to upgrade the monitoring

    solution with sensor applications that enable the monitoring of his

    whereabouts and mental condition at home and in the neighbour-

    hood. Johns doctor and his children can now monitor him remotely

    and receive a message in case of a problem.

    So John retains his private and social life which is

    very important for coping with his condition and hap-


    Hey John, how are

    you doing today?

    Im fine, thank you!

    Internet o Things applications canimprove quality o lie, in particular,

    or the elderly.

    In the domain o healthcare, Internet

    o Things applications are able to

    support not only the well-being o in-

    dividuals but they can also indicate

    prevailing sanitary problems.

    For example, body sensor networks

    can be used as direct eedback dur-

    ing athletic exercises but they may

    also reveal that a person suered a

    dangerous all. The latter case is in

    particular relevant to elderly people

    that ace those situations due to

    or instance their mental conditions

    or railty; they would be not able to

    contact their amily, a nursing ser-

    vice or the medical doctor without

    assisting technologies in case o an


    In those situations, the Internet o

    Things application would contact a

    responsible person with time and

    location inormation o the person

    concerned such that urther action

    can be taken as soon as possible.

    From the end-user perspective,

    such a service allows elderly people

    to live more autonomously and

    sel-determined, important actors

    that positively infuence the quality

    o lie.

    Internet o Things applications mustaddress privacy concerns to be suc-

    cessully adopted by society.

    Current IT-related discussions in

    mass media oten reveal de acto

    concerns about privacy eatures

    o web applications such as social

    networking sites. Accordingly,

    upcoming Internet o Things ap-

    plications must clearly address the

    potential invasion o privacy, too.

    Particularly with regard to their

    ubiquitous character and embedded

    sensors in every-day environments

    as exemplied by the ageing sce-

    nario on the let, these applications

    dier signicantly rom traditional

    oce or home oce situations.

    As a result, various data such as

    geographical location and time

    o service access can be tracked

    unobtrusively, without people being

    aware o it. One potential implica-

    tion would be the raudulent genera-

    tion o user proles that could be

    misused or sold to third parties.

    Even though this kind o data is

    oten required or business models

    and services to work properly,

    transparent privacy policies and

    secure data transer mechanisms

    are inevitable or the successul

    adoption o Internet o Things ap-


    Designing Internet o Things ap-plications must thereore cover at

    least two topics regarding privacy


    First, service providers must clearly

    communicate purpose, requency

    and details on why, how oten and

    what kind o personal inormation is

    being tracked.

    Second, latest and up-to-date

    encryption technologies must be

    employed to ensure sae data com-

    munication between end user and

    service provider.

    The development o international

    laws and provisions by public bod-

    ies is thus strongly recommended.

    Quality o lie Privacy

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    Ageing Population

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    Sure, this personal monitoring

    device for your home will help with

    the checkups and reduce the visitsto the doctors as we can monitor

    you remotely.

    Back in her own town ...

    She feels relieved and can now spend more time

    with her friends doing activities she enjoys.

    The continuous care concept enables patients

    with chronic diseases or elderly people with

    health impairments to stay in their own homedespite their health constraint, to reduce cumber-

    some visits to the doctor and to avoid premature

    relocation to a nursing home.

    The next day during a visit at her sons who is

    suering from a heart condition, she discovers a

    possible solution ...

    I very seldom even notice thisdevice anymore. Perhaps something

    similar would work for you as well?

    Well, I am not getting any youngerand healthier, but I want to keep my

    independence as long as possible...

    - but these many time-consuming

    consultations at the doctors just forroutine checkups are annoying.

    The Internet o Things will save youtime and improve your quality o lie.

    Primary healthcare systems around

    the world are stretched to a breaking


    A good indicator o this is the wait-

    ing time or treatment. Many o

    the visits are routine and part o a

    well-dened set o recommendations

    to provide the best care or patients.

    However, this is unsustainable.

    The ageing population and an ever-

    increasing demand or healthcare

    services are the cause. Telemedicine

    is a public-private partnership-driven

    concept that can turn this around.

    Telemedicine allows patients to

    be monitored remotely or routine

    checkups, using a wearable or

    portable device at home and on the

    move. Routine visits become less

    requent while treatment can still be

    adjusted with the inormation rom

    the telemedicine systems, giving

    patients more fexibility to enjoy their


    Telemedicine is a ast moving area,and applications and devices are

    oered commercially or the private

    user, but only a very limited number

    are linked to the healthcare system.

    For telemedicine to join the health-

    care system, a high degree o matu-

    rity is necessary rom both parties:

    the ICT and the Health communities.

    The ICT community needs to develop

    robust and open products that are

    certied by the regulators, and the

    Health community needs to move

    into the digital space, enabling

    electronic patient records and open

    (enough) platorms or devices to

    plug into.

    Saving time

    Choiceand acceptance

    Consumers want to choose their

    products, and choice makes the

    world a better (acceptable) place.

    The Continuous Care applica-

    tion scenario illustrates the patient

    choosing a telemedicine device.

    This is an important action or the

    acceptance o new technology in a

    very personal and intimate part o

    peoples lives.

    It is an iterative process o end user

    engagement in experimental living

    labs that get us to the point where

    good products are created.

    Understanding what the user wants

    is a key issue or the Internet o

    Things not to become a Big Brother

    or a Damocles Sword.

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    to the emergency services. Several other calls, apart from the

    collided cars, confirm the accident. The onboard sensors of the

    two cars ...

