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.
- Crowd sourcing, environment, public
- More and more, people have the possibility to monitor important parameters in their home or in their surrounding environment. As an example, take the web site http://bwired.nl/, where each user can have a number of sensors monitoring and measuring parameters related to the functioning of the home or surrounding areas (e.g., the local outside temperature, the humidity, or even some parameters related to pollution, noise and others).
A Social Sensors service is intended to collect the wealth of user generated data, which can then be anonymized and compiled to show benefits for an entire community weighed against individual behavior. For example, it is possible to calculate a medium or average value for some parameters and allow each citizen to compare his own set of parameters with the “average set of values”. In this way, individuals can gauge where they stand in respect to a set description of “virtuous citizen behavior”, such as establishing a proper power consumption footprint. In fact, the availability of this type of data analysis could incentivize good-natured competition, and even encourage people to increase existing, or pursue new, practices perceived to be beneficial to the community as a whole.
Another possible usage is related to integrating user generated data in such a way to compare data and parameters collected directly by citizens versus official data provided by public administrations. One important case could be controlling local pollution vs. the official data monitored in a particular area of big cities.
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