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:

  1. Collate, categorise and manage information on testbeds operating amongst the AIOTI members;
  2. Capture important learnings and results from each of these testbeds;
  3. 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;
  4. Identify emerging technologies and market verticals/application domains for AIOTI where testbed proving is deemed strategically necessary;
  5. Report on testbed performance and identified/document best practices;
  6. 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).

The full report can be downloaded here.