Taiwan Networking Cooperation Forum Report

CI-FIRE’s outreach is truly international, clearly demonstrating that the innovation of European developments in IoT test beds can lead to concrete collaboration and industry engagement.

Driving forward bilateral research between Europe and Taiwan
On 17-18 December 2014, partner Serge Fdida from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie attended a forum on intelligence networking in Taipei, Taiwan. The forum, hosted by Taiwan’s Institute for Information Industry, or III for short, opened a new chapter in bilateral research for future internet experimentation between Taiwan and France. The two parties had pledged their mutual co-operation through a memorandum of understanding signed in Paris on 12 September 2014.
OneLab innovations in IoT test beds
The community in Taiwan is very interested in smart spaces and keen to use the tools developed by the IoT-Lab. The Networking Cooperation Forum was chosen as the venue for exchanging results and innovations in future internet research with a priority on benefitting the industrial sector. The Université Pierre et Marie Curie and Inria, both members of the OneLab facility bring valuable experience in working with test-bed providers so the platforms can be used by SMEs and industry innovators for product testing. Specifically, this expertise is being fed into the development of a new Internet of Things test bed by Taiwan’s Institute for Information Industry, which is modeled on the IoT-Lab test bed that is part of the OneLab facility.
This collaboration is also an important opportunity to explore interest in the OneLab type facility mainly from industry. Discussions with IoT test-bed providers, SMEs and industry innovators helped demonstrate the benefits of federation and testing on dedicated platforms. Serge Fdida gave a talk on “An Internet of Test Beds”, outlining an architecture for test-bed federation, using the OneLab federation as a model, and steps being taken to sustain the platforms, using CI-FIRE’s collaboration with EIT ICT Lab’s FanTaaStic service as a model.
Eric Fleury from Inria Grenoble-Rhône Alpes gave a talk on the IoT-Lab, which is a very large-scale infrastructure facility suitable for testing small wireless sensor devices and heterogeneous communicating objects. The IoT-Lab targets large-scale machine-to-machine (M2M) experimentations and large-scale heterogeneous IoT. Two demonstrations showed the platform facilities: mobile robot, packet snifer, connection of the IoT node to the Internet, gathering sensor values.
Tangible results
The main outcome of the forum was the deployment of a small IoT-Lab test bed, as a proof-of-concept with plans to explore potential usage and partnership from their industrial community, providing a playground for use cases and experimentation.
Industry interest
The audience included representatives of the Taiwanese domestic production, such as China Telecom, Advantech and large companies like Tantung, and SMEs like RoadEyes. From an academic perspective, the forum attracted universities such as the National Taiwan University and Yuan Ze University.
On the test-bed provider side, Serge used the OneLab federation as a model of how FIRE resources across heterogeneous platforms may be offered to users. From the SME and Industrial user end, the presentation emphasised how a single access point, for example, the OneLab portal, will provide easy access to FIRE platforms, which offer large scale and remote testing of products in real-world environments, with thorough results.
Future engagement
The Forum thus resulted in increased industry engagement in future internet research, exploring also potential opportunities in the European Horizon 2020 programme. At the very basis was the model for sustainability that Europe can give Taiwan in developing its platforms for the future internet.
In addition to the Forum, a meeting with the French Bureau at the level of embassy representation Taipei was an opportunity to explore further the potential partnership.