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IoT ecosystem demonstrator case study - ARM headquarters site


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In my day job at ARM I recently led a project intended to create an ecosystem of interoperating IoT systems on our Cambridge headquarters site, a typical business park. In these slides I introduce the idea behind why interoperability is important and the connected assets and their users on the ARM HQ site. I explain how we used a site-wide HyperCat to create an "ARM site IoT directory", and how that helped us as IoT customers and also our IoT-vending suppliers. The project was funded by the UK's Technology Strategy Board, under its IoT Ecosystem Demonstrator competition.

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IoT ecosystem demonstrator case study - ARM headquarters site

  1. 1. 1 TSB IoT Ecosystem Demonstrator: ARM HQ Campus March 2014 Amyas Phillips
  2. 2. 2 An IoT Hypothesis Connected assets should be able to work together
  3. 3. 3 An IoT Hypothesis Connected assets should be able to work together Reduces costs of deploying assets and applications, or increases the benefits realised from them, or both Things and systems with information about the real world environment As easily as possible They can discover, gain access to and use each others’ resources, creating an ecosystem of interacting consumers and service providers
  4. 4. 4 An IoT Hypothesis Things connected to the internet VALUE TIME NOT TRUE: things connected to the internet Network effects where every new application benefits from previous ones: Internet of Things VALUE TIME TRUE: network effect
  5. 5. 5 ARM site ecosystem  A typical business park  ~1400 people, 4 buildings  ARM Facilities Management  Interested in instrumenting car parks, energy use.  ARM Sustainable Corporate Development  Interested in tracking and improving ARM’s environmental footprint, including buildings energy use, travel, commutes and home working  ARM IT Employee Systems Group  Interested in systems of general benefit to employees – email, holiday bookings, etc. Keen to improve meeting room availability.  ARM employees  Interested in own home electricity use, in finding available meeting rooms on the fly, in using and adding to the ARM datasphere generally.  Service Providers  EnLight car park lighting  IntelliSense HVAC plant monitoring  AlertMe room occupancy and home energy monitoring  Service providers’ other customers  City councils, road authorities, fabs, factories, homeowners, industrial plant vendors, energy and telecoms utilities, IoT developers
  6. 6. 6 ARM site ecosystem demonstrator • Homes data • Meeting room activity • Car park light levels, light status and energy • ARM2 and ARM6 HVAC flow and energy • Meeting room bookings • Additional sensors • Catalogue mashups Image © Google Maps 2014
  7. 7. 7 Should ARM site IoT assets be able to work together? Data consumers Data feeds ARM SITE Red Ninja ARM app Corporate sustainability data IntelliSense building analytics Employee systems EnLight car park lighting & temperature ✔ ✔ IntelliSense building plant ✔ ✔ AlertMe meeting room sensors ✔ ✔✔✔ AlertMe home energy kits ✔ (✔) ARM meeting room booking feed ✔ ARM sensor hub feeds ✔ ARM site is one of numerous ‘contexts’ (and instances of contexts) in which assets are potentially relevant to one another Some primary assets are useful to one another … some are obviously infrastructural, i.e. they can serve multiple applications. Others won’t be so obvious Secondary users often include dashboards, visualisers, normalisers, rules engines, analysis tools, research Use cases for sharing increase with number of feeds and apps, both of which grow over time … Access control makes it easy and safe to find useful combos
  8. 8. 8 Should ARM site IoT assets be able to work together? Yes!  ARM is realising additional benefits  Meeting room availability app(s)  Yes, there are additional costs  Interestingly they can all be considered reusable infrastructure that can be adopted by ARM IT: root catalogue, sensors, access points.  HyperCat approach means suppliers can integrate without ARM running a big project, making overall cost much lower than an traditional integration project.  Each of the 3 commercial systems are realising business benefits  Publishing and indexing feeds lets them offer their customers similar benefits to ARM  Their customers can ask their other suppliers to publish and index feeds similarly  EnLight: consuming council’s other connected assets into their EnTalk dashboard  AlertMe: rearchitected to partition devices from application  IntelliSense: publishing feeds to industrial plant vendors and factory operators
  9. 9. 9 Open IoT Take-Aways  Connected assets should be able to work together  Composable data sources and applications do create more value than siloed solutions.  HyperCat enables composability  We already knew every device is more useful for being connected. We demonstrated an ecosystem that makes those devices even more useful for being interconnected.  HyperCat and tools like FeedLocker let end users invest in their own IoT infrastructure: connected assets that serve multiple applications.  It’s about people working well together too  IoT assets are not public assets – still need to broker access  Per-context HyperCats encourage innovation, if supported with community, tools, hackathons, access ..  .. and infrastructure. End users should make IoT infrastructure part of their building upgrade plans.
  10. 10. 10 Fin