To really understand the Internet of Things (IoT) requires application, implementation, and execution in the real world. IEEE IoT recently launched a program to provide the IoT community an interactive platform on which to engage with use cases, service descriptions, business models, and reference implementations that will be key to developing a vibrant IoT industry. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to contribute to the IoT cause, as well as get excellent exposure for your projects and ideas.
See What I See
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- When an object (person, car, truck or other mobile object) is moving in a specific area (e.g., an unsecure area, a city, or other locale), See What I See (SWIS) can provide monitoring by utilizing the available resources along its route. Resources delivering some level of tracking could be simple (e.g., proximity objects, RFID tags or sensors that simply mark a moving object as it passes by) or more complex, such as cameras that can record the object passing by or even be movable and able to record an object for a short period of time. If the route is known in advance, resources could be ready to track an object without needing to guess where it might be moving next. However, for particularly casual routes, a more dynamic allocation of resources could be provided based on predicting the possible movements and pre-allocation of resources.
In general, SWIS offers a set of tracking functions, where followers can view a moving object’s path and can also recommend or command the object to alter course. In addition, the tracking function can show the object’s predicted route and followers can, once again, suggest alternative routes. In case a monitored object is lost, the last identified position is recorded and an event is generated, such as an alarm in a security related service offering. The event contains all relevant information available about a moving object up until its last monitored position.
For individuals, SWIS can be extended by means of communication. For example, a user being monitored can communicate with followers by means of messaging (“I’m here in Place de la Concorde, can you spot me?”), or they can exchange multimedia content. The service can also support the exchange of streaming video, either generated by the user or by the cameras tracking the user movements). Content providers offering information and multimedia content related to the path a user is following can further extend services for tourists. Privacy constraints are initiated by users who can enable or disable tracking, while followers can request users to activate tracking functions.
Of particular importance is the Resource Provider. This is an entity, such as a user, a company, an organization, or a smart city, that is able to leverage local resources needed to track and visualize moving objects. Unlike the Content Provider, whose focus is information based, the Resource Provider enables resources useful to service execution, from cameras to proximity sensors.
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