    - immediately detected the accident and the

    event was fused with geo-location information

    and transmitted to the local emergency author-ity to guide them to the accident site.

    Sensors in the car detect a serious collision and

    send a signal ...

    Two cars crashed at the

    intersection downtown.

    Ill alert the

    emergency services!

    Early in lie I had noticed that noevent is ever correctly reported in a


    George Orwell

    Event detection and interpretation

    is a key element or the Internet o


    In the Emergency Response

    application scenario the event o a

    car crash has to be determined ac-

    curately and rom multiple possibly

    conficting sources.

    The cars both report a crash to the

    emergency services and possibly

    the number o passengers and the

    orce o impact, bystanders report

    the crash calling on their mobile

    phones location and time are key

    actors in determining i the events

    are linked and can be combined into

    one emergency call.

    Ultimately, the event should be

    described in the most timely and ac-

    curate manner as possible to allow

    or the best suitable response.

    How many people are injured and

    how severe? Are there dangerous

    chemicals involved?

    Detecting events accurately is

    an important challenge o the

    Internet o Things and something

    that seems limitless in terms o



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    As Ted is parking his car thetrain is arriving and he hurries

    to the train.

    Using live traffic and public

    transport data, the intelligent

    commuter application has

    guided Ted to the light rail

    saving him valuable time. As

    an additional benefit, Teds

    green profile has increased,

    giving him a few green cred-

    its that he can use in his tax


    Ted is leaving for work in the morning; he is using the

    intelligent commuter application on his mobile phone

    to find the best route to work. The application receives

    live traffic and public transport updates and computes

    the best route for Ted. Today, It looks like there is a

    traffic jam on his route.

    Ill try the motorway, I can

    always take the earlier exit if

    things are getting worse

    There is a traffic jam ahead,

    if you take the next exit and

    park at the park and ride, you

    will save 10 minutes and still

    get to work on time.

    Damn traffic!

    GPS-based navigation has becomea norm in everyday lie o tourists

    and commuters alike it helps us

    to nd that museum and restaurant

    at places we are not amiliar with

    or plan our daily commute, taking

    into account the current trac


    IoT will provide additional eeds into

    the navigation systems and make

    the inormation mix even richer by

    combining weather conditions en

    route, eedback rom commuters

    already on the road, measurements

    rom road sensors, etc.

    Such rich inormation mix will make

    planning o a trip even more ecient

    and the trip itsel more pleasant.

    Ever wondered, while stuck in atrac jam on a motorway, would

    you already be at home having your

    dinner i you had let the motorway

    at the previous exit? No need to

    wonder anymore, Internet o Things

    can give you all the inormation

    needed to make decisions beore

    that motorway exit!

    Real lie is continuously evolving,

    new events happening, schedules

    changing, procedures being dis-

    rupted. To make the right decisions

    in such an environment, one needs

    to collect and process inormation

    about numerous events taking place

    in the real world and to do it in real


    Internet o Things will play a crucialrole in enabling such decision-

    making by collecting inormation

    relevant to the current context o

    each user trac conditions on the

    roads leading to selected direction

    (querying road sensors, sensors

    attached to trac signs and built

    into the cars), bus and railway

    schedules taking into account

    the location o the user and the

    intended destination, number o ree

    parking spaces at the railway sta-

    tion, road works, public events and

    all other activities that can disrupt

    or be benecial or the user to reach

    his or her destination as eciently

    as possible.

    Navigation 6th sense

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    Greg is taking the bus to work a nd checks out

    the next bus to arrive on his mobile.

    Once he gets o the bus a message displays

    the cost of the trip. And payment is performed

    automatically via his mobile phone.

    Bus 2A ...

    He will be charged based on the

    number of zones he crosses.

    Gregs standing here

    Hm, guess the bus must be

    on its way

    Near Field Communications (NFC)is an important technology o the

    Internet o Things.

    NFC is closely linked to the mobile

    phone and is a specialised technol-

    ogy in the radio requency identica-

    tion (RFID) technology amily.

    It enables many mobile phone appli-

    cations such as or instance secure

    payment transactions.

    The Internet o Things and location-

    based services empower a whole

    new view o the world.

    RFID tags provide an identication

    o an object in their most primitive

    orm. But i this is combined with

    location inormation, it is a powerul

    means o tracking objects, people

    and animals.

    What i we can do reverse look-ups

    where has a person been? Where

    are my competitors products most-

    ly sold? Where is the packaging o

    my products being disposed o?

    Many useul but also sensitive

    insights can be ormed i we knowwhere transactions take place:

    storing this and accessing it like

    a virtual database with structured

    queries will provide business intel-

    ligence and enable a new set o

    useul applications.



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    tion. I see a lot o potential in that

    and believe that sooner or later,

    it will materialise, says Harish


    Alcatel-Lucent is oering solutions

    or the Internet o Things today

    like a Machine-to-Machine service

    platorm with management unc-

    tionality, applications and services.

    But research and development is

    continuing. Harish Viswanathan

    points to areas where work is still

    to be done areas that he is also

    personally involved in through his

    work at Alcatel-Lucent.

    The wireless connectivity itsel

    needs to be improved. The wireless

    networks we have today are not

    designed or machine-to-machine

    communication that really only

    requires very small amounts o data

    to be processed. Further research

    needs to be done on how to opti-

    mise networks to handle a large

    number o small data transactions.

    As part o that, the issue o scalabil-

    ity also has to be addressed.

    Device management, low-power

    consumption and security and

    privacy issues are other important

    ocus areas, according to Harish


    And returning to his initial point

    about communication and exchange

    o useul inormation, he points to

    the issue o semantics.

