AGILE Pilot: Open Field & Animal Monitoring

Challenge

One of the challenges of living in countries with poor infrastructure, human inaccessible places, or areas of natural catastrophes is that more often than not, there is little or no Internet access.  This restriction makes it challenging when trying to gather, arrange, and access data. You might ask why this data is important and how it would be used? Well, for starters it would help the residents align their resources, monitor live stock and protect endangered species.

Pilot Project

This pilot uses the Agile Gateway as a gateway between the Internet, when accessible, and an unmanned drone collecting various data spread out on large areas.

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AGILE Pilot: Enhanced Retail Services

In a world where we have instant access to information and where competition is just a click away, it has become crucial to attract customers and to keep them interested. If we put this scenario in the context of an economic crisis and where small retailers are directly competing with large shopping centers or hypermarkets, we can plainly see that it becomes increasingly difficult for the retailers. In this situation, information technology, IoT in particular, can help the sector improve and show what is has to offer. The key is to make the product or service more attractive to customers and differentiate it from the competitors. One approach it so highlight the quality and the possibilities for personalization, which are advantages smaller retailers have that run-of-the-mill superstores typically don’t.

 

Specifically, Agile Gateway can help retailers achieve this goal by orchestrating a network of IoT devices and sensors and by delivering content and personalized promotion directly to customers. This creates new opportunities for retailers and allows them to by study their clientele by tracking and analyzing their behavior.

All in all, the goal is to enhance the customers experience and in turn increase their satisfaction and loyalty. Eventually, retailers will be provided with innovative tools and channels that help them better understand their target customer and their behavior to meet their needs and expectations.

AGILE Pilot: Quantified Self

The Quantified Self concept refers to the use of technologies for collecting data about peoples’ daily activities. Smartphone apps, physical activity trackers, biometric sensors and IoT devices allow people to monitor important aspects of their daily lives, such as their physical activity, heart rate and mood, with the aim to learn more about themselves, improve their well-being and adopt a healthier lifestyle. In this context, the user is capable of not only storing their data to a location of their choice, such as their own server or private cloud, but also sharing their data with whomever they choose, such as their social circle or their physician. However, the process of sharing this data remains complex, mainly due to the fact that each vendor uses different communication mechanisms and requires a separate application for the persistent storage and visualization of data.Continue reading

AGILE Pilot projects

agile-logo-full-transparent-373x373In some cases it is difficult to explain the added value of a technology unless you are deeply involved in the area concerned. For the AGILE project, things seem much easier. The AGILE approach is domain agnostic so the diverse pilots have both multi-domain context and societal impact: they speak to us, for example, because they are related to our everyday life (retail, healthcare or pollution environment) or because they may impact future approaches to world animal protection.

AGILE will also help to enable community participation by piloting an IoT testbed that will allow users to evaluate their applications before deployment.

The project plans to execute 5 pilot projects: We will publish a set of posts briefly presenting these diverse pilots over the next weeks. So stay tuned !

 

 

European DroneConvention 2016

The European DroneConvention 2016 was on May 10, 2016. Tom Sorgeloos of Orange/Mobistar presented a talk called “The cellular network: a vital link in the world of drones.” Slides are available here.

Orange, i-Minds and Rombit participate in the Agile European Horizon 2020 project in order to investigate how drones can be used in case of a fire, explosion or other incident in the Antwerp Port regions. How can drones be deployed to get a better insight in the situation even before the emergency services arrive by using sensors and images sent through the Agile gateway and over the Orange 4G network in real time. More use cases in safety and environment are considered, which is one of the AGILE Pilot Projects, Air Quality and Pollution Monitoring.