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WAZIUP Report Summary

Project ID: 687607
Funded under: H2020-EU.2.1.1.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - WAZIUP (Open Innovation Platform for IoT-Big Data in Sub-Sahara Africa)

Reporting period: 2016-02-01 to 2017-01-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

WAZIUP, the Open Innovation Platform for IoT-Big Data in Sub-Saharan Africa (“WAZI in Swahili means Open, OPENUP”), is an ambitious research project. It aims to accelerate innovation in Africa through dissemination of know-how on cutting-edge IoT, cost-effective communication and big data technologies deployed on a Platform as a Service (PaaS). It is an OPEN SOURCE project addressing the IoT needs and demand of the developing countries. The platform will be tailored in the context of Africa in order to offer value-added, cost effective, reliable and energy efficient services. The project offers African Developers the benefit of lower entry level for fostering innovation, as it reduces the deployment time and cost.
First, WAZIUP operates by involving farmers and breeders in order to define the platform specifications in focused validation cases. Second, while tackling challenges which are specific to the rural ecosystem, WAZIUP also engages the flourishing ICT ecosystem in those countries by fostering new tools and good practices, entrepreneurship and start-ups. In order to address WAZIUP vision and goals the following specific objectives are identified:
• To develop/adapt low-cost and energy-efficient open hardware (e.g. sensor/actuator) meeting African needs
• To design and develop narrow-band, low power and low cost IoT networking infrastructure (e.g. LoraWAN), including both long and short range coverage
• To develop and validate the open IoT and Big Data PaaS platform
• To experiment and verify the WAZIUP platform through African rural applications
• To test value-added applications through the WAZIUP test-bed, an integrated platform deployed in Africa
• To validate Open IoT and Big data PaaS business model in the context of developing countries like in Africa

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The project developed the early version of low-cost and energy efficient sensing platform. In order to select the hardware, we tested various low-cost Arduino-compatible boards and LoRa radio modules with a long-range communication library. We also tested the energy consumption of the module. The preliminary tests result show that the lifetime can nearly be a year when sending 1 sample per hour. The gateway architecture for handling heterogeneous networking, and especially the usage of legacy hardware and radio technologies (such as IEEE 802.15.4), has been proposed and implemented on RasberryPi. The advanced mechanisms for channel access and post-processing of the data coming from sensors has also been implemented in the Gateway. The support for low-latency for critical applications was investigated with an activity time sharing mechanism allowing some devices to borrow activity time from other devices when duty-cycle constraints are in place. The IoT sensing platform, LORA and gateway has been deployed in the test-bed scenario in Senegal. The current test-bed includes two Gateways and several sensing platforms and it supports several IoT applications testing. Various use cases are being reproduced at UGB for tests on the deployed test-bed: agriculture, cattle rustling, water quality (aquaculture), etc.
We have developed the WAZIUP Cloud platform (www.waziup.io) and the version 1.0 of the platform has been released. Version 1.0 allows registering sensors and storing data in a Mongo database for processing and visualization. The WAZIUP dashboard can be found by clicking on “Try Waziup” on the above website. The dashboard allows to easily manage users and devices. We are working toward the version 2.0 of the platform. The platform is running on the Cloud environment installed in CNET premises. It is collecting the data in real-time from the sensors deployed in WAZIUP MVPs. The developments are based on the requirements and specification coming from WP1, and particularly the deliverable D1.1. The project followed an Agile methodology for the development, producing 6 releases of the platform. A complete end-to-end integration has been completed and the initial version of the prototypes for four MVPs have been released. These are fish farming, weather station, cattle management, and urban waste. These four prototypes are also tested in real-life scenario for the reference validation.
The project prepared different types of training tutorials for the developers. These videos show a step by step procedure to build the first IoT LORA prototype:
• Build your low-cost, long range IoT device with WAZIUP
• Build your low cost LORA gateway with WAZIUP
Several hands-on training material and tutorials have been created:
• Low cost LoRa IoT, using the WAZIUP demo kit
• Low cost LoRa IoT
• Low cost LoRa Gateway, a step by step tutorial
• How to build an outdoor IoT device, running on battery for several months
Regarding the WAZIUP Cloud platform several tutorials have been prepared for the developers communities for time-effective development of application based on WAZIUP platform.
These tutorial are available on the WAZIUP platform website:
• Create a low cost IoT Gateway
• Create an App
• Visualize your data
• Upload your sensor Data
• Send and receive SMS

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

WAZIUP will accelerate innovation and region-specific impact in Africa by coupling cutting edge IoT and Big Data technological solutions. WAZIUP is going to progress beyond the start of the art of these technologies by designing and developing a specialized solution for the African community of developers. The current IoT and big data solutions in the market are either too generic or designed for targeting developed countries. However, the needs for developing countries like Africa are very different, in terms of energy, connectivity, cost and simple users interfaces which are all still a major issue. Hence the WAZIUP impact is expected to address the African cost effectiveness needs while preparing the playground to easily adopt future technological waves and solve concrete current/future needs of the West Sub-Saharan countries. WAZIUP will exploit a low-cost and energy efficient out-of-box IoT sensing system including long-range communication and IoT-Big Data PaaS (Platform as a Service) application platform and transfer locally such know how by training developers through use case and reference examples. The platform is designed to take into account the African conditions in terms of unreliable internet access, therefore the distributed PaaS architecture proposed makes use of local and global cloud services. The local cloud can also provide some WAZIUP services without an internet connection.
The ultimate impact of WAZIUP is to foster innovation and to develop community of users. With fully open source hardware and software platforms, WAZIUP will foster the creation of the young developer community in Africa. The young developer community will use the WAZIUP open source code and APIs to save solutions development and deployment time. The project will use multiple tools for community building like innovation week, hackatons, start-up week, a series of webinars, etc. Multiple events will be organised with our innovation hubs partners to mobilize all African talents to use such opportunity to innovate and develop business activities solving even further countries problems (e.g. for agriculture, farms, health, water). WAZIUP will support African young entrepreneur to develop start-up with based on WAZIUP solutions. We plan to create up to 10 start-ups.

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