SICSA DVF: Prof. John Soldatos – OpenIoT: The Open Source Internet-of-Things

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Date(s) - 03/04/2014
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

New Register House, Edinburgh

This talk will introduce OpenIoT, a Free Open Source Software project for developing/integrating Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications and services, which has been recently selected (by Black Duck) as one of the top open source rookie projects for 2013). The main goal of the OpenIoT FP7 project ( is to develop a blueprint middleware infrastructure for implementing IoT solutions. It is a joint effort of several developer teams around Europe, including open source enthusiasts and developers of other prominent open source IoT platforms such as Global Sensor Networks (GSN) and AspireRfid. OpenIoT features several unique properties, since it provides the means for: (a) collecting and processing data from virtually any sensor/ data stream, including physical devices, sensor processing algorithms, social media processing algorithms and more, (b) semantically annotating sensor data, according to the W3C Semantic Sensor Networks (SSN) specifications, (c) streaming data of the various sensors to a cloud computing infrastructure, (d) dynamically discovering/querying sensors and their data, (e) composing and delivering IoT services that comprise data from multiple sensors based on minimal programming and through the use of visual tools, (f) visualizing IoT data based on appropriate mashups (charts, graphs, maps etc.) (g) optimizing resources within the middleware and cloud computing infrastructure. Based on the above features OpenIoT is radically differentiated from state-of-the-art IoT middleware projects.

John Soldatos is an Associate Professor at the Athens Information Technology, whose current research interests span the areas of internet-of-things, cloud computing and their (IoT/cloud) convergence in the scope of smart city applications. He holds a BSc. Degree (1996) and a PhD degree (2000) both from the National University of Athens, Greece, and since 1995 he has had very active involvement in more than fifteen (EC co-funded) research projects in the areas of broadband networks, pervasive/cloud computing, and the internet-of-things. He is also the initiator and co-founder of open source projects AspireRFID ( and OpenIoT ( As a result of his research activities, he has published more than 140 papers in international journals and conferences. He has also been an Adjunct Professor at the Information Networking Institute of the Carnegie Mellon University (2007-2010) and a Honorary Research Fellow of the School of Computing of University of Glasgow (March 2014 – May 2015).

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