SUMMARY REMARKS & TESTBEDS
Lucy is a IoT & 5G Smart City detector platform for locating things in the city. Currently it focuses on finding lost dogs. We provide dog owners with a Lucy.PIN that can be attached to a dog’s harness. The pin is equipped with a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon. When a dog goes missing, the smartphones of people who have installed our free Lucy.APP work like a IoT crowd-searching network. When the missing dog gets located, the owner is informed about the dog’s location. Lucy provides a way for the owners to keep their beloved pets safe and their minds at peace. We have already finalized beta testing with users in Berlin, but before beginning full scale sales we need to optimize two aspects of the system. The first is the power consumption of the app, so that using it does not drain the device’s battery. In the experiment we want to test how frequently the BLE scans and mobile data communication should be performed in order to be able to detect missing dogs efficiently, but at the same time not increase the battery usage of smartphones significantly. The second aspect is how to scale our event processing backend to provide real-time reaction and notification when the number of Lucy.PINs and people having our app installed increases. In the experiment we want to test a decentralized event processing architecture, taking advantage of the 5G edge nodes. Thanks to the experiment we will have a market-ready solution that will optimize the battery usage of smartphones and a scalable backend to provide real-time sensing. After gathering a network of people who will install our app for securing dogs, we will introduce new products to secure other pets, bikes or even children.