Project Partners

The bIoTope project is a collaboration amongst market leading industrial organisations, innovative software tools and platform technology companies, research organisations and public authorities in major European cities that are developing and undertaking pilot evaluations of advanced technologies for products and services that exploit the Internet of Things. Click on any of the logos to visit a partner's website.


The ASIA (Adaptive Systems of Intelligent Agents) team headed by Prof. Främling at the Aalto School of Science has been developing distributed software architectures for the Internet of Things (IoT) since 2000 and published some of the first scientific articles that explicitly mention the Internet of Things in 2002. Key technologies for the team are semantic net storage, agent processing technologies, machine learning, message-oriented middleware and integration with existing industrial systems. With the DIALOG message-oriented agent middleware, the team was one of the first in the world to embrace the IoT concept, which has later been extended to areas such as "Intelligent Products" and related data storage and processing mechanisms.

Aalto University, School of Science, Helsinki (Finland)

The Centre for Knowledge and Innovation Research (CKIR) at Aalto School of Business, is an international and multidisciplinary research centre that promotes scientific research on knowledge- and innovation-based renewal and growth of companies and societies. CKIR coordinates the facilitation and support action for the €600 Million Future Internet PPP Program (FI-PPP), and has acted as coordinator in several Future Internet Research (FIRE) CSA projects, developing rules of engagement, indicators and tools for community orchestration and mobility. CKIR will contribute to the bIoTope project by developing the approach and framework for analysing the open IoT ecosystems in and across the different use cases. CKIR will further develop indicators for analysing the new business creation opportunities and scenarios in the established ecosystems. CKIR also has a pivotal role as the facilitator for the Open Calls to support the implementation of the use case pilots.

Aalto University, School of Business, Helsinki (Finland)

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT), launched in 2009 by the University of Luxembourg, aims to become a European centre of excellence and innovation for secure, reliable, and trustworthy ICT systems and services. At the end of 2014, some 240 people (including 89 Ph.D candidates) were active at the Centre. In bIoTope, SnT will address activities on IoT security and privacy, namely Context-driven Security and Privacy, Safe micro-billing for IoT, as well as big data aspects. More specifically, SnT will investigate, specify and develop first proofs-of-concept for ‘context-sensitive’ security and privacy frameworks that take into account context-related dimensions (e.g., a user or smart object location, situation, level of trust or reputation…), while enabling customers to have full end-to-end control of their data and ownership, and providing them with possibilities to make money out of their data (e.g., using digital currency).

University of Luxembourg, Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust, Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

The Computer Aided Design and Production Laboratory (LICP) of the Institute of Mechanical Engineering of EPFL is involved in various fundamental and applied research projects in the areas of Sustainable Manufacturing and Closed-Loop Lifecycle Management in collaboration with Swiss and European industrial partners. LICP will contribute to bIoTope with its strong experience in closed-loop lifecycle management, semantic modelling and reasoning for lifecycle engineering applications including methodologies and algorithms for data, information and knowledge extraction and transformation with context-awareness. Further activities in bIoTope include the (i) creation of new knowledge in the field of context-aware semantic modelling, context search and fusion of user and business context, and (ii) the exchange and improvement of knowledge in the filed of holistic lifecycle management through IoT infrastructure and smart devices.

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Laboratory for Computer-aided Design and Production, Lausanne (Switzerland)

The Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS) is the Fraunhofer Society's "data institute" and one of the most renowned research institutions in the data science area, with an extremely strong track record in data mining, machine learning, semantic technologies, information retrieval and software engineering. In terms of infrastructure, IAIS has an Infiniband connected high-performance cluster with >600 cores and 400TB storage connected to a living lab, which it uses to develop big and linked data prototype systems. Fraunhofer IAIS will address in bIoTope "User Interaction Development & Adaptation" activities by applying media context query theories so as to make UIs able to self-adapt their appearance and/or interaction behaviour to an individual user according to the user's profile, behaviour, trust and reputation, or according to the object and city/street contexts. Fraunhofer IAIS will also contribute to Knowledge representation, discovery and extraction.

Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS, Sankt Augustin (Germany)

BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH is an engineering research institute developing technical and organizational solutions for tasks from various areas of production technology as well as from other related scientific disciplines putting these into practice both in SMEs as well as multinational companies. The institute is directly linked to the University of Bremen, Faculty of Production Technology. Within bIoTope, BIBA is responsible for eliciting and analysing requirements from all stakeholders of the bIoTope project, according to the envisaged value chains. In particular, requirements from infrastructure providers, application integrators, and application service providers will be analysed, which will make it possible to produce the main functional specifications for the bIoTope SoS platform and related service-provisioning models, as well as the definitive city pilots. BIBA will also contribute to set up the framework for evaluation of the application and use case validations.

BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH, Bremen (Germany)

Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is Australia's top government research agency that has over 5600 researchers and developers in various areas of science and technology. CSIRO carries out multidisciplinary R&D concentrating on national priority areas. The Digital Productivity Flagship (DPF) Research Group - involved in bIoTope is a CSIRO flagship initiative focusing on Information and Communication Technologies. Autonomous Systems Program is developing robots and autonomous technologies (including IoT and sensor networks) that improve operating safety and efficiency, delivering customised solutions to industry. DPF's significant IoT expertise, capability and competence will contribute to the bIoTope Systems of Systems platform for IoT. Specifically, CSIRO will lead the work package dealing with "Context-Aware Service Provisioning for IoT". Unique and considerable competence in context-awareness, semantic sensor networks, reasoning about context, mobile analytics and comprehensive knowledge of OpenIoT platform will make critically important contribution to bIoTope project.

Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation, Autonomous Systems Program at Digital Productivity Flagship, Melbourne (Australia)

The Open Group is a worldwide industry organisation with more than 400 members representing all of the largest system and software vendors, and many end user organisations including leaders in worldwide finance, aerospace, health care, automotive, utilities, commerce and telecommunications, which have combined technology purchase budgets in excess of €50 billion annually. The Open Group provides a vendor-neutral forum for buyers and suppliers of technology to agree technology evolution and interoperability, its Enterprise architecture standards TOGAF® and Archimate® are widely adopted and its Platform 3.0 Forum addresses the evolution of platform technologies and standards that support the convergence of mobility, social networks and social enterprise, big data analytics, Cloud computing and the Internet of Things. In bIoTope, the Open Group will contribute to the industrial requirements analysis task and lead the communication and dissemination and also the external collaboration and standardization activities, as well as all IPR-related aspects with the project technologies/partners and open data management.

The Open Group (X/Open Company), Reading (UK)

BMW Group is a global manufacturer of premium class automobiles and motorcycles, covering the BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands. In 2014 about 2118 Million automobiles and more than 123 000 motor cycles were built and sold worldwide at total revenues of approximately 80 Billion €. In bIoTope, BMW Group aims to offer its customers premium end-to-end mobility beyond the car. The BMW Group’s vision is to further extend the currently offered "BMW ConnectedDrive" package based on the bIoTope SoS platform and associated ecosystem. BMW is involved in the Requirements analysis and Proof-of-Concept and brings its excellence in innovative function development and integration in the project. The car integration of the developed applications will be an important contribution for customer demonstrations with the goal being to offer better mobility services to customers by connecting cross-domain data: i) Identification and use of specific customer preferences for routing; ii) Prediction of customer activities to leverage electric mobility; and iii) Using extended real-time information about charging infrastructure.

