Announcing the 8 winners of the Agile IoT Open Call #1

This first Open Call was a great success: As Agile’s first open call for projects came to an end, 56 companies from all over Europe submitted their ideas to our open call. After a rigorous selection process, 8 companies were selected as the best fit to continue their project with the Agile IoT Gateway.

AGILE is an adaptive and modular hardware and software gateway for the Internet of Things (IoT) with support for protocol interoperability, device and data management, IoT apps execution, and external Cloud communication, featuring diverse pilot activities, Open Calls & Community building.

Over the first 6 months of 2018, the 8 selected companies will continue to integrate the Agile IoT gateway into their products. Keep reading below for more information on the exciting ways in which the 8 projects will work with us on extending the Agile IoT gateway into their project.

The eight teams, which have been selected by our jury, are the following:

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Get your own AGILE Gateway!

Earlier this month, we launched a Kickstarter campaign for the AGILE Gateway.
The campaign objective isn’t to fund the project itself, but to bring IoT closer to the makers with the AGILE platform. The Consortium aims to put forth a solution that encompasses most of the IoT aspects on the market to impact the future of IoT.

You can get your hands on one of the AGILE Gateways by pledging to the Kickstarter campaign or simply back the project without reward (starting at €10). Don’t wait, the campaign ends on November 30!

Midterm project status

A set of new presentations are published. They describe the progress and the achievements of the AGILE-IoT project during the last 18 months.

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AGILE Open Call – Have you submitted yet?

We launched our first AGILE Open Call on October 1!

Are you an IoT Hardware and software developing SMEs, entrepreneurs or start-up? Then this open call is for you!

We are looking for companies to evolve and enhance the AGILE gateway software and find new hardware applications for it. Both hardware and software related projects that use the AGILE IoT stack are eligible for this open call.

Total amount of funding is 400,000 € and a maximum of 8 companies will be selected for a sub-grant of 50,000 € each.

So don’t wait, and start your application now! You have until October 31, 2017 to submit your project.

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Using the AGILE framework to implement a Quantified Self application: Advantages and Challenges

New biosensors are released daily promising to help us monitor important biosignal parameters.  Until recently, lower priority has been given to interoperability while emphasis has been put on data collection, many times on remote servers without the level of guarantees that the user’s data will not be misused.  The AGILE software stack with the component-based architecture and open source licensing and development model allows for the implementation of a fully-fledged gateway under the user’s control.

The proliferation of a multitude of biosignal sensors and activity trackers to gather user biosignal and wellness attributes poses unique challenges for their effective integration into user-centric applications which will provide valuable insights and promote healthy behaviors. Such sensors include medical sensors for biosignals such as heart-rate, oxygen saturation and weight, b) trackers measuring activity and steps, and c) smartwatches that also incorporate the biosignal or activity measurement functionality.

The architecture of the AGILE Software stack allows for the integration of new sensors increasing the usefulness of the Agile Gateway in many applications. In order to ease access to sensors data the Agile –IoT project has defined a set of REST commands which homogenize access to sensors. Unfortunately, due to the great variance of features and access protocols between devices, great effort is needed to integrate them via the implementation of corresponding device drivers but the architecture of the AGILE software stack aims to ease these difficulties.  AGILE offers two methods of device integration:

  • Protocol-based implementation: Implementation of functionality which converts device communication to Agile compliant protocol primitives.
  • Device based implementation: Implementation of device communication using existing AGILE PAN networking protocols. Bluetooth Low Energy and Zigbee are currently supported.

Sensor values from BLE devices can have various formats depending on the underlying parameter that is being measured.  The values sent to the gateways can be sent as:

  • Single Measurements: The information of the measured parameter is fully described in a single transaction. Devices that send data in this way include blood pressure monitors and glucometers.
  • Multiple Measurements: Information is dependent upon a sequence of measured values in a specific timeframe ranging from seconds to hours. Devices which fall in this category include oximeters and ECGs.
  • Continuous Monitoring: In this case, data is sent to the gateway in real-time or stored continuously on the device until connectivity to the gateway is possible. Wearables (activity trackers and smartwatches) as well as sensors that monitor continuously various biosignals belong to this category.

The Quantified Self Application

The Quantified Self application uses the AGILE software stack to access data from the supported sensors.  The application allows the user to monitor his activity against predefined goals. Sensor-based and cloud-sourced data can be used to quantify the progress.

Figure 1. Activity Summary and User Goals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Figure 2. Sensor and Cloud Activity Visualizations

The application also allows the monitoring of the following biosignals via supported devices

  • Blood Pressure
  • Heart Rate
  • Oxygen Saturation
  • Body Weight

Figure 3. Biosignal Visualizations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*The Quantified-Self application has been developed by BioAssist S.A. in the frame of the respective AGILE Pilot.

AGILE Demo in IoT-EPI Athens

The AGILE team participated in IoT-EPI Review and TF Meeting in Athens and discussed the progress and the advancement of the project towards the realization of a modern IoT gateway. Through demonstrations on an AGILE-based Monitoring Station and a Quantified-self application, the unique features of the hardware and software of the AGILE Gateway have been presented to the EC Project officers and reviewers. as well as to participants from other projects of the IoT European Platforms Initiative.

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Adaptation: Wow, What a GREAT event!

We have been talking about this event for months. The Adaptation Exhibition finally come and gone, and it was GREAT!

I was a little bit nervous when I arrived in Berlin last week. Actually, I knew that when we selected the artistic projects last winter, that we were not really ready to share the AGILE code: the documentation was missing, the code was not stable, and the integration was not really effective. So, sharing the AGILE software in such context was risky, especially sharing it with people without a strong IoT background.

All the artists stepped up to the task with great artistic ideas and a technical person on their team. So, not only did they have the support of some AGILE partners like Libelium, BioAssist, or ATOS, but they also received everyday support from colleagues, friends and spouses.

The result is really interesting. Each artistic team put a piece of themselves in their project. These were expressed like so:

  • Fountains tackled concern about water pollution
  • Still Touchable? questioned our relationship with objects in a near future
  • E-Camera – enriched our photos with our own emotions
  • Floral Automaton –  mimicked biological processes of our surroundings

Special guest:

 

The atmosphere provided by the location for the exposition (chosen by Jolocom) added depth to the artworks presented. Thanks to Carla, Eric and Joachim for organizing such unique event!

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Adaptation: IVI project

IVI installation is a prototype of architectural experimental design and fabrication. It is the end-result of the architectural programme that was organized in Chania, Greece, by the Architectural Association, school of architecture in London, in October 2016. The intense programme focused its scientific approach in making use of advanced methodologies for architectural design, interactive spatial systems and digital methods for fabrication through a series of parametric morphologies and manipulation of space. Within a period of 10 days the design team researched, tested and realized the prototype.Continue reading