Press Release

Ref: PR18-082
Date: March 20, 2018

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 BRAIN-IoT – The Evolvable Software Nervous System for tomorrows Autonomous Smart Cities and Industry 4.0

A consortium from France, Germany, Italy, Spain and UK assembled to research and deliver this European Union Horizon 2020 funded IoT project

London, UK, March 20, 2018 – Paremus, provider of the Service Fabric, an OSGi™ Enabled¹ cloud platform, announces participation in BRAIN-IoT² (, a €5m project funded by the European Commission’s largest research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020.

BRAIN-IoT (model-Based fRamework for dependable sensing and Actuation in INtelligent decentralized IoT systems) will enable autonomous Micro Cloud³ runtimes to be simply, rapidly and securely created in their local environment, and then collectively operated and managed at scale as members of a federated IoT Fog environment.

BRAIN-IoT promotes the principle that Smart Cities and Industry 4.0 should never be locked to a platform provider. Rather IoT services will exist within a heterogeneous, federated and evolvable environment that leverages current open Industry Standards and is capable of adapting to embrace future unforeseen standards and industry developments. By embodying these principles BRAIN-IoT will deliver solution longevity and sustained economic benefit to its customers.

To achieve these strategic goals each BRAIN-IoT environment will be a self-managing and runtime adaptive Micro Cloud capable of being rapidly deployed on-site, near-site or within a Third Party Cloud (e.g. Amazon, Google, Digital Ocean). In response to the discovery of heterogeneous sensors and actuators within the local environment, on-site Edge Micro Clouds will dynamically assemble and configure all required local smart monitoring and management behaviours; thereby maximising agility and radically simplifying operations. Meanwhile, traditional third party Clouds may still be used for off-site aggregated ‘Core’ services that don’t require the same degree of runtime environmental adaption, low latency or local intelligence e.g. generic Predictive Maintenance or other historical patten matching services.

At both Edge and Core BRAIN-IoT will leverage the latest OSGi R7 and W3C Web of Things standards.

Richard Nicholson, Paremus Founder and CEO asserts that BRAIN-IoT will redefine expectations for Smart Cities and Industry 4.0, “BRAIN-IoT is a software nervous system composed of autonomous groups of modular adaptive services interacting within each other and their local runtime environments. These local Micro Cloud environments will be extremely simple to install, operate and maintain. They will automatically respond to environmental changes, providing robust, hands-off self-repairing capabilities, and ultimately be able to defensively respond to ever increasingly sophisticated Cyber Attacks.”

Nicholson continues, “While Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be important elements of BRAIN-IoT, Paremus see OSGi technology as the fundamental enabler for realising these runtime adaptive capabilities.”

Two real world use cases will showcase BRAIN-IoT capabilities: an Industry 4.0 use case will deliver local environment aware and reactive AI enabled Robotic orchestration behaviours, a Smart City Utilities use case will demonstrate BRAIN-IoT capabilities for federated Smart City Infrastructure services across multiple local municipal Edge Micro Clouds and Centralised Third Party Cloud environments. BRAIN-IoT will also seek to deliver an open decentralized marketplace for BRAIN-IoT components and smart behaviours; encouraging the re-use of Smart Components, and on-going innovation within the Smart City and Industry 4.0 communities.

Mike Francis, Paremus Sales & Marketing Director and OSGi Alliance VP of Marketing adds “We are extremely pleased to be a member of this ambitious Horizon 2020 European Union funded project. Immediate areas of activity for Paremus will include working with CEA to integrate their OSGi based sensiNact project ( with the Service Fabric to create the base platform for the project. We will also be working with Siemens to cross leverage OSGi concepts with W3C Web of Things capabilities.”

The BRAIN-IoT consortium is composed of twelve partners who will be working together over the 3 year term of the project. These partners come from 5 European countries and include research centres/academia and R&D teams from several large, medium and small industrial companies. The consortium is coordinated by Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB)- Italy and includes Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique et aux Energie Alternatives (CEA) – France, Université Grenoble Alpes – France, Paremus Limited – United Kingdom, Siotic – Spain, STMicroelectronics – France, Siemens – Germany, Eclipse Foundation Europe – Germany, Institut De l’Audiovisuel et des Telecommunications en Europe (iDATE) -France, Cassidian Cybersecurity (AIRBUS) – France, Robotnik Automation – Spain, and Empresa Municipal de Aguas de la Coruna – Spain.

¹ OSGi™ Enabled –

² This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 780089.


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About Paremus
Paremus is a market leader in delivering an operationally simple runtime, the Paremus Service Fabric, for service oriented modular and microservice based applications to run across federated Cloud Computing environments. These Clouds can range from remote centralised Third Party Clouds such as Amazon, Google and Digital Ocean, right through to private on-site Micro Clouds running across a collection of small compute devices such as Raspberry Pi’s.

The Service Fabric was the first in a new era of standards-based, adaptive, dynamic, model driven application runtimes that leverage OSGi™ standards internally and provides a solution that is easy and quick for application deployment and ongoing operations and maintenance.

Founded in 2001 by senior technologists from the investment banking industry Paremus is funded by private investors and continues to innovate to disrupt the status quo of the traditional vendors.

About Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness.

Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. They agreed that research is an investment in our future and so put it at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs.

By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.

Horizon 2020 is open to everyone, with a simple structure that reduces red tape and time so participants can focus on what is really important. This approach makes sure new projects get off the ground quickly – and achieve results faster.

The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation will be complemented by further measures to complete and further develop the European Research Area. These measures will aim at breaking down barriers to create a genuine single market for knowledge, research and innovation.

Related links

Paremus –
BRAIN-IoT Project Website –
Horizon 2020 –
Paremus Service Fabric Quick Start and Evaluation Download –
Online documentation –
The OSGi Alliance –
OSGi Enabled Program –

Paremus press contact:
Mike Francis, Paremus
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Tel UK: +44 (0) 207 993 8915

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