As another year comes to an end, we wish to share with you our summary for 2021 and our outlook for 2022. We believe we had a successful year for AIOTI, a year in which we have largely delivered on priorities established at the beginning of the year.
Positioning for impactful relevance
We started the year with our traditional joint Management and Steering Board meeting to sets the scene for the year ahead and agree our priorities. During the year, we held three bi-monthly events, with interesting external speakers and launched our Business Forum and Slack channel for more direct communication between the members.
At the end of November, we held our successful second annual signature event with over 200 participants and 20 prominent speakers. We also organised a several topical workshops and made numerous publications and deliverables.
Part of an integrated EU ecosystem
AIOTI has signed memorandum of understanding with StandICT and with Climate Chain Coalition, worked actively in the Transcontinuum Initiative, Gaia-X and 6G IA.
We worked on Smart Networks and Services partnership work programme and foundation of the Joint Undertaking (JU) within 6G IA as A Board member and contributing as well as Governing Board member of the JU. That set the scene for the launch of the calls worth over 240 million EUR that will be also open to our members.
EU funding calls matchmaking
Successful matchmaking for Horizon Europe (HE) calls also showed where we can contribute and provide more support to our members. Besides that, we provided input to other EU funded programmes, such as the Recovery and Resilience Fund, that earmarked over 134 billion EUR for digital across the EU.
AIOTI was also preparing its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda under the leadership of our Research and Partnership Group that will pave the way for input into HE 2023/24 work programme.
Our Digital Innovation Hub network SCoDIHNet successfully continued its work, supporting hubs wishing to participate in Digital Europe programme funding calls.
Policy discussion contributions
Our work to influence policy was also extensive, notably in the area of EU data, AI and security, all of which was consolidated through further outreach to EU institutions, with significant participation from our members.
Membership growth and execution
We held our two general assemblies, on 22 June and 14 December and we are ending year on a high note, with close to 200 members, compared to 155 at the end of the last year. This demonstrates attractiveness of our work and visibility of our deliverables that are appreciated externally.
By end of April 2021, we aligned ourselves organisationally, and hold elections for the leaders of all our working structures, including the Management Board to strengthen the leadership and provide a new outlook. Three new groups were launched Digital for Green, Logistics and Testbeds with some significant contributions made already within this year.
We like to use this opportunity to wish you and your families all the best for the upcoming year-end holidays and successful and healthy 2022.
This report presents a methodology for the collection, curation, assessment and dissemination of testbeds within AIOTI.
A testbed is defined as a platform (hardware and/or software) implemented on a trial basis in order to explore and evaluate a set of technologies as a solution to a set of use cases, business challenges and/or domain-specific needs.
The report provides a structured approach and strategic narrative to AIOTI members and other external-to-AIOTI stakeholders on the topic of IoT and Edge computing testbeds to support the vision of AIOTI.
The methodology endeavours to fulfil the following aims:
Collate, categorise and manage information on testbeds operating amongst the AIOTI members;
Capture important learnings and results from each of these testbeds;
Identify the key rationale for testbed deployment; such as real-world proving of technologies, use cases and business improvement, along with co-existence and interoperability requirements;
Identify emerging technologies and market verticals/application domains for AIOTI where testbed proving is deemed strategically necessary;
Report on testbed performance and identified/document best practices;
Report on potential gaps between important testbeds identified (in 3 and 4 above) and those already existing (1 and 2 above) and propose new or augmented testbeds as appropriate.
In developing this methodology several related and pre-existing testbed activities have been considered from the EU Living Labs initiative, the IEEE Future Networks Testbeds Working Group, the EU Fed4Fire initiative and the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC).
Choosing the right ontologies is an important basis for successfully implementing semantic systems and achieving semantic interoperability between the systems. To make the choice of ontologies easier, the Semantic Interoperability Expert Group of the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI) Working Group on Standardization has created an Ontology Landscape that currently includes 30 ontologies from different application areas of IoT.
Apart from the application domain, the landscape visualizes how the ontology is maintained (by the colour used: single maintainer, organization, group of organizations/industry association or standardization organization). The intensity of the colour shows the technology readiness level, ranging from technology validated in the lab (very light) to actual system proven in operational environment (dark).
This overview gives a first indication, which ontologies could be suitable candidates in a given use case. In the following, a summary of key information about each ontology is given, including technical specification, Universal Reference Identifier (URI) of ontology file, license, maintainer and a short description.
The information has been collected from the maintainers of the respective ontology who filled out a survey. A link to the full survey information is also provided for each ontology. The Semantic Interoperability Expert Group plans to collect information about more IoT ontologies and provide an updated Ontology Landscape in the future.
6th Open Call Under the StandICT.eu 2023 initiative
As the previous calls, this is an opportunity for European experts to request direct funding for their contributions in international ICT Standardisation organisations, work groups and technical committees.
The OC#6 online applications can be submitted until the 7th of February 2022 (17:00 CET). Individual professionals & experts contributing to standardisation in the chosen horizontal ICT fields (cloud computing, IoT, 5G, Cybersecurity and data) or diverse vertical ICT fields (AI, Industry 4.0, eHealth, Quantum technologies etc.) can request up to 10K€ of direct funding and for a max. project duration of 6 months.
The ASSIST-IoT Open Call #1 will remain open until 28th of February 2022 17:00 Brussels time.
If you are an SME/startup already creating IoT solutions or have a solution and you need funding for further developing it and bringing it to market, the ASSIST-IoT Open Call 1 might be your solution. The ASSIST-IoT Open Call is addressed to SMEs and start-ups willing to provide new services/devices/innovations in the scope of one of the three pilots of the ASSIST-IoT project (i) port automation, (ii) smart safety of workers and (iii) cohesive vehicle monitoring and diagnostics. Participants may select one of the three pilots in order to perform the validation of ASSIST-IoT technologies through the use of their own developments and proposed innovations.
2022 EuCNC & 6G Summit, https://www.eucnc.eu, is the 31st edition of a successful series of a conference in the field of telecommunications, sponsored by IEEE Communications Society and supported by the European Commission and the Finnish 6G Flagship Programme. The conference focuses on various aspects of 5G and 6G communications systems and networks, including cloud and virtualisation solutions, management technologies, hardware components and microelectronic technologies, and vertical application areas. It targets to bring together researchers from all over the world to present the latest research results, and it is one of the main venues for demonstrating the results of research projects, especially from successive European RDI programmes.
We invite you and your colleagues to submit a paper and/or poster to the conference, as well as proposals for workshops, special sessions and tutorials, the key dates being:
2022 Jan 28 – Papers submission for regular oral sessions
2022 Jan 28 – Proposals for workshops, special sessions, and tutorials
2022 Mar 11 – Deadline for submission of extended abstracts for posters
2022 Mar 11 – Notification of acceptance of workshops, special sessions, and tutorials
2022 Apr 04 – Notification of acceptance of papers and posters
Submission is done through the following EDAS link: https://edas.info/newPaper.php?c=29044
Information is also available at Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube accounts, and important updates will be also announced there.
The conference is intended to be held for in-person attendance, with some remote attendance components; however, given the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference format may change, since the safety and well-being of all conference participants is our top priority. The conference has a not-for-profit organisation, hence, registration fees are as low as possible and all surplus will be made available in grants. Best Papers and Booth Awards will be granted. Accepted and presented papers for regular sessions will be published in the Conference Proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore and other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases.