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What is AIoTI – The Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation

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Have anyone heard about this? While searching news about Internet of Things I recently bumped into a headline about AIoTI and couldn’t help myself to read more. Well, you should know that European Commission and various key IoT players launched in march 2015 The Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation aka AIoTI, an unprecedented European Association based in Brussels. European Commission started this initiative to support and develop the interaction and relations between Internet of Things (IoT) Europe players.

Do we need to know about this? Is this helping us somehow? Definitely Yes!

Everyone should know about these Global Organizations which nowadays they have so much power and budget that can boost up any idea in innovation and technology. Is like in the fashion world, the best in the branch are dictating the trends and colors. In no time Internet of Things will be part of everything from industry to homes and gadgets and afterwards part of our life just like smartphones and social networks.

The European Commission’s initiative overall goal is the development of a dynamic IoT ecosystem to unleash the true potentials of the IoT. This ecosystem, built on the work of the IoT Research Cluster (IERC), wish to share innovation across industries and business sectors of IoT by turning ideas into solutions and business models.

Who are the AIoTI?

AIoTI - The Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation

Members of the Alliance include key IoT industrial players – large companies, successful SMEs and dynamic startups – as well as well-known European research centers, universities, associations and public bodies. The most important members and founders are  Philips Lighting, Vodafone, IBM, ATOS, BT, John Deere, Infineon, Engineering LOI, CNH Industrial, Telit Communications, Siemens, Bosch, Huawei, Nokia Artemisia, Digital Catapult, Gradiant, Samsung, STMicroelectronics, Schneider Electric, and Arthur’s Legal.

The AIoTI as a legal entity maintains a close partnership with the European Commission on policy recommendations and on building the strategy for the research and innovation agenda for the future IoT funding programme.

Structure and Working Groups target

Innovation Ecosystems

This Working Group aims at designing actions to develop innovation ecosystems by stimulating startups, encouraging the use of open IoT platforms, enabling Large Scale Pilots, and linking large and small companies through open innovation.

IoT Standardization

This Working Group identifies and, where appropriate, makes recommendations to address existing IoT standards, analyses gaps in standardization, and develops strategies and use cases aiming for (1) consolidation of architectural frameworks, reference architectures, and architectural styles in the IoT space, (2) (semantic) interoperability and (3) personal data & personal data protection to the various categories of stakeholders in the IoT space.

Smart living environment for ageing well

Smart living environment for ageing well: The topic for this Working Group refers to smart homes and smart living environments that can support vulnerable people, such as, but not limited to elderly or disabled people, in staying active, independent and out of institutional care settings, also leading to reduced costs for care systems and better quality of life for vulnerable categories of citizens. The workgroup deliverables include white papers, recommendation reports, innovative use cases susceptible to improve the quality of life of Elderly people using the latest IoT technologies.

Smart Farming and Food Security

The Topic of this Working Group refers to IoT scenarios/use cases that allow monitoring and control of the plant and animal products life cycle “from farm to fork”.

Wearables

The topic for this Working Group refers to IoT solutions that integrate key technologies (e.g. nano electronics, organic electronics, sensing, actuating, communication, low power computing, visualisation and embedded software) into intelligent systems to bring new functionalities into clothes, other fabrics, patches, watches and other body-mounted devices. The Working Group focuses its work on healthcare, well-being, safety, security and infotainment applications.

Smart Cities

The topic for this Working Group refers to IoT solutions used by a city in order to enhance performance, safety and wellbeing, to reduce costs and resource consumption, and to engage more effectively and actively with its citizens. Key ‘smart city’ sectors may include transport, energy, healthcare, lighting, water, waste and other city related sectors.

Smart Water Management

The topic for this Working Group refers to IoT solutions that improve water management efficiency by monitoring and controlling surface water retention, flooding etc.

Smart Energy

The topic for this Working Group refers to IoT solutions deployed by various companies along the value chain (i.e. IoT technology providers, energy companies (in generation, supply, grid and market participants, traders, aggregators, etc.) to allow the performance optimisation of their energy asset portfolios (Renewables plants, Grid Substations, Control Rooms, Prosumer Demand Responsive Loads and EV Charging infrastructures).

Smart Buildings and Architecture

The topic of this Working Group is the IoT technologies and solutions deployed in buildings and districts of buildings to improve life of the occupant by addressing and optimising elements such as comfort, light, temperature, air quality, water, nourishment, fitness, and energy usage.

The Internet of Things Leading Landscape

In the past years many industrial alliances and consortia got visible in the global overview but at the first glance they seem to compete over the same topics. However, there are major differences when you take a closer look, at least when talking about he major groups like Allseen Alliance, Industrial Internet Consortium and AIoTI.

The AllSeen Alliance manages the AllJoyn open source project with software code using open standards to enable all the ‘things’ in the Internet of Things to work together. This Alliance started a few years ago, when the Alljoyn protocol was developed by Qualcomm. Now
the management has been given to the Linux Foundation, and target devices belongs to Connected Home, Smart TV, Smart Audio, Broadband Gateways, and Automotive domains. Currently, it has 6 working groups: Common Frameworks Working Group, Compliance and
Certification Working Group, Core Working Group, Developer Support Working Group, Gateway Working Group, and Smart Spaces Working Group.

The Industrial Internet Consortium is just over a year old. It started from 5 major corporations (M, Cisco, AT&T, GE and Intel) and now comprises a large number of partners. Its vision is to develop a Reference Architecture for the IoT that can be exploitable by major Industrial Groups, particularly in the Manufacturing field. It has 18 groups: Marketing, Framework, Use Cases, Data Management and Analytics, Security, Liaisons, Architecture, Communication, Analytics, Architecture Control, Clean Slate, Energy, Ignite,Vocabulary, Interoperability, Positioning, Technology and Thought Leadership.

The newest group is the Alliance for IoT Innovation (AIoTI). Promoted by the European Union, the Alliance is to help the European Commission prepare future IoT research and innovation, standardization and policy. At present it has 11 Working Groups: IoT European research cluster, Innovation Ecosystems, IoT Standardization, Policy issues (trust, security, liability,
privacy), Smart living environments for ageing well (e.g. smart house), Smart farming and food security, Wearables, Smart cities, Smart mobility (smart transport/smart vehicles/connected cars), Smart environment (smart water management), Smart manufacturing.

AIoTI - The Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation

Note: This is an informative article. Most of the content was inspired from the following sources: www.aioti.org , www.meet-iot.eu, www.ec.europa.eu. Credit for extracted text and images goes to authors.

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