Open IoT Challenge: What Have the Participants Been up To?

It’s now been a bit over two months since the participants to the Open IoT Challenge have started to work on their projects, and like every year, I am pretty impressed by the creativity and the technical skills of all the teams.

There are about 12 teams actively participating and blogging about their journey (and probably more that are working in “stealth mode”), and I thought I would take some time to highlight some of the really cool things they are working on.

Trusted indoor positioning system for nursing homes

The Trusted IoT Approach team is not only working on building an indoor geolocation solution (using Bluetooth beacons), but they are also combining it with IOTA (i.e a distributed ledger) to turn it into a trusted indoor positioning system.

Their main use case is nursing homes, and I think it is quite brilliant. What if there could be an immutable ledger of all the current and past positions of patients and nurses within a nursing home?  Clearly, this can help with scenarios where for example there are doubts as to whether a patient has properly been checked up on.

They are building their project as Eclipse Kura plugins, and everything is open source – check out their code!

Connected Industry Sensor Solutions

Year after year, I always hope that more participants to the IoT Challenge get into industrial scenarios, vs. simply focusing on building cool IoT gadgets. This year I am really happy to see that a team from Bosch Connected Industry is working on an Industrial IoT scenario and bridging the gap between the physical world of industrial equipment, and the Internet of Things. They are using Eclipse Ditto for building Digital Twins which I find really cool too 🙂

Activ-IoTy: automatic sports timing system

Activ-IoTy aims at enhancing sports timekeeping systems accurately, through IoT low-cost devices.

The project is progressing really fast and the team’s latest blog post contains lots of promising screenshots of the solution in action.

There is a lot going on on Martin’s Github repository so you may want to have a look!


Alya, a DIY open-source smart mirror

Many of the participants are getting their hands really dirty with some hardware hacking, and the Alya team is no exception!

They are building a smart mirror using the UP Squared Grove IoT Development Kit that Intel was kind enough to give to the participants with the most promising ideas. They also use a Microsoft Kinect and a MATRIX creator to do advanced voice and gesture recognition.

Like most of the participants, they are making their work available in open source on their Github repo:

Of course, there are many other teams participating to the challenge, so I really encourage you to have a look at all the articles that the contestants have put together, and you can also follow the #OpenIoTChallenge hashtag on Twitter.

Last Days to Participate to Our Annual IoT Developer Survey

For the past three years, we have been partnering with a number of organizations – IEEE, Open Mobile Alliance and Agile-IoT – to get a sense of the general trends in the IoT industry through an online survey.

The fourth edition of this survey ends on March 5th, and I am hoping that many of you who haven’t already will be participating – it litteraly takes just 5 minutes to answer. Whether you are actually a developer, or simply involved in building IoT solutions one way or the other, your input will be key to understanding what kind of IoT solutions people are building today, and more importantly how they are doing it.

Like in previous years, we will be making publicly available both the consolidated and raw results of the survey, which should be one more reason to help us get as many respondents as possible so that the results can be even more valuable to your own organization, and to the community at large! 🙂

The results from last year, for example, provided interesting feedback on the rising interest in Industrial IoT, who people see as IoT corporate leaders, or what are the programming languages and frameworks typically used by developers.

Please don’t wait and take the survey now!

Eclipse IoT Day is coming to the Bay Area – Submit a talk now!

Eclipse IoT Day is coming to the Bay Area on May 14, 2018, and I really hope you will be joining us!

We have opened a Call for Papers that will end on Feb 15th – so you have about 3 weeks to submit your talk!

If you are considering submitting a talk but are not sure whether it would be a good fit, here are some of the reasons why it would totally be 🙂

  • You are building an IoT solution that is based on open source software and Eclipse IoT components, and want to share some of the lessons learned along the way, the things you wished would be available as part of the open source IoT community
  • You are contributing to an Eclipse IoT project and want to provide an update on the overall roadmap,
  • You care about open standards, interoperability, security, edge computing, … and want to share your expertise and network with the attendees of the IoT Day.

Please don’t wait and submit your talk today!  For what it’s worth I will be more than happy to chat with you if you need feedback regarding your session idea.

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