The Internet of Things is based on smart, connected devices – from the watch to the car, from the home to the hospital to the city – which gather and exchange data which can be turned into smart services and applications.

Günther H. Oettinger, European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Societyand, and  AIOTI board members (Bosch, Philips, Sigfox) launched the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI) to strengthen links and build new relationships between the different IoT players (industries, SMEs, startups) and sectors.

AIOTI will also be used to promote interoperability and convergence between standards, facilitate policy debates and prepare a Commission’s initiative for large scale testing and experimentation, tabled for 2016-17 under the H2020 Work Programme for IoT.

According to estimates, nearly five billion things will be connected by 2015, reaching 25 billion by 2020, helping users save energy, reduce traffic jams, increase comfort, and get better healthcare and increased independence. Revenues in the EU from IoT are estimated to represent 400 M€ in 2015 and to increase to more than one trillion euros in 2020.]. IoT will allow companies to change their traditional business models through new services but also to combine the benefits of selling products with value-added digital service.

The Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOI) brings together:

  • Different industries:  nanoelectronics/semiconductor companies, Telecom companies, Network operators, Platform Providers (IoT/Cloud), Security, Service providers,
  • Different sectors: energy, utilities, automotive, mobility, lighting, buildings, manufacturing, healthcare, supply chains, cities etc.
  • And some of Europe’s largest tech and digital companies,  Alcatel, Bosch, Cisco, Hildebrand, IBM, Intel, Landis+Gyr, Nokia, ON Semiconductor , Orange , OSRAM, Philips, Samsung , Schneider  Electric, Siemens, NXP Semiconductors, STMicroelectronics, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Telit, Thales, Vodafone, Volvo), start-ups (SIGFOX)

In the Norwegian context SINTEF’s Department of Communication is organizing the IoT Conference «Internet of Things Applications – Connecting the Intelligence at the Edge – From Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Mobility, Industrial Internet to Integrated Smart Cities» 21st of April 2015 (09:00 – 17:00) in Oslo, Norway at Telenor Expo, Snarøyveien 30, 1331 Fornebu, (Auditorium Voice), as coordinator of the national IoT Value Creation Network.