By 2025, the Intuitive Internet of Things (I2OT) will generate a predicted value of $3.9-11.1 billion per year. Around two-thirds of that will be in business-to-business / professional applications. These applications cover everything from smart offices, buildings, parks and cities through to automation systems that will herald the so-called "fourth industrial revolution".


Although highly varied, these applications have certain key requirements in common. These include reliability, security, range and power consumption.


With links to academia and throughout the value chain, Holst Centre is establishing complete ecosystems to explore the possibilities of perceptive systems and enable smart infrastructure. To speed industry-wide innovation, we create IoT platforms for developing smart sensor networks as well as collaborative testbeds to verify their capabilities and potential in the real world. They provide real-life validation of smart infrastructure projects. We also work with individual companies to develop and optimize specific applications.


Having identified these bottlenecks, we are currently prototyping several applications. An example is the air quality monitoring system we are live testing in three different places around Eindhoven. This testbed includes sensors inside our own building as well as an IEEE 802.15.4g radio link of 300 meters between nodes in the HTCE Conference Center and a nearby parking garage. Compared to existing solutions, ours requires 5 to 10 times less power, allowing air quality monitoring to be carried out at many more places and thus improving data accuracy.