This month’s oneM2M hackathon was such a powerful event for teaching, learning and promotion of the Internet of Things, that the next event is already in the planning.

Senior Professor Pascal Perez said the success of the event exceeded all his expectations.

“The event was a sell-out, with more than 50 students taking part and a platform for all of us to explore the opportunities and challenges presented by smart cities and the Internet of Things,” he said.

“In addition, we received good media coverage, which is essential if we are to grow our own Digital Living Lab and use the network for the good of the community, and the liveability of our region.”

The winning team were called iONKO and were led by Helena Ibro, with team member Helene Tran, Shohaib Shahid and Xudoong Zhang.

The team was faced with the challenge of advocating better interoperability of IoT solutions for the SMART building to avoid costly technological lock-in situations for end-users.

The iONKO team proposed an efficient integrated building management system using the oneM2M standard.

“Our system demonstration used five types of sensors that activated three types of actuators located in the digital twin of the SMART building,” Helen Ibro said.

“We applied a water sensor that would automatically control the windows in case of rain as well as a temperature and humidity sensor in case of these factors dropping below or being above a certain threshold.

“A motion sensor was applied to control the lights and a photo interrupter/laser sensor was used to control the doors in regards to people’s movement around the building.

“Using the oM2M online platform we were able to get notified for each activity regarding the actuators in real-time.

“This small demonstration can be scaled to bigger, more diverse implementations in real-life IoT environments that will save a significant amount of costs.”

One of the event judges, Laurent Velez, was also keen to promote the use of the oneM2M as an industry standard for IoT applications.

He has been a technical expert in European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) for more than a decade and promotes the oneM2M standard for the Internet of Things.

“When you deploy the technology for smart cities, you do it for many years,” he said.

“If you choose the standard, it means that you can communicate between technologies and you can choose between vendors.

“If you are not satisfied with one vendor, you can choose another and you are not locked in to one technology.

“If you follow the standard, you can evolve your network seamlessly and you don’t end up wasting large amounts of money.”

Among the many benefits of using oneM2M is the fact that it is accepted by 240 companies and managed by eight of the main ICT standardisation bodies in the world.

“Because it is independent of the protocol that transports, it’s designed to be a long-term solution for IoT deployment,” Velez says.

“The vision is to abolish any fragmentation in IoT and make our smart cities truly smart.”