BMW AG - Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft, Munich (Germany)

eccenca GmbH was founded as a spin-off company of AKSW research group at the University of Leipzig and as a subsidiary of brox IT Solutions GmbH. eccenca GmbH bundles brox and AKSW technology, tools and know-how in the field of Enterprise Search and Linked Data offering mature and market-leading technology platforms, which represent an excellent basis for highly successful partner and customer relationships with leading multinationals already using advanced technology as standardized architecture building blocks in enterprise search. eccenca GmbH participation in bIoTope will demonstrate and validate the features of its Eccenca Linked Data Suite within a real use case scenario. From a practical persepctive, eccenca GmbH will contribute to activities related to data integration of multiple sources and communication and synchronisation of knowledge bases, but also user interactions (for enhanced eccenca Suite capabilities). Finally, as official partner of the MobiVoc consortium (with BMW, BIBA and Fraunhofer), eccenca will be involved in the smart mobility pilot.

eccenca GmbH, Leipzig (Germany)

OpenDataSoft is a French startup that provides its customers with a turnkey solution for publishing, sharing and reusing structured data through unified APIs. Founded in 2011, OpenDataSoft focuses on the development and the operation of its Software-as-a-Servive (SaaS) platform. The SaaS platform is a pure platform operated with a multi-cloud approach and with a pay-per-use business model having more than 40 customers in various fields such as Open Data, internal data management, Smart Cities, IoT, use the OpenDataSoft platform. In bIoTope, OpenDataSoft will contribute to the development of UI components (2D & 3D widgets) for smart city dashboards developed built on the OpenDataSoft SaaS Platform. OpenDataSoft also has an active role in developing appropriate connectors to OpenDataSoft SaaS Platform compliant with the O-MI and O-DF standards, which opens up opportunities to bring new cities (e.g., city customers of OpenDataSoft) in the bIoTope SoS ecosystem.

Opendatasoft, Paris (France)

Cityzen Data was founded in 2013 and was born from the needs of the Smart Sensing consortium that created connected fabric used in sports garments. In close connection with Cityzen Sciences, Cityzen Data analyzes data for sport, health and wellness markets and, in this respect, has already strong connections, partnerships and clients in Europe, China and USA in such fields/markets. Cityzen Data’s goal is to provide a scalable, secure, ethical and open platform for sensor data that acts as an accelerator for any project. Cityzen Data's vision is to provide the most efficient platform to manage large volumes of IoT data. Through the bIoTope project , Cityzen Data has high expectations to improve its current 'Continuum module" with the use of disruptive Big Data Analytics. Cityzen Data will also contribute to building the necessary adaptors for making its API compliant with the O-MI and O-DF standards and, furthermore, will also be involved in the cross-domain city pilot in Lyon.

Citizen Data, Lyon (France)

Holonix is a spin off from Politecnico di Milano and provides advanced ICT solutions based on the research outputs of the university. Holonix focuses on Lifecycle Data and Knowledge Management, and its core solution is the “i-LiKe” (intelligent Lifecycle data and Knowledge) platform, which synthesizes the experiences and ideas from the last 8 years of research of Politecnico on Product Lifecycle Management. Holonix's focus is to reinforce its commercial position as provider, through the iLike platform for connecting and tracking intelligent objects along their whole lifecycle. The platform offers a layer for interaction with external modules using the O-MI and O-DF standards and for the development of customised UIs for optimal and personalised access to the information. The iLike platform will integrate new functionalities and services developed in the bIoTope SoS platform, including services for data gathering from connected smart objects providing O-MI/O-DF based APIs to access the iLike platform. Virtual Obeya, used for the creation of virtual rooms for collaborative discussions/decision-making will also be customised for bIoTope.

