Through constant monitoring and access to information, the Intuitive Internet of Things (I2oT) will radically change how we live and work. The way we use energy, look after our health, relax, shop, travel and more will become smarter and more connected.


At Holst Centre, we aim to enable smart living applications by providing the right functionality to the right user at the right place. We do that by combining distributed sensor networks with a proximity-based framework. This opens the door to a wealth of possible new outcome-based services. For example, our non-GPS ranging technology could allow people to receive personalized information or services based on their precise location, or enhance cyber security by ensuring only people close by can access systems.


Validation in real-life conditions is central to our approach. And we have established a number of testbeds for building and benchmarking both new technologies and new services. Open to the industry, this include our own IoT Home and Office labs as well as our initiatives in the City of Things project in Antwerp, Belgium.


Open innovation has allowed us to build a broad ecosystem of partners across the value chain. We also help specific partners build dedicated solutions, by combining our components with theirs. This mixing of expertise speeds up the process of taking technology from isolated building blocks to fully validated applications, driving down cost and reducing time to market.

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