The Museumnacht Hackathon was a great success. Along with our partners iAmsterdam, Appsterdam and JCDecaux we were able to extend the iBeacon Mile throughout the city center and enable IoT interactive apps. Among the 20 apps submitted the prizes went to Virti-Q for first place, Cultour for second place and Art Whisper for third place.
We received confirmation from ODInE the Open Data Incubator Europe that we have been accepted into the incubator programme which includes 100k of equity free funding. This is a great honour and opportunity for the iBeacon Living Lab and the IoT network to grow further and faster, hopefully beyond Amsterdam very soon.Join the Living Lab Meetup
Flinck is an open source storytelling application for museums. Flinck inspires museums to open up and break away from the traditional way to deliver information and offer engaging ways to experience art. The use of technology in innovative ways can help push the boundaries on how to deliver content behind an exhibition.
The first project of Flinck is #GoldenAge as part of the exhibition ‘Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age’, a cooperation of Amsterdam Museum, Rijksmuseum and Hermitage.
Amsterdam is set to become a ‘connected city’ with the launch of a new Internet-of-Things wireless network that will allow objects to transmit data between each other – and The Next Web is helping to bring it to life.
The Things Network is a first-of-its-kind system that uses low-power, low-bandwidth LoRaWAN technology to cover the city with a wireless signal that allows objects like boats, trash cans and street lights to become tools for developers. Unlike other ‘smart city projects’, this one is entirely crowdsourced by citizens and was put together in just six weeks.
Living Lab for Smart City Apps
Hazerswoude – Rijndijk, August 18, 2015 – Amsterdam is actively positioning itself as a Smart City and is giving visitors, companies and students the opportunity to test the iBeacon Mile Smart City Apps. The very first LoRaWan network in the world enables users to communicate through the M2M communication protocol. Glimworm provides the iBeacons, Yenlo develops APIs that simplify the development of apps.
An iBeacon is a device that transmits a radio signal that can be picked up by smartphones, wearables and other devices, using Bluetooth low energy (BLE) technology. Using iBeacons, the location of these devices can be measured accurately, enabling apps to receive very specific, location-based information.
The iBeacon Mile in Amsterdam is 3400 meters long and stretches from Amsterdam Central Station to the Navy Base, along the OBA, Nemo and Maritime Museum. For this iBeacon Mile, a combination of 40 to 60 Glimword V2 and V3 Beacons and 20 Internet of Things (IoT) Beacons will be installed. These are the latest Beacons, equipped with a “smart” sensor that can be used on LoRaWan and does not only transmit but also receive signals. Machine to Machine (M2M) communication application features are also possible using this network. LoRaWan is a new standard M2M protocol that can send small amounts of data over long distances of up to 3 kilometers in the city and up to 30 kilometers in rural areas. The LoRaWan protocol is considered the future of IoT two-way processes.
When used together, iBeacons and the LoRaWan protocol make it possible to gather beacon data in large areas and send it to the cloud where the data can then be used. Glimworm and KPN have a worldwide premiere by implementing this network. It has been successfully installed and is now being tested on the iBeacon Mile.
Many companies – both in software development and creative industries – find it difficult to develop Smart City Apps and applications because they lack a good testing environment. The iBeacon Mile is explicitly intended as a Living Lab, allowing all interested parties (citizens, companies and colleges/universities) to develop applications for it.
On July 23 of this year, the iBeacon Mile project was officially launched. The iBeacons are part of the City of Amsterdam’s Smart City Concept and provide new opportunities in the field of location based services and new business models. Amsterdam also wants to test the beacons as groundbreaking, innovative medium for communicating with city inhabitants and visitors. Think of crowd control situations, community building, travel information and educational purposes.
The iBeacon Mile is an initiative of 20 parties that invest in the project in terms of finances or goods and services, and is conducted under the directions of the City of Amsterdam and iBeacon-maker Glimworm. Partners include KPN (LoRaWan infrastructure), Glimworm (Beacons), University of Amsterdam, Intel, Yenlo (WSO2), Waag and JC Deceaux.
