On the 23rd of July the webinos project held an IoT Mash-up day at the University of Oxford, the day consisted of talks from members of the project on various aspects of the internet of things as well as presentations from external speakers and hands on integration demos. The day was a success with representatives from over 25 companies attending the event, additionally several new devices were successfully integrated, including an AR Drone.

Dave Raggett was the first speaker of the day giving a general introduction to the Internet of things and setting the context for the day. A copy of his slides can be found on slideshare here. Following a short break for coffee John Lyle gave a talk on security for IoT devices, this prompted some interesting questions from the audience and highlighted how important strongly implemented security is.

The rest of the morning was covered by talks on webinos architecture and how webinos could facilitate machine to machine communications, with Nick Allott and Christian Fuhrhop giving talks on webinos APIsarchitecture and integration.

Following a break for lunch guests were given the opportunity to present to the audience:

The event then moved to the demo room for a showcase of devices already integrated with webinos and the opportunity to collaborate on integrating other devices. Amongst the devices being demoed were:

  • FS20 devices including: Thermostatic valves, pressure sensors and wireless actuators. These devices integrate easily with webinos to allow you to automate things such as heating.
  • HMM health monitoring suite including: Blood sugar monitor, blood pressure monitor, activity monitor and body fat scales. An integrated health suite is a good example of how webinos could enable effective remote healthcare.
  • Netatmo Weather stations, being able to monitor the environment from a computer opens up a large number of possibilities, especially if actuators are also connected to the system.
  • Fitbit activity bands allow a user to track their movement and sleep habits, by integrating this data with webinos a user could view how their blood sugar or pressure varied with their sleep patterns.
  • AR drone 2.0, with a variety of sensors on board including a camera and altitude sensor the AR drone is an example of the fun side of IoT device integration.
  • Zephyr bluetooth heart rate monitor, much like the HMM health suite the Zephyr heart rate monitor showcases how webinos can be used to capture and utilise health data.

The aim of the afternoon was to integrate these devices with the webinos IoT dashboard, an application designed to allow comparisons and mash-ups of data from a variety of sources. The ability to compare data from different sensors is a very powerful tool, for example a user could see how weather affected the efficiency of their home’s heating.

The goal was to demonstrate three important things

  1. Simple Drivers: That is is possible, with literally just a few hours effort, to write drivers that can make devices as diverse as flying helicopters to weather stations, work seamlessly with each other
  2. Distributed security and control: That using the webinos security model, it is possible to have devices owned by one person, work with devices owned by another person, without a centralised server
  3. Mashed-up Services: that when you have the above two things in place, it is possible to create highly sophisticated “compound services” that can take the output from one set of sensors, apply algorithms owned by another individual, and impact actuators owned by a third representative, in a consistent way. The webinos IOT dashboard gives you a simple way of visualising and editting such services

Overall the day was a success, bringing together a diverse group of device manufacturers and software developers and showcasing the potential webinos has for IoT applications.

#webinos #iotmashup @webinosproject – was an excellent day! shall post links and papers soon. Thanks for making it a great event — Ajit Jaokar (@AjitJaokar) July 24, 2013