Internet of Things Convergence Projects

Logos from participants in TSB Internet of Things Showcase

Please find the Internet of Things Convergence Projects involved in the TSB IoT Showcase below:

CCR (Consumer Convergent Retail)

Project Lead – Focus Innovation ltd
Collaborators – Good Stuff Communication, SimplyTap, I2Media Research

Our study will explore the convergent scenarios within retail environments, stores and shopping centers. Highlighting opportunities and pitfalls for the retail sector in terms of the most promising consumer use cases that can be tested within lab and real world environments. We have assembled a team of industry and academic specialists from; retail, convergent research and user psychology to explore these questions in depth:

  • What are the appropriate convergent user scenarios that will increase multi channel behavior, what services will the consumer want to be connected to and what are the personal data transactions required?
  • How will the creation of new data impact on the information supply chain between consumer, retailer and manufacturer?
  • How can this data be shared to enable the creation of 3rd party converged services?
  • What is the role of the environment and how does this change based upon consumer preferences & interaction?

City of Things

Project Lead – Swirrl IT Ltd
Collaborators – Manchester Digital Laboratory, LittleStar,University of Aberdeen, Manchester Business School, The Customer’s Voice, Manchester Digital Development Agency (MDDA)

The City of Things project will focus on the potential for the Internet of Things in the context of the urban built environment and civic infrastructure. The use cases and business models we will consider focus on improved allocation of scarce public sector resources, and the potential for more efficient, cleaner, safer cities by better exploitation of the available information. We will base our project around already existing and potentially available data in Manchester, engaging with a wide range of stakeholder groups in the city.

Cross domain IoT interchange Broker

Project Lead – Cambridge Wireless Ltd
Collaborators – University of Bath, BathCube, Docobo, SciSys, Secure Controls, Personal Information Broker- Development Ltd

This project brings together stakeholders from the Telemedicine, Transport, Environmental Monitoring and Energy sectors and examines, as a case study, how data they hold individually can be securely shared to minimise the effects of a ‘severe weather episode’ on individuals, the utilities, transport and the wider UK economy. This real-world example requires combination of information from separate chains and of differing sensitivity and confidentiality level ranging from publicly available weather data through to the most restricted medical data. It will give cross-sector insights into the generic problems of differing M2M chains, the value of data and blocking points to an open market for all such data. Our academic computer scientists working along with leading commercial data processing experts will propose the characteristics of, and techniques applicable to, realising an ‘information broker’ system delivering and facilitating a secure data interchange market for potential trial in the following demonstrator phase. Cambridge Wireless is a leading industry forum with a rapidly expanding network of companies actively involved in the development and application of wireless technologies. It is running this project as a service to its members and those affiliated through the Silicon Southwest organisation -many of whom are pioneering different aspects of IoT.

How Can Smart Home Data and Systems Improve Assisted Living Services

Project Lead – WattBox Ltd
Collaborators – Alertme, Tortrix, Orbit Housing, Coventry University HDTI

This project will explore how the future internet can facilitate convergence between home energy management, home security and telecare and lifestyle monitoring services. It will investigate the capture, use and value of data from smart home technology in terms of its application to assisted living, particularly for vulnerable older people and those with long term conditions. It will explore the key technical, organisational, legal, ethical, user and business barriers and market and service enablers. Outputs will include the development of new data value chains to enable service delivery, a robust understanding of end user needs and perceptions of converged lifestyle monitoring, social care, home security and energy services, a set of business models to be adopted to facilitate businesses to deliver converged services, and conceptualisation of a demonstrator to act as a catalyst to encourage innovation and commerce in this market. Innovations include engagement with end users to inform the scenario, a commercial approach that integrates the needs of end users and businesses to develop informed business models, and a technical approach that uses new but highly relevant configurations of data value chains.

Intelligent City Transportation – Infrastructure (ICT-i)

Project Lead – AIMES Grid Services
Collaborators – Merseyside Transport Authority, Placr, Avanti,

The ICT-i project will undertake a preparatory study into issues relating to an Internet of Things (IoT) demonstrator in the area of metropolitan transport and traffic data. The project will examine 3 fundamental issues; the revenue models needed to ensure the commercial viability of an IoT ecosystem in transport/traffic information, the interoperability of data sets and of data stores and finally the requirements for high availability infrastructure to deliver reliable services to end users.The vision is metropolitan data store in which traffic and transport data is available via published API’s to an apps developer community who create value adding services to end uses thereby generating new revenue streams and improving passenger experience. The project is led by the award winning Cloud technology business, AIMES and includes one of the UK’s major integrated passenger transport authorities, Merseytravel, the leading passenger transport aggregator, Placr and Avanti the satellite infrastructure business. The IoT convergence opportunities for innovative digital services in the transport/traffic arena are significant and the ICT-i project will deliver new thinking on business models, interoperability and infrastructure.

