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ProjectRELYonIT – a dependable framework for Internet of Things that will guarantee performance

RELYonIT – a dependable framework for Internet of Things that will guarantee performance

Sensor network in Internet of Things set-ups runs the risk of being disturbed by other wireless equipment, e.g. WiFi and Bluetooth. This project will develop a framework for dependable IoT applications.


Internet of Things – where the Internet reaches out to the physical world via wireless sensor networks – holds promises of smart cities, smart grids, and supportive applications in healthcare and industrial automation. In an IoT solution, a sensor network provides real-time information about the state of things and places. But today, Internet of Things set-ups run the risk of being disturbed by the use of other wireless equipment in the near surroundings, e.g. WiFi and Bluetooth, and by outdoor parameters. EU project RELYonIT takes on this challenge.

As of today, embedded wireless sensors and actuators in Internet of Things-solutions are deeply affected by their environment. Radio inference from other wireless equipment and electrical appliances, such as Bluetooth and WiFi, causes imperfect communication, and temperature and humidity variations affect battery capacity and electronics. For dependable IoT solutions, sensor data and actuation commands must be delivered reliably and timely and batteries powering devices must last for a given time in the order of years. Failure to meet these requirements may result in risks for humans and infrastructures, insufficient user satisfaction, and high costs. RELYonIT is an experimentally-driven, EU-funded research project that aims to develop a generic framework and tools for a wide range of dependable IoT applications.

Multidisciplinary approach

The project integrates a range of different technologies from the embedded, computing and networking worlds. A multidisciplinary approach combines competencies in internetworking of sensors, sensor networking, dependability, modeling, verification, optimization, experimentation and testing, and real-world application.

“SICS’s role is in the modeling of environmental properties and their impact on IoT and we will design the protocol that will guarantee the dependability. We are also involved in how to use and, if necessary, change the protocol. For example, if data is not distributed correctly, how can the protocol be adjusted,” explains Thiemo Voigt at SICS.

Two prototypes

RELYonIT will use several existing testbeds, the FIRE IoT facilities WISEBED and SmartSantander being two of them, with their wireless sensor networks that are connected to the Internet. The project consortium includes six members and will last for two years. Acciona and Wordsensing are two industrial partners that will construct user cases and scenarios as the project evolves.

“We will then develop two prototypes in order to demonstrate the capabilities of the techniques we use,” says Thiemo Voigt.

Project partners

SICS (Sweden), University of Lübeck (Germany), Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands), University of Lancaster (UK), Worldsensing (Spain), Acciona (Spain)

Number of items: 8.

Michel, Mathieu and Voigt, Thiemo and Tsiftes, Nicolas and Mottola, Luca and Quoitin, Bruno (2016) Predictable MAC-level Performance in Low-power Wireless under Interference. In: International Conference on Embedded Wireless Systems and Networks (EWSN), 15-17 February 2016, Graz, Austria.

Iyer, Venkatraman and Hermans, Frederik and Voigt, Thiemo (2015) Detecting and Avoiding Multiple Sources of Interference in the 2.4 GHz Spectrum. In: EWSN, 9-11 February 2015, Porto, Portugal.

Al Nahas, Beshr and Duquennoy, Simon and Iyer, Venkatraman and Voigt, Thiemo (2014) Low-Power Listening Goes Multi-Channel. In: IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems (DCOSS 2014), 26-28 May 2014, Marina Del Rey, California, USA.

Boano, Carlo Alberto and Römer, Kay and Tsiftes, Nicolas (2014) Mitigating the Adverse Effects of Temperature on Low-Power Wireless Protocols. In: The 11th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad hoc and Sensor Systems (MASS), 27-30 Oct 2014, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Brown, James and Roedig, Utz and Boano, Carlo Alberto and Roemer, Kay and Tsiftes, Nicolas (2014) Demo Abstract: How Temperature Affects IoT Communication. In: The 11th European Conference on Wireless Sensor Networks (EWSN), 17-19 Feb 2014, Oxford, UK.

Keppitiyagama, Chamath and Tsiftes, Nicolas and Boano, Carlo Alberto and Voigt, Thiemo (2013) Poster Abstract: Temperature Hints for Sensornet Routing. In: SenSys.

Hermans, Frederik and Rensfelt, Olof and Voigt, Thiemo and Ngai, Edith and Norden, Lars-Åke and Gunningberg, Per (2013) SoNIC: Classifying Interference in 802.15.4 Sensor Networks. In: Information Processing in Wireless Sensor Networks (IPSN), April 2013, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,USA.

Boano, Carlo Alberto and Wennerström, Hjalmar and Zuniga, Marco and Brown, James and Keppitiyagama, Chamath and Oppermann, Felix and Roedig, Utz and Norden, Lars-Åke and Voigt, Thiemo and Römer, Kay (2013) Hot Packets: A Systematic Evaluation of the Effect of Temperature on Low Power Wireless Transceivers. In: IEEE ExtremeCom 2013.

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