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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Aquatic Project with Bioceanor

Bioceanor (www.bioceanor.com), a French start-up, was one of the 8 winners of the first Agile IoT Open Call. Bioceanor presented their results after 6 months of project. They deployed 3 devices for real-time water monitoring in the context of Aquaculture. One is in a fish farm (figure 1), another is in a shellfish farm (figure 2), and the third one is in a microalgae production farm (figure 3). The devices are taking one measure every 20 minutes of water temperature, turbidity, dissolved oxygen and salinity.

They used Agile IoT architecture and gateway (figure 4) to collect data from the devices and to send them to their visualisation platform.

The feed-back of the end users was really positive, as the real-time water monitoring was really useful to their production follow-up. They could anticipate some events and correlate the water monitoring data to their production data. Agile IoT framework helped Bioceanor to deploy faster and easier the overall architecture, giving a robust product to the end user.

Thanks to the visibility of the Agile IoT project and the proof of concept, Bioceanor has now several devices orders from aquaculture customers in production.

More info on Bioceanor overall projects in July issue of International Aquafeed Magazine, pages 46-47.

 

An Interview with Csaba Kiraly, Technical Coordinator of the AGILE-IoT project

For the second time, we have been invited by the Eclipse Foundation to present our project.

This time we talked about the amazing process we made during the year and presented some key achievements.

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Using Agile-IoT technologies in an IoT solution for energy saving in vacation rental properties

The domain of vacation rentals has drastically evolved over the last few years, thanks to popular online platforms like AirBnB and HomeAway. Unlike hotels, which are usually equipped with complex automation technologies, vacation rental properties are still running behind and have not yet adopted connected home technologies. The reason is usually the lack of dedicated IoT solutions which do not require complex house renovations and high initial investments. The lack of connected home technologies turns out to be a missed opportunity for the owner or manager to save energy, money, and time and to simplify the management of the property.

Modosmart (www.modosmart.com) wants to solve this problem and has developed ELIO, an IoT solution which reduces the energy expenses in vacation rental properties thanks to the automation of air-conditioning and heating based on presence detection technology. The system includes two devices developed by Modosmart, namely a window sensor and a room sensor unit which includes presence detection and temperature and humidity sensing. The devices are in pre-commercial state, tested and validated with a set of early adopters. They use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) for communication. In addition, the solution is equipped with an off-the-shelf air-conditioning controller able to control any type of infrared based A/C split machine.

Modosmart was selected as one of the eight startups awarded in the first open call launched by the Agile-IoT project and which had proposed project ideas to integrate the Agile-IoT gateway into existing IoT solutions. Our project aimed to integrate the Agile-IoT gateway hardware and software stack into the Elio solution.

The project started on the 1st of January and ended on the 30th of June. During the first half of the project there has been a thorough analysis of the gateway stack with the aim to allow the gateway to speak with the custom devices developed by Modosmart. The outcome of this phase was a proof of concept demo showing the gateway communicating with an ESP32 board, equipped with BLE communication and using the same Nordic nrf51822 microcontroller used in our custom BLE devices.

During the second three months of the project, the proof of concept board has been replaced by the real devices of the Elio solution. At the end of this phase the gateway was able to collect presence, temperature and humidity data from the room sensor unit, to monitor weather a window is open or close and to control the air-conditioning by speaking to the off-the-shelf controller.

Thanks to the collaboration with the Agile-IoT project and to the received funding, the Elio solution is now able to rely on a modular, robust and flexible gateway which can accelerate the time-to-market. The modularity, robustness and flexibility is a result of the fact that the Agile-IoT gateway is built on top of a Docker containerized system powered by ResinOS, which is an operating system bringing the containerization approach to embedded systems. The benefits of using  a modular containerized framework is demonstrated by the fact that by developing our own container we have been able to connect the Agile-IoT gateway to our devices without any modification to the other parts of the system.

Developing on top of a Docker based system has been the first experience at Modosmart, and thanks to the possibility offered by the Agile-IoT project and to the support received by the project’s technical team, we have been able to achieve our objective in a relatively short time and without facing major obstacles.

 

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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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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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AGILE-IoT is participating to the Open Education Platform. Join us!

The Open Education Platform (OEP) proposes a comprehensive, coherent and standardized education offer on IoT. The user can provide a course or take one, recommend a book, look for an event and much more. Furthermore, it is possible to use the search engine for exploring OEP database or browse among resource categories to sort contents. Once you found what you were looking for, you can rate the resource and leave a comment.

If you couldn’t find what you were looking for, you can ask for help on OEP Marketplace. If you have a specific issue you want to share, you can launch an OEP Challenge and let OEP community find the right solution with you.

If you searched through the platform but did not find the lesson you were looking for or you see one essential IoT-related topic which is not addressed among the courses available, you can let OEP know and the platform will identify the organizations, teachers, and trainers who could provide you with adapted resources.

If you are an entrepreneur exploring new grounds and willing to improve your proof of concept, or if you developed a solution and want to assess its field of applications, you can put your innovation between the hands of the IoT community and reinforce its value through co-creation.