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Innovation, Bikes and the Internet of Things

Innovation, Bikes and the Internet of Things

30 September 2016

The Australian National University (ANU) College of Business and Economics (CBE) Innovation Hub initiative sprang into action this week with two collaborative design innovation workshops.

The workshops, hosted by visiting innovation researcher Dr Albrecht Fritzsche of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität in Neuremberg, focused on developing a sharing economy for bicycles, using the concept of the Internet of things (IoT).

A computer-based concept, the IoT defines a future where the systematic networking of physical objects, devices, sensors and machines enables the objects to collect and exchange data. Cloud-based applications are then used to gather and analyse the data, creating a web of “smart” systems.

“The internet of things gives us a lot of new possibilities to use smart objects in the search for innovation solutions, and we want to use this possibility to involve smart objects to develop systems to support sharing,” says Dr Fritzsche.

Participants in the workshops were asked to address models of bike sharing, based on user to user interaction.

Dr Fritzsche explains, “we want to use the IoT to see how we can do it without a company, where everyone can basically share his or her bike with everyone else.”

CBE Associate Dean of Research and Innovation Hub Project Leader, Professor Shirley Gregor, says, “It is great to see the Hub beginning to be used and the excitement and enthusiasm that was present at the workshops. I particularly enjoyed having the opportunity to work in a design team with some of our very talented students. Using tangible objects like Lego to model design options is a great idea.”

The workshops are just the beginning of a plethora of activity planned under the CBE Innovation Hub initiative. Established to support creative and entrepreneurial activities for staff, students and industry partners, the Hub is expected to be fully operational by early 2017.

“What ANU wants to do is get this innovation hub here started. It’s a great new building with lots of possibilities and they can use this opportunity to fill it with life,” said Dr Fritzsche.

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