    We have a challenge o analysing

    all the data available. What we need

    is a data model that enables billions

    o deployed devices to generate

    inormation that could be connected

    in a useul manner. There is ongoing

    research in the semantics involved

    here, and I believe that the results

    will have an important impact on

    the deployment o Internet o Things

    solutions, he says.

    Harish Viswanathan sees the

    Internet o Things Initiative as a

    very good opportunity or people

    rom dierent areas and industries

    to meet in order to understand the

    requirements o all the dierent


    One o the strong points o the

    Internet o Things Initiative is that

    it is international. Also, a lot o the

    other orums are industry orums

    ocusing on partnerships within

    individual businesses, whereas the

    Internet o Things Initiative also has

    a research ocus, which to a much

    higher degree provides a long-term

    perspective, he concludes.

    says Harish Viswanathan, CTO

    Advisor on M2M and Devices,


    Harish Viswanathan has a back-

    ground in wireless network solu-

    tions, and three years ago he joined

    the Chie Technology Oce within

    Alcatel-Lucents research arm Bell

    Labs, working on machine-to-ma-

    chine and sensor network strategy.

    A move he has not regretted.

    It was really an emerging eld at

    the time, and it has been growing

    exponentially ever since in the

    company and in the industry. Im

    happy that I got an early start within

    this very exciting area, he says.

    To realise the vision o the Internet

    o Things, a whole range o chal-

    lenges are to be met. According

    to Harish Viswanathan, one is to

    make communication with everyday

    objects more intuitive.

    Today, we can do a lot in terms o

    human-to-human communication at

    the push o a button. But the Inter-

    net o Things aims at enriching lie

    by creating more intelligent connec-

    tions between devices and people.

    In a sense, we are extending the

    human intelligence by intelligently

    processing data to the point where

    you can almost talk about an extra

    level o perception, he says.

    Healthcare technology allowing us

    to stay longer in our own homes

    and intelligent parking solutions

    enabling us to much more easily

    nd a parking space are just two

    examples o how Internet o Things

    solutions can improve our lives. So

    or Harish Viswanathan, achieving

    the vision o the Internet o Things

    is really about enabling individual

    applications in our day-to-day lives

    that pursue that very goal.

    Although many Internet o Things

    applications are sector-specic

    today, e.g. within healthcare,

    transport and utility services, Harish

    Viswanathan points to a number o

    elds where solutions per denition

    need to be cross-sector.

    Smart cities is a good example

    o cross-sector Internet o Things

    solutions. Here a number o sectors

    deploying machine-to-machine com-

    munication have to come together

    to create a smart city including e-

    cient and smart trac management,

    security, parking, etc. All with the

    objective o making peoples lives

    easier. Also smartphone applica-

    tions to control your home devices

    relating to energy consumption,

    security, etc. need to bridge dierent


    One o the major bumps on the road

    towards cross-sector implementa-

    tions o Internet o Things solutions

    is the lack o standards, or rather,

    lacking interoperability between di-

    erent standards.

    Today, many manuacturers

    reinvent the wheel and start build-

    ing solutions rom scratch with

    a slightly dierent protocol. This

    results in incompatible solutions

    and much higher development costs

    than i standard components and

    protocols had been used, says

    Harish Viswanathan.

    He believes that the dierent sec-

    tors will eventually come together in

    a machine-to-machine communica-

    tion inrastructure similar to that o

    a mobile network. This will mean

    that multiple applications can

    interact through a service platorm

    inrastructure deployed by service


    There is talk about creating a

    partnership project like 3GPP or

    machine-to-machine communica-

    Ultimately, it is about makingpeoples lives betterHarish Viswanathan interviewed by Stig Andersen

    To me, the vision o the Internet o Things is to enable commu-nication and to exchange useul inormation between and witheveryday objects in order to improve the quality o lie or people.

    Ultimately, its about making peoples lives better,

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    Pointing the RFID reader on the mobile phone

    at the products ...

    Anna gets additional information about the

    products such as origin and expiry date.

    While passing nearby products, Anna gets personalised advertisements from

    the store system considering her profile as well as her recent behaviour.

    While she places the products in the shopping

    trolley, the bill is updated in real time.

    Checkout and payment happens auto-

    matically, to avoid the lengthy queues at

    the checkout.

    While she takes a product, the

    device alerts Anna that its not

    suitable for her daughter Lea

    because of her allergies.

    This product contains

    traces of nuts

    Hey Anna. You liked this

    product earlier. Perhaps this

    one might be attractive too!

    The Internet o Things will enableaugmented reality.

    With increased detail o inormation

    rom sensors and tags, new orms

    o visualising this as knowledge

    will be important. Overlaying this

    inormation on a camera view, i.e.

    augmented reality, will be just one

    o the many ways o making sense

    o large streams o inormation rom

    sensors on the spot.

    In the intelligent shopping applica-

    tion scenario, Anne is using aug-

    mented reality to scan through the

    supermarket to nd products that

    she needs and obtain more detail

    about these products. At a glance,

    she can see where that missing

    ingredient is, i the product contains

    anything that her amily is allergic

    to, or where the product comes

    rom. It helps her navigate the

    shelves and make more inormed

    choices about her shopping.

    Visualisation o inormation rom the

    Internet o Things will be an impor-

    tant part to sit through the masses

    o inormation.

    Knowledge generated by the Inter-net o Things is power. With great

    power comes great responsibility.

    Benjamin Ben Parker.

