Selected Articles from IEEE Xplore - January 2016

Introduction by Robert S. Fish, V.P. Standards Activities, IEEE Communications Society; Department of Computer Science, Princeton University

The Internet of Things (IoT) is not a single technology or invention. In reality, IoT is the title we give to a system composed from a variety of technologies that will enable the expansion of things connected to the global Internet by several orders of magnitude. These “things” include not just the computers, smartphones, and tablets that we recognize on the internet today, but a vast array of sensors, actuators, and machinery that will gather, process, and act on data in a connected, autonomous, and “intelligent” fashion.

In examining such a grand landscape, the technical problems to be solved depend on the scale of our examination. We can take a distant view, and look at issues of system-wide scope, or we can zoom in and look at the issues in a smaller portion of the network, or even at the level of a device at the very periphery of the IoT network. At each of these scales there is a combination of technical opportunity as well as significant barriers to the realization of the broad IoT vision.

A system-wide view is necessary when thinking of the integration of the power grid into an IoT worldview. The generation, distribution, and utilization of energy by the power grid as well as within the telecommunications network itself, requires careful thinking about monitoring and preserving the stability of these geographically dispersed networks. On a more local level, the introduction of network gateways that integrate and process information from peripheral sensors and devices also introduces issues of traffic management and network availability that must be addressed. Finally, at the level of the end device, we see how the introduction of billions of devices also introduces issues of how to create and maintain the chain of data integrity and security on which the rest of network must rely. With every great opportunity there come great challenges, and in this, IoT is no exception.


IEEE Xplore References

  1. M. M. Rana and L. Li, "Kalman Filter Based Microgrid State Estimation Using the Internet of Things Communication Network," Information Technology - New Generations (ITNG), 2015 12th International Conference on, Las Vegas, NV, 2015, pp. 501-505.
  2. T. N. Vidanagama, D. Arai and T. Ogishi, "M2M gateway selection scheme for smart wireless devices," Intelligence in Next Generation Networks (ICIN), 2015 18th International Conference on, Paris, 2015, pp. 176-183.
  3. P. Urien, "Remote APDU Call Secure (RACS) creating secure and trusted applications for NFC mobile devices," 2015 12th Annual IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference (CCNC), Las Vegas, NV, 2015, pp. 148-149.


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