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The TICE.pt [27] is a ICT Portuguese cluster that aims to agglomerate the national IoT market and establish Portugal as a reference in terms of technology and international scientific excellence. It is constituted by the formation of several working groups with the objective of improving the network among the partners, identifying areas of work and promoting projects. These groups are: Software, Embedded Systems, Multimedia and Networks, 5G and IoT. The IoT working group have the goal to stimulate the cooperation between the national actors of ICET (Information, Communication and Electronic Technologies) with specific focus on IoT applications.

There are some initiatives and projects in Portugal that are financed by the European Commission and also by the Portuguese state. One of these projects is PROTEUS [28] that has the goal to develop an intelligent sensory system for real-time monitoring of physical and chemical parameters of water. Performed through an intelligent integration of chemical sensors based on carbon nanotube, MEMS based physical sensors together with a cognitive engine providing on the fly re-configurability tested in the context of water monitoring via deployment in the city of Almada (Portugal) water network. This project is funded under the H2020 program for research of the European Commission and have as stakeholders Unparallel Innovation Lda (an IoT tech provider and developer), SMAS de Almada (an innovative water municipal public company) and the UNINOVA (RTD on advanced micro-electronics and System-on-Chip).

There are several IoT pilot areas that are targeted by Tice.pt such as IoT hubs, water management, urban mobility, smart city initiatives, agrifood, monitoring and autonomous driving, health, energy and wearables:

  • Development of services capable of making the urban mobility network efficient is the objective of the project TICE.mobilidade [29] (Mobility System User Centered). This project brings together several entities from this sector and several Portuguese Universities in order to the development of a digital platform that allows users to access mobility services, combining mobility, management of urban spaces, shared information and power optimization.
  • The Competence Center for Future Cities [30] is a project that aims to guarantee multidisciplinary work with teams from different areas, through the cooperation with local and international companies, government agencies and international scientific and research institutions. With a co-financing by the FP7 Future Cities project and through a partnership between the City of Porto and the University of Porto, allows the strengthening of research and the transfer of knowledge to the Portuguese industry.
  • Innovation in the agrifood sector is a unique initiative carried out by the Centro de Frutologia Compal [31]. Privately funded by the Sumol+Compal S.A (a Portuguese food and beverages company) that itself in partnership with Terra Pro Technologies (a technology and services provider) and several other entities of agricultural and fruit sector, business and associations that includes research initiatives, training and awareness to enhance and promote Portuguese fruit at several stages of production, processing and consumption.
  • Veniam [32] is a project in the car sector of the Veniam company in cooperation with the city of Porto, University of Porto and University of Aveiro that use hardware and software capabilities to deliver fully managed services and data on a network of connected vehicles. Some of these services are expand wireless coverage in cities, bring high-definition data from vehicle to the cloud, collect terabytes of urban data for smart city applications and delivers robust wireless networks for industrial environments.
  • The Centre for Nanotechnology and Smart Materials [33] provides R&D engineering projects to increase the production of innovative smart materials and device in cooperation with CITEVE, CTIC, University of Porto, University of Aveiro and University of Minho and funded by Portuguese S&T Centre with support funds by National Science Foundation and RTD Projects (directly with Industry or funded by national/European funds). Some of the projects are: Wireless Socks (with FIORIMA business partner), Bombeiro PT 2.0 (with UNILEVER for advanced firefighter coats) and FP7 Inteltex project on Intelligent multi-reactive textiles.
  • Narrownet [34] is a Sigfox Portuguese IoT branch which enables the creation of a dedicated communication network to improve the people’s quality of life through a narrowband wireless communication technology (UNB - Ultra Narrow band) for low-cost IoT applications. In this way, is possible to connect to the internet any device with low power consumption and with maximum efficiency.