IEEE IoT Newsletter - May 2015

Article 1

The Need for Fresh Air in the Internet of Things

Giacomo Baldi, Gualtiero Fantoni, Daniele Mazzei and Gabriele Montelisciani

Arduino, Raspberry PI, UDOO, Spark Core or similar prototyping boards have revolutionized the way people prototype IOT devices and robots, and have changed the paradigm also in light home automation as well as some industrial applications. However, although such boards have a great impact in prototyping the electronics, a similar revolution has not happened at the code level. In fact C/C++ is mostly used for coding and often too much time is spent in reinventing the wheel or in merging code written in the past.


Article 2

The Hardware Enablers for the Internet of Things - Part II (More than Moore)

Timothy Lee

Part I of this two-part series on "The Hardware Enablers for the Internet of Things," introduced how CMOS semiconductor devices enable wireline and wireless communications at what is commonly called the Physical Layer (PHY). The density of digital circuits (CPU, memory, I/O) has been increasing as the critical dimensions such as gate length and minimum feature half pitch have been scaled down by a factor of two every 18 months.


Article 3

How IEEE Rebooting Computing Will Help IoT

Bichlien Hoang, Sin-Kuen Hawkins and Alan M. Kadin

The Internet of Things (IoT) promises a world where all things are interconnected. Some call IoT, the Internet of Everything as it creates a vision of an unprecedented era of connectedness. Advances in networking and computing technologies will be one aspect to enabling IoT, in addition to social acceptance and successful business models. Several of the computing technologies and approaches being explored by the new IEEE Initiative on Rebooting Computing (RC) to address limitations in computational efficiency and performance, may also help in the development and maturation of the IoT.


Article 4

Reaping the Rewards of the IoT

Brian Pickering and Massimo Vecchio

With the power of a future internet becoming a reality, and significant promise from the IoT with participative sensing and smart cities and spaces, the ICT future looks full of promise. However, for the potential benefits to be within the reach of all stakeholders there are challenges to be dealt with now so we don’t sleepwalk into a closed shop of expensive and proprietary solutions; but we also have to take stock of the ancillary features and services which need to be provided.



This Month's Contributors

Giacomo Baldi is a computer scientist and a medical doctor. He works as a software architect implementing algorithms, devices and Apps in his medical work.

Gualtiero Fantoni achieved his PhD in Automation, Robotic and Bioengineering at the University of Pisa in 2005 and is an Associate professor of "New product development" and "Manufacturing engineering" at the University of Pisa.

Daniele Mazzei is a postdoctoral researcher at Research Center "E.Piaggio" of University of Pisa and a member of IEEE.

Gabriele Montelisciani has a PhD in Economics and Management Engineering. He is a Research Associate at the University of Pisa.

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

Bichlien Hoang is a Senior Program Director, IEEE Future Directions. She managed the Life Sciences Initiative from 2011 to 2014, and is currently the Program Manager for the IEEE Rebooting Computing initiative.

Sin-Kuen Hawkins is currently supporting the IEEE Life Sciences Technical Community and the Rebooting Computing Initiative within Technical Activities of IEEE.

Alan M. Kadin is a Technical Consultant based in Princeton Junction, NJ. Earlier, he was a Senior Researcher at Hypres, Inc. of Elmsford, NY, focusing on superconducting circuits, and an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.

Dr Brian Pickering has worked in ICT for over thirty years, starting in IBM R&D working on speech and language, and moving into software development including telephony systems, advanced messaging and the management of complex distributed systems at IBM UK Laboratories in Hursley.

Dr Massimo Vecchio is a senior researcher at CREATE-NET, an ICT Research center located in Trento (Italy).


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