Achieving Business Objectives through Smart Sensor Integration for Office Buildings


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Achieving Business Objectives through Smart Sensor Integration for Office Buildings

by Dmitry Filosofov
Supervisor(s) Christian Johansen, Josef Noll
Due date 2018/08/01
Status Ongoing
Problem description: Smart sensors are introduced into both home and office buildings. The focus is often on integration, rather than achieving the business objectives. This thesis establishes business objectives in the operation of smart office environments, and integrates sensors to reach the business objectives. The following steps are included:
  • Describing the business-based use case for operation of small-medium enterprises (SME) office space
  • Establishing of key performance indicators (KPIs) for business-based office operation
  • Comparison to state of the art in IoT platforms (e.g. OpenHAB, Fiware...)
  • Suggestion novel functionality for a semantic integration of heterogeneous IoT devices
  • Identification of IoT sensors contributing to the business goals
  • Integration of these IoT sensors
  • Measuring and analysis of the business KPIs
  • Evaluation of the established solution
Methods and Tools: The tools and methods in this thesis are based on
  • A set of scenario, describing the challenges
  • A list of requirements being extracted from the scenarios
  • A description and evaluation of technologies and tools being candidates for solutions
  • A functional architecture/description of the envisaged system
  • An implementation of the core concepts
  • A demonstration of the solution
  • An evaluation of the solution, including a critical review of the descisions taken earlier
  • Conclusions
  • References
Time schedule The envisaged time schedule (for a long thesis/60 ECTS) is:
T0 0 starting month, T0+m denotes the month where the contribution to a certain chapter shalle be finalized
T0+2 months: create an initial page describing the scenario
T0+3: Provide a list of technologies which you think are necessary for the thesis
T0+4: Establish the table of content (TOC) of the envisaged thesis. Each section shall contain 3-10 keywords describing the content of that section
T0+7: Provide a draft of section 2 (scenario) and 3 (technologies)
T0+10: Establish a draft on what to implement/architecture
T0+11: Set-up an implementation, testing and evaluation plan
T0+15: Evaluate your solution based on a set of parameters, keep in mind there is no such thing as a free lunch
T0+17: Deliver the thesis
Pre-Knowledge This thesis includes a reasonable amount of programming. The envisaged thesis is based on radio communications, thus expects the user to have followed at least two radio-related courses
Approved Pending by
Keywords IoTSec

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This page provides hints on what to include in your master thesis.


20Mar2019 Media:MeetingNotes_Dmitry.pdf


Title page, abstract, ...

1. Introduction, containing: short intro into the area, what is happening
1.1 Motivation, containing: what triggered me to write about what I'm writing about
1.2 Methods, containing: which methods are you using, how do you apply them
2. Scenario, Smart Office Space
2.1 user scenario, (bad name, needs something bedre) and business objectives
2.2 business based key-performance indicators
2.2 Requirements/Technological challenges, identification of sensors/services
integration of heterogeneous devices
3. State-of-the art/Analysis of technology, structure your content after hardware/SW (or other domains). Describe which technologies might be used to answer the challenges, and how they can answer the challenges
3.1 Smart Home/Office technologies: OpenHAB ...
3.2 Smart City perspective: FIWARE
3.3 Need for new functionality: Vicinity & Sensors
4. Technology and Business Implementation
4.1 Sensor integration
4.2 Service integration through Vicinity Platform
4.3 Contribution to the business objectives and KPIs
5. Evaluation
KPI evaluation
"revisit the thesis" // lessons learned // future recommendations
6. Conclusions


Red line

Your thesis should have a "red line", which is visible throughout the whole thesis. This means you should mention in the beginning of each chapter how the chapter contributes to the "goals of the thesis".

Use of scientific methods

A thesis follows a standard method:

  • describe the problem (problemstilling)
  • extract the challenges. These challenges should be measurable, e.g. method is too slow to be useful to voice handover.
  • Analyse technology with respect to challenges. Don't write & repeat "everything" from a certain technology, concentrate on those parts (e.g. protocols) which are of importance for your problem


  • Wikipedia is good to use to get an overview on what is happening. But there is not scientific verification of Wikipedia, thus you should use wikipedia only in the introduction of a chapter (if you use text from wikipedia). Use scientific literature for your thesis.
  • Scientific library is "at your hand", you can get there directly from UiO: [[How to get access to IEEE, Springer and other scientific literature -> Unik/UiOLibrary]]
  • I suggest that references to web pages, e.g. OASIS, W3C standards, are given in a footnote. Only if you find white papers or other .pdf documents on a web page then you refer to them in the reference section.

Evaluation of own work

Perform an evaluation of your own work. Revisit the challenges and discuss in how you fulfilled them. Provide alternative solution and discuss what should be done (or what could have been done).