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Look Sharp: The IoT is Watching

The Internet of Things (IoT) is about to change profoundly the design of embedded systems—but probably not in the way you are thinking. The change will begin not in silicon or in algorithms but in business models. Yet it will quickly permeate every aspect of embedded design. Early warnings of the shift began several years […]

CATEGORIES : Embedded system, IoT/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

5G: Can You Hear Me Now?

The first 5G silicon has been announced. 5G network field trials are underway. The next generation of wireless everything is just about ready. Maybe. If you listen to other voices, standards groups are still wrestling with important technical issues. Big questions—small cells or large, smart base stations or streamlined ones, centralized computing or distributed—still hang […]

CATEGORIES : IoT, Wireless/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Blockchains Unchained

It first came to our attention as the plausible-sounding but obscure data structure that made Bitcoin unhackable. Then some people lost a lot of money in attacks on Bitcoin exchanges. But before the cyberspace version of yellow crime-scene tape could come down, blockchain was back. Exonerated for the bitcoin fiascos, blockchains were now being researched […]

CATEGORIES : Embedded system, IoT/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Hubs Become Central to the IoT

Even before real systems are widely deployed, the Internet of Things (IoT) is rushing into a period of rapid evolution. Early—and, frankly, simplistic—ideas about IoT architecture are giving way to more nuanced views, often based on analysis of data flows and on hard questions of why the IoT really matters. The result will be new […]

CATEGORIES : IoT/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

No Safety without Security on the IoT

We have reached the stage in the evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT) where two independent processes have become self-sustaining. The first—the creative process—has begun to uncover genuinely compelling applications. Beyond $40 internet lightbulbs, in-refrigerator Webcams, and toothbrushes with smartphone apps, systems developers are starting to see—and to prototype—applications at the convergence of smart […]

CATEGORIES : All, Data Center, IoT, System Security, Wireless/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson