IoT-A is a European Commission Framework Programme 7 Integrated Project starting in September 2010.
There has been 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 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.
- 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;
mechanism for its efficient integration into the service layer of the
- novel resolution
infrastructure, allowing scalable look up and discovery of
Internet-of-Things resources, entities of the real world, and their
- novel platform
- 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 - 31.8.2013
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), CATTID, 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
The 4th IoT-A Newsletter features extensive interviews and reports on the IoT-A project activities.
The 2nd Community Newsletter of the project Internet of Things - Architecture (IoT-A) was published in November 2012.
Rob van Kranenburg, IoT-A Stakeholder Coordinator talking about the IoT-A Project in the online magazine Fast Company
Kitchens ordering food, washing machines turning on when energy demand on the grid is lowest, cars calling emergency services after an accident - all that could be part of an "Internet of Things."
The International Workshop on Digital Object Memories for the Internet of Things in conjunction with the 14th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp 2012) will take place on September 8, 2012 in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
IoT Upcoming Events
- Future Network & MobileSummit 2013 Conference and Exhibition
- Future Network & MobileSummit 2013 is the twenty-second in a series of Annual Conferences supported by the European Commission, which regularly attracts delegates from industry, government and research to share experiences and research results, identify future trends, discuss business opportunities and identify opportunities for international research collaboration under the ICT Theme of Framework Programme 7 (FP7).
- IoT-Week 2013 - The Event on IoT technologies and Innovation and Businesses
- The objective of the IoT Week is to unite the IoT community by offering a platform for presenting the latest news on relevant research topics, providing political and societal insights and offering networking opportunities. The event is organized by the European Integrated Project IoT-A (Internet of Things - Architecture) together with several research projects from the IERC European Research Cluster for the Internet of Things, such as BUTLER, Icore, PROBE-IT, IoT-Est, IoT6, CALIPSO, EAR-IT. Consequent support and input for discussions will be insured by the IoT Forum (www.iot-forum.eu)