Oct 152013
 

A collaboration with Orange Labs.

Title Shared self-configuring models and software infrastructures for Smart City monitoring and control.

  • Co-supervized by Didier Donsez, LIG
  • In collaboration with Gilles Privat, Orange Labs.

See online https://tel.archives-ouvertes.fr/tel-01689910

Summary

Nowadays cities face several challenges and are concerned by ecological, energetic, economical, and demographical aspects. Smart cities, equipped with sensors, actuators, and digital infrastructures, are meant to tackle these issues.Current smart cities are operated by several actors without sharing sensor data or accesses to the actuators. This is a vertical organization, in which each actor deploys its own sensors and actuators, and manages its own digital infrastructure. Each actor may be interested in a different aspect of city management, for instance traffic management, air control, etc. The current trend is a transition towards a more horizontal organization, based on an open and shared mediation platform. In such a platform, sensor data and accesses to actuators can be shared among several actors. The costs related to nfrastructure deployment and management are therefore reduced for each individual actor. This PhD is a contribution to this volution towards horizontal organizations, with open and shared platforms. We propose: (1) an abstraction layer for the ontrol and supervision of the city; (2) a concurrency management mechanism; (3) a coordination mechanism that helps haring actuators; (4) a proof-of-concept implementation of these contributions. The abstraction layer we propose helps users control and supervise a city. It is based upon formal models inspired by the ones used in the programming of reactive systems. They represent the physical elements present in each smart city, with genericity principles. In order to ease application development, the interface of those models is made uniform. Since applications, especially control ones, may ave real-time constraints, we also list the constraints this poses on distributed infrastructures. As soon as actuators are shared, conflicts may occur between users. Our proposals include a concurrency management mechanism, based on eservation principles. We also provide a coordination mechanism for the users to be able to perform several actions in an tomic way.All these principles have been implemented as a proof of concept. We review several use cases, to demonstrate he potential benefits of our proposals.

The PhD has been defended on June 6, 2017.
Committee:

  • Robert de Simone, INRIA, reviewer
  • Thierry Monteil, Assistant Professor, HDR, INSA Toulouse, Reviewer
  • Michael Mrissa, Professor, University of Pau
  • Didier Donsez, Professor, Univ. Grenoble-Alpes, supervisor
  • Florence Maraninchi, Professor, Univ. Grenoble-Alpes, co-supervisor
  • Gilles Privat, Orange Labs

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