Testbeds for Reliable Smart City Machine to Machine Communication



Trescimo improves Future Internet Research Experimentation testbed capabilities in Europe and in South Africa, demonstrated through experimental research linking smart and green technological and social innovation.

Future handling of grid overload in South Africa involves demand-response mechanisms, installing small devices at the end-user, communicating over different network technologies to a central controller, allowing loads to be measured and limited if necessary. Further challenges are the deployment of affordable smart sensors (e.g. ABS air sensors) as well as gathering information from nodes with limited power. In scenarios from energy consumption to waste bin levels, data is either sent over IP networks (which delivers data immediately) or collected in a delay tolerant mode by mobile devices of individuals or crowds. 

In delay tolerant mode the data is stored locally, to be delivered when a suitable network is reached. In cases of open data collection the devices in this Future Internet realm are targets of security attacks and might be vendor-locked with proprietary software stacks.

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The TRESCIMO approach to address these issues is to interweave a sophisticated Smart City platform (CSIR) and an ETSI/oneM2M compliant Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication framework (TUB/Fraunhofer OpenMTC) as well as a delay tolerant Smart Platform with the M2M framework. We emphasize secure identification and authentication of sensors and users as well as policy-based store and forward functionality. To validate our approach, we analyse the core developments in federated experimental facilities in Berlin (Fraunhofer) and Cape Town (UCT) using a Slice Federation Architecture (SFA) compliant testbed management framework (TUB FITeagle) and follow an empiric approach by conducting field studies in Johannesburg (CSIR/Eskom) and Spain (i2CAT/ABS).

Eurescom-European Institute for Research and Strategic Studies in Telecommunications GmbH EUR Germany
Technische Universität Berlin TUB Germany
Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. Fraunhofer Germany
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research CSIR South Africa
University of Cape Town UCT South Africa
Airbase Systems Ltd ABS Israel
Eskom Holdings Ltd Eskom Israel
Fundacio Privada i2CAT, Internet I Innovacio Digital a Catalunya i2CAT Spain
01/2014 to 12/2015
FP7 Programme
South African Department of Science and Technology
1.612.023 €