Cambridge Wireless in forefront of research into exciting project for internet ecosystem
Cambridge, UK: 7th September 2012 – In February 2012 Cambridge Wireless was awarded £50K of funding to undertake a multi-company research project under the government-backed Technology Strategy Board’s (TSB) Internet of Things (IoT) Convergence initiative; the government-funded initiative aimed at encouraging and accelerating an Internet of Things ecosystem.
The Cambridge Wireless project, entitled ‘Cross domain IoT interchange Broker’ was successfully completed at the end of June and the report of this and nine other projects funded as part of the Technology Strategy Board initiative will be published shortly on their connect website. (https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/internet-of-things-convergence) The results will also be featured at a future Cambridge Wireless SIG Event.
The funded projects all looked in different ways as to whether and how ‘Machine to Machine’ and other data held as part of different service delivery chains could be securely shared to build new value added services as part of a sustainable and transformative ecosystem.
Whilst other projects awarded by the TSB focused on subjects as diverse as beer delivery logistics chain management, and retail shopping experience enhancement, the Cambridge Wireless led project examined a ‘care scenario’ centred on a vulnerable individual living alone. The topic was selected because coping with the ageing population is one of the major social and economic challenges facing the world in the coming years and is a field in which many Cambridge Wireless member companies are active contributors.
The project studied how data collected from the environment (such as weather data), building automation / energy control systems and home telehealth devices could be combined in new ways to improve the quality of care to a vulnerable individual during a period of extreme weather. Cambridge Wireless, with partners from Secure Controls (UK), DOCOBO, SciSys, PIB-d Ltd, the University of Bath and BathCube undertook the feasibility study and interviewed people (spanning a full range of skills) including computer scientists, policy advisors, industrial software specialists and industry sector experts from the fields of telemedicine and energy control / monitoring.
Graham Fisher of BathCube and a Board Member of Cambridge Wireless, who led the research team, was really excited to be involved and stated “We are really pleased to be able to deliver this comprehensive report and feel that it has highlighted the challenges and issues surrounding the Internet of Things. Overall we felt that although there is a need for sharing combined data between sectors/ chains in the industry, the low cost connectivity required for such a project is not present in today’s market. When this situation changes over time then the IOT will be one of the most compelling stories in the interconnected marketplace and will directly lead to improvements in people’s lives and profitability for the business involved in delivering it”
Following this initial feasibility study, the Technology Strategy Board intends to invest up to £4 million later in 2012 in a further funding competition, leading to the development of an IoT convergence demonstrator taking the story on from feasibility studies towards implementation. Cambridge Wireless believes that bringing together these experts to investigate the feasibility of an 'information broker' system in this initial stage brings clear insights into the challenges and puts them in a strong position for this next ‘demonstrator’ project phase.
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