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/

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

Pïlot D: Enhanced Retail Services using AGILE (Video)

If you want to learn how AGILE gateway can help in Enhancing Retail Services, check out the video:

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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 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