Aricent’s “Smart Home for Elderly” application, winner of the AT&T Dev Summit hackathon!

January 10, 2016 in News

Author: G. Duboué

Venue: Developer Summit Hackathon, January 2 – 3, 2016, Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, US

This year, at 2016 edition of the AT&T Developer Summit Hackathon, 800 developers traveled to Las Vegas and 20 teams competed for the “Best use of Alcatel-Lucent Call Management APIs” kicker contest.

To go back home with the Alcatel-Lucent $5,000 prize, the developers had to use the Call Management APIs and immerse their applications into AT&T subscribers’ calling experience. And they had to mash the APIs with other sponsors’ APIs to make it contextual, i.e. calling experience triggered by and tailored according to a context and enriched with contextual information.

Well the apps developed in 36 hours did not disappoint! The judges selected three of these -Memory Lane, Odysseus and Mercury Life Saver- in the Top 20 “best overall apps” of the hackathon!

Gilles delivering, on behalf of Alcatel-Lucent, the $5,000 cheque to the Aricent “Smart Home for Elderly” team

IoT innovation and Smart cities -including connected homes- were two hot topics discussed during the Developer Summit Conference.

With 25 to 50 billion connected things globally by 2020, it represents a massive growth opportunity for carriers and for developers to build new user experiences and connect machines to people.

The “Best use of Alcatel-Lucent Call Management APIs” winning application called “Smart Home for Elderly” and developed by Aricent illustrates this opportunity, mixing voice and video calling and IoT innovations and creating new value for customers as a result.

“Smart Home for Elderly” allows a 24h/7d safe, non-intrusive surveillance and monitoring of the Alzheimer’s patient activity and health, helping people affected by Alzheimer to live safer and their caregivers to live better. It has multiple use case scenarios including providing caregivers the capability to be alerted with an audio and video call when the smart home reports a status, such as the patient’s door opening at night.

The app shows how carriers can now bridge IoT and IP-Communications platforms with mashed-up APIs, enabling real-time automatic outbound calls alerting based on a sensor’s information and allowing people to control the connected objects, easily and remotely, through voice and DTMF.

“Smart Home for Elderly” used the call Management APIs exposed from the AT&T foundry platform plus the following APIs:

  • AT&T Flow Designer: drag-and-drop development environment allowing developers to quickly create custom business logic for complex IoT solution and to run the app at scale on a cloud-based deployment platform,
  • AT&T M2X APIs: cloud data storage for developers to store and/or retrieve their time-series data, perform analytics and visualize data,
  • IBM Bluemix APIs: allows developers to create cognitive apps that learn, reason and consider context.

And what’s the developer’s feedback ?. Byron Williams, Aricent NetApp Business said: “This was Aricent’s first time participating in an external hackathon. We were thoroughly impressed by the AT&T event and especially by the large palette of APIs offered to developers. In particular, our team gravitated towards the Call Management APIs as a way to bring Communication as a feature into the IoT space. The APIs were easy to use and simply powerful, providing our Smart Home for Elderly app the ability to control IoT devices via an IVR session in real-time and without having to install an app on the user’s smartphone. At the touch of a button or by a simple word, we allow the user to be in contact with people close to the situation, sound an alarm, turn on emergency lighting and even connect to a live video stream using VoLTE network”.

The 2016 AT&T Developer Summit recap can be found on AT&T’s post event blog. All the winners of the hackathon are listed in this blog.

Our event blog and video will be available soon, keep watching!