Ex Machina – Industrial IoT Solutions for the Energy Industry

Ex Machina is a weather analytics and industrial IoT company, that offers forecasting services to the energy industry. The company uses a unique combination of highly accurate weather and energy data, weather sensors technology, and AI to deliver its market-leading services.

Within the scope of Agile IoT project, Ex Machina effectively progressed its  smart gateway hardware which is a critical component in the company’s industrial  IoT energy forecasting solution.Continue reading

An Overview of Research on Computational Resource Management in AGILE

We would like to take this opportunity to illustrate the challenges related to computational resource consumption such as memory, CPU or networking, in our gateway setup. First and foremost, we must admit the utmost importance of ensuring that services provided by the gateway have reasonable use of the computational resources. This is how we can ensure that there is space available for applications using core services from AGILE. However, this is not the only reason to keep an eye on resource consumption. There are also security implications and economic reasons to monitor and control the use of resources, i.e. especially when computation should be offloaded to the cloud.

We will discuss the release of an open-source component to measure resource consumption in the gateway plus other scenarios. We will then explain how we have used this component in the scope of the project to perform several research tasks. Applications of the resource measurement component have been used to study resource abuse scenarios from the perspective of security, detection of crypto-miners, and evaluation of strategies to balance the computation load between the gateway and the cloud.

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Adele Robots represents the AGILE project at EclipseCon Europe

The Eclipse Foundation invited Adele Robots, one of our open call winners, at their IoT playground event to present and demo their NEXT robot connected to the AGILE gateway.

Their robot had a great success and it was cool to see some specific implementation of our AGILE platform.

 

When the AGILE platform meets Big Data Analytics with FlairBit

FlairBit is presenting the results obtained during the Agile IoT Open Call 2 experiment execution from October 23rd to October 25th 2018 at booth E24 at SMAU 2018 Milan (Halls 4 of FieramilanoCity).

The main objective of the experiment regards the integration of Senseioty, the FlairBit software platform to accelerate the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) Big Data Analytics, with the Agile IoT gateway and services.

This integration allows Senseioty to benefit in flexibility both in terms of data ingestion and edge computing capabilities. Moreover, the Agile Gateway modularity at the hardware level provides support for various wireless and wired IoT networking technologies and Senseioty benefits from these additional protocols as a way to create new data sources and IoT connectors.

On the other hand, Senseioty offers a usable Distributed Data Stream Processor (DDSP), leveraging artificial intelligence to anticipate problems, detect unexpected event patterns and to optimize processes, services and decisions. This component has been integrated with the Agile IoT gateway enabling new innovative services at edge level and making such services available in the Agile IoT market place and ecosystem through Senseioty.

HOLONIX – AgriAware: produce food and consciously buy it on the market

Thanks to AGILE IoT Community, Holonix has been able to develop an effective tool for the Agricultural sector. The core objective has been the possibility to offer a tool to produce and purchase food on the market. Farmers are guided, from fields and environments, to follow precise procedures for the production of high quality products, tracing maturity stages. The Farmer Assistant App suggests appropriate treatments and operations that provide the growing of trees and fruits, accurate time to proceed with fruit harvesting and send climate condition notifications. With the enablement to produce more with less, farmers are becoming economically competitive by applying environmentally sustainable techniques.

Through Agile, Holonix has demonstrated how it is achievable to integrate different types of weather stations and new sensors to facilitate and acquire a wider variety of environmental data that influence the fruit treatment.

Our needs, vision, and mission are explained below:

NEEDS

A wider growing percentage of olive oil consumers is becoming extremely cautious and accurate in the selection of the products to consume as well as to high demand in terms of quality. Consumers, buying a food product, want to be assured that the products on their tables are with certified origins, produced accordingly to biological processes, and have a high regard for farmer labor conditions.

VISION

The AgriAware solution, through specific apps (one for the farmer and one for the consumer), was born with the desire to offer an effective tool for the production of food and the determination to purchase on the market. AgriAware uses the information collected from the fields and environment to guide farmers in following the exact procedures to produce high-quality products and tracking the maturity stages.

The FarmerAssistant app, advises based on the environmental data collected from the fields (such as temperature and humidity), the appropriate treatments and operations for trees and fruits. In addition, the application proposes the accurate time to proceed with fruit harvesting to ensure the correct stage of maturity and it sends notifications for climate conditions such as when the humidity of the air and soil are the optimal ones for harvesting. Furthermore, this app will also consider the fruit variety.

The TrustLabel app offers to consumers the opportunity to be informed about the properties of food and the quality of the production process.

MISSION

Bring to consumers’ tables a high-quality product with all nutritive properties. AgriAware enables farmers to become economically competitive by producing more with less using environmentally sustainable techniques. They are guided by information that is extracted from the combination of a variety of data coming from IoT sensors. These sensors are installed within the environment with weather forecasts and an analysis of treatment historical data done in the past seasons.

