Scott Hansen's Posts (26)

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bIoTope Open Call results announced

The first Open Call from the bIoTope project was closed on 22 August 2018. The negotiation phase took longer than expected, and the results are published now as contracts with all new beneficiaries have been signed. The call received in total 131 proposals, out of which 19 were eligible for funding and fit the scope of the open calls.

The bIoTope consortium was satisfied with the call responses. The calls were thematically linked to the various project use cases, and required deep specific contextual knowledge of the domain areas. There were numerous proposals of generic technologies, but these were not in the scope of the Call guidance, and hence a large proportion of the proposals were not eligible for funding. Other reasons for the proposers not being eligible were origins from outside of Europe and not being eligible for the European Commission funding. Suitable candidates were found for all use cases.

Selected proposals
Five organisations were selected for funding. Three of the organisations were selected to support the two use cases on bottle bank route optimization and heat wave mitigation in Lyon for technical integration work, namely Sigrenea, Hydrasol and Data Things. Good Planet was selected for a coordinating role for the Brussels use case Safe School, and Parkkisähkö was selected for Helsinki electric vehicle case. In total 378,300 euros have been allocated. Below the summary of the funding by organization.

bIoTope Open Call 2
The second Open Call of the bIoTope project will be launched in January 2018, with 371,700 euros available for various use cases related to mobility, sustainability and waste management. More information will be announced shortly.

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IoT Innovation Night - Helsinki, 16 November 2017

Let's mingle with the Helsinki IoT community!

Take the opportunity to meet with relevant stakeholders and discover upcoming funding opportunities at an important evening event hosted by the IoT European Platform Initiative (IoT-EPI).

Project partners ControlThings and Forum Virium from bIoTope will be introducing the project and also the smart cities pilot where innovative IoT technologies from bIoTope are being introduced and evaluated. Other projects within the IoT-EPI cluster will also be presenting.

The event runs from 17:00 – 20:30 at the location:

Maria 01
16 Lapinlahdenkatu
00101 Helsinki

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Registration and more details are available at the event website.


17:00 Welcome, registration and drinks
17:30 Introduction to IoT-EPI & Funding Opportunities for Startups & SME’s: Tushar Raju (IoT-EPI)
17:40 Keynote talk: Vesa Aaltonen (Emergence) Taival success story
18:00 Presentations:

  • Helsinki as a platform for IoT innovation Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts (Forum Virium Helsinki)
  • TagItSmart project: Kaisa Vehmas (VTT)
  • BIoTope project introduction: Kristian Bäckström (Control Things)
  • BIoTope Helsinki pilot: Parking Energy EV charging solution: Markku Peräniitty (Parking Energy)

18:30 Your company’s perspective: What can I offer? What am I looking for?
19:30 Networking, drinks and snacks
20:30 Closing

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Prof Kary Främling from Aalto University and the Coordinator for the bIoTope addressed key IoT security challenges with a presentation "Secure Trust and Information Access for the Internet of Things" at the Architectiong the Digital Enterprise Conference in Amsterdam on 23 October 2017.

Synopsis: In the Internet of Things context, trust will need to be established in more direct ways, even by recognizing a friend or a family member and trust their information, or the information provided by their devices. Such "friend-based" authentication can be used for instance in smart homes and extensions of it. In the future, trust might be established based on several authentication mechanisms that mix the classical PKI approach with "friend network" and blockchain-based technologies. Authorization and access control will need to be supported on a much more fine-grained level than before in the Internet of Things, where different users will have different access rights in different contexts and depending on their roles. The presentation showed how these concepts can be implemented in different "smart" settings, notably smart homes and smart cities.

Key takeaways from his presentation:

  • Insight into the forefront on IoT security concepts
  • New ways of dealing with ad hoc trust relationships in IoT
  • How to information model standards such as Open Data Format (O-DF) for specifying access control

The presentation was made in collaboration with ControlThings and The Open Group, who are also partners in the bIoTope project, and can be downloaded here.

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Open Call Published

The bIoTope project has published the first Open Call inviting organisations from outside of the consortium to join the project and contribute to the evolution of the bIoTope ecosystems.

The goals of the open call are to:

  • Expand the bIoTope ecosystems
  • Validate the bIoTope techniques in real-world scenarios
  • Support the development of innovative IoT solutions using technologies and services provided by the bIoTope project

Funding is provided to successful applicants to support smart city pilots in Brussels, Helsinki and Lyon. Total amount of funding available is 420,000€.

The submission deadline is 22 August 2017. For more information click the Open Call 1 tab at the top of the page.

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Aalto University researchers Anssi Smedlund, Petra Turkama and Heini Ikävalko presented a paper: Framework for Firm Strategies in Open Internet of Things Ecosystems at the World Open Innovation Conference in Barcelona, 9-10 December 2016.

The paper presents the framework for companies' IoT ecosystem strategies developed in the bIoTope project, with mini case studies of bIoTope companies.
The World Open Innovation Conference was organized for the first time ever in Europe, in collaboration with ESADE in Barcelona and University of California - Berkeley. It featured several esteemed key note speakers, like Henry Chesbrough, as well as representatives from leading universities and companies.

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bIoTope completes first EC Technical Review

The bIoTope project undertook a detailed Technical Review with the European Commission (EC) representatives hosted by Siemens in Vienna. External experts were organised by the EC to provide guidance and recommendations concerning the project development work and planned smart city pilots and ecosystems.

All of the research and development workpackages were presented and a first set of deliverables have been published. Click the Results tab above to download the first project reports.

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