Newsletter nr.1 March 2017


Welcome to the symbIoTe world!

We live in a smart connected world, where you can interact with smart environments by simple touches on your smartphone.
What if you can use the same mobile app to interact with different IoT platforms?
What if you can develop cross-domain applications for third-party IoT platforms?
What if your platform can interact with nearby IoT platforms?symbiote304

In a world of smart networked devices, wearables, sensors and actuators, the transparent and secure access and usage of the resources across various IoT domains is crucial. The current IoT ecosystem is fragmented and symbIoTe (symbiosis of smart objects across IoT environments) comes to remedy this fragmented environment by providing an abstraction layer for a “unified view” on various platforms and their resources.

We are symbIoTe !

The symbIoTe team during the 2nd plenary meeting in Zagreb, April 2016.

First year achievements

During the first year, our IoT experts have worked hard to design and develop the foundations of the symbIoTe interoperability framework. We designed all the components of the symbIoTe multi-layer architecture, built around a hierarchical IoT stack of four layered domains: Application, Cloud, Smart Space and Smart Device. Our main focus in this first phase has been the development of the Application and the Cloud Domains, and specifically:

  • In the Application Domain, a high-level API for managing virtual IoT environments to support cross-platform discovery and management of resources, data acquisition and actuation as well as resource optimization.
  • In the Cloud Domain, the symbIoTe interworking interface for the exchange of information between collaborating IoT platforms.

Our 1st first software release is now publicly available on GitHub, and contains all the core and platform-side components for the syntactic and semantic interoperability of IoT platforms within the symbIoTe ecosystem.

To promote our design choices we organised and animated together with BIG IoT (RIA project funded by H2020) the 2nd workshop on Interoperability and Open-Source Solutions for the Internet of Things (InterOSS-IoT). The event took place on November 7th, 2016 in Stuttgart (DE) and was a great success. We also worked together with European Platform Initiative (IoT EPI) to strengthen our presence in the European IoT community.

Further, we’ve launched the 1st Open Call for startups and SMEs willing to integrate their innovative IoT solutions for smart residence/buildings and smart cities with symbIoTe.

Sergios Soursos, symbIoTe project coordinator

Our Use Cases



Modern universities are nowadays in global competition for the best students, respected teachers and innovative researchers. To increase the campus attractiveness universities provide innovative services like course information and registration, campus navigation, building and room information and registration and even authentication, authorization and payment with the aim to provide the best learning, living and working environment on their campus.
Our Educational Campus Service Federation” (EduCampus) use case aims at supporting universities in cooperating with each other and in building interoperable remote campus services. To achieve these goals this use case will implement two exemplary campus services, a campus navigation service and a room reservation service, as a collaborative service between two universities, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC).



Smart Stadium


Our Smart Stadium concept takes advantage of the symbIoTe technology to provide stadium visitors with a complete experience around the sport event, which starts even much before they arrive to the stadium, and continues when they are back at home. Thanks to symbIoTe, stadium managers can leverage all IoT platforms and devices available at the stadium to provide added value services that enhance the fan experience.

The provision of those services require the use of several technologies based on different IoT infrastructures, either permanently installed in the stadium or deployed or made available for a specific event, which our symbIoTe-enabled applications will discover and take advantage of:

  • Indoor location services, based on the specific location of the visitor.
  • Information on available services, offered by the stadium manager.
  • Promotional information and offers from third parties operating added value services.
  • Remote ordering services from visitors to service providers.

The location for executing this trial is being investigated among Barcelona (Spain), Oslo (Norway) and Zagreb (Croatia).


Smart Yachting

ViareggioOur Smart Yachting use case aims to exploit the potential of IoT applications in the context of touristic ports (Marinas). It aims at facilitating, through automation and by exploiting data from sensors, the processes between the personnel on-board of a boat and the various actors of the Port. The vision is to transform the whole port in a unified “platform”, an infrastructure capable to expose data and common services to visitors (yachts and persons).

