Project Key Information

Project Status: set-up

Start Date: September 2017

End Date: August 2020

Budget (total): 6999 K€

Effort:  69.8 PY

Project-ID: C2016/2-2

Project Coordinator

Name: Christopher Brewster

Company: TNO

Country: The Netherlands

E-mail: christopher.brewster(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)tno.nl

Project Consortium

TNO, Netherland

Quby, Netherland

Orange SA, France

LAAS-CNRS, France

Busit, France

Bosch Software Innovations, Germany

Thinkbox Berlin, Germany

Hahn-Schikard, Germany

Materna, Germany

Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP/GECAD), Portugal

VPS Group, Portugal

Ericsson Arastirma Gelistirme ve Bilisim Hiz. A.S., Turkey

Turkgen, Turkey

Lostar, Turkey

Vestel Electronics, Turkey

Koc University, Turkey

Abstract

The European Parliamentary Research Service recently identified Smart Home Technologies as one of the ten technologies that could change our lives. Smart Homes are not a reality, however. Current in-home electrical devices of different manufacturers are often connected, but this connectivity is hardly ever used for devices communicating across “vertical” application domains. The European Commission therefore recently asked TNO to create a well-supported and practical “gold standard” for semantic interoperability in the Smart Home, which resulted in Smart Appliances REFerence ontology (SAREF). Still, ontologies only reach their full potential if they are applied to real systems. Also, SAREF is primarily applicable to energy management services and not yet to other verticals in the smart home. The objectives of the Home of Things (HoT) project therefore are to extend SAREF to other domains, and to create an ecosystem of consumer-oriented IoT platforms, using SAREF as a common model,

1) targeted at overcoming the current fragmentation of the many vertically closed systems and applications that are currently provided to the smart home environment,

2) provided as open source software,

3) dynamically expandable, foremost to applications in other smart environments, such as the smart city,

4) based on a generic abstraction layer following from a thorough analysis of requirements regarding interoperability, security, privacy, flexibility, and reliability, and based on business models and application scenarios obtained by continuous interaction with all relevant standardization bodies, and

5) allowing for new business models and value added services to be developed by third-party service providers and application developers in an open playing field for innovation.

The HoT project will also create a lasting, dynamic community of industry partners, policy makers, academia, and end users, driving and managing the HoT ecosystem after the project is finished.

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