IoT-A is a European Commission Framework Programme 7 Integrated Project starting in September 2010.
There has been and still is much hype
about the “Internet of Things”. 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. We see these 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 has addressed for three years the Internet-of-Things Architecture, and created the proposed architectural reference model together with the definition of an initial set of key building blocks. Together they are envisioned as foundations for fostering a future Internet of Things. Using an experimental paradigm, IoT-A combined top-down reasoning about architectural principles and design guidelines with simulation and prototyping in exploring the technical consequences of architectural design choices.
- an architectural reference model for the
interoperability of Internet-of-Things systems, outlining principles
and guidelines for the technical design of its protocols, interfaces,
- 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.
The IoT-A Movie
"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
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.
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Consortium & Coordination
Project Acronym: IoT-A
Project Number: 257521
Duration: 1.9.2010 - 30.11.2013
Coordinator: Günter Külzhammer, VDI/VDE-IT, Germany
Technical Coordinator: Dr. Alessandro Bassi, Hitachi, UK
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)
- IoT-A News
You find this edition full of numerous exploitation avenues and inviting you to visit us at ICT 2013 in Vilnius, November 6-8 !
C-IOT 2013, Austin Texas, October 20, 2013
You find this special edition mainly covering the recent line up of events for IoT-A: IoT China 2013, IoT Forum Brazil and IoT Week 2013, Helsinki with selected sessions, in particular on the stakeholder workshops.
The WF-IOT 2014 Conference seeks to investigate how progress in technologies and applications of Internet of Things can be nurtured and cultivated for the benefit of society.
The IoT-A project will be represented at this years CE Week Line Shows and Exhibits, taking place June 26-27 in New York City, NY.