The ebbits platform bridges the gap between virtual enterprises and public information systems, human users and “things” in the physical world. The ebbits platform creates a ubiquitous communication infrastructure that automatically and dynamically connects to sensors and devices in the physical world in e.g. manufacturing facilities or in private smart homes. It further connects to mainstream backend information systems, public authentication systems and regulatory information sources using semantic web services. It finally connects to human users in dispersed geographical locations such as professional users in technical support, field service and other business environments as well as ordinary consumers in shops or at home.
The main technical features and components in the ebbits platform are:
- Service oriented Architecture turning devices and subsystems in the physical world into interoperable web services
- Model Driven Application development environment
- Semantic device and service discovery and self-management
- Service orchestration of services integrated with business process management systems
- Distribution of intelligence between central enterprise systems and edge network
- Object- or location-centric applications and can be distributed or centrally managed
- Integration with mainstream business/process management platforms
The ebbits platform will be demonstrated in end-to-end business applications that feature connectivity to and on-line monitoring of a product in its entire lifecycle, i.e. from the early manufacturing stage to its end-of-life. The project will develop, implement and demonstrate two ebbits IoPTS applications. The first application demonstrates real-time optimisation metrics, including energy savings, in manufacturing processes. The other demonstrates on-line traceability with enhanced information on food.
Expected Project Outcomes
An ebbits IoPTS application with real-time optimisation metrics, including energy savings, in manufacturing processes will be developed, implemented and demonstrated. The optimisation metrics will be incorporated in the Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE). The OEE index is used in most manufacturing companies as a key metric in TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) and LEAN Manufacturing to provide a consistent way of measuring the effectiveness of the production.
The OEE index is the product of three factors: Availability, Performance, and Quality. By adding the energy consumption parameter we are able to define a new optimisation tool, the OEEE Overall Equipment and Energy Efficiency index. Adding the energy component to this index will allow European industry to not only focus on production optimisation in economic and resource terms, but also in energy terms.
Using the ebbits platform and existing smart home environments integrated in the IoPTS, an ebbits prototype business application will demonstrate how consumers can achieve not only comprehensive and reliable information of the life-cycle history of the food, their families are going to eat, but also useful information such as recipes that greatly enhance their experience.
Food packages bought by the consumers are tagged with RFID or barcode identification. The appropriate readers are installed in handheld PDAs, refrigerators or other places, where foodstuff is normally prepared. The smart home environment automatically discovers and configures the readers and locates a suitable display device in the home, such as a PDA or a TV.
When a package of food passes by the reader, the food is identified and publicly available electronic communications services are consulted for updated information about the actual product. The information to be obtained encompasses all the steps that the meat has passed from the farm, via the slaughter house, the meat packager, the wholesaler, the retailer and until it reaches the consumer’s home. The consumer can not only see when the meat left the farm and when it arrived in the slaughterhouse, but he/she can also see the electronic certificates of all the authorized actors in the value chain.
The scientific outcomes of the project are:
- A service oriented architecture for maximum interoperability between heterogeneous structures and with end to end characteristics
- Internet interoperability through the consistent use of web services as communication form
- An event architecture which include processing, filtering and aggregation of events from physical world sensors into application events which are combined into business logic and applications
- A structured P2P network architecture which employs a globally consistent protocol
- A generic contextual model on which the monitoring, modelling, controlling and rendering context services will reside
- Enterprise Framework and business socio-economic performance indicators
In-JeT’s Role in the Project
In-JeT is the chief vision-owner of the ebbits project. As manager of the workpackage on requirements engineering, we are managing the iterative requirement process and develop procedures for capturing Lessons Learned and perform requirements re-engineering, constantly keeping the project aligned with its objectives and vision. In-JeT is also engaged of the workpackage on business modelling, where we, together with partners, develop concepts and methods for value models and process models and create enterprise framework models for life-cycle management in the domains of manufacturing and agriculture. On the dissemination and exploitation side, we develop and maintain the projects’ dissemination strategy and the ebbits website. Finally In-JeT also chairs the Technical Advisory Board.
Co-funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme for Research