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.
- ICT CityPulse
- energy, crowd sourcing, motion
Bee is the brand new supermarket chain that has just entered the Scandinavian market. The particularity of Bee supermarkets relies on their grid of networked piezoelectric elements installed below the whole walkable areas which is able to produce energy (electricity) once someone makes pressure on the floor, while walking around. In addition to this, the piezoelectric elements act as loud speakers, broadcasting music and informative announcements. Through this innovative system not only the company manages to save up to 25% of its electricity costs, but – by deploying supplementary motion mini-detectors linked to the sensors – it also analyses, visualises in 3D and monitors customers’ streams and data (such as direction, speed, walking / stop / queue times). Therefore it integrates these data with those related to the single product / categories of products stored in the supermarket’s shelves, e.g. type, price, barcode, position, dimension, etc. Thus, Bee is able to offer its customers a wider range of discounted / low-price quality products – since part of its electricity costs are diminished – gaining a relevant competitive advantage over its competitors.