The use case includes two scenarios:  Smart Mooring and the Automated Supply Chain. The former aims to automate the mooring procedure of the port, simplifying a quite bureaucratic process in a strongly regulated context. The Automated Supply Chain is based on the idea of identifying, through IoT sensors, the needs for goods and services on board, so that automated requests for offers can be issued on the marketplace platform in the Port (Navigo Digitale platform) to manage any kind of resupply, from maintenance services to consumables. The showcases involve the following IoT platforms.

  • Navigo Digitale (Port): to manage digital assets and services pertaining to harbours used for boating and yachting.
  • Symphony (Yacht): the Yacht IoT platform based on Nextworks’ Symphony, capable of supervising life on board, mechanics, navigation and comfort.
  • Navigo Digitale Yacht: a low-cost yacht’s IoT platform under development.

The trial will be implemented in the Port of Viareggio (Tuscany, Italy).


Smart Mobility and Green Routing

architecture-1836409_960_720The Smart Mobility and Ecological Routing use-case addresses the problem of contextualized routing through urban areas that takes into account information regarding air quality offered by many European cities nowadays.

This use case offers the ecologically most preferable routes for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians based on the available traffic and environmental data acquired through various platforms. Municipality governing bodies benefit from such use case, by improving the quality of living for their citizens and subsequently through reduction of the health care costs. Additionally, the use-case will offer to users to search for Points of Interest and filter the results by contextual parameters such as air quality, noise pollution and parking availability. symbIoTe will leverage on platform interoperability to allow developers of mobility apps to easily access and handle data from different sensors in a unified way.

Four platforms are involved in this use case

  • OpentIoT, from the University of Zagreb, for mobile devices;
  • Uwedat, from AIT, for data from fixed sensors and routing service;
  • MoBaaS, from Ubiwhere, for ecological routing services;
  • OpenStreetMap, 3rd party platform, to calculate routes and manage PoIs

The trial will be implemented in the cities of Vienna (Austria), Zagreb (Croatia) and Aveiro (Portugal).


Smart Residence

ipadHome services are getting increasingly connected both within the houses, but also to the outside world. To be attractive for the users and for developers of applications, we see the need to achieve interoperability and federation across platforms and domains. As an example, alarming services often utilize movement sensors to detect intruders. These sensors can, however, also be used for health monitoring (fall detection, dementia support, etc.), or for adjusting and controlling ambient light and the heating system. Enabling this multi-functionality of such devices will enable the design of flexible applications being not reliant on a single type of hardware.

This use case will demonstrate interoperability across different smart home IoT solutions through a generalized abstract model to describe inter-connected objects. It will provide dynamic configuration of available services and a natural and homogeneous user experience. A health monitoring system, in addition to the smart living platform, will create a comfortable, safe and helpful living/residence environment.

In symbIoTe two scenarios are being developed:

  • energy saving in the private home, depending on actual presence and usage of the building;
  • smart IoT for healthcare and data integration with legacy health platforms.

The trial will be implemented in the Nextworks premises (Pisa, Italy) and AIT labs (Vienna, Austia).

1st Open Call

OC1-proposalsOur 1st Open Call for IoT solution providers has just closed on February 28th, 2017. We focused on attracting IoT platforms to become part of the symbIoTe ecosystem and augment our set of integrated platforms.

We received 34 eligible proposals through the F6S platform, from IoT companies based in 14 countries across Europe. A large percentage of the involved IoT platforms targeted domains such as Smart Residence, Smart Cities and Smart Mobility, fully aligned with symbIoTe’s Business Cases!

We are now entering the evaluation phase, with external evaluators engaged to review the proposals and help us to select the best ones to be joining efforts in creating an IoT interoperability ecosystem.

  • Notification of results – April 7, 2017
  • Selected parties join symbIoTe – After April 21, 2017

Our 2nd Open Call will be launched in October 2017 and will focus on augmenting the value offerings and expanding the ecosystem with new IoT platforms providers, application developers and small-scale deployments.

