IoT DIH DIH IoT
BISITE Research Group (University of Salamanca)
Edificio I+D+i, C/ Espejo s/n, 37007, Salamanca (Spain)
The objective of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and the innovation-driven organizations involved is to help companies (specially SMEs) to become more competitive throughout the adoption of Internet of Things technologies in their business/production processes, products and services.
IoT Digital Innovation Hub has been created to develop groundbreaking projects with the most advanced technologies that can make digital transformation of industry become a reality. Our aim is to promote new products and services, which have been designed by combining innovative techniques from a range of disciplines:
- Artificial Intelligence
- Advanced IoT
- Disruptive ICT
- Edge Computing
- Fog Computing
- Cloud Computing
- Internet of Value
- Industry 4.0
- Smart Cities
- Smart Homes
- Smart Grid
- Connected Vehicle
- Big Data
- Machine Learning
- Deep Learning
- Reinforcement Learning
- Social Computing
- Natural Language Processing
- Linked Open Data
The emergence of the internet has triggered the technological revolution we are experiencing at the moment. This revolution lies in the ability to connect people and objects. This is what we call the Internet of Things (IoT). This new technological model interconnects devices and collects information which are then sent to the cloud. These data make it possible to adapt technology to the preferences of its users. In addition, Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are new infrastructures which facilitate communication and increase the mobility, flexibility and efficiency of users. Artificial Intelligence is changing our World and its different forms of application (Deep learning, Machine Learning, Big Data, Genetic Algorithms, etc.) complement IoT perfectly.
The members of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub have vast knowledge of all these technologies and their practical experience is the greatest asset of this platform which is supported by the European Union.
Now, we want to put at your disposal all this knowledge; our experience in hundreds of projects, dozens of patents, and use it to boost startups and spin off.
El objetivo del IoT Digital Innovation Hub y de las organizaciones innovadoras involucradas es ayudar a las empresas (especialmente a las PYMES) a ser más competitivas a través de la adopción de las tecnologías de Internet de las Cosas en sus negocios y procesos de producción, productos y servicios.
El IoT Digital Innovation Hub se ha creado para desarrollar proyectos pioneros con las tecnologías más avanzadas que puedan hacer que la transformación digital de la industria se convierta en realidad. Nuestro objetivo es promover nuevos productos y servicios, que han sido diseñados mediante la combinación de técnicas innovadoras de una amplia gama de disciplinas:
- Inteligencia artificial
- IoT avanzado
- TIC disruptivas
- Edge Computing
- Fog Computing
- Cloud Computing
- Internet del valor
- Industria 4.0
- Ciudades Inteligentes
- Casas Inteligentes
- Redes Inteligente
- Vehículo Conectado
- Big Data
- Aprendizaje Automático
- Aprendizaje Profundo
- Aprendizaje Reforzado
- Computación Social
- Procesamiento del Lenguaje Natural
- Datos Abiertos Enlazados
El surgimiento de Internet ha desencadenado la revolución tecnológica que estamos experimentando en este momento. Esta revolución radica en la capacidad de conectar personas y objetos. Esto es lo que llamamos Internet de las Cosas (IoT). Este nuevo modelo tecnológico interconecta dispositivos y recopila información que luego se envía a la nube. Estos datos permiten adaptar la tecnología a las preferencias de sus usuarios. Además, las Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) son nuevas infraestructuras que facilitan la comunicación y aumentan la movilidad, la flexibilidad y la eficiencia de los usuarios. La Inteligencia Artificial está cambiando nuestro mundo y sus diferentes formas de aplicación (Aprendizaje Profundo, Aprendizaje Automático, Big Data, Algoritmos Genéticos, etc.) complementan IoT perfectamente.
Los miembros del IoT Digital Innovation Hub tienen un amplio conocimiento de todas estas tecnologías y su experiencia práctica es el mayor activo de esta plataforma que cuenta con el respaldo de la Unión Europea.
Ahora, queremos poner a su disposición todo este conocimiento; nuestra experiencia en cientos de proyectos, docenas de patentes, y lo usamos para impulsar las startups y spin off.
Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry
Several actions of the IoT DIH are supported by regional funds oriented to the digitalization of the industry:
- Training: the IoT DIH organises training programs for SMEs employees (see e.g. https://digitalizacion-industria.usal.es) funded by a specific regional innitiative (https://empresas.jcyl.es/web/jcyl/Empresas/es/Plantilla100/1284768279040/_/_/_).
- Research projects: the IoT DIH collaborates with many companies in the regional initiative for the promotion of R&D projects in SMEs (https://www.tramitacastillayleon.jcyl.es/web/jcyl/AdministracionElectronica/es/Plantilla100Detalle/1251181050732/Ayuda012/1284621120636/Propuesta).
In addition, the IoT DIH has promoted several national and international funded projects for the digitalisation of the industry:
- International: the IoT DIH participates in the AGVISER project within the MANUNET call (http://manunet.net).
- National: the IoT DIH currently participates in several projects under the topic Connected Industry within the call Strategic Action Economy and Digital Society (AEESD) of the Ministry of Energy of Spain (http://www.minetad.gob.es/PortalAyudas/AEESD-2017/Paginas/Index.aspx).
