Industry of Internet of Things: experience, challenges and evolution

Workshop Chair: Luigi Patrono, University of Salento, Italy (

July 14, 2016,
8:00h Registration
8:30h Welcoming message from the Workshop Chair
8:45h Invited talk: Ivana Podnar Zarko (University of Zagreb, Croatia)
09:10h Presentation 1: STMicroelectronics
STMicroelectronics is one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies with net revenues of US$ 7.40 billion in 2014. Offering one of the industry’s broadest product portfolios, ST serves customers across the spectrum of electronics applications with innovative semiconductor solutions by leveraging its vast array of technologies, design expertise and combination of intellectual property portfolio, strategic partnerships and manufacturing strength.
ST focuses its product strategy on sense and power technologies, automotive products, and embedded-processing solutions and is among the world leaders in a broad range of segments. The Sense and Power segment encompasses MEMS and sensors, power discrete, and advanced analog products. The Embedded Processing Solutions include microcontrollers, digital consumer and imaging products, and digital ASICs.
ST products are found everywhere microelectronics make a positive and innovative contribution to people’s lives: from energy management and savings to trust and data security, from healthcare and wellness to smart consumer devices, in the home, car and office, at work and at play.
Since its creation, ST has maintained an unwavering commitment to R&D and has established a strong culture of partnership and through the years has created a worldwide network of strategic alliances with key customers, suppliers, competitors, and leading universities and research institutes around the world.
09:30h Presentation 2: Impinj
Impinj is a leading provider of RAIN RFID solutions. Impinj delivers Item Intelligence, physical items’ unique identity, location and authenticity, to the digital world, which the company believes is the essence of the Internet of Things. Its platform connects billions of everyday items such as apparel, medical supplies, automobile parts, drivers’ licenses, food and luggage to applications such as inventory management, patient safety, asset tracking and item authentication, delivering real-time information to businesses about items they create, manage, transport and sell.
09:50h Presentation 3: Engineering
Engineering was founded in 1980, and it is currently the first IT group in Italy, with over 7.800 employees and 40 branch offices in Italy, Belgium, Serbia, Norvegia, Latin America and USA, a consolidated revenue portfolio in 2014 of about 853 million Euros.. The group provides IT innovation to more than 1.000 large clients, with a complete offer combining system integration and application maintenence, outsourcing, cloud services and consulting, by operating in 4 main markets: Public Administration and Healthcare, Telco & Utilities, Industry and Services, Finance.
The R&D Unit of Engineering, and in particular the Open Public Service Innovation (OPSI) Unit, develops research and innovation activities regarding the IoT and its relationship with social innovation processes. The IoT is a powerful means to provide context and insights about opportunities and challenges in the urban spaces. It can be leveraged to trigger ubiquitous services and to increase awareness in the individual, in the social, and in the environmental realm. OPSI is currently exploring multi-device service experiences and new approaches to enable a decentralized IoT, in which smart objects interact in a trustless and inter-ecosystem space.
10:10h Presentation 4: Exprivia
Exprivia S.p.A. is a company specialised in the design and development of innovative software technologies and in supplying IT services for the banking, financial institution, industry, energy, telecommunications, utilities, healthcare and public administration markets.
The company today is listed on the Borsa Italiana MTA, Star segment (XPR), and it is subject to the direction and coordination of Abaco Innovation S.p.A..
Exprivia has a team of more than 1800 individuals, located in its headquarters in Molfetta (Bari) and throughout its offices in Italy (Trento, Vicenza, Milan, Piacenza, Genoa, Rome and Palermo) and abroad (Madrid, Las Palmas, New York, Dover, Mexico D.F., Monterrey, Guatemala City, Lima, São Paulo do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro Sãn Bernardo do Campo, Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou and Hong Kong).
10:30h Coffee break
11:00h Opening Ceremony and Keynote Speeches
12:30h Lunch
13:35h Invited talk: Dejan Vukobratovic (University of Novi Sad, Serbia)
14:00h Presentation 5: Futurecitieslab
Future Cities Lab is a design-oriented environment focused on utilising digital media platforms, transmedia strategies and serious games to generate deep insight into the relationship between human factors and smart urban spaces. The Lab is focused on human-centred design for the future city, and collaborates widely with academic, industry and government bodies. The goals of the lab are three-fold: to develop evidence-based models to drive the re/design of environments, applications and devices; to effect positive behavioural change across structural domains (e.g. energy, transport), and inter/intrapersonal domains (e.g. health, safety and security); and to align human actions with the objectives of a sustainability framework.
The objectives of the Lab are to create a suite of social technologies to both model and crowdsource the future city. The activities of the Lab include research and publishing, consultancy and product development. The Lab employs digital media to research, disrupt and reorient behaviours in order to educate; generate change in, and alter patterns of, consumer decision-making and action; and enhance individual and community health and well-being. One such example of this work is the City4Age Project – a multinational, multidisciplinary consortium of companies, academic bodies and other organisations who are working together to define a new model to enable and create age-friendly cities, providing urban communities of elderly and at-risk people living in Smart Cities with a range of tools and services that unobtrusively aid in the early detection of risks related to cognitive impairments such as MCI and frailty while at home or moving about the urban landscape.
14:20h Presentation 6: GeoMobile
Participating in large-scale European and national research projects and combining cutting-edge technology expertise with commercial acumen, GeoMobile exploits innovative research and development into leading products, services and technology. Trusted by government and industrial customers, GeoMobile implements bespoke system solutions for various mobile platforms based on different outdoor and indoor positioning systems with a special focus on usability and accessibility.
Software development at GeoMobile is happening in an agile environment with deep product owner participation. GeoMobile is an internationally recognized research and development partner for mobile apps and we deliver cutting-edge mobile system solutions. With ivanto GeoMobile offers a commercial solution for public transport providers. ivanto redefines accessibility in public transport, turning vehicles and station buildings into smart objects that are accessible for human interaction and that support users’ activities – the Internet of Things for urban mobility. The requirements of the visually impaired and people with reduced mobility are regarded the highest standard in terms of usability and accessibility. ivanto provides accessible mobility assistance not only for people with special needs, but for all passengers. ivanto improves passenger information, increases the feeling of security and offers innovative mobility services.
 14:40h Presentation 7: HAKOM
Internet of Things (IoT) is representing a network of mutually connected devices for everyday use, that have a capability of sending and receiving information about device state using the IP protocol. According to all statistical indicators, there is a significant growth in the number of connected devices which gives the possibility of developing advanced services by using the data from such networks. Applications in IoT are numerous, from the applications giving its user the additional value, to the scientific branches allowing simpler resource sharing.

