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Enabling action-oriented ecosystems through secure interoperability

Country of origin:
Country: 
UNITED KINGDOM
Opportunity:
External Id: 
TOUK20191209002
Published
09/12/2019
Last update
11/12/2019
Expiration date
11/12/2020

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Data Processing / Data Interchange, Middleware
Data Protection, Storage, Cryptography, Security
Information Technology/Informatics
Internet Technologies/Communication (Wireless, Bluetooth)
Big data management
Other system software
Applications software
Manufacturing/industrial software
Other utilities and related firms
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Summary

Summary: 
A UK company has developed a hosted capability which enables secure interoperation of data from any source. System symmetry enables flexible relationships between sources applicable across multiple use cases. Gaining traction within intelligent built environments and integrated transport solutions, it is proven and is seeking new challenges. The company seeks private and government consultants and developers for licensing and technical cooperation agreements.

Description

Description: 

Now heralded as the new oil, data is everywhere: in legacy databases, streaming off new connected devices, built into means of monitoring all aspects of the world. Combining data from devices and other feeds will provide new insight and let users discover various correlations and causes, with the Internet of Things (IoT) being a use case in point. The IoT’s growing market is estimated to be in billions – if not trillions – according to some futurologists. Through an application of systems engineering thinking, humans can use learning about data source relationships to design processes which then cause decisions and actions to take care of themselves.

So far, application has been limited by use cases still born from standard machine-to-machine (M2M) thinking, which rely upon linear connections and point solutions. Minds have yet to be freed to consider the ‘what if’ or ‘what else could it do’, hampered by the massive concerns with interoperability and security.

A small company in Cambridge, UK, leaders in this field, has developed and is patenting technology which overcomes these barriers to unlock users’ creative abilities for solutionising. This can be within companies looking to mitigate risk, improve operational efficiency or develop new business models, or for innovative communities, such as the IoTUK Boost Programme’s Cambridgeshire LPWAN (low-power wide-area network) project. This supported small businesses to develop solutions to urban challenges using LPWAN technology, while having the ability to include data from any source in their solutions through this secure and interoperable tool.
The technology has been proven in different countries and against wildly different use cases, such as making research data from the British Antarctic Survey available to impact research in related fields or to be enriched by contextual data; or in using events in a vehicle’s journey, like sudden braking, to trigger the automatic collection of contextual data, such as local weather, to develop a richer picture of the environment in which the vehicle is operating.

As shown in the picture, the tool indexes legacy systems, platforms, devices and data and provides an intuitive way for anyone to discover and interact with all of them in an entirely virtualised environment. This middleware is turning silos into sources, creating a Web of Things, and in the process democratising access to data. Customers use private spaces to index and interact safely with public and private devices, data and feeds, securing IoT networks, and generating new insights and services across the built environment, transport, utilities, industry and Smart Cities. While not a solution in itself, this product is a powerful component of solutions that establish action-oriented ecosystems, creating a step change in increasing productivity by supporting the redefinition of processes under which decisions can be made and actions taken.

The UK company is seeking license agreements and technical cooperation, with companies and public bodies facing challenges with cross-industry data integration. They are likely to service the government sector such as Smart Cities, consulting them about the technology, or the use cases.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
The Innovation lies in how the data sources, devices, data feeds and controls are virtualised and described. Thanks to proprietary gateways the virtual things are immune to attack. This creates the opportunity for more data to be made public without fear for the data’s source. The user can create and erase connections to explore relationships and causality between data, and programmatically build mashapps. This happens on the code level so that all virtual models can be rolled out very quickly in the physical world.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Already on the market

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
Type of partner sought: industry, government sector specific activity of partner sought: companies and organisations who consult and build solutions that are cross-sectoral or require information from an extended enterprise, such as the intelligent built environment. Role of partner sought: the UK company will share the tool under license agreement, and will actively cooperate technically, to build tailored solutions. The partners need to ‘own’ the local use cases and specify the challenges.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,R&D Institution,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500