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.
Smart shopping platform
- ICT CityPulse
For Peter, shopping at supermarkets has always been a hassle. He forgets to check the stock at home before leaving for shopping, forgets the items to be purchased during shopping, never checks any promotion on regular products, etc. Miracle, supermarket chain in the UK, recently implemented a ‘Smart shopping platform' to assist its customers in their shopping. The platform maintains customers' shopping profiles based on their previous shopping histories and makes shopping suggestions. Moreover, the platform is connected to its each customer's smart storages (equipped with sensors) at home (e.g. smart fridge, smart cabinet, etc.) and is able to check individual customer's stock availability on regular products (e.g. milk, egg, washing powder, etc.) in real time. When Peter visits one of the Miracle stores he logs in to the smart shopping platform using his smartphone. Once logged in, the smartphone client application shows items he has run out of at home, any promotion on regular and related products, suggestions on weather related products (e.g. sun cream) based on the local weather forecast, stock availability at the store he is visiting, and lets Peter shortlist the items that he plans to buy. The smartphone application also directs Peter to pick up the shortlisted items in a convenient way.