IEEE IoT Newsletter - May 2017


Article 1

IoT Analytics Across Edge and Cloud Platforms

Yogesh Simmhan

Internet of Things (IoT) is seeing the rapid deployment of sensing, control and communication infrastructure across various application domains. These range from utility infrastructure such as smart power and transport, to consumer devices like Fitbit and Nest. This growing ability to observe and control devices in real-time to efficiently manage public or lifestyle services is motivating the need for responsive analytics, the software platforms to coordinate them, and the computing resources to execute them. While device and communication technologies were at the vanguard of IoT, the next wave of IoT innovation will be driven by data analytics and computing. To this end, distributed analytics platforms that can utilize heterogeneous computing resources, at the edge and in the Cloud, are starting to be essential.


Article 2

How the IoT can Bring About a Circular Economy

David Langley

The circular economy describes sustainable business principles whereby components and raw materials are continually recycled. Through their reuse, the materials retain their value and this reduces the need to use up more precious resources. Additionally, the price stimulus known as ‘the polluter pays’ is applied consistently. This leads to efficient processes and the use of clean energy.


Article 3

Can a Remote IoT Stop Fuel Theft in Africa?

Oluwatobi Oyinlola

This article illustrates a concrete application scenario where the power of IoT is harnessed to solve a concrete problem with a practically immediate return on investment. In particular, it shows an IoT-based system, developed to implement a financial management system for fuel stations in Africa. The problem seems to be local to Africa, but building this IoT system has three key learnings that are global in nature. The IoT system aspires to solve a regional problem. It connects remote, poor connectivity locations. It motivates the formation of a creative secure deployment.


Article 4

Key Elements and Enablers for Developing an IoT Ecosystem

Omar Valdez-de-Leon

The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of today’s most widely discussed technology topics. From smart agriculture through to smart cities to smart factories, the expectation is that IoT will be transformative. The 4th industrial revolution. However, the reality is that IoT still remains a promise. And, more significantly, IoT remains fragmented. Indeed, most of the applications that do exist are vertical solutions that do not represent a dynamic, interconnected world that the name, internet-of-things, would suggest. One key cause is the lack of true IoT ecosystems.



Article 5

WF-IoT News

The IEEE IoT Activities Board is seeking proposals for selection of the 5th and 6th IEEE WF-IoT Conferences (the IEEE World Forum on the Internet of Things) for 2019 and 2020. The deadline for consideration is July 1st, 2017. The WF-IoT is the premier IEEE conference on the Internet of Things and brings together a broad based program from Academia, Industry and Government. The 4th IEEE WF-IoT will be held Feb 5th-9th, 2018, in Singapore. We expect that the 5th WF-IoT in 2019 will be held in Europe and the 6th WF-IoT will be held in the Americas, both in the February-March time frames. To send inquiries and proposals, please use the contact form on our website.


Article 5

Upcoming IoT Initiative Activities

IoT Summit on Agriculture, May 21st, 2017 as part of ComSoc IEEE ICC2017 in Paris, FR
IoT Workshop, June 19th, 2017 as part of The Reliability Society IEEE PHM2017 in Allen, TX
IoT Tutorial, August 8th, 2017 as part of the EMC and SIPI Symposium in Washington, DC
IoT Summit Alaska, September 18th-20th, Anchorage, AK
IEEE World Forum IoT, February 5th-8th, 2018 Singapore


Article 5

IoT Initiative Announcements

The IoT Initiative has joined the IoT Talent Consortium. The Consortium was conceived at the Internet of Things World Forum in 2014 and incorporated as an industry nonprofit in 2015. Members include Cisco, General Electric, Rockwell Automation, MIT Sloan School of Management, Pearson Workforce Readiness, New York Academy of Sciences, Disney, workforce management consultant IQNavigator, and learning company ANI. More Information on this collaberation will follow in the months ahead.

The IoT Initiative participated in the a survey of IoT practitioners conducted by the Eclipse Foundation. Respondents weighed in on topics ranging from industry adoption, security and other key concerns, top IoT programming languages, and more. The 2017 survey participants appear to be involved in a more diverse set of industries: IoT Platform and Home Automation industries continue to lead, but industries such as Industrial Automation, Smart Cities, and Energy Management experienced significant growth between 2016 to 2017. A complete summary of the results from 713 participants, along with links to slide presentations of results from 2015-2017 and detailed data, can be found on the IoT Developer Trends website.



This Month's Contributors

Yogesh Simmhan is an Assistant Professor of Computational and Data Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

David J. Langley works at TNO, the largest applied research institute in the Netherlands, as senior scientist in the field of internet, innovation and strategy.

Oluwatobi Oyinlola (IEEE member) is an embedded system engineer with years of experience.

Omar Valdez-de-Leon is a Principal Consultant in Ericsson’s Consulting & Systems Integration organization.



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