IoT Crawler

With the European IoT Crawler project, Aarhus develops new Smart City solutions by using the data of the city

The 3-year research project is to create a search engine for Internet of Things devices. Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of objects with sensors connected to each other by an online network. Embedded with technology the IoT devices can transmit data and communicate and interact over the internet. For example, IoT devices can monitor the indoor climate and activities of a room and communicate with another system to make adjustments according to the collected data, e.g. turning on lights or adjusting temperatures.

The possibilities seem endless, and cities have begun to offer services to citizens based on real time data. But fundamental challenges stand in the way of implementing IoT devices and Smart City solutions. It is difficult to combine data from different sources and it is a challenge to extract updated real-time data from large dynamic data sources. Today, the challenge is usually met by developing solutions for specific purposes, which simply leads to silo architecture.

A data platform to create integration and interaction
The project partners of IoT Crawler seek to develop a data platform, a search engine for the Internet of Things, that can create integration and interaction across different platforms and systems. The platform will be a crawler. That is, a software robot that browses across different resources systematically and extracts information – making it possible e.g. to visualize data from different data sources, analyze data and develop real time Smart City applications based on intelligent reuse components.

The overall aim of the project is to change how IoT applications can access IoT resources and how IoT resources can make themselves discoverable.

The City of Aarhus will, as the only city among the project partners, act as a testbed for the IoT Crawler prototype and the use cases developed – making use of Aarhus City Lab. Through co-creation workshops with citizens, city stakeholders and other actors in the field of IoT, Aarhus will help define requirements for the use cases.

Project partners

  • Universidad de Murcia (ES)
  • University of Surrey (GB)
  • University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück (DE)
  • Aarhus University (DK)
  • Siemens AG Österreich (AT) 
  • NEC Corporation (DE)
  • AGT Group (R&D) GmbH (Germany)
  • Digital Worx GmbH (DE) 
  • Odin Solutions S.L (ES) 
  • City of Aarhus (DK)

Project period
January 2018 – December 2020

Project manager Sebastian Holmgård Christophersen  

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