COLUMN: Letter from the editors
By Sean Follmer
This forward-thinking issue focuses on the Internet of Things or IoT, a progressive state of the Internet in which every single device in the physical world is connected and possesses the ability to communicate with one another. By 2020, 6.4 billion devices will be connected to this network; the IoT has the ability to both reflect upon and transform the reality that it mirrors. In this issue we hear from Vint Cerf, the father of the Internet, on some challenges that this configuration poses. Cornell University's Dr. Alyssa Apsel and Enkhbayasgalan Gantsog discuss pivotal issues in building the IoT, such as the synchronization that creates the “connectivity” of the network. Other articles in this issue address: communication in the IoT, construction of the network, powering the devices, data transmission, as well as responses from academia and industry to this new technology.
By Sean Follmer
By XRDS Staff
By Laurynas Riliskis
By Marius-Tudor Benea
By Vassilis Kalantzis
By Jay Patel
By Kayalvizhi Jayavel
By Madison Capps
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By Nur Al-huda Hamdan
By Patrik Jonell, Pedro Lopes
A spendthrift refrigerator, a garrulous cellphone, and a loafing automobile, there's a new technology in town everyone's talking about.
By George Hurlburt
The future of the Internet of Things may rely on our ability to tackle issues of safety, security, and privacy, while creating standardized systems that are easy to use and configure.
By Vinton G. Cerf
The ultimate goal of the Internet of Things and wearable revolution is to gift every person with their own magic genie, who will understand all of their needs and desires and thereby enrich the world around them.
By Jonathan Caras
The Internet of Things places new demands on wireless networks that cannot be met with conventional infrastructure, services, and protocols. But there is hope, specifically a new paradigm to enable wireless awareness through global synchronization.
By Alyssa B. Apsel, Enkhbayasgalan Gantsog
With billions of IOT devices predicted to appear over the next few years, some things have to change.
By Michael Andersen
A discussion on the role of ontologies and stream reasoning in Internet of Things applications.
By Daniel de Leng
The multitude of IoT devices contributes to the enormous amount of data stored on corporate clouds. Yet the level of computing power has outpaced advances in privacy protection. Could encrypted search preserve the privacy of data, while utilizing the computing power of the cloud?
By Hossein Shafagh
At Italy's oldest technical university, students learn about IoT concepts and technologies by building end-to-end prototypical systems.
By Luigi De Russis
Is the decision to go open-source always purely altruistic? Not for many large companies, and that is not a bad thing.
By Bryant Eastham
Web and semantic technologies will form the foundation for ecosystems of machines that interact with each other and with people as never before.
By Florian Michahelles, Simon Mayer
By Teodoro Montanaro
By Finn Kuusisto
By Lara Zupan, Marinka Zitnik