It’s Christmas, and it started early for us on Saturday 30th November, as we held an open afternoon at the fantastic new Tillydrone Campus, bringing gifts of sandwiches and mince pies. Members of team were on hand to show the community some of the work that has been carried out over the course of the 3 year TrustLens project.
The open afternoon was an opportunity to show the community the results of the research project, which is now drawing to a close. The IoT Dollhouse, and Smart Kettle were used to demonstrate the relationship that we have with Smart Technologies as well as some new prototypes and thought-provoking posters.
Visitors had the chance to play with the newly developed IoT Trust Cards, a card game that allows game players to navigate through IoT deployment scenarios. The cards ask questions that help users to think more specifically about the planning process of any IoT deployment, and aspects of privacy that might be a part of it. This tool is a prototype governance tool kit for IoT deployment and is intended to help ensure such deployments are trustworthy.
We also brought our digital version of the IoT tool that has been developed alongside the physical cards, to offer a digital interface that allows users to work though an IoT deployment in the same way as we would use the cards. This prototype is available to look at online, and you can find it here: https://trustlens.github.io/TrustlensPolicyToolkit/
A range of posters were put on display that were designed to make us think about the smart technology that is all around us and pose some interesting points to ponder.
When we started the project, we found out that the Tillydrone community were specifically interested to find out more about a bollard that had been sited on Tillydrone Avenue. Over the course of the 3 year project the team have been developing tools to help people find out more about connected devices like this that are increasingly common in our homes and public spaces. For example, it is important to be able to find out more about the sorts of data that is collected, and perhaps more importantly by who? As part of the research we built a prototype mobile app that could be used to provide answers to such questions, and we used information we found out about the bollard as an example. Along with a ‘QR’ code placed on the bollard the afternoon allowed visitors to use the mobile app to interact with the bollard and find out more about its purpose and what data was being collected. The app also lets people search for devices in the local area, and in our trial displayed information for fictitious deployments in local flats.