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COMPOSE (Collaborative Open Market to Place Objects at your Service) will create an ecosystem for unleashing the power of the Internet of Things (IoT) via an easy transformation to an Internet of Services (IoS). The technology developed by the project will enable the creation of base services, composite services, and applications stemming from and operating on smart objects.

COMPOSE aims at enabling new services that can seamlessly integrate real and virtual worlds through the convergence of the Internet of Services (IoS) with the Internet of Things. COMPOSE will achieve this through the provisioning of an open and scalable marketplace infrastructure, in which smart objects are associated to services that can be combined, managed, and integrated in a standardised way to easily and quickly build innovative applications. The project will develop novel approaches for virtualising smart objects into services and for managing their interactions. This will include solutions for managing knowledge derivation, secure and privacy- preserving data aggregation and distribution, dynamic service composition, advertising, discovering, provisioning, and monitoring.

COMPOSE is expected to give birth to a new business ecosystem, building on the convergence of the IoS with the IoT and the Internet of Content (IoC). The COMPOSE marketplace will allow SMEs and innovators to introduce new IoT-enabled services and applications to the market in a short time and with limited upfront investment. At the same time, major ICT players, particularly cloud service providers and telecommunications companies, will be able to reposition themselves within a new IoT- enabled value chain.

Technical Approach
The vision of the COMPOSE project is to advance the state of the art by integrating the IoT and the IoC with the IoS through an open marketplace, in which data from Internet-connected objects can be easily published, shared, and integrated into services and applications. The marketplace will provide all the necessary technological enablers covering both delivery and management aspects of objects, services, and their integration:

  • Object virtualization to enabling the creation of standardized service objects
  • Interaction virtualization - abstract heterogeneity while offering several interaction paradigms
  • Knowledge aggregation to create information from data
  • Discovery and advertisement of semantically-enriched objects and service
  • Data Management to handle massive amounts and diversity of data/metadata
  • Ad hoc creation, composition, and maintenance of service objects and services
  • Security, heterogeneity, scalability, and resiliency, incorporated throughout the layers

Expected Impact
COMPOSE strives for a strong impact on a developing market by lowering barriers to develop, select, combine, and use IoT-based standardized value added services. This will be achieved by providing a complete ecosystem, and having it adopted by enterprises, SMEs, government-related bodies, and individual developers and end-users.

We hope that opening the door to this realm for smaller entities will lead to higher innovation. COMPOSE expects to aid by fostering a developers' community and advocating an open source/interfaces

COMPOSE design, development, and validation will be based on innovative use cases highlighting different aspects of the platform:

  • Smart Shopping Spaces: this use cases will pilot COMPOSE in shopping environments, focusing on the dynamic composition and delivery of services starting from products available in shops.
  • Smart City (Barcelona): Ample amount and diversity of sensors are deployed at a Barcelona district under the supervision of a COMPOSE partner. Along with Barcelona's OpenData, COMPOSE intends to showcase life in a smart city by creating a group of city services for the citizens.
  • Smart Territory (Trentino): With the collaboration of regional network providers, the tourism board, and meteorological data providers, COMPOSE will explore innovative services for tourists. This pilot aims to enhance the tourist experience by exploiting COMPOSE technologies for the creation of personalized, social- and environmentally-aware (web and mobile) tourism services and territory monitoring services that leverage the regional networking and environmental infrastructures

Survey on promising IoT Application Domains
The project is currently collecting useful insights about existing and future exploitation opportunities in the IoT field for the expected project outcomes. The questionnaire is targeted at industry and technology experts and asks to identify, on the basis of their experience, the most promising IoT application domains and then specify them in terms of: (i) existing market drivers and inhibitors and (ii) success stories and associated business models. Eventually, with respect to the outlined context, experts are kindly asked to provide their insights about the most promising features of the COMPOSE project. The questionnaire is available on the project web site.

W3C is a partner of the project through ERCIM EEIG. A task of W3C is to facilitate standardization and exploitation of the activities. Fraunhofer FOKUS the project comprises 12 partners from industry and academia as well as standardization bodies, including the ERCIM member Fraunhofer FOKUS.


Please contact:
Philippe Hoschka, W3C
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