First International Workshop on Environmental IoT: Taking Advantage of Chile's Natural Laboratories

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the hottest topics in Information Technology today, but it is far more then just a “hot topic” — there are actually successful implementations enabling higher efficiency, lower costs and even new transformational business models, especially in the industrial space. Industrial markets like environmental sensing, agriculture, aquaculture, bioprospection, responsible utilization of biodiversity, emergency response, patterns of mine management, community engagement in sparse population density areas have traditionally not been touched by Internet technology. Internet technology in these markets is expected to have a disruptive effect in the future. For these types of applications and environments new ICT Technologies have to be developed and put in place.


The International Institute for Innovation Aysén-Patagonia (IIIAP) was created in 2015 to apply IoT technology to environmental issues, and to do so in concert with (and supporting) the local community in Patagonia, including Aysén, Magallanes and Antarctica. With support from such international institutions as Technische Universität Berlin, the Industrial Internet Consortium, the Object Management Group, Fraunhofer Chile and others, IIIAP is putting in place a program of applied research focused on solving real problems facing Patagonia, Chile and the world, using Chile’s “natural laboratories” (with rich resources, broad biodiversity, and expansive geography) and leveraging and enhancing Chile’s existing areas of expertise (such as biodiversity, agriculture, aquaculture and emergency response), while attracting the best and brightest applied researchers from around the world on both temporary (sabbatical) and permanent bases.


This workshop launches the IIIAP with a program of applied research and case studies applying IoT to environmental issues, and proposing future research studies, projects and test facilities that will lead to new business models, new businesses, and new jobs, not only in Chile but throughout Latin America and other parts of the world. This invitation-only event brings together the best entrepreneurs, companies, government organizations and academics in the world and will highlight the major issues in IoT for the Environment. The event is structured around roundtables (a single stream of panels) which are specifically designed to foster discussion on innovative ICT technologies for such environments like Patagonia and to briefly introduce relevant topics and create discussion. Audience participation is critically important; the workshop will be very interactive.


Technical topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Innovative Network Technologies
  • Radio/Wireless ad hoc networks (solar,wind energy empowered)
  • Asynchronous networks ( including data transport in between nodes via drones, satelite or balloons)
  • Marine and submarine communication solutions
  • Sensor Networks
  • New classes of sensor technology ( deep water, glacier and inner earth temperature etc.)
  • Sensors with local processing and (“small data”) capability
  • Data Analysis for environmental applications
  • Application projects and solutions for industrial markets & tourism

Some specific application areas to be addressed include:

  • Environmental monitoring and related activities
  • Support for tourism (especially ecotourism) and responsible resource utilization
  • Bioprospection and responsible utilization of biodiversity
  • Support for efficient and responsible agriculture and aquaculture
  • Search & rescue and patterns of rapid emergency response in the face of natural and man-made disasters
  • Patterns of mine management and mining emergency response
  • Community engagement, both in applied research and job/company creation
  • Efficient and responsible energy usage, and relationship to air & water pollution
  • Political aspects of IoT and effects of regulation on technology adoption

Workshop Program

OPENING DAY in Santiago: 18 April 2016

09:00 Introduction and welcome
Eduardo Bitran, Vicepresidente Ejecutivo, CORFO
09:15 Keynote: How a small private company can help drive innovation

Sir Richard Roberts, Nobel prize winner

Almost all successful biotechnology companies started small. Some grew large,
morphed into pharmaceutical companies and became major economic forces. Others
chose to stay small and grow slowly in niche areas. One of these is New England
Biolabs. In this talk I will describe our business model for a very successful
reagent company and describe its growth from a company of 3 individuals in 1974
to almost 500 employees today. I will highlight some of the features that have
allowed us to continue to be profitable despite economic swings and have allowed
a healthy mix of commerce and fundamental research.

One striking feature of New England Biolabs is that we pursue research topics
that have humanitarian goals as well as those that support our business. I will
present examples of both kinds of research.

10:00 Roundtable: Applications of IoT in Agriculture, Society and the Human Environment

The number of possible applications for the Internet of Things is boundless,
but we must start somewhere. This roundtable will discuss opportunities in
retail management (relevant also to tourism), connected cars, telecommunications
& agriculture to find possible applied research directions for the Institute.

Chair: Richard Soley, IIC

  • René Marty, Toteat
  • Alex Foessel, John Deere
  • Yuji Inoue, Toyota
  • Joe Paradiso, MIT Media Lab
11:15 Coffee break
11:30 Children’s Chorus & Gift Presentation
11:45 Roundtable: World wide cooperation in innovation

The panel will foster different approaches in different countries towards
Innovation in the IoT for environmental monitoring. The vertical domains of
applications and new technological solutions are defined by similar geographic
and societal conditions: large geographical areas, sparse population
distribution, maritime environments, mountains, glaciers, deserts, and non
existent or weak ICT infrastructures.

