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Session 3.1 - Embedded systems for the IoT

On the fringes of the Future Internet and making it happen (undefinedPDF)

The Internet of Things (IoT) will be an open network in which self-organized or intelligent entities will be interoperable and able to act independently depending on the context. Embedded Systems (ES), as IoT components, will have an important role in this concept. These technologies will underlie relevant applications for smart cities. The Workshop is an opportunity to review and query some of the key projects in these research areas.

Format of the workshop

The Workshop will be introduced by the session organizers, briefly describing the motivation for the session and its objectives.

It will consist of four 15 minute presentations from EU projects, 2 funded under the ARTEMIS umbrella, two under FP7 ICT. The first two dealing with embedded systems research and development and the last two deal with applications. The Workshop will end with a panel discussion that will comprise the 4 speakers plus the two session organizers who will act as dynamizers of the discussion.

Problem Statement and Objectives of the workshop

  • Where does the ES field finish and the IoT become a reality?
  • What are the technologies underlining ES research and IoT deployments in the boundaries of both fields?
  • What are the key technological and practical challenges those deployments face in some of the cutting edge latest European projects today?
  • What are some key applications that use these technologies?
  • What can the Future internet community and its stakeholders learn from these areas?

Specific benefits of attending the workshop include:

  • Knowledge – learn about some of the latest research on IoT and ES in the framework of ARTEMIS and of a sample of two projects in the FP7 Cooperation in ICT. Share ideas and discussions with other people from RTOs and industry.
  • Technology – learn about new technologies, research and applications in the area of smart environments.
  • Networking – this event will provide focused opportunities for networking with a variety of stakeholders.

A summary of the presentations, panel discussion and conclusions will be made available later and will be a contribution for future research planning.

Session organisers:

Irene Lopez de Vallejo (ivallejo(at) [1] and Augusto Júlio Casaca (augusto.casaca(at)[2].

Target audience:

The event is aimed at a wide variety of people from throughout the industry and academia. We are not targeting one specific vertical market – we are trying to bring together people from market sectors as diverse as transport, medical and healthcare, agriculture, manufacture aerospace and defence. We encourage the following groups to attend:

  • Academic research groups
  • Technology companies
  • Investors/funders
  • Government departments
  • Trade associations

Build on previous FIA sessions:

This is one event you CANNOT afford to miss if you are involved in the fields of embedded systems and IoT, working on or merely interested on its practical implications.

The focus of the session is on the discussion of the technologies that underlie applications that make possible to talk about smart environments in general and smart cities in particular.

So far during FIA this approach has not been explored in detail. At the FIA in Stockholm in November 2009 the topic of the Smart City appeared, consolidated in successive editions, while the topic of IoT, albeit underlying the discussion in many workshops and thematic sessions, only received dedicated attention on FIA Budapest 2010.


Introduction to the workshop, Prof. Augusto Casaca, Inesc-ID, Portugal, Dr Irene Lopez de Vallejo, member of the ARTEMIS-IA presidium

EMMON project undefinedpresentation

Luis Miguel Pinho, Professor at Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP); Vice-Director & Research Associate at the CISTER Research Center[3]

The EMMON project aims to allow monitoring geographical areas using Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) devices, small communicating and cooperative nodes with sensors. In order to achieve this ambition, EMMON performs technological research at the level of devices; new, efficient, and low power consumption communication protocols; embedded software with better overall energy efficiency, secure, fault-tolerant; and reliable middleware for large scale monitoring and remote command and control operational systems for end-users.

This talk will briefly present the objectives, technologies  and results of the EMMON project, with a particular focus on communication and programming abstractions scalability, a major challenge as embedded objects scale from a few dozens to thousands (and millions) of interconnected objects.

EMMON is funded through the European Artemis programme under the industrial Priority Seamless connectivity and middleware .