    You can call it a privacy issue.

    But actually it is just a percep-

    tion. Staying with the example o

    supermarkets, loyalty cards collect

    inormation about their users.

    And many users seem to be happy

    to pass this inormation on. But

    loyalty cards only collect data about

    what is purchased, not what is

    looked at, picked up and put back

    on the shel.

    The Internet o Things will oer a

    much higher level o granularity o

    data about shoppers behaviour

    than previously possible. This

    inormation can then be used or the

    good o the shoppers, or instance

    to encourage a more healthy diet,

    or in targeted advertising to plainly

    sell more.

    There is a balance between gather-ing data and oering clear benets

    towards the consumer.

    What alls under privacy issues

    and rejection o a technology, and

    what is a new and benecial service

    towards end users is a ne line o


    Augmented reality Irritation versus responsible use

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    consumers profiles such as time spent in the area

    or in front of a product or products they are interested

    in (e.g. picked up but not bought).

    In real time, he observes the way the products impact the consumers behaviour.

    the products, type and variety, state

    or packaging, storage conditions,

    expiration date, remaining stock,

    changes in the products location

    and ...

    All products are fitted with RFID tags and sensors, allowing

    him to monitor information about ...

    Tom is working in a supermarket.

    He is in charge of the management

    of a the beverages department.

    In this way, I can conclude the flow of the goods in the

    department, the efficiency of my marketing strategy in

    the department, and I learn about the behaviour and

    satisfaction of the consumers according to the supply.

    The Internet o Things will allow orextreme streamlining o all process-

    es related to product management

    in logistics, such as to be ound in


    By employing dierent technologies

    such as RFIDs, sensor networks

    and intelligent accounting sotware,

    a supermarket manager will be

    able to keep track o his inventories

    without having to count manually

    everything will be automated. In

    addition, the sotware will be able to

    produce statistics on which prod-

    ucts are avoured by the customers

    or instance by just counting how

    much o a product has been sold,

    but also by monitoring customers

    behaviour in ront o the shelves. It

    is then much easier or the manager

    to decide where to place which

    products on the shel in order to

    optimise the oer and certainly

    the sales.

    With such up-to-date inormation

    available, a manager can react

    much more quickly to important

    events or changes in current

    situations, such as low inventory

    or changing customer needs and

    wishes and all this without any

    manual work, just through auto-

    matic monitoring.

    Radio Frequency Identica-tion (RFID) is probably the most

    important basic technology or the

    Internet o Things.

    Based on so-called RFIDs, all

    kinds o things in this example

    products in a supermarket can be

    rst uniquely identied, and second

    their location can be precisely


    RFIDs can take dierent orms. The

    best known is probably the one you

    can see in this comic book: here, it

    is a kind o electronic label or tag

    which can be attached to basically

    any item or group o items. But

    there are also RFIDs which have the

    size and orm o a grain o rice and

    can be implanted under the skin o

    an animal or a human.

    The most common orm o RFIDs

    (and the one relevant here) is

    passive: whenever they receive a

    certain signal rom an RFID reader,

    they send back a signal to this

    reader. This signal is unique or this

    tag, so the reader can uniquely iden-

    tiy the tag and thus the product


    RFID tags do not need energysupply the energy o the incoming

    signal is sucient to produce the

    outgoing one, at least or a distance

    o typically a ew centimetres, which

    is usually sucient.

    In combination with a reader and a

    product inormation system (a piece

    o sotware), RFIDs show their ex-

    treme power: it becomes very easy

    to count huge amounts o products

    by just moving the reader in ront

    o them.

    When a customer takes a product

    rom the shel and puts it into his

    cart, the shel reader will take note

    o this be reducing the amount o

    that product in the repository. The

    reader in the cart can automatically

    register the product so that pay-

    ment at the cashier can be done in

    zero time.

    It should not go unmentioned that

    many people have some ears

    concerning their privacy they think

    that with RFIDs, everything they do

    can be taken note o and accounted

    to them.

    Optimised productmanagement RFID

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    or having humans in the loop. This

    could employ some o the develop-

    ments rom the semantic web, and,

    who knows, we might even see

    a revival o some kind o articial


    However, the oundation or

    the Internet o Things is still the

    devices and smart objects. To see

    the possible aggressive growth o

    applications and innovation or IoT

    requires conronting some near-term

    challenges or this very oundation.

    Jan Hller summarises:

    There is still work to be done in

    commodiying the tiny devices with

    which we instrument the world - the

    sensors and the actuators.

    For this, we have to eliminate the

    ragmentation in used technologies

    and protocols and promote the use

    o standard IP and web technologies

    as well as e.g. operating systems.

    We also have to make sure that

    the devices can be used across

    applications and that the service

    the individual device is providing is

    properly exposed.

    And not least, we need to nd a way

    to actually carry out the necessary

    and massive deployment o devices

    in a cost-ecient way. So we

    need to put more eort into the

    design o tools to automate deploy-

    ment and conguration o devices.

    He is looking orward to the con-

    tinued work within the Internet o

    Things Initiative.

    I would be very happy i we would

    see representatives rom dierent

    industries come together and talk

    about what are the common chal-

    lenges in terms o technology, busi-

    ness processes and models, etc.

    There are a lot o orums out there,

    but they tend to ocus on specic

    industries. So it is my hope that the

    Internet o Things Initiative will be

    a venue where we can meet and

    talk about problems in dierent

    domains and discuss solutions that

    can span dierent sectors. We have

    a challenge in ront o us, but it is

    denitely worthwhile to try to meet

    this challenge, he concludes.

