June 2013: Behind the Scenes: Interviews with the IPSO CHALLENGE contestants – viBrain Solutions (Smart Lighting)

Miguel Castro (COO) and Antonio Jara (CTO)

viBrain Solutions

Why did you choose to enter IPSO CHALLENGE 2013?

After working with the Internet of Things from the beginning, around 2007, when 6LoWPAN was not yet very extended, and carrying out several projects focused on the potential of IPv6 for constrained devices and sensors such as the European Project IoT6 (www.iot6.eu), we considered it to be the proper moment and a great opportunity to show our understanding of  the potential of IPv6 for emerging areas such as Smart Cities, through solutions such as the presented Smart Lighting solution.

With this proposal, we also wanted to show the pending challenges for the IoT through IPv6-enabled devices in terms of IPv6-ready devices for Street Lighting and  real end-to-end platforms that exploit the end-to-end and scalability features of IPv6. For that reason, we proposed an IPv6-enabled driver for street lights, i.e., the Smart Driver, and the viBrain platform with a novel CoAP/IPv6 embedded integration, to make it available for any client, without the requirements of additional software or plug-ins.

In definitive, we wanted to show the world a platform as an integral and cross-device management application to interconnect lighting controllers, information systems, sensors, objects, and any resource accessible through the Internet. This platform aims for the improvement of the energy efficiency and context-awareness for deployments in the emerging Smart Cities at the same time it is conceived as a “nervous system” for enhanced deployments acting as a basis for third parties implementations.

Additionally, we really consider IPSO CHALLENGE an extremely great opportunity for being able to spread the word about what your small company or research centre is doing for contributing on the emerging world of the Internet of Things.

What are your plans for your Smart Lighting solution?

Smart Cities play an increasingly important role for the sustainable economic development of a determined area while are considered a key element for generating wealth, knowledge and diversity, both economically and socially.

In this regard, Smart Lighting is one of the key enablers to reach the sustainability of its infrastructure and reduce the energy consumption and the levels of greenhouse gases (GHG).

Regarding the evolution of our solution, our focus is to continue extending the product for additional use cases such as intelligent noise analysis, acoustic management, air quality / pollution, public services management, and in definitive to offer a communications nerve for the rest of IP-enabled devices deployed in the Smart Cities.

The versatility in the application of our technology will result in services that can provide a more efficient model for energy management, environmental factors, or aspects related to the health and welfare of citizens, efficient management of public transport, based on the monitoring of any variable, system or service of interest, that can be potentially connected to an information network.

We will continue looking for alliances with street lighting manufacturers that allow the integration of our Smart Driver and viBrain platform with existing Street Lights, in order to make accessible our solution for the general street lighting market, and thereby allow that real world start to be benefited by the advantages of IPv6-enabled solutions and the Internet of Things.

What advice do you have for future entrants to IPSO CHALLENGE?

Our advice is that they need to think about solutions that really enable the Internet of Things, more than closed or vertical solutions focused on one specific market. The IoT is not yet offering many IPv6-ready products, so, in our opinion, proposed solutions should focus on enablers such as in our proposal: on the one hand, a Smart Driver to enable IPv6 connectivity in street lights, and integrate also any other IPv6-enabled sensor, and on the other hand, a platform compatible with any IPv6 devices with CoAP and using IPSO / OMA Web Objects.

Share a story about the entry process, the judging process or your travels to Sensors Expo. 

Just a reminder: If you are from a country where the power supply is not the same as the one you are flying a couple (or more) thousand miles to showcase your prototype… Remember to bring your own power converter… and try it before! ;-) We really sweat the day before the Expo started.

Follow the developments of Smart Lighting and other projects at www.vibrainsolutions.com

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