InterOSS-IoT 2016

2nd Workshop on Interoperability and Open-Source Solutions for the Internet of Things

iot2016Leaders from symbIoTe and BIG-IoT projects, both part of the IoT-EPI, organized the InterOSS-IoT workshop within the 6th International Conference on the Internet of Things (IoT 2016), Stuttgart, Germany.

The workshop was held on November 7, 2016 and attracted a significant participation from outside the two co-organizing projects (40 people attending the workshop, only 9 of which from symbIoTe and BIG-IoT). Of note the interested and active participation of  representatives from TeamViewer, KIT, Wageningen University, Ericsson Research, National University of Singapore, University of Stuttgart, Nissatech, ITMO University, etc.

The workshop program was structured around 13 papers of high quality, covering theoretical approaches and practical solutions for IoT over a wide range of topics: Semantic Interoperability, Interoperable Architectures and Platforms, Business Models and Security, Platform Performance and Applications. Two papers were produced by symbIoTe teams on semantic interoperability and security, three papers from BIG-IoT on architecture, security and business models.

Pictures from the InterOSS-IoT workshopiot-2016-photo1

The meeting was lively animated by vivid discussions on semantic interoperability as well as performance issues related to real-time data processing of IoT generated data. Interesting application areas were touched such as Industry 4.0 and Smart Home.

iot-2016-photo2The discussion was further stimulated by the keynote talk by Ralph Müller from Eclipse Foundation Europe Gmbh. Ralph is currently Managing Director of the Eclipse Foundation Europe, and directly responsible for supporting the Eclipse open-source community and commercial ecosystem in Europe. His talk was very welcomed from the participants, and particularly from representatives from SMEs and startups who are looking at open source as a valid go-to-market option.

Proceedings from the workshop are under printing process with Springer through the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS 10218).

Our 2016 in numbers

2016 timeline

Upcoming event: the IoT-EPI Challenge

Solving real-world IoT problems at the IoT-EPI Challenge 2017

IoT is not only about connecting smart objects to the Internet. It’s about solving challenges in our day-to-day lives. Taking this concept further, symbIoTe will co-host the IoT-EPI Challenge this March in Berlin. At the challenge, 20 inter-disciplinary teams will come together to work side by side with IoT-experts from renowned universities and global companies. Together they solve legal, business and technical challenges in the areas of Mobility, Retail and Trust.

Three exciting challenges will be tackled:

  • Mobility, to enable citizens to make an informed decision for their own personal mobility challenges every day.
  • Retail: to develop a system where users can share goods and resources by using IoT enablers
  • Trust: to provide evidence to end-users that IoT devices behave in the claimed way.

From symbIoTe, Ivana Podnar Žarko (UNIZG-FER), Adam Olszewski (PSNC), Mario Drobics (AIT), and Giuseppe Piro (CNIT) will be present as Track Leaders/Mentors, while Sergios Soursos (ICOM) will be pitching symbIoTe during the “Meet and Greet” stakeholder event.


Where to meet us


Date Event Location Partner to meet
07 Mar 2017 FIWARE Open Day Brussels, Belgium Ubiwhere
15-18 Mar 2017 TMForum Live Nice, France Ubiwhere
17 Mar 2017 IoT EPI Challenge Berlin, Germany UNIZG, AIT, S&C,
Apr 2017 Yare Tuscany, Italy Nextworks
May 2017 FIWARE Summit Berlin, Germany Ubiwhere
06-09 Jun 2017 IoT Week and 2017 Global Internet of Things Summit (GIoTS) Geneva, Switzerland UNIZG, ICOM
12-15 Jun 2017 EUCNC 2017 Oulu, Finland Nextworks
28-30 Jun 2017 ConTEL Zagreb, Croatia UNIZG
Oct 2017 SECURE Warsaw, Poland PSNC
Oct 2017 IOT Solutions World Congress Barcelona, Spain Nextworks
07-08 Nov 2017 Euro-CASE Poznań, Poland PSNC
14-16 Nov 2017 Smart City Expo Barcelona, Spain Nextworks, S&C, Ubiwhere

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