What Is The AIOTI
The Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI) is an important tool for supporting the policy and dialogue within the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem and with the European Commission. It builds on the work of the IoT Research Cluster (IERC) and expands activities towards innovation within and across industries. This also offers an opportunity to discuss legal obstacles to further IoT take up, and to forge consensus. The Alliance is to help the Commission prepare future IoT research and innovation, standardisation and policy. The Alliance is also to be instrumental in the definition and design of IoT Large Scale Pilots to be funded under the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. These pilots could include solutions in markets like smart living environment, farming, wearables, smart cities and mobility. The Alliance should help build the links and forge the cross-sectorial synergies required for this.
So far, the Internet of Things has emerged through vertical silos and applications. However, IoT is essentially about a new ecosystem that cuts across vertical areas. Cooperation is crucial for the development of the IoT: one single entity cannot provide all components of an IoT solution. New business models will require the creation of an IoT ecosystem that benefits from open platforms and interoperability. Making sure that standards are established to facilitate e.g. the gathering and analyzing of data across areas and real-time and the delivery of services and solutions through objects connected and programmed in a systemic manner is a pre-condition for the IoT to deliver powerful and disruptive innovation. That is why the European Commission (EC), together with the Internet of Things European Research Cluster (IERC), organized on 4th February 2015 (Brussels) a high-level meeting in order to explore the creation of the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI). The participants, representing the full IoT value chain, voted unanimously for the creation of AIOTI. This reflects the need to build a viable infrastructure involving all actors from the IoT chain value in order to discuss the obstacles that must be tackled to promote IoT innovation and develop strategies (including an appropriate legal framework) that encourage deployment.
The Internet of Things is creating a revolutionary new paradigm with opportunities in every industry from healthcare, pharmaceuticals, food, agriculture, electronics, telecommunications, automotive, aeronautics, transportation, energy and retail to apply the massive potential of the IoT to achieve real-world solutions. The beneficiaries include semiconductor companies, device and product companies, infrastructure software companies, application software companies, telecommunication companies, cloud service providers, and all future businesses to be established.
The IoT will fuel technology innovation by creating the means for machines to communicate different types of information while contributing in the increased value of information created by the number of interconnections among things and the transformation of the processed information into knowledge shared into the Internet of Everything. The success of IoT depends strongly on enabling technology development, market acceptance and standardization, which provides interoperability, compatibility, reliability, and effective operations on a global scale. The connected devices are part of ecosystems connecting people, processes, data, and things that are communicating in the cloud using the increased storage and computing power and pushing for standardization of communication and metadata. In this context security, privacy, safety and trust have to be addressed by the product manufacturers through the life cycle of their products from design to the support processes.
Enabling technologies such as nanoelectronics, sensors/actuators, cyber-physical systems, intelligent device management, smart gateways, telematics, smart network infrastructure, cloud computing and software technologies will create new products, new services, new interfaces by creating smart environments and smart spaces with applications ranging from smart cities, smart transport, buildings, energy, grid, to smart health and life.
AIOTI is organised as a lean structure with 2 layers: the Board (Steering Committee) and the Working Groups (WGs). The chairs of the WGs will be the members of the Board, thus any AIOTI member that would like to be part of the Board must also chair a WG. As AIOTI membership is not granted ad personam, you may propose different representatives for the role in the Board and the respective working group. The WGs are structured as following, corresponding to current prominent areas of Internet of Things:
o WG 1: IoT European Research Cluster
o WG 2: Innovation Ecosystems
o WG 3: IoT Standardisation
o WG 4: Policy issues (trust, security, liability, privacy)
o WG 5: Smart living environments for ageing well (e.g. smart house)
o WG 6: Smart farming and food security
o WG 7: Wearables
o WG 8: Smart cities
o WG 9: Smart mobility (smart transport/smart vehicles/connected cars)
o WG 10: Smart environment (smart water management)
o WG 11: Smart manufacturing
MEMBERS of AIOTI
Become a Member
If you would like to join the Alliance, please check the following link: AIOTI Membership Application.
Current AIOTI members are mainly established industry players. The next step is to extend membership to specific IoT players of the supply side (in particular SMEs, start-ups, service providers from sectors not yet covered), but as well to the actors of the demand side of the IoT value chain. Membership is open to any entity (firm/corporation/association) recognised by law and having distinct legal personality, that demonstrates to have a legitimate interest in being part of AIOTI. Membership is not granted ad personam. AIOTI membership requires effective involvement in the works of at least one AIOTI Working Group.
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