Holonix, Milan (Italy)

itrust consulting was awarded "Start-up of the Year 2008", at Luxembourg’s ICT awards, and was created to consult public, financial, and industrial customers to protect their information against divulgation and manipulation. itrust applies innovation,and develops norms, security tools and information processing techniques, covering topics like Information Security Management Systems, risk management, Penetration testing, digital signature, cryptology, Internet security, Critical Infrastructure Protection, SCADA, Secure Localisation, CC, Computer Forensics. itrust consulting will complement and work closely with on security and privacy aspects in bIoTope having several turnkey products and services that can be deployed or adapted to the bIoTope needs to tackle information security management systems, risk management, penetration testing, digital signature, or cryptology aspects. itrust will have a key role when investigating new Block Chain technologies and networks such as Bitcoin for "Safe Micro-Billing for IoT".

itrust consulting, Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

Enervent Oy has manufactured ventilation units for 25 years and is owned by EM Group, which also owns Ensto Oy, a company that develops and manufactures electrical systems and accessories, including electrical heating and home automation systems. In 2013, Enervent launched its eAir product family, together with its eAir web service which natively includes Internet connectivity. The data and information collection possibilities offered by eAir web are expected to become competitive key factors in the future, where design and manufacturing faults can be detected more rapidly. Enervent's motivation for participating to bIoTope is to maintain its position as a lighthouse manufacturer of energy-efficient ventilation and heat-recovery solutions. Enervent's goal is to gain important market share by having some of the most advanced Smart Connected Products in the world and gain considerable advantage from connectivity with IoT Platforms. Enervent will play a major role in "Smart Building and Equipment Services" pilot, where the bIoTope SoS platform will enable new forms of self-management building and equipment services.

enervent Oy, Helsinki (Finland)

ControlThings was founded in June 2010, and develops software for data acquisition from various sensing devices, typically embedded into physical products. ControlThings also performs data analysis and control of systems based on the collected information both locally and remotely. The main application domains of ControlThings are smart buildings and homes, building automation, remote monitoring and data acquisition from vehicles, RFID/NFC based applications, etc. ControlThings' seeks to develop a commercial-level platform based on principles of trust-based security, end-to-end encryption and distributed management of identities by developing a powerful distributed and secure protocol for the IoT called "WISH", integrating distributed identity management, secure authentication and certificate management and context-based access control. Using common standards such as O-MI and O-DF will make it possible to scale up the business infinitely as the bIoTope ecosystem emerges and gain markets with the help of high-visibility pilot installations in smart cities.

ControlThings, Porvoo (Finland)

IS-practice is a Program Management Office that delivers project management and high-level guiance in the field of the Information Society for major projects within the international and national public sector. It brings together specialised parties for ambitious research and consultancy projects. IS-practice is led by Hugo Kerschot, based on more than 20 years of experience in communication, IT, consultancy and project management in both the private and the public sector and multidisciplinary settings within the framework of the European Information Society. IS-practice provides support for bIoTope Coordinator to assist with the project coordination and to oversee day-to-day project management activities such as liaison with the EU Commission, budget management, meetings and conference call organization, quality assurance, risk management, and progress monitoring. IS-practice will also help to define and coordinate the Brussels pilot activities within bIoTope.

IS-practice, Brussels (Belgium)

Forum Virium Helsinki is a non-profit enterprise owned by the City of Helsinki, established for research and development of digital services utilising user-driven innovation methods and public/private collaboration, and is playing a key role in implementing Helsinki's Smart and Open City strategy. Forum Virium Helsinki seeks to develop the essential building blocks for smart, and open cities of the future and has been at the forefront of the Open Data Movement over the last years, most visibly through the Helsinki Region Infoshare (HRI) project and its mission to open up public data from the Helsinki region to everyone. Forum Virium Helsinki will host and manage cross-domain Large-Scale Pilots developed in bIoTope and is particularly motivated by the bIoTope challenge of creating "Ecosystems of EU solution providers showing their technical and commercial viability in Large-Scale Real-Life Pilot installations" and will work with CKIR (Aalto Business School) to investigate new professional approach for ecosystem orchestration based both from the citizen learning/civic learning perspective at large.