    This could be the route I should

    ollow to get to work, my summer

    cottage or other points o interest

    that I would actually like to be able

    to add to my online phonebook or

    social network, says Jan Hller,

    Master Researcher or Connected

    Things at Ericsson Research.

    Above the personal level, the

    Internet o Things will also have an

    important impact on enterprises and

    on society in general.

    For enterprises, it is very much

    a question o having access to

    all their assets and seamlessly

    integrate them into their business

    processes, and or society, it is typi-

    cally about urthering sustainability,

    dealing with environmental issues,

    monitoring water quality, developing

    new healthcare solutions etc., he


    Jan Hller is not waiting or a

    specic event or technological

    breakthrough to boost the Internet

    o Things implementations. We are

    already in the middle o it.

    There is already a lot o machine-

    to-machine communication going

    on out there; parking meters are

    connected, and vending machines

    automatically report when new

    supplies are needed. Each minute o

    the day, huge amounts o data are

    being exchanged between machines

    or various purposes within various


    However, according to Jan Hller,

    there is a big challenge in moving

    beyond application-specic devices

    and establishing an inormation

    model that will create re-use o the

    data generated by the devices or

    new applications in dierent ap-

    plication domains. Finding the right

    horizontal points in the solutions

    is key.

    Approaches dier on how to pursue

    this kind o horizontalisation, Some

    sectors are obviously more mature

    than others, but most industries

    have now realised that so ar,

    devices and applications have been

    tailor-made or specic purposes

    and using proprietary or industry-

    specic technologies. However, as

    we see convergence on consumer

    electronics devices and mobile

    devices around the use o operating

    systems, APIs, SDKs and the use

    o web protocols, we already see

    the same evolution on the IoT and

    M2M device side with the use o the

    standard technologies, e.g. IP mov-

    ing into very small devices. This is a

    necessity or costs to come down,

    and the technology is now mature

    or this to happen.

    On the subject o making use o

    generated data beyond the original

    purpose o the deployment:

    There are already useul deploy-

    ments within the transport, automo-

    tive, building, health and utility

    sectors, but everything is still very

    sector-specic. We need to create

    a kind o inormation abric that will

    make inormation generated rom a

    car or a building understandable not

    only within their own very specic

    application or domain but across

    applications and domains.

    Jan Hller believes that semantic

    annotations and linked data models,

    or other semantic technologies will

    have a role to play.

    It is really about how to turn vast

    amounts o specic data into knowl-

    edge to share, to be able to reason

    about the knowledge in an intelligent

    and automated ashion and to come

    to conclusions and decisions. This

    should be done without the need

    Beyond ragmentation andsector-specic deploymentsJan Hller interviewed by Stig Andersen

    Today, we make a separation between the real or physical worldand the Internet. As I see it, the two should be blended. Whateverreal-world interest I have, I should be able to get access to online.

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    Tom is on a business trip and will be away from

    his home for a few days ...

    Consumers are able to use their smart phones to connect and remotely read their elec-

    tricity consumption and shut down the heating in their house, as well as other appliances.

    The Energy Service Providers will use the smart en-

    ergy meters to remotely read the power consumption

    in order to send the invoice to the consumers and

    give advice on how to reduce energy consumption.

    Ok, seems like a new

    fridge would do magic tomy energy bill.

    Did I forget to turn

    o the heating?

    Ugh I see I left the

    oven switched on as well! so, now everything is

    switched o safely.

    The Internet o Things is your ex-tended memory.

    The Internet o Things will tell us

    or at least help us nd out i

    everything is OK. In the Mobile Ap-

    plication or Smart Meters scenario

    Tom cannot get a niggling thought

    out o his head did he switch o

    the heating or didnt he?

    How many times have you walked

    back to the ront door, the car or

    the oce to check i you locked it?

    How many times have you thought

    about having orgotten something to

    switch o?

    The Internet o Things will enable an

    extended knowledge base that we

    can query.

    But it is not just extended memory we can also remote control things.

    On/O are just some basic unc-

    tions o remote controlling things.

    Actuation, as it is called in the IoT

    community, will be an important

    part o domesticating things in our

    private lie and optimising business

    and industrial processes in our

    proessional lie.

    It is best to make decisions based

    on knowledge but only i we

    understand it.

    Much like in other application sce-narios, data streams are not easy

    to understand i they are complex.

    Additional processing o data is

    required to orm knowledge that can

    be used in decision-making.

    Visualisation o data is a great way

    o orming knowledge just like in

    this scenario. Tom is presented with

    a graphical view o his energy con-

    sumption and hints on how to im-

    prove the perormance and become

    more ecient. So he can make

    decisions on or example the return

    o investment on a new ridge.

    Extended memory Remote control Knowledge

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    The Home Central Control (HCC) provides the complete control of

    your house. It controls access, energy, heating according to your profile,

    environmental conditions and price.

    The HCC recognises which appliances

    (washing machine, dishwasher, water

    heater, heating system, etc.) are turned on

    at a given time and synchronises them to

    ensure the best energy efficiency taking

    into account pricing structure of the utility


    The HCC triggers the heating

    system by combining data

    from outdoor and indoor tem-

    perature, weather forecast

    from the Internet, and user

    preferences. It adjusts the

    house energy consumption

    to the real needs of the fam-

    ily, and most importantly it

    helps you save money.

    The Internet o Things will show uswho we are!

