Connected Things

The Connected Things group gathers expertise in electronics, telecommunications, and software engineering to create hardware, firmware, and software solutions addressing the Internet of Things (IoT) challenges, considering identity, security, privacy, connectivity, interoperability and reliability related issues.

The Connected Things group focuses on four sub-areas:

 

/ Embedded Electronics

We create embedded electronics, to sense data from people and the surrounding environment, which can actuate, process data, and relay data to other devices.

When developing electronic devices, we also address privacy and data integrity. We explore scenarios of distributed and opportunistic computing, considering the devices’ processing capabilities and taking advantage of the number of devices on the network.

 

/ Communication & Networks

At AICOS, we create communication networking solutions that exploit the concept of social-aware opportunistic data exchange for cases where the users may be in disconnected areas. Opportunistic communication allows to save networking resources as data exchange happens among socially relevant users, providing a non-real-time, but effective way of transmitting information upon the lack of connectivity.

We also explore the concept of software-defined networks and radios that may serve a wide range of applications from body area network to communications backhaul spanning large areas, with different quality of service requirements (e.g., low latency, improved bandwidth).

 

/ Edge & Cloud Computing

We are working towards achieving seamless integration of things, edge, and cloud platforms. By exploiting different technologies, such as sensors, communication protocols, and interfaces, available in today's devices, we develop assistive solutions for people with different technology proficiency levels ranging from training purposes to complex task accomplishment.

We seek to create capable and resilient systems in harsh and adverse communication conditions, and balance between edge and cloud computing to find the optimum combination regarding energy, costs, quality, privacy, and user experience. 

 

/ Quality Assurance & Regulatory Pre-Compliance

Quality assurance procedures are essential in maintaining a sustainable agile methodology for continuous delivery of results, aligned with customers’ expectations. That is why we consider quality metrics that guarantee that the testing results accurately reflect the quality of the deliverables.

We are committed to supporting our partners in smoothing the transition from proof-of-concept prototypes to production-ready products, by providing electronic development services, which follow a pre-compliance approach for the final device.

 

Highlighted Projects

 

SV4D

By deploying praças digitais in different
districts of Mozambique, we will help locals explore the digital world and further develop the access of the population to ICT.

 

WGW4IoT

The Wireless Gateway for the Internet of Things (WGW4IoT) is targeted for industrial environments, being a valuable asset to
efficiently monitor, manage, and control
industry processes, thus leading to high
operational efficiency and reduced costs.

 

IoTiP

IoTip (Internet of things in Package) is a
development platform that stimulates the creation of new IoT solutions, to enable
former low-tech industries, by embeding technology in their solutions.

Further information

 

Relevant Services

 

Rapid Prototyping

Education & Training

 

Relevant Publications

 

Resende C., Monteiro M., Oliveira J., Júnior W., Cavaleiro A., Silva R., & Carvalho R. (2018). WGW4IIoT: Wireless Gateway for Industrial IoT. In IEEE ISCC 2018 Workshops - Information and Communication Technologies for Industry 4.0. Read here

Rosado L., Silva P.T., Faria J., Oliveira J., Vasconcelos M.J.M., Costa J.M.C., Elias D., & Cardoso J. (2018). μSmartScope: Towards a Fully Automated 3D-printed Smartphone Microscope with Motorized Stage. In Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies, 19-44. Read here

Sousa F., Dias J., Ribeiro F., Campos R., & Ricardo M. (2018). Green Wireless Video Sensor Networks Using Low Power Out-of-Band Signalling. In IEEE Access, 6, 30024-30038. Read here

Amah T. E., Kamat M., Bakar K.A., Rahman S.O.A., Mohammed M.H., Abali A.M., Júnior W., & Oliveira A. (2017). Collecting Sensed Data with Opportunistic Networks: The Case of Contact Information Overhead. In Information, 8(3), 108. Read here
Pereira A., Madureira P., Resende C., Almeida P. & Júnior W. (2017). SV4D Architecture: Building Sustainable Villages for Developing Countries. In proceedings AFRICOMM 2017. Read here