Interview with Andrés Laya on new project M2MRISE

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Feb
2014
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Wireless researcher Andrés Laya is one of the project members involved in the recently started research project M2MRISE. We talked to him about this exciting new undertaking:

What is this new project about?

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Researchers Andrés Laya, Jan Markendahl and Vlad-Ioan Bratu, based in KTH Kista, Wireless@kth

The M2M RISE project is all about bringing the vision of a “network-society” closer to reality. We have been working in understanding the challenges in connecting everything, from streetlights to appliances and we want to work on better ways to connect and take advantage of the information that can be obtained.

We want to go further in understanding the technical implications, since is it fundamentally different to connect computers and smartphones than to connect sensors, appliances and alarm systems, just to give some examples. Us humans are used to download heavy data, including pictures and videos. But this is not the case for machine-to-machine communications, where status data, measurements and alarms are the things to transmit.

Besides the technical implications, we will look at the business domain. One thing is to be able to connect devices and the other is to have good reasons and values to do so. There is a huge gap between the technical possibilities and the need in the market. The idea is to find clear cases and models that can benefit from M2M communications.

Why is this field important?

Since early stages of the telecommunication industry, there has been standards and services to automate processes by connecting sensors and actuators in industrial environments. And as we get more used to access real-time data, there is an increasing interest in the services, solutions and everyday activities that can be improved if we could count with more proactive objects. For example, in the healthcare sector, there is an emphasis to minimize costs by remotely taking care of patients at home instead of the traditional care at hospital facilities. The asset of device connectivity is data availability. Data can be used for remote diagnosis, tracking, monitor usage and status of products; this allows the provision of improved and customized services, reduction of expenditures and optimization of working times.

In other words, the project aims at connecting the pieces in the M2M puzzle in order to develop solutions that truly create value for the society.

What do you hope to accomplish?

We want to produce the necessary link between technical requirements, services and applications and adequate business models that will enable large scale M2M deployments. In other words, the project aims at connecting the pieces in the M2M puzzle in order to develop solutions that truly create value for the society. The partners of the project will develop new cross-competence skills, share their unique expertise and promote partnerships towards developing cohesive solutions, with impact across the entire M2M value chain.

What are the challenges for this kind of project?

To actually do everything that I said before… Even before starting with the project, we understood that there is no one-size-fits-all solution in the M2M world. It is a very fragmented market with too many actors, solutions and requirements. It is not about understand ICT, is about understand everything that is no-ICT and how can we improve it with more communication capabilities.

You recently had a project kick-off in Kista – how was that?

We believe that the project started on the right foot. The consortium is highly involved in the project and the interest from all of us is very clear. We have created a good collaborative environment. The project is still on a very initial stage but after that meeting we are sure it is going to be a success.

More information about the project, led by Associate Professor Jan Markendahl.

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