IoT success largely depends on standards and rules which need to be defined from the regulatory body. Without defined standards, interfaces, and protocols, full IoT expansion will be hardly possible. Besides that, defining the right balance of regulatory measures in the specific moment represents a great challenge. Hard regulation at the beginning can suppress IoT evolution, while at the same time the absence of regulatory measures does not give any legal safety to firms which can lead to a decrease in IoT initiatives.

14:55h Presentation 8: SofThings
SofThings s.r.l. is a spin-off company of the University of Salento born from the desire of a group of professionals to convert their scientific results into commercial services.

SofThings is composed of highly qualified engineers and researchers targeting technological excellence to overcome the constraints and limits of existing solutions. The innovative solutions developed by SofThings come from the research performed within the IDALab (IDentification Automation Laboratory, Department of Innovation Engineering, University of Salento).

The mission of SofThings is developing an innovative middleware able to provide services based on Cloud and “Internet of Things” enabling technologies. The designed services cover heterogeneous application scenarios, such as healthcare, pharmaceutical, agrofood, smart mobility, tourism and Smart Cities.

15:00h Conclusions and Description of industry exhibition session
15:05h Coffee break
15:30h Meeting corners with exhibition session in cooperation with the following companies: STMicroelectronics, Impinj, Engineering, Exprivia, GeoMobile, Future Cities Lab, SofThings