New solutions and technologies to be developed have a broad market;
world-wide and may have a major economical potential for the future economies.
The panel will discuss ways of cooperation and transfer of results in Latin
America and elsewhere.

An association of the organizations in the field of innovation IoT for
environmental monitoring and applications as an international framework for
cooperation is envisaged to be discussed in the panel. Panel participants
represent countries world wide where innovation in IOT plays a major role in the
scientific, economical and political domains.

From the beginning, IIIAP should be involved in an international R&D context
and recommendations on mechanisms and frameworks to achieve this aim are the
expected results from the panel.

Chair: Radu Popescu-Zeletin, ICAM & Fraunhofer FOKUS

  • Harald Ermel, Technische Universität Berlin
  • Edgar Dörig, Embassy of Switzerland
  • Mika-Markus Leinonen, Embassy of Finland
  • Peter Kremer, Cisco Systems
  • Maite Vizcarra, Centro de Innovación de IPAE
  • Daniel Kofman, ICT4V and Telecom Paris Tech
13:00 Lunch break
15:00 Roundtable: Environmental Monitoring: applications in diverse areas
(including fjords, forests, volcanoes, glaciers, lakes and rivers)

In the words of Benjamín Subercaseaux in his 1940 book "Chile o una loca
geografía", Chile has a truly crazy geography. As such knowledge of our
environment is essential, ideally in real or near-real time. IoT offers state of
the art solutions for deploying networks of sensors in remote and inaccesible
areas. This roundtable will aim at describing the capabilities of IoT in
environmental monitoring, and applied research experiences that have resulted in
direct benefits, including monitoring of snow in the Chilean Andes as an
essential input for water forecast; oceanographic buoys in the fjords of Aysén
as an input for aquaculture processes; automatic Weather Stations for weather
monitoring and prediction; recent advances in Chile’s National Seismic Network;
and establishment of an early warning system for tsunami alert.

Chair: Gino Casassa, Geoestudios and University of Magallanes

  • Dirección General de Aguas, MOP
  • Dr. Brian Reid, CIEP
  • Dirección Meteorológica de Chile
  • Universidad de Chile
  • Chilean Navy
16:15 Coffee break
16:30 Roundtable: Innovative Networks

Innovative Networking gives room for many new networking principles e.g. fast
moving networks, moving notes, human-environment interworking, including
in-body, on-body, from-body communication with environment, things that include
life stock, plants and other objects, opportunistic networking and many other
principles. Experiences got from other fields and industries are presented and
then abstracted to derive common requirements for novel network solutions such
as sensors, 5G, IoT, Data Mining, etc. to show which opportunities can be found
for IIIAP.

Chair: Hendrik Berndt, IEEE

  • Eduardo Vera, Universidad de Chile
  • Yuji Inoue, Toyota
  • Ximena Ordenes, Subsecretaría de Prevención del Delito y Seguridad Pública
17:45 End of Day 1


HALF DAY in Santiago: 19 April 2016

09:00 Roundtable: Data Analysis

The Internet of Things is described by some as a tsunami and others define it as a revolution like no other. All agree that its expansion is exponential and the amount of data that will be generated from a variety of millions of devices will growth at an amazing rate. To make sense of these large amounts of data, new kinds of analytics are needed.

New meaning extracted from millions of diverse devices and sensors will unleash new insights and knowledge recognizing new interesting sources of data including unknown or untapped ones. Multiple streams of data will contribute to discovery and better understanding of the surrounding environment and the impact of complex interactions. Analytics will play a very important role in the successful deployment of IoT helping create value from these new sources of data and supporting new and potentially disruptive and innovative business models.

This roundtable will explore analytics and the challenges we face in creating value with the rapid pace of connectivity spreading to the surrounding physical environment and in making sure we enhance and enable better decision making with just in time insights. Please join me and our distinguished colleagues for a productive and interactive discussion and to learn about the impact of IoT Analytics in both industry and public, for innovation and the future of research.