    Well, maybe it will not look into our

    soul, but it will tell us what we did

    or how long, where and when. We

    constantly interact with things a

    lot with our mobile phone and we

    leave ootprints already today with

    our actions.

    How much o this will be recorded

    and processed is an open question,

    but Facebook and oursquare or

    example already provide hints on

    how much some people are willing

    to share.

    So why not record everyday actions

    around the house to gure out

    where our time and money goes

    what is a good and what is a bad


    Sensors and tags in objects willrecord when they are being used

    and or how long linking this with

    who is just another step.

    The Internet o Things enables a

    trace o how we interact with our

    surroundings, inormation that

    can lead to knowledge on how

    to improve our day, nd ways o

    saving costs and energy, or simply

    remembering and sharing what we

    do and did.


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    maintenance can be scheduled

    based on real time data and his

    toric data can be used for future

    development and planning.

    There are a number of problems with wind farms:

    control, variable power production, maintenanceetc. Machine-to-Machine networks can help with the

    information flow needed for distributed control.

    A set of spatially distributed wireless sensor

    nodes will be deployed in the wind farm, and

    sensor nodes will take measurements of the

    flow and wind velocity.

    Sensor observations will be periodically reported to a centralised

    unit, where the performance of the wind farm can be monitored andoptimised ...

    Climate change, carbon ootprintreduction, global warming and

    renewable energy all have entered

    the realms o everyday speech and


    There is general agreement on the

    need or change, and one o the key

    steps to be addressed is the mod-

    ernisation o the, mostly century old,

    electrical power system and crea-

    tion o a smart grid. The smart

    grid concept reers to the integration

    o the power grid with communica-

    tion and inormation technologies

    aimed at increasing perormance

    and reliability.

    The main elements o the grid are

    the centralised generation system,

    the transmission grid, the distribu-

    tion grid and distributed energy

    resources. The distributed energy

    resource (DER) is localised source

    o energy production and storage in

    the distribution grid, such as solar

    and wind arms, uels cells, micro-

    turbines, heat recovery systems,

    storage (batteries, ultra capacitors),

    diesel generators etc.

    The Internet o Things is one o the

    crucial elements o the smart grid

    that will enable autonomous com-

    munication and interaction between

    numerous components o a grid,

    thus enabling ecient coordination

    o the DERs in line with the current

    energy requirements.

    The Internet o Things will en-able very accurate planning and

    selection o sites or green energy

    production installations based on

    the potential and ability o each site

    to generate energy.

    Continuous observation o a large

    number o parameters like weather

    conditions, wind velocity and direc-

    tion, amount o rain, number o

    sunny days, the height, requency

    and duration o waves etc. will be

    enabled by an abundance o IoT

    devices dispersed around the globe.

    The measurements collected will be

    processed and analysed together

    with historical data to produce

    recommendations or optimal

    placement o energy generation


    This will enable increased predict-

    ability and reliability, improve

    lost production actor gures and

    provide more accurate production

    estimates or a given site, thus

    driving down the cost per kWh


    IoT will also make it possible

    to monitor and predict energy

    consumption patterns in real time,

    thus making optimisation o energy

    consumption in line with the energy


    Smart meters and other similarIoT equipment will monitor energy

    consumption across the grid and in-

    teract to exchange inormation with

    other smart grid components.

    By combining this real-time data

    with historical data and input rom

    the weather sensors, the system

    will make it possible to predict sud-

    den surges in energy consumption

    and react adequately to optimise

    energy generation across the grid,

    in particular by numerous small

    energy generation installations.

    The inormation collected and pro-

    cessed can be used to plan mainte-

    nance work at most benecial time.

    Smart grid Planning

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    Internet o Things are primarily

    directed at tracking and monitor-

    ing, e.g. goods in the supply chain.

    Energy, health and to some extent

    manuacturing are also sectors

    that can benet rom the technol-

    ogy. However, relatively ew o the

    implementations can be said to be

    proper instances o the Internet o

    Things, rather, they can be regarded

    as Intranet o Things.

    Truly Internet-based implementa-

    tions are probably still rather rare.

    Most o the monitoring that takes

    place is running on company-

    internal systems, meaning that it

    is not Internet-related. In addition,

    monitoring is actually just hal the

    picture. The actuation, that is the

    triggering o events, is also a very

    important part o the concept o the

    Internet o Things.

    Regarding the IoT-i Forum, Stephan

    Hallers ambitions are high.

    I we just have another orum like

    many others, the value is limited.

    The ambition o the IoT-i Forum

    should really be to uniy the orces

    o the globe behind the idea o the

    Internet o Things. It should be a

    place to exchange inormation and

    to gather requirements in order to

    push research in the right

    direction. It should also be a place

    to exchange inormation about what

    works and what does not work in

    order to promote best practices

    within this area.

    Sometimes people think about the

    devices when talking about the

    things in the Internet o Things.

    However, I would like to ocus on

    the entity that we are directing our

    interest to or some purpose or

    other. This can be a pallet, a truck,

    any consumer item, or also animate

    things like a person or a cow. Using

    a cow as an example is sometimes

    useul to make the distinction to

    devices, since most people would

    agree that we do not connect

    directly to the cow!

    Stephan Haller is a veteran within

    the eld o the Internet o Things.

    His interest dates back to 1998

    when he was working in the SAP

    Labs in Tokyo. A local distributor

    demonstrated RFID technology to

    him and his colleagues, and they

    immediately realised its potential in

    supply chain management applica-


    What interested me then, as

    it does now, is bringing closer

    together the physical world and the

    virtual world o IT. I am a sotware

    engineer by training, but it is stimu-

    lating and motivating to work at the

    edge o the sotware world where it

    touches real lie.

