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.
Pay it forward
- ICT CityPulse
Jens is waiting for the bus in Aarhus. Through the "pay it forward" app he knows that it'll arrive in two minutes and twenty seconds. When the bus comes Jens gets on, registers his transportation type (bus, car, bike, walking, etc.), and selects the specific bus number in the app. Now the phone is registering Jens' movement and feeds GPS data back to the "pay it forward" system. With this information the system can figure out when a bus is arriving, if it's late or early, it can predict and announce traffic jams, find alternative routes, etc. All this is done in real time, with data from within the city. When Jens reaches his end stop, he stops the registration of GPS data, so that his phone doesn't consume as much power and he doesn't want the system to know where his final destination is. The engine of "pay it forward" is the citizens' willingness to share their data and help fellow inhabitants. This means that "pay it forward" is powered by crowd sourcing, and therefore relies on a constant and large amount of users to be working sufficiently. This makes the app a relevant and novel service for citizens in their daily routines. Furthermore, it gives people the opportunity to give something back to society while leveraging from it at the same time.