Chair: Said Tabet, EMC

  • Joe Paradiso, MIT Media Lab
  • Alex Foessel, John Deere
  • Eduardo Duran Nardecchia, Entel
10:00 Meet the Founders of the Institute
10:30 End of Day Two: Travel to Coyhaique


Final Day Coyhaique, Aysén, Patagonia: 20 April 2016

8:30 Introduction and welcome
08:45 Keynote: Advancing IoT for Humanity
Hendrik Berndt

The Internet of Things envisions a self-configuring and adaptive complex system made out of networks of sensors and smart objects whose purpose is to interconnect “all” things, including every day and industrial objects in such a way to make them intelligent, programmable and more capable of interacting with humans and thus advancing IoT for Humanity. The keynote will exemplify, how out of the many Application Domains, from Consumers (wearable, home automation, wellness), Commercial (Retail, Building, Logistics,) from Industrial (Manufacturing, Energy, Transportation), to the Public Sector (Smart Cities and regions) Environmental protection and Healthcare play an outstanding role. An insight will be given on new roles played by intelligent services in open ecosystems to create different value chains, different business models and brings new actors to the center stage. A new communication paradigm that creates a virtual continuum can turn challenges from the regions into answerable tasks and successful problem solving.

09:15 Roundtable: Community Involvement

What good is to have the perfect IoT solution if no one will implement it? Community support and participation is essential to many IoT applications. The Institute is commited to work on problems that are important and resonate with the community whether the problems are stated at a local, national or global level. The round table will discuss how to evaluate community concerns and interests and ways the Institute may address these in reference to its IoT expertise.

Chair: Isabel Szabó, IIIAP

  • Senator Antonio Horvath, Senado de Chile
  • Javiera Calvo, Universidad de Chile
  • Gabriel Inostroza Villanueva, Servicio Nacional de Turismo
10:45 Coffee break
11:00 Roundtable: Sensoric Networks

90% of the earth’s surface is populated sparsely or not at all, but plays a major role in sustainable ecology and in climate change. Environment monitoring is a key element for our and for future generations. Lakes, seas, oceans, mountains, deserts, and glaciers are important elements for life on earth.

Communication technologies, sensors and actuators, and end-to-end systems are mainly developed for dense population environments and are based on business cases which do not apply for the above environment. The main characteristics of these environments are:

  • low or non-existent population density
  • no communication infrastructure
  • no electrical infrastructure
  • adverse environment characteristics
  • huge geographical dimentions

Miniaturization of hardware, combined with low cost energy harvesting and low cost sensors allow the creation of an IoT environmental monitoring system. New products and industries in this field combined with new data fusion systems (from big data to small datasets) for environment and pollution surveillance will be in high demand in the future. The round table will focus on the characteristics of the IoT for environmental monitoring including:

  • node autonomy
  • fusion and analytic systems
  • energy harvesting systems
  • data collecting systems (drones, satellites, buoys)
  • labs on the chip
  • built-in scalability and fault tolerance

The output of the round table will provide the R&D input for the IIIAP development plan.

Chair: Radu Popescu-Zeletin, ICAM & Fraunhofer FOKUS

  • Hendrik Berndt, IEEE
  • Alex Foessel, John Deere
12:30 Lunch break
14:00 Roundtable: Applications of Environmental Monitoring
(examples from the Region of Aysén)

Aysén is the least populated region in Chile, with many remote human settlements spanning a large area from the western fjords to the Andes and into the eastern pampa. As such, transportation, supply of goods and services, and connectivity are a real challenge. We will focus on the advantages of including IoT in diverse environmental issues, with examples of real applications in the region, including early warning system for Cachet II Glacier Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs); oceanographic buoys in Puyuhuapi and Tortel fjords as an input for aquaculture processes; water quality and runoff network in the rivers of Aysén; and the Meteorological network in Aysén as an essential data input for aeronautical purposes.

Chair: Gino Casassa, Geoestudios and University of Magallanes

  • Dirección General de Aguas, MOP
  • Dr. Brian Reid, CIEP
  • Dirección Meteorológica de Chile
15:30 Coffee break
15:45 Roundtable: Entrepreneurship

This roundtable will explore ways of translating and transferring results and knowledge gained by the Institute into viable, innovative, entrepreneurial ventures.

Chair: Andrés Barentin, IIIAP

17:15 End of Day 3


DAY FOUR – Excursion to Cerro Castillo, Rio Ibañez and General Carrera Lake: 21 April 2016

9:15 Bus from Coyhaique to Cerro Castillo town
10:30 Casa de la Fundación Patagonia de Aysén- presentation of community, tourism
11:30 Cerro Castillo-Tour of the Escuela Vieja, Centro de Investigación Museum,
Wall of primitive hands
14:00 Typical Patagonian barbecue
16:30 Bus ride to Lake
17:00 Visit Rio Ibañez and Lake General Carrera
18:30 Bus for return to Coyhaique
19:00 End of day 4


Discussion will be in both English & Spanish with simultaneous translation. Attendees additionally may wish to stay in Patagonia through the long weekend.

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