Forum Virium Helsinki, Helsinki (Finland)

On 1 January 2015, the Communauté Urbaine de Lyon became Grand Lyon La Métropole (Greater Lyon Urban Area Authority) by integrating the responsibilities of the Conseil Général du Rhône for its geographical area, thus became the first local authority in France to be able, as single body, to implement social, economic, and local development responsibilities. Greater Lyon's digital policy is turning towards a metropolis that innovates to ensure its citizens' well-being and greater Lyon's "digital mission" includes an approach dedicated to innovative services and uses, placing users at the center of its strategy for the city of tomorrow. Greater Lyon will host and manage one or several cross-domain pilots developed in bIoTope and is particularly interested in scenarios such as i) Bottle Bank Management, ii) Street Lighting Optimisation, and iii) Hyperlocal Weather Data for Snow Cleaning, and sees a golden opportunity of creating a key IoT ecosystem in the Lyon region thanks to the Open Calls that will support the economic, industrial and social fabric and networks of Grand Lyon.

Grand Lyon La Métropole, Lyon (France)

IRISnet is the telecom operator of the Brussels Region network with all standard telecom services are provide through a state of the art IP network to the Brussels institutions. More than one thousand connections are managed by a professional team 24h/7D. IRISnet is created from a Private Public Partnership. All added value services are based on a strong relationship with Mobistar, a major Belgian telecom operator. IRISNET will provide the IoT networks and network control in the Brussels Capital Region. IRISNET will mainly contribute to the large-scale Brussels city Pilot, and particularly for identifying the most relevant pilots to be set up in Brussels. IRISNET will also play an key role in the Open Calls.

IRISNET, Brussels (Belgium)

CIRB (Brussels Region Informatics Center) is computerising the public authorities in the Brussels-Capital Region and helps these authorities to use ICT solutions to facilitate their own tasks and for the benefit of everyone in Brussels: citizens, businesses and the self-employed, as well as the public authorities. As a partner in the modernisation of public authorities, CIRB is developing its range of IT services on the basis of integrated logic wth the CIRB range comprises six groups of services: infrastructure, telecommunications, security, client support, hosting and sector solutions.CIRB will use the following infrastructures within bIoTope: i) Regional Data Center to host IoT platforms; ii) Video Protection platform to get and process images related to mobility; iii) Irisnet broadband network to exchange data and video images; iv) URBIZONE Wifi network to collect data captured by Smartphones and other WiFi-enabled devices and sensors; v) ISR (Regional Services Integration) to secure exchange of privacy-related data; and vi) Brussels UrbIS cartographic data and services to display maps and support spatial data analysis.

Centre d'Informatique pour la Région Bruxelloise, Brussels (Belgium)

Brussels Mobility, is the administration of the Brussels-Capital Region responsible for equipment, infrastructure and mobility issues. The primary challenge is to facilitate economic development – and the growing need for mobility solutions – while improving quality of life and sustainable development. Brussels Mobility oversees the definition of mobility strategies, projects to develop, renew and maintain public spaces and roads, as well as public transport infrastructure and taxis of the Region. In doing so, it fulfils essential tasks to protect quality of life and sustainable development in the Brussels-Capital region, sometimes in partnership with other bodies. Brussels Mobility will be responsible for the specifications, development and follow-up of the Brussels pilots related to Mobility, in particularly: i) Brussels Open Call management, ii) Disclose Brussels traffic and mobility related data, iii) Ensure that utilities disclose the real-time position of their large vehicles, iv) Ensure that schools participate in the project.

Administration de l'équipement et des déplacements, Brussels (Belgium)

ITMO University (International Research Laboratory in Modern Communication Technologies, and Applications in Economics and Finance) located in St. Petersburg, Russia, will carry out Research dedicated to Internet of Things, Waste Management, Smart Cities, Intelligent Transportation Systems and relevant research topics. ITMO University will conduct a comprehensive and thorough survey on ICT waste collection models with a focus on IoT as a key enabling technology in contemporary waste collection. ITMO University will utilise the bIoTope technologies to establish a use case related to smart cities, namely “IoT – enabled waste-management” for validating the technologies and creating an ecosystem for IoT products and services within the St. Petersburg region.

ITMO University, St-Petersburg (Russia)

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