First phase of IoT Crawler comes to an end

To discover how Internet of Things (IoT) can generate better value-adding activities for its users, Aarhus has focused on investigating the existing practice on the harbor front where Aarhus City Lab is located. By observing the area and by asking what it is used for now, the project of IoT Crawler focuses on the City Lab to investigate useful IoT.

This first phase of IoT Crawler has also been used to speak to different IoT-startups. Those are either working on or has the ambition to experiment on new solutions in collaboration with the City of Aarhus. Understanding the challenges which the startups are facing and their possibilities within IoT Crawler has been the main topics of the discussions.

Co-creation brings new concepts

At the moment the project is attempting to propose new concepts that can be brought into IoT Crawler. Those concepts are created in workshops. For example, the project is working with Aarhus Katedralskole (secondary school), where their students are participating in a co-creation workshop on how they are using the City Lab on the harbor front. The ambition is to collect the new concepts in a portfolio which can be used as an inspiration to the prototypes that will be developed later in the project.

During IoT Week 2019 the participants are invited to give the City of Aarhus feedback on the concepts that are created from the co-creation progress. In the end it will indicate what projects that are worth expanding.

IoT Crawler across Europe

Outside Aarhus there are also a lot of activities going on in the IoT Crawler project. Some of them especially deals with technical build, development and data connections. And these areas are developed by the university partners, for example The University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück (Germany) and The University of Murcia (Spain). Their role is to define the requirements for sensor modelling, monitoring and fault recovery and the design of data attributes and QoI metrics. This is used to build a machine-readable model of relations between the IoT data and the metadata of the sensor. Thereby, IoT Crawler will be able to rank data sources based on their quality. In this way, IoT Crawler can check the data for its correctness. As an example, the framework will check the delivered data by comparing it with other sensors/data sources nearby. These components are meant to be integrated in other cities inside the project.  

Across Europe IoT Crawler are gathering insights from stakeholders and users in the project’s testbeds that cover three general domains; Smart Home/Buildings, Smart City, and Industry 4.0. The reason why IoT Crawler take this user centric approach is to make sure that the prototypes that are developed represents solutions to real challenges and “pains” within each domain. By doing this IoT Crawler can demonstrate the functionality of an IoT search engine, while also giving examples of the business value and societal impact that can be generated.

Some of the questions that IoT Crawler are currently trying to find answers to are:

- How can IoT Crawler assist in the integration of Smart Home devices?

- How can IoT Crawler improve the parking experience in Smart Cities?

- How can IoT Crawler assist in citizen-driven Smart City Experimentation?

- How can IoT Crawler improve the lives of people with dementia?

- How can IoT Crawler provide better predictive maintenance for Industry 4.0?

- How can IoT Crawler assist in planning Smart Grid systems?

Be sure to come to IoT Week in Aarhus in June to see what concepts comes out of this process and help us validate them.

Partner meeting in Guildford

In this spring a partner meeting in the IoT Crawler consortium was held at The University of Surrey, United Kingdom. A more detailed plan for IoT Crawler research and development activities was under discussion, but the meeting also provided a great opportunity to share ideas. The meeting consolidated the main ideas behind the architecture of IoT Crawler. The architecture challenge has two aspects: first building a developer friendly architecture as we want to encourage open source developers to use IoT Crawler. And second to provide an architecture which can scale by keeping good performance on search results.

IoT Crawler is thereby on its way to an end to the first phase of the projects. Therefore, co-creations, evaluations and validating projects are the final focuses of this phase. In the end the target is to know the end-user and create value-adding activities for them.