Joint initiator Glimworm provides the iBeacons for this project. Project partner Yenlo develops Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that are based on the open source WSO2 API Manager, making it easier for developers to find the location of the beacon and the nearest Points of Interest.
SAIL 2015 Amsterdam and the future
Every five years, about 2.5 million visitors head to the Amsterdam harbor to attend SAIL Amsterdam. Over 60 of the largest sailing ships in the world are anchored in Amsterdam during the festival. SAIL 2015 has its own app that uses the network. This app provides relevant cultural information and actively uses the beacons on ships in the harbor and on the iBeacon Mile.
Starting late 2015, more than 2700 iBeacons will be installed.at bus and tram stops and billboards in Amsterdam and at Schiphol Airport. More beacons will be installed in so-called innovation hubs like universities, incubators and co-working spaces. Together, they will make up the world’s largest iBeacon network and thus the largest Internet of Things (IoT) Living Lab. In January 2016, The Netherlands will become European Union Rotating Chairman for six months and many events will take place in Amsterdam.
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About Glimworm IT
Glimworm is one of the leading organizations in the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) community in Amsterdam. Glimworm has contributed to several initiatives such as The Air Quality Egg and Smart Citizen Kit, as well as hosting the Sensmakers Meetup hosting approximately 2000 members from the Amsterdam IoT community. Glimworm made the first Dutch BLE-compatible sensors, Glimworm Beacons. In collaboration with the City of Amsterdam, Glimworm recently launched the Amsterdam iBeacon Living Lab. This Public Private Partnership is the first and largest open IoT Living Lab in the world, combining new technology with the new LoRa network, creating interactive hyper-relevance in public areas.
More information about this initiative, visit www.ibeaconlivinglab.com.
Yenlo is the leading integration specialist in the field of open source Java middleware for the benefit of chain integration and business process management. Yenlo is the # 1 Premier WSO2 Partner and delivers worldwide Software Development, Development Support, Product Support and Training in the field of WSO2. Yenlo is the main developer of the Digilink adapter for the WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus that handles millions of transactions between governments extremely reliably, fast and securely. Yenlo has extensive knowledge in the field of WSO2, Java, Glassfish and Oracle technology.
More information: yenlo.com or communities on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.
Glimworm, Paul Manwaring, phone: 020 616 56 40, e-mail: [email protected]
Yenlo, Tamara de Lange, phone: 071 8200082, e-mail: [email protected]
WILD werk, Jeanette de Wilde, phone: 030 2900059, e-mail: [email protected]
The City of Amsterdam teams up with Glimworm Beacons and KPN to build the worlds first iBeacon Living Lab and public LoRaWAN network
Starting January 2016, the Netherlands will host the rotating presidency of the European Union in Amsterdam for six months. During this period the city will hold many events in on the historic Marine Base- The Marineterrein– now an innovation hub and home to Startup Delta and now the IoT experts Glimworm. To help the city showcase innovation for the European Presidency they created an iBeacon Mile from Amsterdam Central Station along the old harbor past the new Public Library, the Nemo science museum and the Maritime Museum ending at the Marineterrein.
what is a Beacon?
A beacon is a device that transmits via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and the Apple iBeacon protocol a radio signal that can be picked up by smartphones, wearables and other devices and triggers actions in Apps. With iBeacon and beacons, the location of BLE active devices can be precisely determined and via Apps can send a application-specific, location-based information. The information depends on the application, such as a coupon that gives a discount at a bar or restaurant or a historical video that shows what the location looked like in the past.
A beacon, in many cases, is fixed to one specific place or object, making the location of devices connecting with it determined with great accuracy. When the signals of multiple beacons overlap each other, this can facilitate further improved accuracy.
Because beacons are so small they are unobtrusive and can blend into an environment and this makes it less likely that they will be removed or damaged. In several museums where beacons are already being used, it is even intended that they are completely invisible, so they do not distract the visitors.