Thanks to Agile IoT Community, Holonix took part in AgriResearch in Brussels, on the 2nd and 3rd of May 2018 and in ICE Conference in Stuttgart on 20th of June 2018. These events gave the opportunity to meet new agricultural stakeholders, to receive news about the sector, suggestions, and feedbacks on AgriAware solution and how to improve it

Holonix, 28th September 2018

ERICA Project: When AGILE is talking to your kids

ERICA project was about evolving one of products, NEXT, an educational robot for toddlers, into a smart cloud connected robot, with the ability to interact with children. So here the challenge was to develop the software for connecting the embedded board in the robot to the AI cloud platform FIONA.

We were glad of finding the Agile Open Call. It was a perfect timing for us since we were planning to work on an evolution of our current suite of robots for toddlers with a more intelligent one. It was a perfect match, since we already had a product in the market with some units (about 5,000) upgradeable to be connected to the cloud. By using AGILE stack, we obtained a framework to have things done. The initial learning curve was a bit tough but we quickly take over thanks to the support of the AGILE tech team. We met some challenges regarding the hardware requirements, as to run the Java version of AGILE, since our hardware setup, although powerful, it was tightened by low-price requirements to meet market constrains. The AGILE consortium understood perfectly the situation and both parties agreed to reshape the initial scope of our proposal. We developed a lightweight C++ implementation of AGILE core components, following the same architectural pattern as in the Java version. With this contribution the AGILE project is now able to support more hardware devices as i.e. Raspberry Pi Zero.

The possibility of including dissemination actions to the budget was a strong plus. This allowed us to participate in relevant trade shows to gain feedback from real customers, as well as to produce a video to introduce the consumers the new product and its advantages.

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Beyond the money, having the support and advise of external experts is always good to reconsider your approach. AGILE has provided us a strong push to the development of our new product which we expect to take to the market in the coming months.

Nevertheless, taking advantage of the communication channels of the AGILE project and consortium helps us, as a SME to get known beyond our own audience, enabling us to reach to new people, and hopefully open new opportunities.

AdeleRobots.com

inCare Together is taking care of our seniors

EUROB CREATIVE (www.eurob.com) is a highly innovative SME focused on empowering individuals through mobile and IoT technologies. It is focused on the sectors of m-Health, m-Commerce and 3D technologies, developing and commercializing relevant products, especially inCare Together, which was selected as one of the top projects by Agile-IoT in their First Open call for projects.

In an ageing Europe, developed economies are looking for scalable and cost-efficient ways to improve the quality of life and independence of seniors. In this general context, inCare Together targets the large and growing market of seniors’ homecare, both for individual homes and for large nursing home facilities. It utilizes EUROB’s InCity Together Platform as a backbone, together with AGILE-IoT gateways and modern and appealing wearables as input sensors. inCare Together addresses several acute growing needs of both caregivers and seniors at homecare, particularly with regards to non-intrusive, yet efficient, health and safety monitoring.

inCare Together has been developed with three objectives in mind:

  • to help seniors maintain their independence and keep living at home for longer time, while at the same time providing them with a feeling of being cared and having immediate help when needed.
  • to allow family members to monitor the safety and wellbeing of their elderly relatives remotely without disrupting their daily life.
  • to assist caregivers of nursing homes and facilities in the monitoring of elderly people, enabling them to check the status of residents and identify possible problems or emergencies as fast as possible.

The solution consists of a smart wristband, additional smart sensors and an AGILE-IoT based node that provides real-time data about the geolocation, heart rate and regular activity of the elderly person. These data is stored in a cloud-based system for historical processing and emergency detection. Using AGILE and InCity Together technologies, the solution offers end-to-end privacy and security control.

The analysis of collected IoT data allows for early detection of critical situations and health risk factors, wandering beyond facilities, emergency alarms, deviations in physical activity patterns analysis and others. Based on this, inCare Together creates automatic reports for authorized caregivers (family members, nurses, doctors) that can be accessed via web or delivered to their email accounts.

inCare Together is going to be marketed as a monthly/yearly subscription service. Benefits unlocked: Seniors are more well protected and feel more independent while their caregivers gain piece of mind about the seniors’ whereabouts and physical wellbeing, freeing up time and resources for other duties, instantly and accurately being notified about critical events. Also, nursing organizations reduce effort and costs associated to seniors’ everyday monitoring, thus contributing to health system sustainability.

inCare Together has been possible to be realized thanks to the support provided by Agile-IoT, both in the platform side, which has became the cornerstone of inCare and in the visibility provided and support by the project, that has helped us to overcome the technical difficulties found.

Webinar: Building a multi-protocol gateway with App, Data, and Cloud service features

This Virtual Eclipse IoT Meetup invited the AGILE team to present the AGILE project.

It will happen Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 @ 5PM CET.

You are welcome to join

The recorded session is now available:

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