SOFIA project undefinedpresentation

Pauli Kuosmanen, Chief Technology Officer at Tivit, Finland [4]

SOFIA – linking embedded information to Future Internet

Smart environments and smart spaces are a widely studied concept in ubiquitous computing research, ambient intelligence research, and Future Internet research. They have also a very close relationship to sensor network research, ad-hoc networking research, and location-based service research. The goals and targets of this research have been ambitious, including shrink the size of a computer so much that you can embed a computing system into anything; and to connect all the devices into Internet and then to create networked Internet-based services and smartness.

It is widely agreed that networking devices, opening information, sharing of resources and service, etc. would be great. But in physical spaces, in the interaction between embedded systems, in developing smart environments, no major breakthroughs have been achieved. No real large scale smart environment ecosystems exist.

This talks considers Artemis SOFIA-project and a national (Finland) DIEM-program that are solving this problem. The key elements in their research have been the interoperability between the devices from different domains and the opening of embedded information. SOFIA is funded through the European Artemis programme under the subprogramme SP3 Smart environments and scalable digital service.

SMART SANTANDER undefinedproject presentation

Luis Munõz, Professor at the Communications Engineering Department (DICOM) at the University of Cantabria, Spain[5].

Many potential factors are making the smart city paradigm become a reality. Among them:

  • Embedded devices with more computing power and lower power consumption, cost and size
  • More services to offer and to be consumed by the citizens
  • Internet embedded in the city
  • Need for a more sustainable city

With these boundary conditions SmartSantander was conceived. It aims at providing support to IoT (Internet of Things) experimentation as well as end user service provision. Hence, a massive deployment of around 12,000 IoT devices is being carried out in a city context.

In the talk, different aspects linked to the supported services as well as practical aspects and limitations related to the infrastructure and its deployment will be described. Last but not least, the involvement of the different stakeholders and their role will be highlighted.

LOCON project undefinedpresentation

Sylvie Couronée, IIS Fraunhofer Institute, Erlangen, Germany[6]

LocON: a key solution for tomorrow´s controlling and monitoring system in large infrastructures

LocON is an open technology platform which allows integrating location and communication services of any kind in an embedded surrounding.The major issues are to increase the safety and security of operations and people as well as to improve the efficiency, reliability and flexibility of any large scale infrastructure (airport, harbors, etc.).

With the integration of heterogeneous short range-, satellite based- location technologies and the fusion of their information positioning and tracking of tagged objects can be performed indoor and outdoor in a seamless way. The platform provides reliable spatio-temporal information everywhere (indoor, outdoor), in a seamless way and at anytime.

In the context of an airport LocON is a new instrument for airport operators: it monitors and controls all ongoing operations by measuring and analysing the location of all vehicles and staff members in the overall environment. Alerts or alarms are automatically generated only in relevant or hazardous situations. The LocON system was installed at Faro airport, Portugal, to validate the overall concept successfully demonstrated in a public event in February 2011.

LocON is a key solution to support airport operators to coordinate the increasing number of aircraft operations even in bad weather conditions, managing tied schedules without causing safety breaches. Moreover the LocON concept is attractive to all types of large infrastructures which require localisation as a tool for new or better adapted monitoring and control services.

10.15 – 10.50 Panel discussion including the four speakers plus Mr. Walter Buga[7].

10.50 – 11 Wrap –up, Augusto Casaca, Irene Lopez de Vallejo







[1] Dr. Irene Lopez de Vallejo graduated in Industrial Sociology at the University of Deusto, Spain, where she also got an MSc in European Studies, specializing on Economic policies and mechanisms. She was recently awarded a PhD in Architecture by the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, University College London (UCL), London, UK.

Irene is currently ICT Partnerships Director at TEKNIKER-IK4 ( where she develops strategic research partnerships in the area of Information and Communication Technologies in five key fields: micro and nano technologies, robotics, sensing and perception technologies, wireless sensor networks and smart information systems.

She has also been a member of the ARTEMIS Industry Association Steering Board since March 2010 and is currently member of the ARTEMIS Presidium, representing research organisations (Chamber B).


