Almanac at the IoT Week 16-20 June

The IoT Week originated in the European IoT Research Cluster to become the pre-eminent event attracting industry and researchers from around the world. IoT Week 2014 was the third of its kind and ALMANAC was present, both as a session organiser and an exhibitor.

The workshop organised by ALMANAC dealt with the uptake of IoT technologies for Smart Citiy infrastructures, moving from technological novelty and piloting to prominent business takeover. Presentations and discussions were on public-private partnerships, water utility solutions, reliability and security in smart city networks.

Presentation slides will be available on the IoT Week website soon.

The ALMANAC demo consisted of a water network and smart bin, capillary network devices and GUIs for data management and virtualization layer

At the exhibition, ALMANAC partners demonstrated the first workings of the ALMANAC platform showing an information gathering platform with data collected in real-time from large amounts of smart city sensors and objects related to water consumption and waste capacity. The prototype mainly featured the abstraction framework and its middleware providing proof-of-concept interoperability with smart city applications over the internet. Included were a water network and smart bin, capillary network devices and GUIs for data management and virtualization layer. 

- The ALMANAC stand had a good number of visitors and interest was shown towards everything from the application domains, the technical components as well as deployment plans and the possibility to replicate in other cities. Questions also concerned the kind of middleware and API/Models that ALMANAC uses to access sensors as well as standards for management and communication in the capillary network prototype, explains Riccardo Tomasi, Head of Research Unit: Internet of Things Service Management at Istituto Superiore Mario Boella and continues:

- They all reacted quite well to the demonstrator and especially the two toy set-ups (bin + water tower) and GUIs provided a good way of engaging people passing by.

The ALMANAC project is co-funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 609081, objective ICT-2013.1.4 'A reliable, smart and secure Internet of Things for Smart Cities'. Duration: 1st September 2013 to 31st August 2016.

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