Smart street lights save energy and increase traffic safety

What if every car, bike and pedestrian had their own sphere of light? Lights could be dimmed when nobody is around (saving energy) – lights could turn red when you are over the speed limit (increasing traffic safety).

Text: Jonas Löwgren

This demo, developed in the ECOS project, illustrates a scalable Internet of Things-style implementation where the lamp posts handle all the sensing and computation in a distributed fashion. The lamp posts are connected in a ring architecture and communicate only with their neighbors; there is no central server.

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Possible to map data from smart door locks

More and more people use smart door locks to control access to their house or apartment. These door locks are often wirelessly connected to the Internet, which poses several security and privacy challenges.

A recent study on a door lock readily available on the market shows that the encryption of data sent between the door lock and the central router could be improved. With the current encryption, it is possible for a technically skilled person to find out what kind of data is communicated by the lock. This means that you can find out when a person locks or unlocks […] Continue reading

“The Human Face of the Data-Driven Society”—Topic of the first IOTAP seminar

SEMINAR AUG 24 – The first article to be presented and discussed in the IOTAP seminar series is Human-Data Interaction: The Human Face of the Data-Driven Society.

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ABSTRACT – The increasing generation and collection of personal data has created a complex ecosystem, often collaborative but sometimes combative, around companies and individuals engaging in the use of these data. We propose that the interactions between these agents warrants a new topic of study: Human-Data Interaction (HDI). In this paper we discuss how HDI sits at the intersection of various disciplines, including computer science, statistics, […] Continue reading

Mobile services for more sustainable energy consumption

The website energinyheter.se writes about the recently completed Elis project:

“Both housing companies as well as energy companies have an interest in mobile services that could contribute to more sustainable energy consumption. A project in Malmö demonstrates that it is possible to implement such solutions into existing buildings. But, to develop more advanced services has other requirements.”

» Read the full article (in Swedish).

The article is based on an interview with Ulrik Eklund (IOTAP, Malmö University), following his presentation at an IoT conference in Lund. See Eklund’s presentation in the video player below, or on Vimeo.

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IOTAP seminar series and PhD course

PhD students studying computer science, interaction design, or other related area are now welcome to enroll in the Internet of Things and People PhD course.

The IOTAP seminar series will start on August 24, and then every other Monday. At each occasion, one IOTAP-related research article will be presented and discussed.

The seminars are open for everybody interested, and for PhD students it is possible to follow the seminar series in terms of a PhD course (5 credits).

» Read more about and enroll in this course

User-centered development in IoT — New PhD candidate at IOTAP

Malmö University’s focus on society was one of the reasons why Brian Katumba applied for a PhD at IOTAP. Starting in May, Katumba will focus on adapting user-centered development methods to IoT product development.

Brian, what is your research interest?

I am interested in the holistic view of software and systems engineering research. I am specifically interested in product development methods, product requirements, and how users and other stakeholders can be involved in the different development phases of a product. Academia in collaboration with industrial research and development is something I treasure!

Why is this research important?

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“To develop information systems is more an art than science”

For more than two decades, Prof. Nancy L Russo has been researching how computing technologies can improve organizational processes and practices. Her expertise is in information system development, an area whose methods are changing with the advent of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. In the fall of 2015, Nancy Russo will team up with IOTAP.

Russo’s field of interest is Information Systems, which is about using information and computing technologies to improve the processes and practices of any organization. The distinction between individual and organizational use of technology, however, is nowadays less than clear given that we bring individual technologies […] Continue reading

“När allt är uppkopplat — glöm inte bort användaren”

I KK-stiftelsens senaste årsberättelse ges IOTAP stort utrymme. Flera företagsrepresentanter berättar om vilken nyttan av att ingå i IOTAP är:

– Det som är bra med forskningsprofilen är att vi både får ny kunskap och en mötesplats där många företag är med, menar Per Gustafsson, affärsutvecklare på Eon.

– Det stora antalet forskare som knyts till forskningsprofilen är intressant, säger Magnus Svensson på Sony Mobile. Forskningsprofilens bredd blir ett viktigt komplement till den forskning vi själva bedriver. Vi får här en genomlysning från många olika håll.

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