KAIST’s Auto-ID Labs, directed by Professor Daeyoung Kim of the School of Computing, is leading the development of a Global Standards One (GS1) international-standard-based open source Internet of Things (IoT) platform called Oliot, or Open Language of Internet of Things. Wanju Local Food, the nation’s largest cooperative, began full platform operation on April 5.
Auto-ID Labs is a network of research groups spread across the globe that focuses on the development and application of emerging sensing technologies for the standardization and advancement of global commerce. Six other academic institutions are part of the consortium: MIT (US), University of Cambridge (UK), Keio University (Japan), Fudan University (China), and University of St. Gallen/ETH Zurich (Switzerland).
11 organizations, primarily from our university, participated in the development of Oliot. The aim of the platform is to create an IoT infrastructure platform that supports a diverse range of IoT connectivities, such as barcodes and RFID, and expands on the GS1 code system. GS1 is a non-profit organization that establishes the standards for global commerce. They are known for introducing barcodes into the retail industry.
Through the superior object identification infrastructure of the platform, it is possible to collect and share data about the products throughout the entirety of the agricultural process, from production and processing to distribution and consumption. It is expected that this will increase profit for the industry and ensure the safety of food products.
Thanks to the integration of the platform into its system, Wanju Local Food, a movement based in Wanju County of people who favor locally grown produce, is now the world’s first local food cooperative with an all-encompassing GS1 international-standard-based traceability system.
In hopes of advancing the Fourth Industrial Revolution, KAIST open sourced the platform and has been sharing Oliot data so that it can be applied to industries around the world. Approximately 9,000 enterprises and developers from more than 100 countries have downloaded the data as of April.
Professor Daeyoung Kim said, “We are planning to disseminate Oliot to local food cooperatives throughout the nation. We will also cooperate with other countries, such as China, Holland, and Hong Kong, to create a better ecosystem for the global food industry.” He added, “We are currently collaborating with related businesses to converge Oliot with AI or blockchain technology so that it can be applied to various services, such as healthcare and smart factories. Its outcome will be revealed soon.”
The project was organized by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning and the Institute for Information and Communications Technology Promotion. It started in 2015 with funding from the ICT Industry Convergence Original Technology Development Program.