Project Overview

When aiming at supporting the networked enterprise to provide ICT enabled added-value services to their actors as well as to realise a new dimension of networked applications and services capable of interoperation across a wide variety of business domains and organisations of all sizes, a key enabler are Intelligent Networked Devices.

Such "Networked Devices" are providing their own computing capability, becoming more advanced as well as less expensive and can be combined with an increasing number of other devices. Examples are mobile phones, PDAs, notebooks, wearables, digital pens, displays, or even passive/ active RFID tags and many others. They are generally neither easily interconnected nor interoperable, often missing required ICT related environment and infrastructure. Key challenge is to facilitate an industrial uptake as well as to improve the required technology infrastructure and environment for development of business specific software, service and applications.

Therefore, the CuteLoop project intended to explore how to radically improve the interaction of diverse actors in the integrated enterprise, targeting at an approach which would facilitate the inclusion of customers as an integral part of complex relationships in such business networks. A special emphasis has been put on the elaboration of a new approach for employing a "Networked Devices Enabled Intelligence" for distributed and asynchronous control of business processes. Key issues to be taken into account for such an approach were:

  • decoupling of decentralised message routing from subsequent processing,
  • decentralised and multi-layer asynchronous optimisation of tasks in workflows of loosely coupled actors,
  • decentralised approach for communities of interest and trust and
  • innovative interactions among actors (especially with customers).

From technology point of view, the CuteLoop consortium has specifically addressed how to better exploit the potentials of enhanced RFID-based systems and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), starting from the assumption that a combination of these two technologies is a promising way to support the integration of customers in the Integrated Enterprise. Therefore, the research targeted at the realisation of an infrastructure and environment which would directly facilitate the realisation of a new dimension of added-value services to support especially the decentralised and asynchronous interaction in complex networks of the integrated enterprise supporting distributed networked devices usable by any size of acting entity. In particular, the CuteLoop partners have elaborated a corresponding architecture, agent based software services and a security framework.

For requirements analysis as well as integration, test and assessment of the envisaged project results, SME driven integrated enterprise scenarios have been included (focusing specifically upon small and micro enterprises). These application scenarios involved in the CuteLoop project are from food and construction industry.

Furthermore, CuteLoop established contacts with other research projects and is continuously searching for potential cooperation and experience exchange. A key initiative for such cooperation are clusters on the European Level, while CuteLoop already joined the IoT European Research Cluster (IERC). Additional opportunities for cooperation with the CuteLoop team are also provided by the work of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute regularly organising events and maintaining diverse standards related working groups as well as in the scope of the frequently organised events of The Open Group providing excellent educational and networking opportunities for information executives and IT professionals.