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The OpenSwarm consortium is composed of leading academic institutions, market-leading industrial partners, and award-winning innovative SMEs.

INRIA, IMEC, KUL, UOS are leading their respective flieds : secure low-power wireless from INRIA, constrained AI and energy-aware design from IMEC, low-latency communication from KUL, and
swarm robotics from UOS. ADI, SIG, and SIA are leading their respective markets.

ADI commercializes SmartMesh, the world’s most advanced low-power wireless mesh networking technology for industrial applications. SIG and SIA are global companies focused on electrification, automation, and digitalization.

Both ING and WE are award-winning SMEs, both with about a dozen employees, and both applying novel
technologies to environmental protection application.

The Project

Low-power wireless technology tends to be used today for simple monitoring 
applications, in which raw sensor data is reported periodically to a server for analysis. The ambition of the OpenSwarm project is to trigger the next revolution in these data-driven systems by developing true collaborative and distributed smart nodes, through groundbreaking R&I in three technological pillars : efficient networking and management of smart nodes, collaborative energy-aware Artificial Intelligence (AI), and energy-aware swarm programming.


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If the Internet had eyes and fingers, they would be made out of low-power wireless electronic devices equipped with sensors and actuators, serving as the interface between the physical and digital worlds.

These systems have undergone two revolutions: first going wireless (“Wireless Sensor Networks”, WSN),
then connecting seamlessly to the Internet (“Internet of Things”, IoT).


Today’s solutions offer wire-like reliability, a decade of battery lifetime and certified security, and are both standardized and commercially available.

Their architecture, however, typically remains quite simple: attached at mostly static locations, devices form a wireless network and periodically send raw sensor data to a wireless gateway that forwards it into a database for analysis in the cloud. Besides being inefficient from an amount of data point of view (resulting in lower battery lifetime), this approach prevents these systems to be used in situations.

where fast reaction is needed, and the underlying networking typically ceases to work when devices start moving.
The ambition of OpenWarm is to trigger the next revolution: truly collaborative smart nodes, in which devices are augmented with intelligence to interpret and understand the data they are generating and collaborate in a decentralized manner to keep comunicating efficiently even when moving around. At the same time, as being decentralized, operators must maintain full control over the resulting swarm: first by programming it as a swarm rather than as a collection of devices, then maintaining full visibility of that swarm’s overall performance. Realizing this ambitious vision requires addressing the five scientific objectives outlined below.

Scientific Objective SO1: Orchestration of Collaborative Smart Nodes

Scientific Objective SO2: Collaborative Energy-Aware AI

Scientific Objective SO3: Energy-Aware Swarm Programming

Scientific Objective SO4: Implementation and Verification of OpenSwarm

Scientific Objective SO5: Proof-of-Concept-based Validation