During 3–5 May, 2019 the Aalto Campus will host a 48-hour open source IoT hackathon, the second in the IoThon series, for graduate students and developers. The theme for COMNET IoThon 2019 is 5G.
COMNET (Department of Communications and Networking) offers the participants an uniquely open platform to access the internals of the Otaniemi campus 5G mobile network, including NB-IoT support.
The developers will be provided with SIM cards and some NB-IoT sensors, together with the access to Virtual Machines where they can implement applications for processing the data received from the sensors through the mobile infrastructure. The developers can then implement own services based on the data from the sensors.
Participants may also bring their own NB-IoT sensors, using the 700 Mhz frequency band, and with the SIM cards provided by COMNET they can connect those sensors to the mobile network and access their data for processing. COMNET is also exploring the possibilities for opening the recently granted 3.5 GHz frequency band to the participating hackers, potentially with full access to the COMNET open source 5G core.
The mobile network has full coverage within the Aalto main campus so that the developers can deploy their sensors in any location within Otaniemi. The application and services implemented by the developers, if successful, could be easily commercialised since the provided network is equivalent to existing infrastructure recently deployed by commercial mobile operators following 3GPP standards.
Partners include Ericsson, Nokia, Siemens and Telia
The hackathon is being prepared by Aalto COMNET together with Ericsson, Nokia, Siemens, Telia and the EU Horizon 2020 project SOFIE. It is targeted to research students at both master’s and doctoral levels, with the anticipated participation of 100 students from Aalto University and elsewhere in Europe. The partnering universities include Freie Universität Berlin, HAW Hamburg, University of Basel, and Athens University of Economics and Business.
Each of the industrial partners will pose a specific challenge. There will be a prize for each challenge and one COMNET prize worth of 5000 Euros.