The Amsterdam iBeacon Mile and IoT Beacons
In the past, the reach of a beacon BLE signal was about 50 meters distance from the transmitter or 100 meters in diameter . For the iBeacon Mile- actually about 3.4 km- this would then require 3400/50 = 64 beacons for complete coverage. Newer beacons, however, have a greater range, testing at 80-120 meters, so fewer beacons are necessary for the same coverage.
In the case of the iBeacon Mile, this is a combination of between 40 to 60 Glimworm V2 and V3 Beacons and 20 new LoRaWAN enabled ‘Smart’ sensor integrated Beacons or “IoT Beacons”. The latter have the advantage that they not only send but also receive data thus enabling Machine to Machine (M2M) communication applications. LoRaWAN is a new standard M2M protocol, suitable for sending small amounts of data over long distances – 3km in the city and up to 30km in rural areas – and is seen as the future of IoT bidirectional communication. Combining iBeacon with the new LoRaWAN protocol makes it possible to gather data from the beacons over very large areas and send it to the Cloud where the data can become useful and meaningful. Recently, Glimworm and KPN implemented the first such network in the world successfully installing and testing it on the iBeacon Mile.
What is the goal?
For many companies – both in software and in the creative sector – it is difficult to develop smart city applications and applications because there are a lack of good testing environments. You would require consent of all parties (municipality, companies, etc.) to create an effective test environment. Think about it, you must install the beacons, preferably in the public space where you need permission, and so on.
The iBeacon Mile is explicitly intended as living lab, where all interested parties (citizens, companies and universities) can test and develop applications. Discount coupons and other location based services are of course obvious but the consortium also hopes other innovative concepts will emerge from the initiative. Among others, the Institute of Sound and Vision (The Netherlands national audiovisual archive) will be able to offer location-based content to visitors for the European Presidency. The data and platform are open and all developers can use the beacons to develop on the basis of new applications and concepts. Everyone can walk along the iBeacon Mile and try these new apps so we can experience what the project iBeacon Living Lab and the City of Amsterdam have achieved in cooperation with several partners.
Bus and tram shelters and billboards
the iBeacon Mile is set up by a consortium of a total of 20 parties, led by the City of Amsterdam and beacon maker Glimworm. All partners, which include KPN (LoRaWAN infrastructure), Appsterdam (developer community) University of Amsterdam, Intel, Yenlo (WSO2), The Waag Society and JC Deceaux, invest in the project providing money or goods and services. The last name might not be familiar, but they manage the city’s bus and tram shelters, billboards etc. For the project they are planning to provide two large 10m2 outdoor screens where hyper relevant interactive content can be displayed when triggered by the beacons. Now they are placing beacons in the shelters at bus and tram stops around Central Station and along the mile so, for example, advertisers can target their audience and send messages per shelter or billboard. JC Decaux are working closely with Glimworm and inBeacon (a beacon platform provider) to extend the mile over 12 km along the historical harbor in time for SAIL 2015 this Aug. 19-23. In principle, the consortium is open to anyone who can make a meaningful contribution or provide places where beacons and IoT Beacons can be installed as well as stimulate communication about the project.
Amsterdam Smart City
It has long been the desire for Amsterdam to develop into a true smart city this initiative is a step in that direction. The city even has its own Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Ger Baron who’s mission it is to push innovation forward in various sectors. That is also one of the challenges for a “Smart City” which can mean anything depending on who you ask. For some, it’s a city with a smart grid; others may believe that citizens should participate in creating a Smart City by contributing data for example- air quality and noise levels. The Beacons and IoT Beacons are also part of the Smart City concept and offer new possibilities in the field of location based services and new business models.
The time lines are relatively short since the Amsterdam begins hosting the European Presidency beginning January 2016 when everything must be ready. This summer, the formation of the project team should be complete and the consortium members have begun setting up the infrastructure. The first phase of the iBeacon Mile was officially opened on July 23. During the Grand Opening event, partners provided some background to those who were interested in the project and exploring the Apps that have been developed so far including: BarDoggy a smart hospitality app, the prototype App of the Institute for Sound and Vision and a preview of the SAIL 2015 App via partners inBeacon.