    To Stephan Haller and his research

    colleagues at SAP, the Internet o

    Things is basically the concept o in-

    tegrating the physical and the digital

    world using Internet technology.

    And the connectivity enabling this

    integration is what needs to be part

    o the Future Internet.

    The Internet o Things poses di-

    erent challenges at several layers

    o a Future Internet. Also the Future

    Internet will be largely IP-based, in

    particular IPv6. It has been shown

    that also Internet o Things devices

    can be eciently integrated based

    on IPv6, so with regard to the con-

    nectivity layer, we are in act getting


    When it comes to the service layer,

    Stephan Haller sees more interest-

    ing and also challenging issues


    The heterogeneity o devices is

    certainly a challenge. What we want

    though is interoperability, but one

    thing is the technical interoper-

    ability, another is the semantic inter-

    operability needed or the devices

    to understand each other, and or

    data rom dierent resources to be

    comparable and linked together.

    Another important issue is how to

    locate the resources relevant to the

    task at hand.

    In terms o resources, we weed to

    be able to nd them, or example

    temperature sensors that are

    adapted to a certain environment

    and that have a certain accuracy.

    So we probably need an inrastruc-

    ture service or that - a kind o

    advanced search engine or sensors

    or resources.

    Stephan Haller also sees a need or

    a common platorm or connecting

    sensors inspired by the global social


    We would need somebody to

    provide a service in the orm o a

    platorm on which to develop ap-

    plications that make use o the rel-

    evant sensors. It would be a kind o

    social network o sensors, but there

    are some important issues here:

    What should the business model or

    such a service be, and can such a

    platorm be reliable enough or the

    services that you would want to


    According to Stephan Haller, the

    current implementations o the

    The entity o interestis a cowStephan Haller interviewed by Stig Andersen

    Stephan Haller, Development Architect - Internet o Things, SAPResearch Zrich, would rather talk about entities o interest thanthings in relation to the Internet o Things.

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    ... and requests data feeds from the relevant sensor net-

    works to be made available to monitor the eects of theplan in real time, in order to assist with decisions around

    timing and method, should evacuation be required.

    The central command unit invokes the appropriate

    emergency plan to enforce these changes ...

    ... immediately redirect the transportati on routesthroughout the area to both avoid the incident area

    and to free up capacity to absorb the sudden surge in

    load on the network (pedestrian, road, underground,

    rail), if evacuation is carried out.

    As soon as the incident location is known, an evacu-

    ation of the area is prepared. To do so, the stadiums

    central command needs to ...Meanwhile at the central command unit ...

    During a football game a smoke detector in the stadium

    triggers an alarm and the data is soon confirmed by

    another sensor in the same area.


    Gate A4 cleared!

    Clear gate A4


    The Internet o Things will improvesaety in our society i it is well

    integrated with processes and pro-

    cedures in a regulated environment.

    In the Smart Events application

    scenario a group o sensors conrm

    an event a re and provide this

    data to the command unit. The com-

    mand unit can action a pre-planned

    emergency evacuation o the event.

    During the evacuation each step

    can be monitored by the sensors

    giving instant eedback about the

    plans eectiveness at the com-

    mand unit.

    At the ground level the sensor inor-

    mation can be used to maintain a

    coordinated eort across emergency

    sta and to 3rd parties such as the

    transport system operators in the

    case o this scenario. In addition au-

    tomation o some processes within

    the plan can be used to improve

    response time and limit human error.

    However, integrated scenarios such

    as evacuation are highly regulated

    and traditional environments in-

    novation rom the IoT can only be

    achieved with a certain maturity

    and robustness o the technology.

    Condence is key.

    The Internet o Things will be madeup o billions o heterogeneous

    devices such as sensors, actuators

    and tags that are all networked

    together. They will be deployed by

    many dierent organisations and in-

    dividuals, maintenance is not always

    guaranteed; some will be reliable and

    trusted data sources, others will be

    rogue. The data that they provide

    will range rom streaming video in

    HD quality to sending one bit every

    so oten.

    In the Smart Events application

    scenario a number o smoke detec-

    tors and cameras conrm a re at a

    particular location simple enough.

    However, during the evacuation pro-

    cedure numerous sensors acilitate

    the eedback to the command unit

    and provide the knowledge and cer-

    tainty that it is sae and timely to go

    to the next stage o the evacuation

    plan. Have the transport routes been

    set up? Is there an element o panic

    in the crowd? Have the gates been

    opened correctly?

    Semantics makes the generationo knowledge rom these heteroge-

    neous data sources possible. The

    semantic annotation o data coming

    rom sensors allows dierent data to

    be used, reasoned and interpreted

    by machines to orm knowledge that

    can be easily understood and read

    by humans in ast


    Improvingsaety Heterogeneous data sources

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    the conditions of the crops (each

    area of the farm is separately moni-

    tored): duration and level of sunlight,

    temperature, humidity, level of rain-

    fall, wind speed ...

    the state of the plants:

    size, humidity in the

    ground, ripeness of the

    fruits (size, colour, sugar

    level) ...

    and the workers: position in

    the area (in the farm or outside),

    equipment in use as well as

    physical condition.

    Frank is a fruit grower (mixed farming) who cultivates apples,

    pears, peaches, strawberries, melons, and oranges (greenhouse

    cultivation and natural fields). Depending on the season, he

    employs seasonal workers.

