ReRUM – REliable, Resilient and secUre IoT for sMart city applications

RERUM will develop, evaluate, and trial an architectural framework for dependable, reliable, and secure networks of heterogeneous smart objects supporting innovative Smart City applications. The framework will be based on the concept of “security and privacy by design”, addressing the most critical factors for the success of Smart City applications.

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TA2 – Together anywhere, together anytime

“Making communications and engagement easier among groups of people separated in space and time”
(Doug Williams, BT, TA2 technical manager)

How can technology help to nurture family-to-family relationships? This is the question asked by the collaborative project “Together Anywhere, Together Anytime” (TA2).

For many people, families form the key social unit. Many of our enduring experiences, holidays, celebrations and moments of fun and laughter are framed as family events. This is something that current technology does not address well: modern media and communications serve individuals best, with phones, computers and electronic games devices tending to be individually owned and providing individual experiences. TA2 seeks to redress this imbalance, by exploring how technology can support group to group communication.

Family letters are often written from one family to another; family games are played between families. Memories in the form of videos and photographs are often shared within families. TA2 wants to enhance and support these processes; enabling people to share their stories, pass digital photos and videos around, add comments to them, and to pass them back. TA2 wants to build systems that allow people to play games with each other, seeing and hearing each other as they laugh with, and at, each other, as they struggle with games like Ludo®, Labyrinth® or Pictionary®. And TA2 also wants to find ways in which modern sensors and IT equipment can support the family to gain better awareness of each others activity, whilst maintaining each individual’s right to privacy.

TA2 media and communication experiences will be characterised by their naturalness; clear relaxed voice communication and intelligently edited video. Through the TA2 system, stories are automatically generated from home-related content, the personal home video or from the antics of a lively game.

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TRESCIMO – Testbeds for Reliable Smart City Machine to Machine Communication (STREP)

The TRESCIMO project (Testbeds for Reliable Smart City Machine-to-Machine Communication) addresses the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) work programme topic Future Internet Research and Experimentation. Smarter and greener cities are essential to address economic, social, and environmental challenges due to the increase in urbanization, requiring informed decisions based on Internet of Things generated data. A particular challenge is the unstable power supply of cities in underdeveloped countries (e.g. South Africa), thus requiring smart energy management. Future handling of grid overload in South Africa involve demand-response mechanisms, installing small devices at the end-user, communicating over different network technologies to a central controller, allowing loads to be measured and limited if necessary. Further challenges are the deployment of affordable smart sensors  as well as gathering information from nodes with limited power. Our approach to address the issues involved is to interweave a sophisticated Smart City platform and an ETSI/oneM2M compliant Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication framework (OpenMTC) as well as a delay tolerant Smart Platform with the M2M framework. We emphasize secure identification and authentication of sensors and users as well as policy-based store and forward functionality.

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Trilogy – Re-Architecting the Internet. An Hourglass Control Architecture for the Internet, Supporting Extremes of Commercial, Social and Technical Control
The aim of the Trilogy project is to develop new solutions for the control architecture of the Internet and remove the known and emerging technical deficiencies while avoiding prejudging commercial and social outcomes for the different players. The focus is the generic control functions of the Internet – the neck of the hour-glass but for control. Our architectural design activities focus on a radical approach to develop a Future Internet for the next 20+ years. This design is tempered and refined by considering the need for incremental deployment.


Vconect – Video Communication for Networked Communities
The Vconect platform will be able to support complex and dynamic topologies of group communication by intelligently mediating the conversation and framing it in narrative structures through methods akin to those used in cinematography. Active cameras, shot types, screen compositions will be decided dynamically, to ensure meaningful, engaging and immersive communication experiences. In turn, these decisions will be optimised in real-time for the network and devices that are being used. The platform thus becomes service-aware, displaying intelligent behaviour both in communication mediation as well as in adapting the way the audio and video is processed within the network to best support the communication needs.


WSAN4CIP – Wireless Sensor Networks for the Protection of Critical Infrastructures
The goal of WSAN4CIP is to substantially advance the technology of Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks (WSANs) beyond the current state of the art and to apply this technology to the Protection of Critical Infrastructures.

In particular, the WSAN4CIP project will apply these advanced wireless and sensor network developments to the management of power generation and distribution infrastructure management systems, which is one of the most demanding applications for wireless infrastructure, to demonstrate the appropriateness and effectiveness of the WSAN4CIP project results.

The project will contribute to making networked information and process control systems much more secure and resilient. The highly distributed nature of Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks (WSANs) boosts their ability to survive malicious attacks as well as accidental and operational failures. It makes them dependable in critical situations, when information is needed to prevent further damage to Critical Infrastructures (CIs).

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XI-FI  – eXperimental Infrastructures for the Future Internet

XIFI will establish a sustainable marketplace for trial infrastructures and Future Internet services.XIFI will achieve this vision by integrating and federating a multiplicity of heterogeneous environments – starting from the generic and specific enablers provided by the FI-WARE core platform and the FI-PPP use cases and early trials.Through this approach XIFI will demonstrate and validate the potential and capabilities of a unified market for Future Internet facilities overcoming a number of existing limitations to the current set of Future Internet experimental infrastructures available across Europe, such as fragmentation, interoperability and scalability. XIFI will also extend its efforts to include the results of other Future Internet services and R&D work.Initially the federation of infrastructures will consist of a core backbone five nodes located in five different European countries enabled with the Technology Foundation services (from the FI-PPP project FI-WARE) to be ready before the start of FI-PPP phase 3 (at month 12 of XIFI). This initial set will be enlarged during the second year with new use cases and collaborating local and regional infrastructures.XIFI will provide significant added value to Future Internet service and application developers. Specifically XIFI will:

  • facilitate unified access to large-scale infrastructures by providing a single entry point for users• provide access to generic enablers with assured QoS and reliability that go beyond best effort
  • offer a federation service through which the infrastructures can offer their capabilities using new and existing business models
  • enable infrastructures to be shared across different use casesXIFI will provide training, support and assistance including integration guidelines and the promotion of best practice between large-scale trials and infrastructure nodes.  These activities aim at facilitating the uptake and continued use of the FI-PPP results.

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