IEEE IoT Newsletter - January 2017

Article 1

IoT and Blockchain Convergence: Benefits and Challenges

Ahmed Banafa

The Internet of Things (IoT) as a concept is fascinating and exciting, but one of the major challenging aspects of IoT is having a secure ecosystem encompassing all building blocks of IoT-architecture. Understanding the different building blocks of IoT, identifying the areas of vulnerability in each block and exploring technologies needed to counter each of the weaknesses are essential in dealing with the security issue of IoT.


Article 2

IoT: a Mobile Network Operator Perspective

Giovanni Perrone and Massimo Vecchio

The world that is shaping in front of us brings visions of hyper-connectivity or, to put it another way, of an incredibly large number of connections between the different elements of the world that we see. The skeleton supporting IoT is, at the end of the day, exactly that: a dense network of connections between a multitude of points that makes possible a level of vision, perception, awareness and, last but not least, control on the world that surrounds us that was simply not possible even to think about before.


Article 3

IoT for Electric Power: Smart Grid was the Beginning

Jeffrey S. Katz

For many electric power utilities, the Smart Grid was their first Internet of Things project. Just as some early smart grid projects were started before the term became popular, and were originally known as the intelligent utility network, or advanced distribution automation, so too was smart grid an early version of internet of things for utilities.


Article 4

Internet of Things for Buildings that Make Life Safe and Secure

Takumi Ito, Mikio Hasegawa and Takashi Nakajima

Recently, there have been numerous discussions about the Internet of Things (IoT) delivering benefits in a variety of areas such as the provision of more comfortable human lifestyles and improvements in business efficiency. Most of the discussed topics and interests are focused on the development of specific underlying technologies.



This Month's Contributors

Ahmed Banafa has extensive experience in research, operations and management, with a focus on the IoT area.

Giovanni Perrone has been working in the mobile and Telco domain for more than 12 years, coming from another 10 years spent in the design of digital solutions for renewable energy and industrial automation applications.

Massimo Vecchio received the Laurea degree in Computer Engineering (Magna cum Laude) from the University of Pisa and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering (with Doctor Europaeus mention) from IMT Lucca Institute for Advanced Studies in 2005 and 2009, respectively.

Jeffrey S. Katz is the Chief Technology Officer of the Energy and Utilities industry at IBM.

Takumi Ito is an associate professor at Tokyo University of Science, Japan.

Mikio Hasegawa received his B.Eng., M.Eng., and Dr.Eng. degrees from Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo, Japan, in 1995, 1997, and 2000, respectively.

Takashi Nakajima received his B.Sci., M. Sci., and Ph.D. degrees from Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo, Japan, in 2003, 2005, and 2008, respectively.


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The IEEE Internet of Things (IoT) eNewsletter is a bi-monthly online publication that features practical and timely technical information and forward-looking commentary on IoT developments and deployments around the world. Designed to bring clarity to global IoT-related activities and developments and foster greater understanding and collaboration between diverse stakeholders, the IEEE IoT eNewsletter provides a broad view by bringing together diverse experts, thought leaders, and decision-makers to exchange information and discuss IoT-related issues.