IEEE IoT Newsletter - January 2018


Article 1

Eight Trends of the Internet of Things in 2018

Ahmed Banafa

The Internet of things (IoT) is growing rapidly and 2018 will be a fascinating year for the IoT industry. IoT technology continues to evolve at an incredibly rapid pace. Consumers and businesses alike are anticipating the next big innovation. They are all set to embrace the ground-breaking impact of the Internet of Things on our lives like ATMs that report crimes around them, forks that tell you if you are eating fast, or IP address for each organ of your body for doctors to connect and check [5].


Article 2

IoT Trends in 2018: AI, Blockchain, and the Edge

Bret Greenstein

The Internet of Things has come a long way since the early 80s, when a group of Carnegie Mellon students turned a Coke machine into what may be the first Internet appliance1. Their journey began after these students became growing frustrated to find out the machine was empty. That lone connected device has since been joined by billions of others – an estimated 29 billion within the next two years, according to IDC – spanning industries as diverse as automotive, manufacturing, electronics, aerospace, and almost any other industry you can imagine.


Article 3

Smart City Application Enablement Platform

Kim Khoa Nguyen

Today, cities are largely considered as innovation drivers in areas such as health, environment, technology and business. The emerging concept of “smart cities” has quickly evolved beyond superficial use of the term for the purpose of pure city marketing, but shed more light in particular on the defining role of the digitally networked society and user-driven innovation.


Article 4

Livin’ on the Edge

Rebecca Haass

Edge computing seems to be what everyone in IoT is talking about these days. But what exactly is it and why is it so important?



Article 5

WF-IoT News

Register today for IEEEs 4th World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT) conference will be held 5-8 February 2018 in Singapore. The theme of the WF-IoT 2018 is "Smart Cities and Nations," which is fitting since Singapore itself has made impressive strides in the deployment of "smart" technologies.

The conference program will delve into the latest technology developments and innovations in the many fields and disciplines that drive the utility and vitality of IoT solutions and applications. The focus of papers, tutorials, presentations, and events at the conference will be on how to nurture, cultivate, and accelerate the adoption of IoT technologies and applications for the benefit of society.

The conference will also feature dynamic sessions across a wide variety of verticals and topical areas. We have lined up an impressive list of distinguished plenary speakers that are sure to make this conference one that's exciting and absolutely not to be missed. More information about the conference can be found on our website.

Mark your calendar for 5-8 February 2018 and spread the word about WF-IoT 2018. It's going to be a wonderful experience.



Article 5

Upcoming IoT Initiative Activities

IEEE Vertical and Topical Summit on Connectivity and Communications at RWW2018, 14-15 January 2018, Anaheim, California

IEEE World Forum IoT 2018, 5-8 February 2018, Singapore

IEEE Vertical and Topical Summit on Agriculture, 7-8 May 2018, Tuscany (More information coming soon)

IEEE Vertical and Topical Summit Alaska, 11-13 June 2018, Anchorage (More information coming soon)

Interested in volunteering to assist with an event, please contact us.



This Month's Contributors

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

Bret Greenstein is Vice President of IBM Watson’s Internet of Things Consumer Business, aimed at reaching consumers at scale by establishing new IoT products and volume offerings by tightly collaborating across IBM business units and leveraging capabilities from The Weather Company.

Kim Khoa Nguyen is Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Quebec’s Ecole de technologie supérieure (ETS), Montreal, Canada.

Rebecca Haass has over 10 years of experience in the big data field and is currently working as the Marketing Director at Entrigna, an IoT and Big Data solutions provider.


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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.