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UBITECH actively participates in the FALCON Factory-of-the-Future research project funded by the Horizon 2020 framework programme

UBITECH has participated in the Brussels kick-off meeting of the FALCON research project, officially started on January 1st, 2015. The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No. 636868) and spans on the period January 2015 – December 2017. The aim of FALCON is to monitor the real usage of the products and services in operation and the consumers’ feedback on social media, in order to extend product and service lifespan and optimize the use of the necessary resources all along their lifecycle. The innovative FALCON open environment will optimize the use of collected information enabling a concurrent, collaborative and productive product-service design process.

Within FALCON, the main pillars for product-service design are based on the combination of two significant information sources: (i) the Product-Service Usage Information derived from the Product Embedded Information Devices; and (ii) the consumers’ feedbacks from social media. In this context, UBITECH undertakes the leadership of the “data extraction and management” research activities, contributing heavily to the technological choices towards the definition, design and implementation of a set of data wrappers facilitating the data acquisition from multidisciplinary data sources, namely a) sensors, b) structured data repositories, and c) social media networks. Additionally, UBITECH is responsible for the required activities towards the processing, enrichment and linkage of product data with social media and further with additional data sources, e.g. DBpedia, Geonames and LinkedGeoData, so as to take under consideration additional environmental and geo-referenced information.

Finally, UBITECH will be responsible to publish the aforementioned products’ and services’ datasets utilizing Linked Data technologies and to deploy a Linked Data access mechanism and policies for linked sensor data so as to facilitate the execution of declarative queries on top of a linked sensor data infrastructure under the defined access rights schemes that will be applied for the various users’ types.