Location information and context-awareness are essential for a variety of existing and emerging 5G-based applications. Nevertheless, navigation satellite systems are denied in indoor environments, current cellular systems fail to provide high-accuracy localization, and other local localization technologies (e.g., Wi-Fi or Bluetooth) imply high deployment, maintenance and integration costs. Raw spatiotemporal data are not sufficient by themselves and need to be integrated with tools for the analysis of the behavior of physical targets, to extract relevant features of interests. In this paper, we present LOCUS, an H2020 project (https://www.locus-project.eu/) funded by the European Commission, aiming at the design and implementation of an innovative location management layered platform which will be able to: i) improve localization accuracy, close to theoretical bounds, as well as localization security and privacy, ii) extend localization with physical analytics, iii) extract value out from the combined interaction of localization and analytics, while guaranteeing users’ privacy.
IMDEA Networks Institute launched this month in Madrid (Spain) a new Marie Curie European Training Network that marks the birth of a new discipline – Low-energy Visible Light IoT Systems – at the intersection of VLC and networked embedded systems (traditionally the domain of radio communication technologies). ENLIGHT’EM will recruit and train a new generation of innovators and provide them with the know-how to spearhead the development and real-world implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the immediate and beyond-5G world.