No doubt you have heard about the Internet of Things (IoT) and most likely as a reader of this blog you are active in IoT Innovation. And very likely you are active in the technology area of IoT Innovation. In key components, in communications, in protocols, in software or technical implementations.

Published 29 January 2016
Updated 10 May 2017

This is a guest blog post written by Kees van der Klauw, Senior Vice President at Philips Research and Chair of AIOTI working group on Innovation Ecosystems

But how many of you are involved in an end-to-end fashion, considering not only the technicalities but involving end-users, experimenting with use-cases, considering the enablers and inhibitors for large scale application such as security and privacy? How many of you are engaged in creating an IoT eco-system where companies (large and small) and representatives of society and user groups co-create and leverage platforms for new, sustainable applications with true economic and social value?

Yet, these aspects are crucial for the success and mass adoption of the Internet of Things. While technical functionality can be proven at laboratory scale, the real challenge is to develop and test IoT applications with end-users at scale in real market conditions. Some of you will be also facing the challenge of justification of platform investments for just your own value propositions, which is often not possible. The many use cases of IoT in smart cities, smart homes, smart offices, smart farming etc. will require a common platform across vertical business while such platform investments and maintenance can only be justified by the many use cases that run on it. Teaming up with others to share platforms is necessary. But how to organise this?

And this is where large, medium and small enterprises, start-ups and user interest groups should meet each other.

While the individual technological aspects that enable the IoT for single vertical applications are generally well supported by European initiatives, the specific requirements to create real economic impact for large scale, cross vertical applications of IoT are not in place.

And that is where the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI) comes in. Leveraging existing initiatives while adding the missing links such as large scale piloting, matchmaking of platform and application parties, practical know-how support, supporting standardization where relevant, linking with the EC on stimulation policies, organising regional, national and European support, creating partnerships and much more. Many of these measures have been proposed and detailed by Working Group 2 of AIOTI that focused on Innovation Eco-Systems.

AIOTI aims at adding value, not overhead, supporting agile innovation in IoT applications. In the meantime over 400 companies and institutions have joined with over hundred still in the pipeline. That is why Philips has joined AIOTI, as we believe in co-creation with partners and open innovation networks to fully exploit the opportunities of the Internet of Things in use cases that go beyond the traditional vertical applications.