    His farm is equipped with

    sensors that monitor ...

    Reusable sensornetworks

    Ethics versussaety

    Internet o Things inrastructurescan improve arming but their data

    can also be sold to third parties.

    Managing a arm as depicted on

    the let requires various activities

    that can be supported by Internet o

    Things applications.

    For example, Frank must always

    have a detailed picture o weather,

    crop and soil conditions. This

    monitoring requires eort and is

    time-consuming, in particular or

    a large arm or even in situations

    where Frank owns elds that are

    geographically dispersed.

    A sensor network allows Frank to

    get current data about temperature

    or ground humidity rom all o his

    elds. Based upon this data, he is

    able to make better decisions in the

    planning o upcoming activities.

    Moreover, data gathered by these

    sensor networks can also be sold

    to organisations such as weather

    agencies, the crop industry or other

    research communities. Accordingly,

    investments into sensor networks

    must not only rely on Frank alone

    but they might be part-unded by

    the entire surrounding business


    Overall, Internet o Things applica-tions have not only the potential

    to improve decision-making in a

    specic sector but they can also be

    keystones or a service business

    ecosystem rom which various

    stakeholders benet.

    Internet o Things applications are

    oten a mixed blessing when it

    comes to benets and risks.

    In the arming scenario, the sensor

    networks can be used to track the

    location and even the activities o

    the workers on the eld. This can

    help Frank to make better decisions

    regarding the planning and progress

    o his workorce.

    Additionally, this monitoring can

    be helpul in situations where a

    worker has a serious accident and

    needs immediate assistance. In this

    regard, sensor networks address

    saety needs in working environ-


    But in contrast to these anticipated

    benets, sensor networks may also

    be used or controlling and compar-

    ing the workers on the eld.

    Calculated perormance scores

    could be used as basis or dismiss-

    ing workers accordingly even

    though these scores might not

    refect the actual working behaviour

    and perormance.

    The design, deployment and use o

    such Internet o Things applications

    must thereore always address

    ethical principles too. And it must

    be the rst and oremost interest o

    all stakeholders to discuss these

    issues in advance o a roll-out be-

    cause otherwise, user acceptance

    suers and expected benets would

    not be present.

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    IoT European Research Cluster

    European DimensionIoT has the potential to enhance Europes com-

    petitiveness and is an important driver for the

    development of an information based economyand society.

    Global DimensionIERC will facilitate the knowledge sharing at the

    global level and will encourage and exchange best

    practice and new business models that are emerg-

    ing in different parts of the world.

    Internet of Things

    International Forum

    Linternet des objets sans frontires: TheInternet of Things without borders is the

    motto of the Internet of Things International


    No borders for research, collaboration and

    our joint vision: a united Internet of Things

    fostering business, societal development,

    knowledge, innovation and growth.



    The aim of the European Research Cluster on the Internet of Things is

    to address the large potential for IoT-based capabilities in Europe and to

    coordinate the convergence of ongoing activities.

    Come join us:














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    About The IoT initiativeThe IoT initiative (IoT-i), an EU 7th Framework Programme project initiated in

    September 2010, brings together key actors rom all relevant but currently rag-

    mented IoT communities in Europe. The purpose o the project is to work jointly

    towards a common vision or the Internet o Things. It represents the rst serious

    attempt in building a unied IoT community in Europe, going across boundaries

    o disparate technology sectors, in order to create a joint European strategic

    vision or the Internet o Things and aligning this vision with the current develop-

    ments on the Future Internet.

    About The Open Minds projectThe Open Minds project is a collaboration among the Association or Automatic

    Identication and Mobility, the Technical University o Denmark, the Technology

    College Aalborg and the Alexandra Institute. The project aims at developing new

    technological applications based on industry needs within the ood, construction

    and entertainment sectors. Results o the project have helped shape the ideas

    presented in this book.

    About OUTSMARTOUTSMART is a usage area project o the Future Internet Private Public Partner-

    ship: Provisioning o urban/regional smart services and business models enabled

    by the Future Internet. The goal o OUTSMART is to contribute to the Future

    Internet by aiming at the development o ve innovation ecosystems in Aarhus

    DK, Berlin DE, Santander ES, Birmingham UK and Trento IT. These ecosystems

    acilitate the creation o a large variety o pilot services and technologies that

    contribute to optimised supply and access to services and resources in urban

    areas. This will contribute to more sustainable utility provision and, through

    increased eciency, lower strain on resources and on the environment.

    About SmartSantanderSmartSantander proposes a unique in the world city-scale experimental research

    acility in support o typical applications and services or a smart city. This

    unique experimental acility will be suciently large, open and fexible to enable

    horizontal and vertical ederation with other experimental acilities and stimu-

    lates the development o new applications by users o various types, including

    experimental advanced research on IoT technologies and realistic assessment o

    users acceptability tests.

    About the national projectThe national project on the subject o the Internet o Things is operated by the

    Alexandra Institute. Competences on inrastructure, algorithms, platorms and

    security issues related to the Internet o Things are strengthened through this

    work, and these competences have been ed into this Comic Book.

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    Linternetdes objets sans rontires!

    Get absorbedinto the Internet o Things!Part o the work leading to this book has been unded

    by the 7th ramework programme o the European


    The contributions came rom the Internet o Things Initia-

    tive (IoT-i) coordination action, contract number: 257565.

    Thanks and acknowledgements go to the European

    Commission, the IoT-i project and participants.

    The comic book also used and re-mixed scenarios rom

    the ollowing 6th and 7th ramework projects: