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Call for expression of interest to join the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI)

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The European Commission is launching a call for expression of interest to join the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI). Any entity recognized by law and having a distinct legal personality, part of the Internet of Things (IoT) value chain and demonstrating to have a legitimate interest in being part of AIOTI, may register their interest to become a member.

The Commission is particularly interested in the demand side and in the service providers of the IoT value chain. This call for expression of interest remains nonetheless open to any entity, with the above characteristics, that demonstrates to have a legitimate interest in being part of AIOTI.

How to join AIOTI?

If you would like to join the Alliance, you have to apply online.

AIOTI membership

AIOTI membership requires effective involvement in the works of at least one of the AIOTI Working Groups.

Current AIOTI members are mainly established industry players. The next step is to extend membership to specific IoT players of the supply side (in particular SMEs, start-ups, service providers from sectors not yet covered), but as well to the actors of the demand side of the IoT value chain.

More precisely, the Commission is particularly interested in recruiting members with the following characteristics:

  • Service providers, SMEs, startups offering IoT solutions or components of IoT solutions in one of the following sectors: smart living environments (e.g. smart home), smart farming and food security, smart environment (e.g. smart water management), wearables (well-being and healthcare), smart mobility,  smart manufacturing, smart cities (energy, waste management, traffic congestion, pollution)
  • SMEs and startups providing elements or components of IoT solutions to nanoelectronics/semiconductor companies, Telecom companies, Network operators, Platform Providers, IoT security providers 
  • Actors of the demand side of the IoT value chain: public authorities (public administrations, consumer protection agencies), NGOs representing consumers' interest etc.

What is the AIOTI?

AIOTI will be an important tool for supporting the policy and dialogue within the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem and with the European Commission.

It builds on the work of the IoT Research Cluster (IERC) and expands activities towards innovation within and across industries. This also offers an opportunity to discuss legal obstacles to further IoT take up, and to forge consensus. The Alliance will also help the Commission prepare future IoT research and innovation, standardisation and policy.

The Alliance will also be instrumental in the definition and design of IoT Large Scale Pilots to be funded under the Horizon2020 Research and Innovation Programme. These pilots could include solutions in markets like smart living environment, farming, wearables, smart cities and mobility. The Alliance should help build the links and forge the cross-sectorial synergies required for this.

AIOTI brings together:

  • different industries:  nanoelectronics/semiconductor companies, Telecom companies, Network operators, Platform Providers (IoT/Cloud), Security, Service providers
  • Different sectors: energy, utilities, automotive, mobility, lighting, buildings, manufacturing, well-being, supply chains, cities etc.
  • And some of Europe's largest tech and digital companies:  Alcatel, Bosch, Cisco, Hildebrand, IBM, Intel, Landis+Gyr, Nokia, NXP Semiconductors,ON Semiconductor , Orange , OSRAM, Philips, Samsung , SIGFOX, Schneider  Electric, Siemens, STMicroelectronics, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Telit, Vodafone, Volvo

 

AIOTI Governance

AIOTI is organised as a lean structure with 2 layers: the Board (Steering Committee) and the Working Groups (WGs).

The chairs of the WGs will be the members of the Board (Steering Committee), thus any AIOTI member that would like to be part of the Board must also chair a WG. As AIOTI memberships is not granted ad personam, you may propose different representatives for the role in the Board and the respective working group.

 The Working groups are structured as following, corresponding to current prominent areas of development in the field of IoT:

  • WG 1: IoT European research cluster
  • WG 2: Innovation Ecosystems
  • WG 3: IoT Standardisation
  • WG 4: Policy issues (trust, security, liability, privacy)
  • WG 5: Smart living environments for ageing well (e.g. smart house)
  • WG 6: Smart farming and food security
  • WG 7: Wearables
  • WG 8: Smart cities
  • WG 9: Smart mobility (smart transport/smart vehicles/connected cars)
  • WG 10: Smart environment (smart water management)
  • WG 11: Smart manufacturing

 

Background

So far, the Internet of Things has emerged through vertical silos and applications. However, IoT is essentially about a new ecosystem that cuts across vertical areas.

Cooperation is crucial for the development of the IoT: one single entity cannot provide all components of an IoT solution. New business models will require the creation of an IoT ecosystem that benefits from open platforms and interoperability.

Making sure that standards are established to facilitate, e.g. the gathering and analyzing of data across areas and real-time and the delivery of services and solutions through objects connected and programmed in a systemic manner, is a pre-condition for the IoT to deliver powerful and disruptive innovation.

That is why the European Commission (EC), together with the Internet of Things European Research Cluster (IERC), organized on 4th February 2015 (Brussels) a high-level meeting in order to explore the creation of the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI). The participants, representing to a large extent the IoT value chain, voted unanimously for the creation of AIOTI.

This reflects the need to build a viable infrastructure involving all actors from the IoT chain value in order to discuss the obstacles that must be tackled to promote IoT innovation and develop strategies (including an appropriate legal framework) that encourage deployment.

For more information please visit the AIOTI website.