[DG-IDoT] question about a project idea

Ingo.Friese at telekom.de Ingo.Friese at telekom.de
Tue Aug 30 10:03:55 CDT 2016

Dear group,

I'd like to ask you for your opinion on a project idea called "A new 'Google' for IoT.
Like in a classic search engine you can find millions of public available sensors (weather stations, wind mills, web-cams, traffic sensors etc.
But a user can also publish own sensors as well. This could be sensors of fitness wristbands of own weather stations, sensors in a car etc.   Of course not everybody wants to publish a link to his data to everyone in the Internet.  That's why every user can set a "visibility"-option to his entry. The user is in control of who can see the entries and what's in the entries.
You can run a very basic demo under https://rethink.tlabscloud.com/discovery/ (it's a result of a EU-project I used it to simulate a "Google" for IoT")

5 small Examples:

1)      A tourist looks for "weather stations in Berlin" then he can find detailed information about rain, temperature etc. (this is something you can try with the demo just type in "weather")

2)      I'm on vacation and I use "Google for IoT" to get very fast to the URL of my sensors (heating, lightning, etc.) Only I can see the results.

3)      I'm in a sports team and we want to exchange our fitness data. So I search for the endpoints of my team members. Only team member can see the search results

4)      A service engineer wants to check status of his machines (e.g. energy wind mill) he types in "wind mill xyz area" and gets all endpoints he is allowed to see (test with the demo by typing "wind")

5)      A car can search in the back ground for other cars and ask for traffic information
Is such a service useful especially for users or a company? Do you see issues, advantages?
Do you have ideas where this could be useful?
Any comment or idea is welcome!

Thank you in advance!


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Ingo Friese

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