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Italtel: not only TLC but also IoT

Italtel and the Internet of Things


Italtel has always been attracted to technological innovation in communications among people (voice, data, multi-media). Nowadays, the world is moving towards the network connection of everything, people and things. In this scenario strongly evolving, Italtel has increased its technology focus by offering tools and systems to connect with the universe of the objects, the Internet of Things rather Internet of Everythings, which is developing unimaginable scenarios, to raise awareness informational, optimize behavior and functions, provide useful services and decrease abuse of resources. The most unimaginable things, those encircling us, connected thanks to the Internet of Things, become more intelligent and can make daily life straightforward or provide better services. Just think about an electric socket, if it's connected to internet, you can switch on/off remotely the household appliances or produce information about consumption or it can coordinate with other electric sockets installed at home, to decide what knock off from the network in case of overload.
Italtel with reference to this opportunity has wanted to catch it, by undertaking the challenge of i-Next project.
Vertical applications available and use cases
i-NEXT project developes typical use cases in the fields: Smart Grid, Smart Energy, Smart Mobility, Smart Lighting and System Management and it can be tested on site of Italtel at Carini. 
Hereafter some examples of available use cases.
Light on motion 
It manages the nighttime LED lighting of public zones based on switch-on logic: at an established hour the nighttime lighting is minimized according to a pre-set policy. When a vehicle/person pass in the monitored area the lighting intensity changes to improve the visibility of the path, by alerting the neighboring lighting poles to the monitored area, depending on the direction of the vehicle / pedestrian, lighting up immediately the areas under control. It 'important to take into consideration the use of the power supply of the lighting poles (power-line) as a backbone communications between the posts and the center.
Light on storm
Is an application to switch on the lighting poles configured in a given area in case of heavily rain in that area, preventing a normal visibility even in daylight hours. The feasibility of this use case depends on the correlation of the data relating to the survey of environmental parameters, of weather station device. 
Parking check
It checks the occupation of a parking lot for reservation. The application detects the car presence and the authorization to access, sending   alerts. 
Additional use cases have been developed and are available for Smart Light, Smart Mobility, Smart Grid and Smart Energy Management.
Italtel developed the Service Centre: the core system that collects all the data coming from several devices and remote sensors.
Italtel commitment was to bypass some critical points of the existing technological context:
  • being about specific aspects of IoT (energy, lighting, mobility, etc.)
  • difficulty to integrate sensors and devices of different kind, by expected
  • effort to deal further IoT sectors.

In this direction, Italtel provided the Service Centre, characterized by:

  • a standard ETSI M2M platform.
  • a software architecture:
    • ready to use existing company assets
    • open to extension of vertical applications that the market sector could gradually request
    • based on oM2M, a software open source platform developed by CNR France; the software architecture consists of common modules usable by all applications and a reusable framework to implement additional vertical applications

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  • a standard gateway M2M-ETSI focused on:
    • portability of innovative services created on remote sites
    • segregation of the functionality and the traffic, and to improve safety and to organize hierarchically the whole system
    • management of the communication channel with the adapter, by virtualizing the complexity of communication between sensors and remote devices (also legacy)
  • An adapter able to:
    • interconnect any type of sensor and device, regardless of channel type and exchanged signals
    • communicate with the Service Centre according to paradigm M2M-ETSI, converting legacy and “not smart” sensors and devices into standard and “smart” ones.

The adapter has been based on micro-processor Arduino Yùn that allows to add specific shields for interfacing as: serial, ethernet, wi-fi, bluetooth, zigbee, etc and where is loaded a small operating system Linux to build functionalities of adapting standard M2M-ETSI.

Reached goals
i-Next Service Centre has profusely achieved the proposed goals, working so that all requirements were met and the future extension of applications were low cost and effort. Prototypes are scalable, modular, with increasing functionalities and they can be installed on a stand alone server or in cloud, available with SaaS paradigm. Functional platform is M2M standard ETSI, able to interconnect legacy devices/sensors with an effective availability of 4 advanced vertical applications developed in the following fields: 
  • Monitoring and management of parking lots and vehicles (propulsion vehicles innovative hybrid, electric/hydrogen)
  • Optimization Lighting of wide areas (public or private) through multiservices integrated systems (lighting, weather stations detection, wi-fi hotspots, video surveillance, metering) that, also communicating with the power supply network (PLC) can meet the needs of the customer without additionally having extra and expensive infrastructure
  • Management of energy consumption data of users federated, according logic like Market Led, System Led, Demande-Response 
  • Command actions on energy systems with renewable energy sources, innovative storage systems, H2/electric charging stations, to get the wanted energy balances 
  • Systems management of infrastructure and controlled devices
  • Collection/forwarding of data from standard interfaces (M2M-ETSI and web services) towards north-bound systems
  • Web GUI for operator  and  App for user

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Service Centre currently under trial  by local public administrations (Palermo and Capo D'Orlando) and their delegates (AMAT -Municipalized company for Transportation and AMG - Municipalized company for gas and public lighting) and so far they found interesting.
i-Next project
scritta inextstarted from two distinct project proposals, Smart Mobility and last-mile logistic and Renewable energy and smart grid, integrated into a single project, on MIUR request (Ministry of Education, University and Research), from a ICT platform focused on management, monitoring and control of devices on different project areas. It participates successfully, in the announcement of Research and Innovation  about topic of Smart Cities and Communities and Social Innovation. Participate industrial partners and research on various topics in the field of Smart City and Community:
  • University of Palermo
  • - DARCH (Department of ARCHitecture): optimization mobility flows of Palermo, Smart Planning Lab
    - DEIM (Department of Energy, Information engineering and Mathematical models): Smart Building (System Led, Market Led, Demande-Response), optimizing energy exchanges in the Smart Grid.
  • CNR ITAE. Innovative hybrid vehicles (electric and hydrogen), complex energy system with innovative energy technologies
  • TRE-Tozzi Renewable Energy. Complex energy system with innovative energy
  • Exalto. Design, with Italtel, and implementation adapter based over microprocessor for sensors/devices IoT, App and App server for SCC and IoT services
  • Itatel. Design, development and integration of: 

- System Multiservice Poles. Hw infrastructure and networking based on a system of LED lighting able to host a wide range of devices and sensors, moving informations through its power supply network (PLC). In the project solution are integrated: weather stations, video cameras, wi-fi hotspots.

- Service Centre general purpose. Hw and sw infrastructure that connects, controls and commands IoT sectors (Internet of Things) supplying SCC services (Smart City & Communication), (Mobility, Lighting -solutions system multiservices poles developed by Italtel-, Building & Grid management) but also enables any further IoT and  SCC sector.




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