During this summer the DISTINGO team has continued work in implementing the recent advancements in the project’s WP3 and WP4 into a first demonstrator that can showcase progress. We have built sensors and cameras in a custom smart locker cell, based on a furniture cabinet, and we have been able to test its basic functionality, from basic data capture (temperature and other ambient sensings) as well as images captured by a camera connected to a MCU inside the cell which can interact with the Fog and Cloud levels of the architecture via wireless connection to the internet. This breakthrough will be completed in the coming weeks with advancements in the application UI for the user and other integrations to get our final prototype #1 around mid-October.
As part of the undergoing effort to define the building blocks of the DISTINGO system, we have worked out a system architecture that is able to collect all of the required functionality in the different levels that comprise a modern distributed IoT application: from the “edge”, where data is gathered from the locker and its surroundings to the “fog”, where light computation and data aggregation is made, all the way through to the “cloud”, where all of the data is collected, powerful AI is applied and the application resides for larger deployments. In our later documents for WP3, D3.1 and D3.2, we have proposed a complete overview of this architecture, the kind of devices that will be used and the different data that will be used.
We have successfully completed the last work that defines the new business models and use cases that will be part of the DISTINGO novel experience for Smart Lockers. In five confidential deliverables we have explained our new approach and all of the new use cases opened by the use of our new technologies (from IoT to computer vision) in the domain of the smart locker. Some potential use cases are depicted in the Figure and some will be chosen to showcase the project in our demonstrators in WP5.
Following funding changes and company strategy decisions in the project start-up, DISTINGO has streamlined the consortium to just HI Iberia (Spain, coordinators), Quobis Networks (Spain) and BEIA Consult (Romania). With this, we lose some of our strength and market proximity but we gain in agility. The general goals of the project and overall timeline is maintained and Celtic Plus still is confident in the project’s chances of success.