IEEE IoT Newsletter - January 2015

Article 1

Smart Cities and Quality of Life: Urbanization Underscores the Value of Internet of Things Applications

Chung-Sheng Li

More people live in cities today than at any time in human history, and the urbanization of the global population appears set to continue as the 21st century unfolds.

The multi-faceted pressures of urbanization will force cities to develop efficiencies and strategies in order to remain viable. Smarter ways of doing everything better, with fewer resources, will be required. So will the ability to forecast disruptive events such as natural disasters and their effect on urban dwellers and the infrastructure that supports them.


Article 2

The Hardware Enablers for the Internet of Things - Part I

Timothy Lee

The premise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that this new technology trend will connect billions of devices using the internet starting around 2020, with ecosystems that will address wearables, smart home, automotive, smart cities, the workspace and industrial applications. The IoT system consists of three domains: Sensors, Connectivity and Applications. Most attention for IoT has been focused on the applications for the home (consumer), transport (mobility), health (body), buildings (infrastructure), factory (industrial) and cities (utilities, security). What is missing from much of the discussion are the underlying hardware and sensor technologies that enables the IoT applications, intelligence and links to the 'cloud'.


Article 3

Towards a Practical Architecture for Internet of Things: An India-centric View

Prasant Misra, Yogesh Simmhan and Jay Warrior

The current, widespread thinking on the Internet of Things (IoT) makes several (arguably misplaced) assumptions. IoT architectures are often a repackaging of existing ideas or a clean-slate, costly design. Some of these design assumptions include hundreds of tightly coupled devices; costly devices ($5 - $500) customized for an application; exclusive use of well-structured, always-on communication networks (e.g., IPv6); centralized data collection, analysis and control in the cloud; and a single vendor who owns the vertical application: platform, cloud services, data and ecosystem. Examples of these vertically integrated silos include smart power grids, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, and personal monitoring devices like FitBit.


Article 4

RELYonIT: Dependability for the Internet of Things

Carlo Alberto Boano, Kay Römer and Thiemo Voigt

The Internet of Things will represent the backbone of modern society and will embrace a system of wireless networks delivering end users a plethora of attractive services and applications. The latter will rely heavily on the dependable operation of embedded wireless sensors and actuators despite their low-priced hardware, battery limitations, and resource constraints. Wireless systems employed, for example, to build smart cities, smart grids, and smart healthcare applications, represent a long-term investment and are therefore required to reliably convey information about the state of things and places, as well as to remain available for a prolonged time.



This Month's Contributors

Chung-Sheng Li is currently the director of the Commercial Systems Department. He has been with IBM T.J. Watson Research Center since May 1990.

Timothy Lee is the 2015 IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) President.

Prasant Misra is senior member, technical staff at the Robert Bosch Centre for Cyber Physical Systems in the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Yogesh Simmhan is an Assistant Professor at the Supercomputer Education and Research Centre at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Jay Warrior has over 20 years of experience creating new, high technology based, business opportunities for Agilent Technologies, Hewlett-Packard, Fisher-Rosemount, and Honeywell in the US and in Asia.

Carlo Alberto Boano (IEEE member since 2009) has been a research assistant at the Institute for Technical Informatics of TU Graz, Austria since September 2013.

Kay Römer is currently a Professor and head of the Institute for Technical Informatics at TU Graz.

Thiemo Voigt leads the Networked Embedded Systems Group at SICS Swedish ICT, formerly Swedish Institute of Computer Science.


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