Flexeye, eyehub lead partner, is a global company that unlocks the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) for industry. Flexeye is recognized today by Gartner as a 'Cool Vendor 2014' for its IoT middleware technology, eyehub. Gartner which is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company gives 'Cool Vendor' recognition to companies with an innovative technology or disruptive business model. See the full press release below.
Flexeye held an event at the House of Lords yesterday (#eyehubHOL on Twitter) hosted by Lord Eroll one of EyeHub's Advisors. The event focused on a panel discussion around the opportunities and challenges of the internet of things and gave EyeHub the opportunity to showcase the finalists of its Open City Competition as well as the finalists of the India Hackathon which took place in Flexeye's offices in Hyderabad.
Picture by Boris Adryan
The winner of the Open City Competition was Ben Ward with his Oxford Flood Network who won the internet of things hamper. Finalists also include
Redway, a bluetooth system to promote, maintain & secure Milton Keyne's Redways created by Lawrence Archard & Andrew Cordani
Smart Warm which reduces heating bills by turning down radiators in unused rooms by Michael Castle & Guy Atkinson.
Finalists for the India Hackathon include:
Energia (code) which is an easy and a low cost way to monitor power usage and make smarter use of heating, air condition, and lighting systems in commercial buildings, using occupants’ real-time location by Kshitij Agrawal, Namra Maheshwari, Lakshya Khublani, and Piyush Poddar.
City Pollution Monitoring (code) a transparent system and educate stakeholders towards Air Pollution, Noise, and Temperature by Satish V. Madala, Bharath K. Madala, and Vijaya Krishna Nimmagadda.
Secure Travel (code) making public and private transport secure and safe by Vishal Thimmaraju Varun, T. Rupesh Reddy, PVS. Praneeth, V. V. Sai Karthik, and D. Deepak
Smart cities is both about hardware and data. As of last week Eyehub is monitoring 4 noise sensors on the University of Surrey campus. Last night, we monitored a large noise incident which turned out to be the refuse vans going around the campus. We can now see how noise pollution might be mapped out across the campus and the city. We are also sharing the data on our website and have documented all the hardware design & code as well as the design files for an app to track and map the data.
We're very happy to announce that EyeHub has had some really rapid developments in the last weeks, just in time for David Cameron's announcement of more funding for the internet of things.
Firstly we've set up some sensors in the City of Guildford to trial CityGuardian a noise level monitor built on top of Eyehub. Some of the roads that connect the University of Surrey's campus and the city centre get quite noisy late at night as students get home from pubs and clubs. These sensors would monitor the noise levels and enable citizens to report noise events, which would be fed to local authorities who could query the sensors to check the veracity of a report, how long ago the event took place and in which direction leading to better use of council resources. We'll be sharing the data from the sensors that are used in this trial (there are 4 set up for a trial) and if you're interested in building visualisations on top of that data, the Eyehub API has been cleaned up and republished on Github.
Another reason to have a look at the EyeHub API is the Open City Competition we launched. If you're a developer, you have until March 20th (yes we've extended it!) to build a little demo using the EyeHub API and you might get a chance to show your work at a House of Lords event in London on March 25th as well as winning an Internet of Things hamper.
Here is a video showing some of the key features of our MyGuardian Application. MyGuardian is the first mobile app to use the eyehub technology (e.g. a combination of sensors, gateways, & hubs integrated with a secure cloud platform). The app will help students and staff navigate around the University of Surrey safely and securely. Over 500 smart tags have been placed around the campus to collect data. Whilst the project is currently based in Guildford, it has the potential to be rolled out to other towns and universities. Visit MyGuardian to learn more.
We were asked to give a short presentation of the EyeHub project on November 7th to the Cambridge Wireless Community.
We’ve talked about it on Twitter a bit, and some may know it already, but it’s about time that we announce it here, properly, on the blog as well. We’re currently putting in a lot of work to organise the first EyeHub Hackday which is happening on November 16 at the University of Surrey, and we couldn’t be more excited.
We’re lucky enough to have gotten a hold of Adrian McEwen (some of you may know him as author of the upcoming Designing the Internet of Things) to help us with the documentation and on the hackday to get you up and running in no time. We’ve also gotten a go-ahead from the University of Surrey that we can use their Hardware lab, so you can solder to your hearts content. (And if you haven’t soldered yet, we sure can teach you.)
Here’s the official announcement:
If you’re an app developer or hardware hacker, join us and be the first to try the EyeHub API.
You’ll be treated to coffee, lunch and snacks all day-long and have access to a web API and hardware documentation to build mobile apps or Arduino-based smart objects that use the Hub. The EyeHub technical team will be there to help you understand and make the most of the EyeHub’s functionalities.
This is rather advanced, so if you’re not a developer, you might be more interested in our upcoming community events which you can sign up for here.
EyeHub is a consortium of 7 companies that are building a secure & inter-operable hub for smart cities and spaces in & around Guildford.
GigaOM ran with an interesting piece recently. In Why the internet of things gives us a second chance to define digital trust and privacy they write about the different angles of Trust, Privacy and Security and the chance of the industry to redefine those concepts (or the lack of their implementation) in the Internet of Things as opposed to the web.
It’s quite valuable to decompose the issues around the security into their constituent parts, because often it allows a better understanding of what we’re actually talking about.
As a project that prides itself on working on security and safety in the Internet of Things, this of course is highly relevant to us. What is especially interesting is that they talk about stuff that we’re currently working on.
When it comes to connected devices and apps, trust is probably most easily gained by explaining what you do with people’s data: what you share and with whom.
With our hub, users will be able to define who gets access to which parts of the data they publish, and under which circumstances. With our first reference implementation, which is currently under development, students of the University of Surrey will be able to selectively share check-in locations with people they trust, given certain circumstances. For instance, they might wish to share where they are with their roommates on a day-to-day basis, but in emergencies, their parents should have access to their location data.
The key part in our notions of trust and privacy is context. In which context is information about me divulged. If we allow the users to set the context, the rules, if you will, of how their data can be used and disclosed, we’ve already made a big step towards acceptance of the technology and ease of mind of its uses.
I gave a talk about the internet of things and considerations in security & transparency for Green Mondays last week. I only had 10 minutes, but most of the slides cover some of the concerns that have shaped the way software is being developed in the EyeHub project and will be discussed in more details on September 17th by Flexeye CTO Richie Saville.
An open & sustainable internet of things from Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino