iKaaS - intelligent Knowledge-as-a-Service Platform

Project start: 
Wednesday, 1 October, 2014
Project end: 
Saturday, 30 September, 2017
Project Website: 

iKaaS is paving the way towards trouble-free multi-cloud based services. We envision that in this scenario, many parties can be a provider as well as a consumer of cloud-based assets, helping to extend cloud capabilities and leverage at the same time the wealth of knowledge and services empowered through this.

Entities such as Public Administrations, Health Support Service Providers, Town Management Service Providers, these days have access to a wealth of data and control capabilities offered by sensor installations and other IoT devices. However, what is missing some times are the necessary tools to interpret and understand what the data mean, what insights they can reveal, what actions would need to be taken in response. Also, additional useful data (e.g. offered by citizens’ devices) may not be available due to technological as well as privacy related reasons.

For those, iKaaS can enable bringing in useful data in a privacy preserving manner as well as performing the needed analytics and manipulation of the underlying cloud platform. For Technology/Solutions Providers, iKaaS can serve as a solid basis with analytics and service management tools they can re-use or even adapt and extend to integrate in their solutions offerings. For everyday citizens, iKaaS gives the opportunity to make use of the services offered through e.g. Public Administrations over an iKaaS platform installation; it also gives them the opportunity to make the best use of their -in many cases- substantial but otherwise underutilized own infrastructure and associated data.

Who is the service/solution designed for?: 

iKaaS will deliver a toolbox that can be used by Public Administrations, Health Support Service Providers, Town Management Service Providers as well as Technology/Solutions Providers. The former can benefit by using the iKaaS toolbox in order to roll-out cloud-based services; the latter can benefit by re-using or even extending iKaaS tools to be used in similar or even different contexts and enhance their product portfolio. In addition, everyday citizens with interest in technology and with suitable home infrastructure can benefit, using iKaaS tools to setup their own home cloud installations, which may then be used for multi-cloud service offerings.

How will your solution/service benefit the end-user? 

Our city council now can exploit the information coming from sensors all around the city area and show our citizens we care both for their health, their time and we respect the council tax they pay.

We can now promptly predict situations that can lead to hazards and lost time for them (CO2 emissions, pollen levels, floods, icy conditions, congestion). At the same time we realized that we could do so much more with our current infrastructure by managing data and services intelligently also for additional urban services. We even reduced our operational costs and we were able to pass this reduction down to our citizens.

Our application developer business is now going much better too. We can provide better support for our customers in their daily life wherever they go. We are also able to handle sensitive personal data much easier, as well as reduce the service response time. In addition, we can introduce new features to our products much faster re-using existing software resources, simply combining them in a different way. This together with a much more efficient use of cloud resources has given us an edge over competing solutions and has allowed us to increase our customer base considerably.

How can the solution/service help you become more efficient, more secure, faster or cost-effective?: 

The above-mentioned Service Provider stakeholders can roll-out services that leverage the extended capabilities that a multi-cloud platform brings in. Additional privacy preserving data collection and control capabilities through the IoT endpoints, additional hardware resources together with the iKaaS analytics and service management tools can help reduce both CAPEX and OPEX costs. This decrease in CAPEX, OPEX as well as software development costs (since iKaaS tools can be used as a solid basis for further developments) can also lower the barriers for SMEs (both as service providers and as solution providers) to enter the market. In addition to improving the quality of services that can be offered to citizens/customers, these can eventually come at a lower cost for the citizen/customer.

Go to Market Strategy (AKA - Potential exploitation strategy) 

iKaaS partners already have in place well-thought exploitation plans matching the nature of their organisations; be them academic/research, commercial or of public interest. iKaaS will live on by making its way in partners’ products and offered services to citizens and customers considering also the potential of spin-offs and start-ups based on the bleeding edge expertise in the areas of IoT, Big Data and Cloud that the project naturally (and nicely) is bringing together.

To maximize and sustain long-term impact, iKaaS is also committed to release platform components to the community so that they can be re-used and even adapted to match different application areas. Being such an open, interoperable, extensible by-design and commercialization-friendly platform provides a solid foundation for long-term and sustainable impact outside the boundaries and duration of the project.