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Internet of Things Consortium

Happy 2013!

Smart-gadget makers today announced at CES they are creating the Internet of Things Consortium to promote their emerging industry and discuss best practices. Founding members include Active Mind Technologies, BASIS Science, Coin, Kease, Logitech, MOVL, Ouya, Poly-Control, SmartThings and Ube.

The Internet of Things Consortium is a non-profit organization with the mission of facilitating cooperation between hardware, software, and service providers. The IoT Consortium is primarily focused on those Internet enabled devices and related software services that directly touch consumers in the form of home automation, entertainment, and productivity. One of the goals of the consortium is to see billions of connected devices that benefit from communication with other devices and services. The IoT Consortium is based in San Francisco, California

Link: http://www.iofthings.org/

Wireless sensor network developers are finding an expanding ecosystem with Internet of Things markets, according to a recent survey by global technology research firm ON World.

In collaboration with several industry alliances, ON World recently completed a survey with leading WSN equipment/device manufacturers, service providers, software developers, systems integrators, component suppliers and end users.

Participants include members of the Bluetooth SIG, CABA, Continua Health Alliance, EnOcean Alliance, IPSO Alliance, ZigBee Alliance and Z-Wave Alliance.

A few of the key findings were:

  • The smart home is currently targeted by nearly two thirds of the respondents.
  • Energy management and lighting are the most commonly targeted current WSN application areas.
  • 43% are planning WSN solutions for health and fitness
  • Likely high growth markets include personal / lifestyle sensors, home and building controls, and smart city applications such as traffic sensing and parking management.
  • Nearly half of the respondents are using ZigBee followed by WiFi, 6LoWPAN and Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth Smart).
  • Data reliability, equipment costs and battery lifetime are the top three most important WSN adoption considerations.
  • Energy harvesting is ranked as one of the top five most important WSN innovation areas and 40% of the respondents have at least tested energy harvesting.

BSc Internet of Things Engineering

In our search to the latest Internet of Things innovations, we came across the Queen Mary University of London that offers an interesting degree in this exciting space, it offers the      “BSc Internet of Things Engineering’.

As the university describes it: “IoT is a mix of telecommunications engineering and computing, encompassing wireless communications, sensors, IPv6 and the computing technologies necessary to run applications over the underlying physical infrastructure.”

Consequently, this new bachelor programme aims to provide students with:

  • A thorough knowledge of telecommunications and computer science
  • An understanding of network design and network planning principles for IoT
  • A knowledge of theory, methodology and techniques for IoT network assessment and evaluation
  • A good overall understanding of computer and telecoms network development skills.

Throughout the bachelor, students will have to consider such courses as Advanced Mathematics, Computer Fundamentals and Programming, Data Structures, Digital Circuit Design, Middleware, Cloud Computing, Digital Signal Processing, RFID and Sensor networks, Microprocessor Systems Design, and Security and Authentication. An exciting programme that prepares its students for this quickly expanding space.

In terms of teaching, it must be stated that the student workload and the number of contact hours are higher than is usual for a UK degree. From year 2-4, students will run through 24 modules that each consist of 40 hours of lectures, plus four hours of tutorials, delivered across 4 one-week blocks. In other words, it’s like a full-time job and not for the lazy ones.

It is expected however, in terms of career opportunities, that the graduates will have diverse employment opportunities in the field of communications, systems and networks. At the moment, there are no graduates yet as it is a new programme. However, a high percentage of graduates from its two other joint programmes (85 per cent in 2011) go on to postgraduate study in prestigious universities in China, the UK, the USA, Canada and Australia. Others graduates have found work at leading companies in the ICT industry, such as China Mobile, China Telecom, IBM, 3Com, as well as consulting, finance and insurance companies. In other words, a degree from the Queen Mary University of London seems to open up doors.

Because of the international nature of the telecommunications industry and the size and influence of China it is likely that there will be a Chinese presence within any company that the Internet of Things graduates work for. The Queen Mary “flying professors” even travel to Beijing to give lectures face-to-face in between teaching blocks, proving the high demand of Internet of Things interest in China.

All together, an interesting degree that suits the current trend of connecting objects to the web to make our environment smarter. In terms of entry levels, the course is open to students under 25 years old, who have completed high school in their home country and achieved grades equivalent to AAB at A-level. The international student fee for this academic year (2012/13) is £7,000.

Might be something to consider?