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M2M and the Internet of Things on ZDNet

It seems that the IoT is moving mainstream. While the topic has been hot for researchers and some businesses, it is now also covered more and more by consumer-focused media. The special feature on ZDNet on M2M and the Internet of Things is a good example, even though the mess-up of terms is awful. (M2M includes for example short term communication via Bluetooth or Zigbee, which does not need any Internet connection at all.)

The conclusion of the introductory chapter for the Internet of Things in an ideal world is not really new, but still holds truth: “In an ideal world, M2M equipment will interoperate smoothly, service providers will compete on a level open-standards playing field without attempting to lock customers into their ecosystems, and the Internet of Things will develop with the same explosive inventiveness as did the original internet” (Charles McLellan, 2013). It has yet to be seen though, whether business people support this demand for openness.

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EPCglobal and the Internet of Things made simple

Make it simple – especially if you want to explain technically complex topics such as the EPCglobal Framework or the Internet of Things. Comics and videos provide a good opportunity to reach out to a wider (non-specialist) audience. In the following I want to highlight two examples.

The first example covering the EPCglobal standards results from student assignments in Hannover, Germany. The videos are in German.

The second example is nicknamed the IoT comic book and results from the European IoT-i project.

Hopefully there will be more examples like these…

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Entertaining read: Internet of ‘Mysterious’ Things

Paul McCullagh from the University of Ulster has written a fictional story about using the IoT for a marathon run in Berlin. The story is enriched through quotes from Fallada (Alone in Berlin), Shakespeare (MacBeth) and David Bowie. Who says that scientific writing must be boring to read – this paper proves quite opposite. The paper is available for download here.

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The Internet of Things in Education

Lectures are just one possible opportunity to get students interested in the concept of the Internet of Things. Preparing and presenting papers on specific topics however is even more suited to get students into participating in corresponding research. Usually the information provided through these papers is lost in the cabinets of the lecturer. Here is a different example from Florian Michahelles. He has collected corresponding student papers in seminar proceedings that are available through the Internet. Excellent! A good example to follow.

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The Virtual Logistics Lab (VLL)

While the Internet of Things is mostly focused on accessing information, there is also a demand to act through the Internet of Things for example to control machines. As part of a student project the “Virtual Logistics Lab” has been developed. The VLL enables accessing the LogDynamics Lab via Internet and will provide a community platform. The VLL-users plan, monitor and evaluate their experiments remotely. Webcams are used to get direct feedback. Currently the functionality is still limited, but we are looking forward to the follow-up project – VLL 2.0. Here is a short video that shows the general idea of the VLL.

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For more information see: Virtual Logistics Lab

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Are there more things than people connected to the Internet?

Here is a nice graphic about the Internet of Things as seen by CISCO. The graphic seems to be from 2008 and states that at the end of 2011 20 typical households will produce more Internet traffic than the entire Internet produced in 2008. Personally, I have my doubts…

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Bremen Research Cluster for Dynamics in Logistics (LogDynamics) wins competition

Congratulations to my colleagues from the LogDynamics International Graduate School (IGS) for winning this competition! The competition was announced by the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), the 4ING faculty conferences, the TU9 consortium (union of the leading technical universities in Germany), and the Working Group of Technical Universities and Colleges (ARGE TU/TH). Link

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