IEEE IoT Newsletter - January 2020


Article 1

Smart Globally-Connected IoT Devices

Olli Apilo, Jukka Mäkelä, and Pekka Karhula

It has been estimated that the number of long-range IoT connections will be approx. 5.4 billion by the end of 2025 [1]. To meet the growing demand for low power wide area (LPWA) IoT connectivity, 3GPP released their Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) and LTE for Machine-Type Communications (LTE-M) specifications in 2016 (Release-13) to support low-power IoT in cellular networks.


Article 2

When the IoT Meets IRS: Intelligent Reflecting Surfaces for Massive IoT Connectivity

Muhammad Ali Jamshed and Furqan Jameel

The concept of Intelligent Reflecting Surface (IRS) has emerged as a transformative and revolutionary technology for providing seamless coverage and to achieve energy and spectrum efficiency for cost-effective wireless networks.


Article 3Augmenting Software Engineering Processes Towards Designing Privacy-Aware Internet of Things Applications

Charith Perera and Mahmoud Barhamgi

The design and development process for the Internet of Things (IoT) applications is more complicated than for desktop, mobile, or web applications. IoT applications require both software and hardware to work together across multiple different types of nodes (e.g. microcontrollers, system-on-chips, mobile phones, miniaturized single board computers, cloud platforms) with different capabilities under different conditions.




Article 5

IEEE Internet of Things Initiative - Upcoming Events

IEEE 6th World Forum on Internet of Things
5-8 April 2020 // New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
The 2020 IEEE 6th World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT 2020) is the premier IEEE conference on IoT and will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA on 5-9 April 2020.  This 4-day event includes many keynote speeches delivered by distinguished speakers from industry, academia and the public sector; panels and forums; technical sessions featuring peer-reviewed technical papers; workshops focusing on the latest trends in various technologies; tutorials delivered by experts in respective disciplines; sessions for practitioners, policy makers, and executives; and exhibits -- all conducted in a relaxing environment accompanied by an excellent social program. For more information and to register, please visit the conference website.


IEEE 3rd Vertical and Topical Summit
26-27 January 2020 // San Antonio, Texas, USA

There is still time to register for the upcoming "The Internet of Things (IoT) and the mmWave Frontier".  This informative and interactive session is a 1 1/2 day Summit which will address the important role that mmWaves play in the IoT ecosystem. Please visit the website for more information and to register today.


IEEE International Conference on Omni-layer Intelligent systems (COINS)
27-29 July 2020 // Barcelona, Spain
IEEE COINS will include a multi-disciplinary program from technical research papers, to panels, workshops, tutorials and forums on the latest technology developments and innovations. IEEE COINS will address all important aspects of the IoT ecosystem from smart things to the circuit and system design, design automation, Edge-Fog-Cloud computing, big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence, blockchain, security, and smart products/services as well as business models. IEEE COINS is now accepting papers and proposals accompanying Vertical and Topical Track presentations. Please visit the website for more information.

Sponsors: IEEE CEDA | IEEE ComSoc | IEEE CASS | IEEE RAS | IEEE Spain Section
Technical Paper Submissions: 6 March 2020


Article 5

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This Month's Contributors

Olli Apilo has worked on research and development of wireless communications at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland since 2006.

Jukka Mäkelä is working at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland as a principal scientist and a project manager.

Pekka Karhula works as a Research Scientist at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, where his current research topics include 5G and beyond communications, edge computing and IoT.

Muhammad Ali Jamshed received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from COMSATS University, Islamabad, Pakistan, in 2013 and the M.Sc. degree in Wireless communications from the Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad Pakistan, in 2016.

Furqan Jameel received his B.Sc. in electrical engineering (under the ICT R&D funded program) in 2013 from the Lahore Campus of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Pakistan.

Charith Perera is a Lecturer at Cardiff University, UK. He received his BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from Staffordshire University, UK and MBA in Business Administration from the University of Wales, Cardiff, UK and Ph.D. in Computer Science at The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

Mahmoud Barhamgi is an Associate Professor of computer science at Claude Bernard University Lyon 1.


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