Integrate Agile IoT gateways to Watson IoT platform

Sensinov is a start-up specializing  in smart building and industrial IoT setups offering an interoperability as a service which aims at coping with huge device diversity, lifecycle management, and continuous operations of IoT solutions.

The diversity  of devices and connectivity networks in smart building can only grow with new and emerging devices that are entering the mainstream. To ensure future proof and sustainable deployment of smart buildings, there is a need to:

  • Transform the collected data into uniform data formats ensuring their proper handling by applications and IoT platforms. By doing so, the management of the life cycle (changing device vendor or changing IoT platform provider) becomes an easy task for IoT project owners.
  • Process the data locally and send only processed/filtered data to the cloud. Indeed, huge amounts of data sets could be generated. It is neither beneficial nor economically viable to send all the data to the cloud. Processing data locally is an emerging technical and business imperative. It is usually performed through running application logic closer to the IoT devices: i.e. where the data is generated.

Sensinov was selected for an open call of H2020 Agile IoT project. Our role in the project was to integrate Agile IoT gateways in the Watson IoT platform. This was an excellent opportunity for Sensinov to demonstrate its interoperability platform in action. Among our findings:

Agile IoT provides us a perfect development environment to cope with industrial IoT requirements from real life projects.

These requirements include:

  • The management of diversity in  IoT devices and protocols
  • The enhancement of efficiency through local processing

Indeed, the role of the Agile IoT gateway is to perform several functions needed for running cost optimized IoT projects. These functions include

  • Device connectivity
  • Protocol adaptation
  • Data processing close to the devices
  • Securing IoT communications
  • Ensuring system extensibility through the installation of new applications

As a smart building specialist without any plan to build hardware, Agile IoT provides  a perfect solution for deployment scenarios where the need to add a gateway is necessary with the absence of local and extensible local processing capabilities. Sensinov is currently considering the inclusion of an Agile IoT compatible gateway in its portfolio, partnering with a hardware player who adheres to the Agile IoT principles. In interest to our roadmap and strategy, Agile IoT offers  us several interesting value propositions including:

  • A rich set of connectors (Enocean, ZWave, ZigBee, BLE, etc)
  • An open source approach which avoids lock-in for Sensinov as a provider and for our customers
  • The development of an  ecosystem of providers
  • Modular hardware and software to adapt to different deployment needs

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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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