Internet of Things Convergence for Housing, Care and Health

Project Lead – Housing 21

Collaborators – Cranfield University, IBM

The overall goal of the study is to develop a strategy and plan that would enable Housing 21 to access and share information about relevant “things” regardless of its location or repository and deliver it to the right people at the right place and time in order to directly benefit the health and wellbeing of its clients. The focus of project will be on assistive technologies and healthcare provision, specifically related to promoting independence and well-being among clients with dementia through the acquisition of data/information relating to health, independent living and hydration levels. The “things” being considered by the study will be those which has an impact on the clients’ wellbeing, their opportunities to make choices, and their ability to live as independently as possible such as: care and support plans, housing related support plans, repairs information, data sent from other organisations via the internet or email, telecare/ Telehealth systems, care staff electronic management and communication systems. Also included will be “things” for which data is not currently accessible to us, such as data from the home, health records, and current/ future assistive technologies. To make the project manageable, we will focus on two or three scenarios (for example an elderly lady with dementia in an extra care scheme with a low level care package, input from the health and voluntary sectors, and stand alone technology devices). These will look at both where we are now and where we would like to be. The outputs from the project will present how we can best achieve the desired future scenarios and what the requirements would be in terms of data, systems, processes, finance and legalities.

IoT Enabled Converged and Open Services for Transport and Logistics

Project Lead – British Telecommunications plc.
Collaborators – IT Innovation, Ctrl-Shift, Highway Agency, IsoTrak, Milton Keynes Council

The Internet of Things will enable the Transport and Logistics sector to become increasingly smart; Both in the way infrastructure is planned and managed and how individual users use relevant information in real-time; optimising their decision making. The data assets of the sector are complex and growing with many data consumers and data providers. These include both machine and people generated sources e.g. sensors, social media etc. The challenge is to create an environment where data providers have incentives to share data and application and service providers have access to it. This project is focussed on analysing the commercial, technological and legal requirements for an environment where smart transport applications and business process improvement can be generated by exploiting a critical mass of diverse, real-time and historical data. The project will explore how to create an end-to-end value chain with a particular focus on identifying how to get started and determining which components are replicable in other sectors.


Project Lead – Globosense Ltd
Collaborators – ThingConnect, Medical Research Council, Onzo

The MyHealthTrainer project proposed here will develop a business case for the provision of a free e-health and fitness web/mobile application to improve wellbeing. In exchange for this free application, the analytics derived from the user data are sold to online retailers for marketing activities. The e-health application works by monitoring the user’s activity partly using an accelerometer in their smart phone and partly from household power profile data accessed through smart metering organisations. Our proposal contains convergence between applications, data sources and organisations. However, we consider the most important aspect for the progression of IoT to be that between organisations. This massively converged and very challenging project is based on the experience, know-how and existing platforms of Globosense, ThingConnect and their partners and players in the smart energy industry. It will cross the sector and organisational boundaries between the e-health, smart metering, online retail and Internet industries.

Smart Streets

Project Lead – In Touch Ltd
Collaborators – Carillon, Lancaster University, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council

The Smart Streets project will explore in detail the potential for connecting highways assets such as street furniture, road surfaces and gullies to the Internet of Things. Creating virtual representations of these physical objects will, we believe, enable radically new ways of maintaining our highways infrastructure and, through connecting these representations to the wider Internet of Things create the possibility for a market in new applications in areas as diverse as flood management, highways planning and travel information. The project is led by InTouch Ltd who have extensive experience of developing mobile data systems for the highways industry and is supported by Carillion and Lancaster University as subcontractors and Redcar and Cleveland Council who will provide end-user expertise.

Value chain analysis of the Internet of things for the Brewing industry (VIB)

Project Lead – InteliTap Limited
Collaborators – University of Nottingham, Everards Breweries, Nottingham Business School, Peter Scarks Designs

Loss of empty containers (casks) is an annual £50 million problem for the UK brewing industry and mainly centres on a lack of knowledge on ‘where the casks are’ and ‘who are their rightful owners’. To address this problem, a convergence of technological solutions and human involvement is required to tag, track and recover casks. The VIB proposal aims to tackle this problem by exploring the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) for aligning data and service value chains within the UK brewing industry. VIB follows a bottom-up approach to exploring cask recovery by investigating novel ideas for stakeholder and consumer involvement through an IoT proof-of-concept trial. Insights from this trial will be used to propose a framework for a future ‘value chain convergence’ in the brewing industry that harmonises access to data/services through the use of IoT technology. The proposed framework will enhance brewing value chains through better demand-supply data management and interactive-experiential services. This will lead to cost savings in value chains, volume and revenue growth in beer sales, better choices for consumers and enhanced feedback to brewers enabling the tastes of consumers to be more accurately addressed.

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