Agile for the retail analytics industry: Thinkinside experience

Thinkinside is a company specialised in retail analytics. It’s flagship product RetailerIN (www.retailerin.com) allows to analyse customers behaviour in retail stores and to suggest possible interventions on how to optimise store operations and organisation. The product exploits IoT devices in store in order to collect anonymous information on customer’s behaviour. Examples of such IoT devices are Bluetooth Low Energy TAGs placed on products, or people counters at the entrance. Such devices are typically connected through an in-store gateway to the cloud where data is processed and analysed at scale.

Being a software company, one of the key challenges we face on a regular basis is on how to design and develop custom hardware components in order to either explore new services or accommodate specific customer needs. This typically involves specific hardware and IoT devices to be integrated. With the IoT ecosystem comprising many hundreds of new players offering one or two parts of the IoT puzzle, finding the right hardware + software solution is often a time-consuming task, especially for small companies like Thinkinside.

The Agile project allowed us to tackle one of the key pain points of ICT companies working in the IoT+retail sector, and in particular

  • Interoperability and integration of IoT hardware platform and components: by relying on the Agile gateway and the readily available hardware and software components, integration and interoperability can be simplified a lot, especially during the initial design and fast prototyping phase of the solution.
  • Fast implementation and prototyping: the Agile hardware and software modules allowed us to develop solutions and prototypes in a very small time. This is considered as key when developing Proof of concepts for customers or when developing new solutions.
  • Support for many different standard hardware solutions covering different options in terms of connectivity, sensing boards, costs, form factors, etc.: the Agile software can run on many different hardware platforms. This allows us to easily scale the solution to the most appropriate hardware platform required to address customer needs.
  • Allowing companies to focus on value added services (rather than hw design and maintenance): our focus is software and the creation of innovative retail services and solutions. By mitigating the risk involved in the design and implementation of hardware component, we can focus on our key expertise (software) and create, in a faster way, new services to ne introduced in the market.

Iacopo Carreras, CEO Thinkinside

 

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Announcing the 8 winners of the Agile IoT Open Call #2

The second Open Call of Agile IoT opened in February 2018. 38 Companies from all over Europe applied for this call. Out of those 38 great ideas, 8 got selected to start 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.

The projects of the 2nd open call started May the 2nd of 2018 and will end after 6 months. During this period, they will integrate the Agile IOT gateway into their projects.

Below are the eight teams selected by the jury.

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Ex Machina: Middleware for a modbus energy monitoring solution

In early May, Ex Machina, one of the 8 winners of the first open call, presented its progress with the AGILE platform to professional IoT developers and advanced IoT geeks in Athens.

Manolis Nikiforakis, Ex Machina CEO, described an environment for building powerful industrial IoT solution, using a typical energy monitoring use-case as an example.

The Ex Machina solution is built on open source technologies like Eclipse Kura, Eclipse Kapua, Eclipse hawkBit, Thingsboard.io, Agile-IoT, Resin.io, Node-RED, openHAB, Raspberry Pi, ESP8266/32, Modbus, and MQTT.

AGILE Workshop at EclipseCon France

We are pleased to announce that we are organising an AGILE Workshop during the Unconference event at EclipseCon France 2018. It will take place on June 12th, from 14:00 to 17:00 at Hotel Pullman.

This workshop will give you the opportunity to learn more about our AGILE Gateway, challenge our APIs, and ask questions you never dared to ask our technical project manager, Csaba Kiraly.

You will leave with a RaspberryPi and AGILE installed on it.

So come and meet us at EclipseCon France, in Toulouse. Register here

AGILE-IoT presented at Techforum eXplore at Worldline

Techforum Iberia is an internal event within Worldline, where experts come from different locations around the world to Barcelona. At the event, they share technical knowledge around innovative and disruptive topics such as blockchain, Big Data, IoT, the main achievements of various projects, and more.

It’s the perfect opportunity for experts and managers to interact, share ideas, and exchange experiences in a friendly atmosphere. It’s recognized by our company as a best practice to host this event to share internally. That’s why Techforum Iberia 2018 has been our 3rd edition of this successful event.

The event was held on the 30th January 2018 and offered twelve 45-minute sessions.

AGILE-IoT was presented in one of the sessions, where our development team showed a short demo. It demonstrated how the AGILE gateway can connect different IoT devices, showing its added value to improve the user experience.
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Our Testbed is here for YOU !

Do you want to try AGILE but you don’t have access to a RaspberryPi and a SensorTag? Use our Testbed hosted by our partner, INRIA.

Here is a short demo explaining how to connect:

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Link to wiki page: https://github.com/Agile-IoT/AGILE-Testbed/

AGILE Open Call #2 – Deadline March 30

The second AGILE Open Call deadline is on March 30! Have you submitted yet?

Who should apply?

Are you an SME, entrepreneurs, or start-up developing IoT hardware and software? If so, 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.

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

Get your application started. The deadline is March 30, 2018 at 17h00 CET.

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Dual Use, the Sky-Watch use case

Dual-use in technology means that it can be used for both peaceful and military purposes. In this context, Sky-Watch has been invited by the European Commission to explain how H2020 funded project helps his business strategy.

AGILE provided Sky-Watch with the opportunity – and funding – to trial this new technology, without the need to search for commercial investors who tend to be risk-averse. Being part of a consortium also put Sky-Watch in contact with major companies, providing credibility, knowledge, and opportunities for further collaborative efforts.

Participation in Horizon 2020 gave us access to new technology and meant that we could provide consortium partners with something they did not have. ”

Michael Messerschmidt, Chief Business Development Officer, Sky-Watch

To read more: Dual use technology in the EU – SME success stories on EU funding