- National: the IoT DIH currently participates in several projects in collaboration with companies for the transfer of research knowledge to the industrial sector funded by the Ministry of Economy (http://www.idi.mineco.gob.es/portal/site/MICINN/menuitem.dbc68b34d11ccbd5d52ffeb801432ea0/?vgnextoid=7df0ad753549e510VgnVCM1000001d04140aRCRD).
Market and Services
- Agriculture, hunting and forestry
- Hotels and restaurants
- Financial intermediation
- TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
- TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
- TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
- Awareness creation
- Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
- Collaborative Researchs
- Concept validation and prototyping
- Testing and validation
- Incubator/accelerator support
- Education and skills development
Success case 4: SILOSENS
Intelligent System To Monitor The Amount Of Feed That Contains A Silo
Collaborators: Grupo Hermi
The client is one of the highest producers of rabbit meat in Europe and has more than 40 rabbit farms with 4 silos each. The silos are hermetically closed, so hitting the container from outside is, until now, the only resource that exists to estimate if it is necessary to fill it.
This application permits any industry to calculate the capacity of a closed recipient. That includes not only the silo, but also many other possibilities in the primary sector. It could be used to measure the volume of a milk tank. In other areas, the uses can be very diverse, such as detecting the presence of people in any work space.
A device is placed inside the silo and, through a laser, it detects if there is feed and how high it is. Several engines allow you to rotate in all directions necessary to perform a full sweep. This way he takes the measurements and sends them to a web system, where they are processed. Each type of feed has a different density, so depending on the volume the system can calculate very accurately how many kilos are left. The device is installed in each silo independently, since it could be powered by batteries, with solar panels or directly connected to the power grid to avoid maintenance problems. The signal it sends is wireless, it can be transmitted via Wi-Fi or by 4G, and it can be programmed as often as desired, every second or once a day if the managers of the farm decide that it is not necessary anymore.
Technological diagnostics on IoTMore details: https://iotec.usal.es
Access to funding opportunities
The IoT DIH provides support and advise for SMEs so that they can have an easier access to funding sources for innovative projects: 1) by promoting R&I consortia to apply to public/private funding calls for the adoption of digital technologies; 2) by participating in cascade funding projects launching calls for the digitalization of SMEs; 3) by organizing mentoring and networking events where funding sources are explained.
Promotion of IoT technologies
We regularly organize events for the digitalization of the industry where SMEs and large enterprises can share ideas, acquire new knowledge about the latest advances on IoT for companies, establish contact with other companies, learn different success cases of the use of IoT technologies…More details: https://innovationhub.es/events
Development of innovation projects
The IoT DIH puts together different players in the IoT ecosystem to collaborate in research and innovation projects with the aim of increasing the competitiveness of SMEs. The IoT DIH yearly collaborates in more than 20 projects in collaboration with companies for the digitalization of their processes.More details: https://innovationhub.es/success-cases
Technical advise and mentoring
The IoT DIH provides technical advise and mentoring to SMEs on the adoption of IoT in their processes and services. For example, the IoT DIH is member of the Industry 4.0 working group of the regional industry association of the agro-food sector (Vitartis) where it provides advise for the digitalization of the member companies.More details: http://www.vitartis.es/es/home-es-es/accesos/industria-4-0
The IoT DIH has established different training programs to increase the digital skills of SMEs. Training at IoT DIH ranges from specialized courses dedicated to SMEs’ employees focused on industry digitalization to master’s degrees in Industry 4.0 in collaboration with the University of Salamanca. In addition, some courses are combined with internships in companies to improve the digital skills on Industry 4.0.
Access to laboratorios and equipment
The IoT DIH provides access to research and development laboratories and high-performance equipment where SMEs can test their solutions, acquire knowledge on IoT and assess practical cases. It includes: an IoT lab, showroom, 3D printers...
The IoT DIH offers a benchmark event for the international tech-entrepreneurial ecosystem: showcasing startups and providing them with the right connections (Accelerators, Investors, Public Administrations, Policy-Makers, Universities, Talent, etc.); and a forum where startups can share experiences and develop synergies so that they can grow together.More details: http://startupole.eu
Success case 1: Rural-IoT
Optimization Of Agricultural And Livestock Production Through Intelligent IoT Solutions
Collaborators: Nebusens S.L., RANCHO GUAREÑA HNOS OLEA LOSA S.L., Universidad de Salamanca.
RANCHO GUAREÑA is a company dedicated to agricultural activity, which includes: set of works necessary for the obtaining of agricultural, livestock and forest products, which are exercised in agrarian exploitation, as well as direct selling of own production without transformation.
the elimination of milk quotas is causing a delocalisation of production. The average increase in milk production in Spain was 6.9% between 2014 and 2015, with logistics costs being higher for the industries, with large distribution having the most to say in terms of pricing. The price of milk has hit land since then in Castilla y León (below € 0.3 per liter), and the number of professionals has fallen drastically.