SAIL 2015 Amsterdam and the future
Taking place every five-years it is the world’s largest free public event with 2.5 visitors expected this year to tour the historic Amsterdam harbor where over 60 of the tallest sailing ships from around the world will be docked. SAIL 2015 will have it’s own App available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play soon and they are co-ordinating with the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and other cultural institutions to provide hyper relevant cultural content to be triggered by beacons on the ships, along the harbor and the iBeacon Mile.
But this is just the beginning- the plan is to begin this fall with the installation of more than 2,700 beacons and several hundred LoRaWAN enabled IoT Beacons at bus and tram stops and billboards in the greater Amsterdam area including several trains stations and Schiphol Airport. Also, they plan to instal in innovation hubs such as Universities, startup incubators and accelerators, and co-working spaces around the city. The initiative intends to rapidly expand the largest public beacon network and thus the largest Internet of Things (IoT) Living Lab the result of which is to stimulate the growing IoT economy with at least twenty apps available by the end of the year.
Bo&Caro gaan elke dag naar een bedrijf. Ze zijn bij aandeelhoudersvergaderingen, productpresentaties of vrijdagmiddagborrels en willen graag weten: wie is hier belangrijk?
Wat: De opening van de Amsterdam iBeacon Mile
Wie: Mike Lee, de ‘mayor’ van Appsterdam, organisatrice Katalin Gallys en zo’n vijftig programmeurs en appbouwers.
“We staan aan het begin van een grootste toekomst, die nog grootser zal zijn dan we ons nu kunnen voorstellen. We gaan problemen oplossen waarvan we niet wisten dat we ze hadden, op manieren die we nog niet kennen.” Mike Lee, de ‘mayor’ van Appsterdam, moet even slikken en haalt haperend adem. Geëmotioneerd gaat hij verder: “Al onze dromen kunnen uitkomen, alles wordt mogelijk, álles.”
Heeft hij het over een levensverlengend wondermiddel? De ideale vleesvervanger? De sleutel tot wereldvrede? Nee. Het gaat hier over beacons. Nooit van gehoord? Het is anders wel dé revolutionairste ontwikkeling van dit moment, althans, volgens de programmeurs en appbouwers die vandaag op de lancering van de iBeacon Mile af zijn gekomen.
Okee, okee, even uitleg. Een beacon is een klein, goedkoop zendertje dat informatie kan sturen naar je mobiele telefoon. Met de juiste app kun je dan allerlei informatie ontvangen over de plaats waar je bent. Waar de wc’s zijn bijvoorbeeld. Of je vrienden links of rechts van het grote podium bij Lowlands staan. Of wat die schoenen in de etalage kosten. Veel toepassingen lijken op de toepassingen van een gps-systeem, maar dan op microniveau en zonder tussenkomst van een satelliet.
The new boom
Die toepassingen vinden nu nog op relatief kleine schaal plaats. Er moet nog veel uitgetest worden. Daarom is de iBeacon Mile georganiseerd. Vanaf het Centraal Station tot aan het Scheepsvaartmuseum zijn beacons geplaatst en de daarbij behorende apps worden gedemonstreerd. “Zo hebben we als het ware een living lab gecreëerd”, vertelt organisatrice Katalin Gallys. “We zullen ongetwijfeld tegen een hoop problemen aanlopen maar dat helpt ons uiteindelijk alleen maar de innovatie te versnellen.”
In Los Angeles zijn ze onder de indruk van het initiatief. Lee: “Ik ben net terug van het grote congres van Apple, daar ging het alleen maar over de beacon. ‘The new boom’, wordt het genoemd.” Maar Amsterdam is de eerste stad waar beacons zo uitvoerig getest worden. “Eindelijk lopen we eens voorop, in plaats van een paar jaar achter”, lacht Lee.
En dus zal de hoofdstad over vijf jaar helemaal vol hangen met beacons, voorspelt Gallys. “Zodat er altijd en overal tailormade informatie voor alle inwoners beschikbaar is.”
We kunnen niet wachten.