[2] Prof. Augusto Casaca has got a Ph.D. degree from University of Manchester, UK. Presently he is Full Professor at the Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, and Leader of the Research Group in “Network Architecture” at Inesc-ID and Inesc-Inovação in Lisbon. He has been involved in many research and development activities in the area of Telecommunications both at the national and international level. Presently he is a member of the Euro-NF NoE steering board and participates in the WSAN4CIP project. His main current research interests are in the areas of Internet Architecture Evolution, Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) Protocols and Applications, and Delay Tolerant Networking.


[3] Professor  Luis Miguel Pinho has a MSc (1997) and a PhD (2001) in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Porto. He is a Professor at the Department of Computer Engineering - School of Engineering of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, and Vice-Director and Research Associate of the CISTER research unit, where he currently leads the real-time software research line. He has coordinated several national-funded Research Projects, and leads the CISTER team in several European projects. His main research interests are on languages, operating systems, and middlewares. He has published several papers in international conferences and journals in the area of real-time embedded systems, and participated in the Organization and Program Committees of several international conferences in the area. He was keynote speaker at the 16th IEEE International Conference on Embedded and Real-Time Computing Systems and Applications, served as General Chair and Program Co-Chair of the Ada-Europe 2006 conference, and is Editor-in-Chief of the Ada User Journal.


[4] Dr. Pauli Kuosmanen received the B.Sc., M.Sc., and Licentiate degrees in mathematics from the University of Tampere, Finland, in 1989, 1991, and 1993, respectively. He received the doctor of technology degree in signal processing from the Tampere University of Technology in 1994. He received the eMBA degree in 2006.

Since 1990 he has held various research and teaching positions at the University of Tampere and the Tampere University of Technology, most notably he was a professor of signal processing for 8 years. He was working as a Director of New Technologies at the Research Center of Elisa Communications Corp during 2001-2004. He was the CTO of telecommunications at Plenware, 2005-2008. Now, he is the CTO of TIVIT (strategic centre for science, technology and innovation in the field of ICT).

Prof. Kuosmanen has authored over 150 international jounal and conference articles, seven international book chapters, and he is a co-author in the book "Fundamentals of Nonlinear Digital Filtering". He has supervised dozens of M.Sc. and 11 Dr.Tech. students and has been leading tens of research projects related to signal and image processing, telecommunications and digital media technology.


[5] Professor Luis Muñoz received both the Telecommunications Engineering degree and Ph.D. from the Polytechnical University of Cataluña (UPC), Spain. He is head of the Network Planning and Mobile Communications Laboratory belonging to the Communications Engineering Department (DICOM) at the University of Cantabria, Spain. His research focuses on advanced data transmission techniques, heterogeneous wireless multihop networks and applied mathematical methods for telecommunications. He has participated in several National and European research projects belonging to the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Framework Program in which he is technical manager of SmartSantander. He has published over 150 journal and conference papers. He serves as editor of several journals. In parallel to this activity, he serves as consultant for the Spanish Government as well as for different companies in Europe and USA.


[6] Sylvie Couronné graduated as Dipl.Ing. in the field of Telecommunication and is working in the RF & Microwave Department of the Fraunhofer Institut IIS. She previously led the development and implementation of RF ICs in digital broadcasting and satellite navigation applications. Today she manages different national and international projects as well as EU projects as LocON. The current activities (since 2001) are to develop new concept and specifications of embedded localisation system to support the implementation of context aware services in critical infrastructures like airport or in sportive application.


[7] Dr. Walter Buga is a telecommunication subject matter expert in both wired and wireless networks and technologies. His career spans over 25 years’ experience working for telecommunication service providers, telecommunication equipment vendors, and telecommunication consulting companies.

Walter's current focus is on business opportunities in wireless communications technologies and software solutions for emerging markets, including Smart Cities, Internet of Things, m2m and smart grid. He leads R&D project Smart Connected World at Huawei Technologies.

Smart Connected World is dealing with challenges of IoT with focus on constrained networks and embedded intelligence.

Dr. Buga received his Ph.D., MSEE, and BSEE, all from Technical University, Wroclaw, Poland.