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Publish & donate

Editing an academic publication such as “Architecting the Internet of Things” is a time-consuming task for the editors . However, it has also been a very interesting challenge to bring together researchers from different countries and fields of experience with a similar view on the IoT.

Additionally, there is a small payment from the publisher. However, as we (the editors) never intended to make any money on the book, we decided to donate it for charity. So we have donated the money for textbooks for schoolkids in poor countries through “SOS Kinderdörfer” (engl. SOS child’s village). Lately, “Architecting the Internet of Things” has been translated to Chinese, which generated some more money from transffering the publishing license. So we could donate more textbooks for the children. This would not have been possible though without all the authors and the buyers. So thanks to you!

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Definitions on the Internet of Things

Here is a list of existing definitions for the Internet of Things in the order of appearance:

ETP EPOSS 05/2008 “Things having identities and virtual personalities operating in smart spaces using intelligent interfaces to connect and communicate within social, environmental, and user contexts” or “Interconnected objects having an active role in what might be called the Future Internet” or semantically “Internet of Things means a world-wide network of interconnected objects uniquely addressable, based on standard communication protocols”

Casagras 02/2009 “A global network infrastructure, linking physical and virtual objects through the exploitation of data capture and communication capabilities. This infrastructure includes existing and evolving Internet and network developments. It will offer specific object-identification, sensor and connection capability as the basis for the development of independent cooperative services and applications. These will be characterised by a high degree of autonomous data capture, event transfer, network connectivity and interoperability.”

Stephan Haller, SAP 05/2009 “A world where physical objects are seamlessly integrated into the information network, and where the physical objects can become active participants in business processes. Services are available to interact with these ‘smart objects’ over the Internet, query and change their state and any information associated with them, taking into account security and privacy issues.”

CERP-IoT 09/2009 “Internet of Things (IoT) is an integrated part of Future Internet and could be defined as a dynamic global network infrastructure with self configuring capabilities based on standard and interoperable communication protocols where physical and virtual ‘things’ have identities, physical attributes, and virtual personalities and use intelligent interfaces, and are seamlessly integrated into the information network. In the IoT, ‘things’ are expected to become active participants in business, information and social processes where they are enabled to interact and communicate among themselves and with the environment by exchanging data and information ‘sensed’ about the environment, while reacting autonomously to the ‘real/physical world’ events and influencing it by running processes that trigger actions and create services with or without direct human intervention. Interfaces in the form of services facilitate interactions with these ‘smart things’ over the Internet, query and change their state and any information associated with them, taking into account security and privacy issues.”

Uckelmann, Harrison & Michahelles 4/2011 “The future Internet of Things links uniquely identifiable things to their virtual representations in the Internet containing or linking to additional information on their identity, status, location or any other business, social or privately relevant information at a financial or non-financial pay-off that exceeds the efforts of information provisioning and offers information access to non-predefined participants. The provided accurate and appropriate information may be accessed in the right quantity and condition, at the right time and place at the right price. The Internet of Things is not synonymous with ubiquitous / pervasive computing, the Internet Protocol (IP), communication technology, embedded devices, its applications, the Internet of People or the Intranet / Extranet of Things, yet it combines aspects and technologies of all of these approaches.”

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ITU-T addresses the Internet of Things in a specific work group

There is a new work group by ITU-T that focuses on the IoT. Some of the work items that will be addressed include:

  • Concept, vision and use cases of the Internet of Things
  • Architectural framework of the Internet of Things
  • Identification architecture for the Internet of Things
  • Requirements for IoT identifier
  • IoT Identifier format
  • Identifier resolutions for the Internet of Things
  • Directory service framework for the Internet of Things
  • Middleware architecture for the Internet of Things
  • Security issues for the Internet of Things
  • Privacy protection for the Internet of Things
  • Application interfaces among IoT service entities
  • Management for the things and communication networks for the Internet of Things
  • Location management for the Internet of Things
  • Identity management for the Internet of Things
  • Interoperability standards to incorporate various standards
  • Conformance test standards for IoT protocols
  • They claim that “IoT-GSI (Globals Standards Initiative – not GS1) will provide a single location for information on and development of IoT standards”. Sounds a little too centralistic for an for a decentralised Internet (of Things), but I´m sure we will see interesting contributions from this initiative for the future IoT. One of the objectives is to provide a definition of the IoT (one more to add to the list :-)). Link

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    EU-projects: Future Internet Public Private Partnership

    The Future Internet Public Private Partnership (FI PPP) also covers aspects of the Internet of Things. There are eight use cases and three projects for technology foundation (FI-WARE), Capacity Building & Infrastructure (INFINITY) and Programme Facilitation & Support (CONCORD). On the website information on the different projects are available. FINEST will develop a develop “a Future Internet enabled ICT platform to support optimizing the collaboration and integration within international transport and logistics business networks” so it addresses a classical discipline of the IoT. SmartAgriFood addresses the food and agribusiness as a use case for the Future Internet by using information & decision support systems that are tightly integrated with advanced internet-based networks & services. It will be interesting to follow the projects and see in how far they advance current IoT technologies and use cases.

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    Why is this website called myIoT?

    The original idea of myIoT was to use it as a project name to indicate the importance of personalisation in the Internet of Things. Content needs to be tailored to the individual needs of participants. However, another project name was chosen and so I could use myIoT as a blog to provide some personal views concerning the Internet of Things…

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