BETaaS – Building the environment for the Things as a Service

Focus: Developing a platform for the execution of machine-to-machine (M2M) applications built on top of services deployed in a “local cloud” of gateways. Scalability, security, dependability, context and resource awareness, and Quality of Service (QoS) will be embedded “by design” into the platform. Validation will be done through experiments targeting the Smart City and Home automation case studies.

Coordinator: INTECS, Italy

Partnership: Atos, Spain; Hewlett-Packard Italy; Converge ICT Solutions and Services, Greece; Tecnalia, Spain; Aalborg University, Denmark; University of Pisa, Italy

Impact: By defining open interfaces, which will also be pushed for standardisation in the relevant technical committees, M2M service providers have lower investment risks and training/set-up costs since they can re-use skills and experience over different projects and also across various domains. The platform will be released as open source to benefit from the developer community and enable M2M service providers to focus on application-specific aspects without needing to work on common features, thus lowering development costs and time-to-market.

Funding: European Commission, DG Connect. 7th Framework Programme - FP7 ICT Call 8.

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