IntellIoT invests 360,000 Euro in joint Research Projects with European Startups
For the second Open Call of the EU Project IntellIoT, more than 170 small and mid-sized enterprises — SMEs — signed up. Six companies from Portugal, Spain, Italy, Germany, Estonia and Greece were selected by expert evaluators to start pilot projects in the first quarter of 2023.
IntellIoT is a Pan-European Research project supported by the European Commission with €8 million EU funding to foster the development of humanized IoT and AI devices and systems. After contributing more than 450,000 Euro in pilot projects with startups to develop a framework supporting novel IoT and AI solutions in healthcare, agriculture and manufacturing in 2022, the new projects selected will receive 360,000 Euro in direct grant funding and focus on applying intelligent IoT components in the domains of smart city, energy and construction.
Congratulations to the six successful winners of the IntellIoT grants
In six-month-projects the six selected SMEs from Portugal, Spain, Italy, Germany, Estonia and Greece are currently building on their existing solutions and extending their capabilities by using varied components of the IntellIoT framework. To do so, they received a grant of 60,000 Euro. The six small- and mid-sized companies are:
- Allbesmart (Portugal) focusses on developing cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) and IoT solutions for smart cities applications. The main goal of the IntellIoT pilot project is to incorporate edge computing and trust components from IntelIIoT in its C-ITS Platform. The pilot provides Allbesmart with a unique opportunity to test and optimize LiDAR based applications for pedestrian detection over an edge infrastructure in a real-world environment.
- Arsoft (Spain) is an expert on extended reality technologies. Using EyeFlow technology, Arsoft can develop simulators in a scalable way for companies in the industrial sector. Within the pilot project Arsoft will integrate selected IntellIoT components into the ARSOFT platform to facilitate the integration with other IoT systems. The use case to be worked on consists of a sensorised hydraulic plant in an offshore station. Thanks to an easy integration of the companies’ IoT platforms with EyeFlow, the station provider is able to monitor the machine with virtual reality and augmented reality technologies.
- DotSoft (Greece) provides smart and resilient city applications such as INTEL ANN which predicts parking availability in a city. By utilizing big data from IoT sensors located at individual parking spots in Kalamaria, Thessaloniki, Greece, it will use federated machine learning algorithms to provide predictive information to drivers on areas where it is more likely to find an available parking place. By analyzing data such as timestamp, duration, and other semantic information, along with climate and traffic data, INTEL ANN will generate predictive insights and can be integrated in existing smart city applications. This includes traffic management systems or public transportation applications, and therefore enhances the overall user experience.
- Lifely (Italy) develops devices and platforms capable of making objects interact with humans, through applications, social networks, and messaging platforms. The first product conceived is “Agrumino”, a device capable of making people communicate with their own plants. Agrumino devices integrated with actuators and smart home devices to interact locally and to offer an automated and occupant-fitted solution to improve indoor comfort and reduce heating and cooling energy consumption. The AI-controlled system that will be created will be able to detect weather conditions inside and outside and control elements such as windows or blinds.
- Pumacy (Germany) is a joint spin-off from the Technical University Berlin and the Fraunhofer-Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology. Its services are based on data analytics, AI, and collaborative robotics. While collaborating with the IntellIoT experts, PUMACY will enable the semi-autonomous execution of IoT applications for AI-enabled systems in construction environments. This will be done by setting up an activity motion tracking solution for a construction use case.
- WasteLocker (Estonia) offers location specific, realtime and verifiable waste fill level and contamination data accountability service for the industry, governments and businesses. The Estonian startup puts a custom camera into an organization’s existing waste container and gathers image-based data points to increase material purity, to reduce waste emptying costs, and to help businesses comply with their reporting framework. The IntellIoT components will provide WasteLocker with future-proof security and trustworthiness. The components in combination with all the industry standard best practices that WasteLocker already employs, will give its customers the certainty that their data is guarded to the level of one of the highest possible standards.
The key pillars of the IntellIoT Framework
The IntellIoT framework is based on three pillars. Altogether 19 components were made accessible to European SMEs during the second Open Call of IntellIoT within this focus areas:
- Collaborative IoT: IoT applications are distributed and attentive. Their collaboration is supported by autonomous software agents of a novel hypermedia-based multi-agent system (HyperMAS).
- Human in the Loop: IoT applications cannot be completely autonomous in how they decide and act; they need to keep the human-in-the-loop for control and optimisation of their Artificial Intelligence.
- Trustworthiness: IoT Solutions need to address security, privacy, and trust requirements early in the design phase. The computation and communication infrastructure must be efficient, reliable, and trustworthy.
The above three component areas are supported — and their capabilities are enabled — by IntellIoT’s dynamically managed network and compute infrastructure powered by 5G.
IntellIoT is a Pan-European Research and Innovation project supported by the European Commission with €8 million EU funding. It fosters the development of humanised IoT and AI devices and systems. It comprises a consortium of 14 partners spread across 9 countries: Siemens AG, EURECOM, Aalborg University, University of Oulu, TTControl GmbH, Telecommunication Systems Institute, Technical University of Crete, Philips, Sphynx Analytics Ltd., University of St. Gallen, Holo-Industrie 4.0 Software GmbH, AVL Commercial Driveline & Tractor Engineering GmbH, Startup Colors UG, the University General Hospital of Heraklion as well as Vidavo S.R.L.. The initiative aims to facilitate a competitive ecosystem and strengthen the European market in finding solutions applicable in healthcare, agriculture and manufacturing. Enabling technologies such as 5G, cybersecurity, distributed ledger technology, Augmented Reality, and tactile internet, the project champions end-user trust, adequate security, and privacy by design. During the project’s three-year duration, IntellIoT supports SMEs and startups in Europe with funding and access to technology per pilot projects executed in collaboration with the IntellIoT consortium partners.