Computing systems are being increasingly used to gather data from physical infrastructure related to individuals, enterprise and communities; and to make such infrastructure intelligent through powerful analytics of the data. Sensors, wireless connectivity and robotics are the new technologies coming into the computing systems fabric in order to enable computers interface with physical infrastructure and human beings.
The Cyber-Physical Systems research group in TCS mainly focuses on making the physical infrastructure for buildings, transportation, energy, water and healthcare “Intelligent” through smart adoption of technologies related to “Internet of Things”. TCS has an “Internet-of-Things” service platform called TCUP (TCS Connected Universe Platform) to efficiently develop and deploy “Intelligent Infrastructure” applications. TCUP is backed by strong research in the areas of Communication, Sensor Informatics, Data integration and Visualization, Optimization & Prediction, Infrastructure Simulation, Big Data, Distributed Computing and Security/Privacy.
The projects undertaken in this sub-area are:
- Sensor Informatics for Vehicular Monitoring
- IoT Platform Services (Secure M2M)
- Intelligent Facilities
- UAV Based sensing and monitoring of Infrastructures
- Building Energy Management
- Renewable sources & Energy conservations - Wind Energy
- Smart Water Network
- Large Scale Infrastructure Simulation
- IoT Platform Enhancements (Lightweight Protocols and Distributed Computing)
- 5 Senses Computing (Un-calibrated 3D reconstruction from 2D images)
TCUP (TCS Connected Universe Platform) is Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) cloud computing platform that allows quick and easy development, deployment and administration of sensor driven applications. TCUP provides sensor device management, data acquisition, data storage and analytics services. These services are made available to application developers in form of APIs and SDKs. TCUP aims to provide a highly scalable platform for sensor integration, sensor data storage, analytics (including real-time and Big Data processing), rich query capabilities (including geo-spatial queries and continuous queries) and visualization.
At the core of TCUP is Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) services – a set of services related to sensor description, discovery, integration, sensor observation and measurement capture, storage and query. TCUP provides these services in form of APIs and libraries. App developers will develop, test, deploy and manage Java applications in TCUP. TCUP supports multi-tenancy and provides secure sandboxes for testing and deployment of applications by each tenant. End users will download Apps, subscribe & unsubscribe to them, control their privacy settings, and view usage history and billing information.
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