The integrative systems, platforms and technologies competence area focuses on the research, design and development of next generation ICT systems, platforms, frameworks and components. The aim is to provide novel building blocks and integrative mechanisms to enable and empower multidisciplinary ICT solutions for developing market environments.
The competence area has the capability to rapidly develop scalable, robust, accessible cost-effective ICT enabled solutions that effectively address the real user needs. To achieve that, it focuses on wireless and mobile communication infrastructures in both urban and rural areas; service oriented architectures and middleware, which allow dynamic scalable service creation, composition and orchestration of end-2-end solutions applications; linking and integrating the physical world (objects, things) to the digital world: Internet of Things paradigm; trustworthy ICT services and infrastructures with built-in security, dependability and privacy protection; user-driven innovation methodologies (i.e. Living labs) and tools that enable communities to innovate effectively.
Capabilities and (tangible) solutions are demonstrated through concrete prototypes and validators in the real environment (both urban and rural) showing the potential of the South African information society for all, triggering the establishment and growth of new South African ICT SME businesses.
Specific capabilities include Internet Protocol (IP) networking; embedded devices; infrastructure cloud; application platforms; protocol platforms; free and open source (FOSS) operating systems; adaptable and adaptive enterprise software; Internet of Things; integrated mobile service development; next generation mobile; access mechanism agnostic; adaptive content; communications mash-ups; low barrier to entry approaches to mobile solution development targeted at developing world; networks and services; converged systems and services; IP multimedia subsystem; data integration and intelligent information management; dynamic metadata systems; service oriented architectures; service integration; information security; ergonomic innovation; domain innovation; business analysis; user experience; Living Labs.