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Contextual IoT

Beacon technology is a key connecting technology within the Internet of Things. Mubaloo Innovation Lab is working with our partners to utilise a range of other technologies and sensors to create the contextual Internet of Things with a human centric approach.

Contextual IoT Overview

Mubaloo Innovation Lab views beacon technology as a key connecting technology within the Internet of Things. We are working with our partners to utilise a range of other technologies and sensors to create contextual Internet of Things with a human centric approach.

Whilst data collected from connected assets and spaces can be delivered to the Cloud, or other backend systems via wireless or mobile connectivity, we look at how it can help the business, workforce or target end user.

This is achieved in two ways:

  1. Enabling connected assets and spaces to deliver data to the Cloud, or other backend systems via wireless or mobile connectivity, that can be securely accessed by the organisation or target end user
  2. Enabling the user to access additional “status” data directly from the local environment, such as when they enter a specific zone or approach an asset

Objectives BLE as a protocol

 BLE as a protocol

BLE has wide potential in the IoT space, as it provides location and contextual awareness to mobile apps, enabling mobile devices to get “status” data from objects directly.

As the BLE protocol advances, we are able to utilise more of its functionality to deliver advanced functionality, including Internet connectivity. This enables us to create a mesh of Intelligent beacons that can be deployed across sites. This helps to further secure beacons and provide more business intelligence.

Objectives Smart Beacons

SMART beacons can be utilised to provide hyperlocal location services to mobile devices. SMART beacons also deliver “environmental” data associated with the location to be collected. This helps provide a richer experience for the user and insight that can be fed into backend systems, adding valuable business intelligence.

Enabling the data

We’re already seeing sensors contained within mobile devices to help power the Internet of Things. Take the example of Dark Sky, an app that turns devices like the iPhone 6 or multiple Android phones into weather sensors. This means the app is able to provide users with granular data about changes in the weather. Waze is a further example of utilising mobile devices for IoT, by turning cars into real-time traffic reporting devices.

At Mubaloo Innovation Labs, we advocate utilising mobile in a similar way, where data is driven by human interaction and supplanted with additional connected sensors. By utilising beacons and other smart technology, we can help to drive intelligence that can deliver huge value to a company, improve the way it does business and help facilitate industry disruption.


Contextual Internet of Things

The internet of things concept, in its simplest form, is about remote objects sending data about themselves to the internet. This data is stored, analysed and predominately presented to a user via a web app on a desktop or laptop.  For humans (employees, consumers) to take advantage of this data it must be mobilised, giving users access to relevant data and functionality.  In the use case of human contexts, where specific data and functionality are required, this specificity must be enabled through the use of location based technologies, such as beacons and WiFi.

  • In another step to empower the user, connected objects must be able to present current status data to the user and allow the user to control objects where applicable in a direct fashion.

  • Whilst it is possible to go back through the internet the introduction of latency will impact the data flow. Direct communication over a protocol such as BLE will simplify and enhance the user experience.