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IoT Centric Cloud: A Catalyst for Innovation in Europe

Room H1D, 07/11/2013 (18:00-18:45)

The cloud-computing concept has greatly matured over the last few years. It means that anything that can be hosted on the Internet is available for use, when needed for sophisticated services. In the meantime the “Internet of Things” (IoT) vision has evolved and is coming to reality with an opportunities of numerous services. The convergence of IoT/Cloud services concept aim at leading to a smart, sustainable and inclusive society and economy. In the next few decades national and local governments together SMEs, industries will make enormous investments in urban infrastructure, transforming the way cities utilize transportation, energy and resources. This networking session will explore the interdependencies, challenges, and opportunities between IoT and Cloud research/market sectors to change the face of urban living in the age of Smart Cities. This market-driven approach will include creating partnerships with the SMEs, public organization, industries, research organizations, etc

AGENDA

(3 mins): Welcome, Abdur Rahim Biswas

(10 mins): Presentation, Abdur Rahim Biswas: Convergence of IoT and Cloud: Challenges and opportunities

(10 mins): Introduction of EU IoT-Cloud projects: iCore, CLOUT, COMPOSE, OpenIoT

(25 mins): Networking and Interactive discussion towards future proposals preparation (Please see the open questions below)

(2 mins) Warp up

Organised by: Md Abdur RAHIM (CREATE-NET, Smart IoT, Italy)

Topic: Future Internet

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Abdur Rahim BISWAS, 05/11/2013 14:08

Question 1 - IoT vertical vs. horizontal platform, what is the role of the Cloud in both these cases, do you see same roles being played by Cloud providers?

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Abdur Rahim BISWAS, 05/11/2013 14:08

Question 1 - IoT vertical vs. horizontal platform, what is the role of the Cloud in both these cases, do you see same roles being played by Cloud providers?

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Abdur Rahim BISWAS, 05/11/2013 14:09

Question 2- In the convergence of IoT and Cloud, which cloud computing functionalities and properties are very important? What are the research challenges in IoT-Cloud topics? IoT-Cloud require new computational and data management model at both infrastructure and service level. One open issue might be the distribution of IoT data analysis and management functionality in the communication infra vs. centralised “server farm” approach.

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Abdur Rahim BISWAS, 05/11/2013 14:10

Question 3: What will be deployment and service model of IoT-Cloud? Will it follow the existing models or will there emerge new models? (How the IoT-Cloud model will differ from traditional Cloud deployment and service models). Which model SME/Industry/users/public organizations will adopt? (Do you see IoT-Cloud playing a major role for SME/Industry). Where is the money?

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Abdur Rahim BISWAS, 05/11/2013 14:12

Question 4: How will a generic audience react to a world where everything talks to everything and everything will be provisioned as a service?

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Abdur Rahim BISWAS, 05/11/2013 14:12

Question 5: How could the IoT industry get benefit from the Cloud? Why would they need to move data/applications to the Cloud if they can process them locally? How they can trust that their data will not be shared and/or copied by unauthorised user? Are their any specific solutions in IoT/cloud that could convince users that their fear is not justified. Issues are more related to trust, privacy and safety of data stored, transferred, analysed … in order to deliver services to a customer. Customers are quite reluctant to »give« away any data, anywhere to anybody. How will the business model be related to / account for / address security and privacy concerns?

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Abdur Rahim BISWAS, 05/11/2013 14:13

Question 6: Data protection in an IoT Centric Cloud ? Ok the question of privacy and data protection often comes back in the IoT discussion, but mainly because it is still unsolved. Questions like data ownership and user informed consent are further complicated when integrating cloud infrastructure in the picture. The recent evolution of the EU regulation should also be followed as they will be of foremost impact on IoT in Europe. http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/top-stories/content/20130901TST18405/html/Safeguarding-your-privacy

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Abdur Rahim BISWAS, 05/11/2013 14:13

Question 7: What are the business models behind IoT/cloud deployment? What are the business models behind IoT deployment in Europe? One of the interesting aspects that comes out of the benchmarking of smart city deployment (from PROBE-IT project) is that deployments are mostly experimental for now and hardly related to actual demand. Deploying IoT in European cities is a challenge as : 1) actual industrial business models are unclear, 2) the cities and local communities are reluctant to invest, time is for austerity, 3) the actual benefits to cost gain of improving public infrastructure and making them “smarter” are lower in Europe than in other part of the world (ie. the developing world) as the current level of public infrastructure is already quite high.

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Abdur Rahim BISWAS, 05/11/2013 14:13

Question 8: Will IoT-cloud cut more jobs in an unstable economic climate or can it kick start a young and IT savvy generation to build apps and services with open data coming from real-time sensor streams?

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Abdur Rahim BISWAS, 05/11/2013 14:13

Question 9: Which domains are currently most successful? How can we ensure interoperability?

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Abdur Rahim BISWAS, 05/11/2013 14:14

Question 10: What should I be looking out for if I am a Citizen?, A developer?, A manager of SME/big industry? A public authority?. For users, it is about trust and reliability, for companies, It is about generating high-revenue.

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Abdur Rahim BISWAS, 05/11/2013 14:14

Question 11: Do the potential environmental benefits of a “smart”-society cover the environmental costs of the Cloud ? Recent research has shown the strong impact of cloud computing on energy (http://www.tech-pundit.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Cloud_Begins_With_Coal.pdf?c761ac ) the question of how the potential benefits of using smart technologies to lower the environmental impact compare to their actual environmental cost might be interesting to raise.

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Abdur Rahim BISWAS, 05/11/2013 14:14

Question 12: Intelligence of IoT-Cloud Platform: more distributed (i.e. within the cloud as well as at the edge of devices/IoT infrastructure) vs. less distributed mostly within the Cloud platforms. What will be balance between intelligence in the cloud (end-to-end) and at the edge of the network, within the devices?

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Abdur Rahim BISWAS, 05/11/2013 14:15

Question13: How would you characterize the IoT-Cloud business application scenarios?

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Abdur Rahim BISWAS, 05/11/2013 14:15

Question 14: What does this “Smart” buzzword mean in IoT context? What does this “smart” buzzword we overuse in IoT really means in term of use cases ? I reckon that it’s mostly used as a marketing term but there could be interesting debates about whether we want “smart” things to be smart instead of us or to make us “smarter”. I have a sense that a lot of use cases envisioned for the IoT (automating elements of the daily life) are not really empowering the user and don’t leave much space for creativity and stimulating the user reflection.

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