Saving in building costs


Before building an expensive system and installing sensors into their intended contexts, their durability, communication restorability, and performance over time and varying conditions need to be tested. HiKoB is a French SME developing and manufacturing sensor systems, which a) collect in-field physical data, b) turn the raw data into useful information, and c) store or route information through wireless communications. Application areas range from human body measurements to route condition control systems. Before e.g. digging weather condition sensors expensively in the streets of Greater Lyon, HiKoB benefited from series of in vitro tests at FIT-IoT Lab test sites.

Strategic test measures:

  • 9 sites connected via the Traffic Light Optical Fiber Network or 3G network
  • 60 deployed sensors
  • Real-time information: environment condition and road condition.

All good for installing the real system!

Managing shops

One of the earliest but also the latest use cases for IoT testbeds are shops and showrooms. Not only the shopping premises have sensors for many monitoring purposes, but also products in sale are being tagged and carrying various communication means for correct and also correctly-timed information offering. This means easily a serious scale of communication to be managed and provided constantly in an updated manner. Instead of going through all those sensors and networked objects and building the system at its proper site at the shop, supermarket or a showroom, it's better to develop and test the IoT system at an easy-to-build-run-and-iterate testbed. The FIT testbeds allow:

  • fast and global software updates
  • optimising network topology based on various criteria of different objects and their relative positioning
  • testing different hardware choices
  • simulating mobility between nodes
  • running tests at 9 different sites and more than 3000 nodes in parallel
  • emulating truly global scale tests worldwide
  • simulating the quantity of data transferred and processed
  • measuring and evaluating latency of the system.

FIT offers to build and scale up systems for global markets.

Monitoring life and environments

Both nature and manmade environments benefit from careful monitoring. Wildlife preservation, sustainable agriculture, prevention of natural disasters, power plant and factory health monitoring are use cases which have the critical monitoring in common.

Solutions tested on FIT testbeds can help providing right and best-suited technologies to the monitoring needs in question (e.g. monitoring of temperature, humidity, movement and other behaviour), the sensors can transmit measured data and communicate to localize the monitored subjects, ensure area coverage, enable target tracking, etc.


Creating and validating standards

Better protocol validation before standardisation yields at better systems and at better interoperability. All from standard proposers, to standard makers and implementers need objective, up-to-date sites to evaluate and validate their protocols. FIT offers such infrastructure, tools and support to measure the performance of the protocols on wireless and sensor comunication networks. For example IETF community is welcome to develop and bencmark standards at FIT!