All this implies that solutions have to be found that allow producing more with fewer resources, thus reducing costs and making Castilla y León a more competitive region in the agricultural and livestock sector. As reflected in the RIS3 of Castilla y León, the Community has undeniable potential to position itself in the Europe 2020 bioeconomy model. The role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) will be fundamental for this. As reflected in the strategy itself, the competitiveness of companies in the sector will go through greater efficiency in their production processes, from the point of view of the intensive use of ICT, energy efficiency and the valorisation of waste and the use of technologies green in general.
The project aims to improve the competitiveness of companies in the dairy sector in the community of Castilla y León through the improvement of efficiency in their production processes, from the point of view of the intensive use of ICT, energy efficiency and valorisation of waste and use of green technologies in general. The unstoppable rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) must also fall in these sectors and offer affordable solutions, which requires a previous research work on new technologies and hybrid artificial intelligence algorithms that allow improving the performance of farms.
Success case 2: PRISMA
BigData And IoT Platform For The Optimization Of Processes
Collaborators: ISOTROL, S.A.
Isotrol is a national and international reference engineering company in products, projects, solutions and software development for supervisory and control systems and specialized outsourcing. It has a clear commercial vocation of excellence based on flexibility, innovation, continuous improvement and efficiency in the relationship with the client. Currently, Isotrol is present in Europe and America, and has more than 195 professionals. In 2017, the company's sales reached € 16.4 million
One of the needs of the client (and of other similar companies) is the use of a computer platform for data management, with the aim of optimizing all steps within an industrial process. Through the platform generated in PRISMA you can make a much more efficient planning and management of product manufacturing.
The purpose of Prisma will be the creation of a computer platform for data management in companies, with the aim of optimizing all steps within an industrial process. Through this platform you can make a much more efficient planning and management of product manufacturing. This project is another step in the development of Industry 4.0 in which the Internet of Things is gaining more and more weight. The dynamism of the market means that more and more competitive products are needed. The fourth industrial revolution implies a reduction of expenses through the optimization of resources and a digitalization that provides more information, making the process much more efficient.
Success case 3: FORO
Improvement Of Operational Skills In The Face Of Emerging Risks In Smart Production Environments: Application To Smart Power Grids
Collaborators: Universidad de Salamanca, Amayuelas, Electricidad Galindo
The companies involved in this success case belongs to the electricity market. AMAYUELAS, S.L. was set up in July 1996 with the purpose of channeling the professional experiences of a group of people in the electricity sector, and applying them in the field of the design of high and medium voltage installations. Electricidad Galindo activities are related to the electrical, telephone and telecommunication installations in general. the production of electrical energy and any other complementary activities
Both companies mentioned are interested in improving the security of their
This project is about the development of an intelligent PPE (Individual Protection Equipment) aimed at improving the safety conditions of the operators of power grid transformation centers. It seeks to integrate all electronic elements (some of them wearables) in a functional way in an application that collects and transmits in real time the data referring to the worker's condition and the working environment conditions to favor safety. All the elements are connected wirelessly via Bluetooth and Wifi for communication of the worker with the web server. In addition, it is intended to design a social machine, where the Cloud platform will transfer the data and manage the information to give warnings and recommendations in real time.
Success case 5: Cattle monitoring
Monitorization Of Cattle In Extensive Fields
Collaborators: Ángel Santiago García Martín Cattle
Livestock specialized in the breeding cattle with the aim of optimizing the use of available natural resources, with a breed able to achieve higher yields and therefore greater profitability. The genetic selection made and the continuous improvement of the breeders of this breeding has made it possible for the final destination of the animals born on this farm to be sold as breeders and breeding animals, offering our customers animals of a superior genetic quality, which can contribute to improve production and therefore the profitability of the farms.
In order to maximize the success of the breeding, the farms need a tool to monitorize the activity of cattle in order to detect anomalities such as diseases, possible pregnancy or births. The present project tries to give a response to these needs with the artificial intelligence and new technologies.
The project presents a wireless sensor network to monitor the activities of cattle. It is provided with different cameras, temperature sensors and accelerometers to know if they eat correctly or if they are suffering from possible diseases, they will be giving birth or they are possibly pregnant.More details: http://vacuno-selecto.usal.es
(part of) Public organization (part of RTO, or university)
Number of employees
- Horizon 2020
- European Regional Development Fund
- National basic research funding
- National specific innovation funding
- Regional funding
- Partner resources
Inovcluster - Associação do Cluster Agroindustrial do Centro
AETICAL (Federation of Associations of Information Technology, Communications and Electronics Companies of Castilla y León)
ICE (Institute for Business Competitiveness of Castilla y León)
Economic development agency
Research & Technology organization
TICE.pt -Pólo das Tecnologias de Informação
IPN (Instituto Pedro Nunes)
Research & Technology organization
Research & Technology organization
Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto
Research & Technology organization
- Micro and nano electronics, smart system integration
- Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
- Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
- Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
- Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
- Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
- Software as a service and service architectures
- Cloud computing
- Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
- Laser based manufacturing
- ICT management, logistics and business systems
- New Media technologies