28 Nov 2014, BEXCO conference centre, Pusan, Korea

2014-10-28 08.08.19i-locate, together with developments from other EC-funded projects FI-STAR and i-Core have been the subject of a 1 hour long opening keynote talk given by Giuseppe Conti at IPIN 2014, the fifth
International Conference on Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation which is being held in Pusan, Korea (http://www.ipin2014.org/main/)

The tile of the talk was “Indoor location as an enabler for high-relevance scenarios in the domain of Future Internet, smart services and Internet of Things scenarios”

The talk has presented how, over the last few years, indoor location is receiving increasing attention by both the industrial and research communities. The talk has presented an overview of current research trends, particularly focusing on four relevant projects currently being funded by the European Commission, all of them addressing the domain of indoor location base services from different angles and perspectives.

DSCN0133The first project that was be presented was  the large Integrated Project (IP) named iCore ”Empowering IoT through Cognitive Technologies” in the context of which a specific geofencing component for indoor and outdoor location services using the concept of “real world knoledge” is being developed by Trilogis.

The resulting “intelligent” LBS infrastructure can be used in context such as smart city, smart buildings, logistics, improved mobility, and it is currently being tested in a major hospital to improve -through smart location- use of portable medical equipment.

DSCN0112The second project has been FI-STAR “future internet social technological alignment in healthcare”, one of the most important EC-funded projects in the domain of Future Internet (FI) specifically applied to the health and care domain. Here, the larger FI-WARE infrastructure is being extended with the creation of a so-called geofencing “Specific Enabler” (SE) which will allow a number of new location based services in a range of different health-related scenarios, following the Future Internet paradigm.

The third project has been presented  i-locate “indoor/outdoor location and asset management through open geodata” which is developing a portal for open indoor mapping data and an open source toolkit for indoor and outdoor location based services implementing IndoorGML. Particular attention has been  paid to the implications of i-locate in a range of challenging scenarios, from logistics to health, from public services to tourism and culture, from transportation to culture.

DSCN0147Lastly, the last project presented has been the forthcoming H2020 project UNCAP “ubiquitous interoperable care for ageing people”, which will address the challenging topic of indoor location to support quality of life of aging people (including those with mild cognitive impairments), developing an interoperable infrastructure that, thanks to indoor location, fosters a more autonomous yet safe lifestyle of elderly people.

The description of the different projects has provided a unique opportunity to address technical, operational, economical and ethical issues that next generation indoor location based services will have to address in the near future.