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The Internet Of Things (IoT) is a term that is becoming increasingly used by the day. One can easily conclude the obvious, that it’s all about connecting “things” to the Internet. However, the term is rather broad in scope and pertain multiple dimensions or generic areas, focus areas and vertical industries. For this reason the “things” to be connected may greatly vary. The intention of this paper is to inform the reader as to what these things really are, how they are to be connected, to what and for what purpose. To gain a glimpse of the importance of the matter, according to Cisco by 2020 there will be 50 billion devices or things connected to the Internet by 20201. This number coincides with Ericsson’s expectations2.
But let’s start from the last of the above, the purpose behind connecting all these devices. A key driver for connectivity of things is the implementation of applications and services within all dimensions and focus areas of “Smart Cities”. A city can be defined as ‘smart’ when investments in human and social capital and traditional (transport) and modern (ICT) communication infrastructure fuel sustainable economic development and a high quality of life, with a wise management of natural resources, through participatory governance.
Although accurate, this is a rather complex definition to state that, basically, if we want to improve the way our cities work in all aspects, we need more modern and intelligent (smarter) infrastructure, services and applications. If we want for all this to happen we need more and better information (big and open data), we need automation, and we need centralized control and management of many systems. We need to leverage today’s edge technology.
So that we can better understand the scope of our Smart City vision, the picture below shows a classification of focus areas into virtual dimensions (generic areas of applicability):
The efforts of many players in the Telecom Industry are turning today into coming up with new services for each of those focus areas. The pillar to build these services is a modern Smart Infrastructure that is composed of devices or things connected through telecoms networks, back to data repositories, where all the information gathered from these devices is stored. Systems and platforms leverage and potentially analyse the stored information to manage and control the devices, to perform activities and events that depend on the information received and to address the needs of users of all types, trough services and applications.
An example of this, at City level, is the centralized monitoring and management of devices, systems and services. This is particularly tricky given that the amount of connected devices and systems is deemed to be considerable – and it rapidly grows as more things get connected. Monitoring and management applies also at district level, enterprise and even at the consumer level, meeting the individual desire to control home systems. Displayed dashboards and portals are also an important element in the IoT world as a way to consolidate and display information.
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So, what is really IoT and how it is different from M2M?
Not as easy as it sounds – Main Challenges IoT is facing today?
IoT Standardization efforts
Wireless Connectivity for the IoT
Data Recollection, configuration and control of “Things”
The Smart Services end to end problem – Leverage IoT Platforms and Consultancy
Future of IoT – The Opportunity
What use do these Things have?
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