Here is a variety of links and resources on the Internet of Things spotted around the web (not intended as any particular endorsements by Terepac or meant to imply affiliation; they are collected for interest’s sake.)
Backgrounders and IoT Applications Articles
- The Internet of Things: Networked objects and smart devices (Feb 2010) – A broad-ranging report on the Internet of Things by Constantine A. Valhouli of The Hammersmith Group gives context on what the Internet of Things is and highlights some interesting real-world applications of networked/smart objects. The Hammersmith Group also has a selection of other research reports available on their site as well, some of which include related topics like smart buildings and networked vehicles.
- NFC and the Internet of Things (June 21, 2011) – This guest post on VentureBeat by Adam Blum offers a vision of the many spaces where NFC will come into play enabling and creating the IoT as adoption of NFC technology expands.
- An Internet of Things Infographic (July 15, 2011) from Cisco’s Blog is a quick but neat read. Cisco also has a post and video on IoT, “How the Internet of Things Will Change Everything–Including Ourselves”; a piece with a diagram mapping out the IoT ecosystem across different industries, “From Internet of Things to Web of Things”; and an item touching on machine-to-machine in the IoT, “Machine-to-Machine Communications as a Subset of Internet of Things”.
- A Smarter Planet: The Next Leadership Agenda (November 6, 2008) – A speech by Sam Palmisano, IBM’s Chairman and CEO, on the coming smarter planet and the need for same.
Internet of Things News Bites
- The Internet of Things Council – The site for this “loose group of professionals” is packed with a variety of views, quotes, excerpts, updates, news bits, etc etc, circling the topic of the Internet of Things
Groups in IoT network / communication-Enabling areas
- The IPSO Alliance is a non-profit organization aimed at encouraging the use of Internet Protocol standards for smart object connectivity. They offer some articles and whitepapers on their site to this end.
- The DASH7 Alliance is a not-for-profit industry association for the DASH7 wireless connectivity standard. DASH7, aka ISO 18000-7 active RFID standard, operates at 433MHz and is intended for applicability towards low power, longer range, obstruction-penetrating, low data speed transmission types of uses.
- The USNAP Alliance is an industry group working towards a low cost standardized connection between smart meters and home area networks. They are aiming to be communication-protocol agnostic for the home area networks’ various wireless technologies (e.g. Zigbee, WiFi, etc)
- The ZigBee Alliance is the non-profit open association behind the Zigbee wireless networking standard. The standard tries to afford a low-cost, low-power technology such as might be demanded by wireless sensor or control networks; Zigbee devices can be used to form sizeable mesh networks.
- NFC Forum – a not-for-profit industry association concerning near field communication (NFC) technology. NFC is a short-range proximity technology compatible with contactless HF 14443A/B and FeliCa; NFC-enabled devices can play roles interacting with HF proximity cards as a reader, emulating themselves as an HF card to another reader, or pairing peer-to-peer to share data, so they have applicability in a range of transit, payment, and wireless linking applications among other things.
- Bluetooth Special Interest Group is the privately held not-for-profit trade association involved in publishing the Bluetooth standard and administering its qualification program. Bluetooth SIG has introduced a low-energy wireless connectivity technology, Bluetooth Low Energy as part of the Bluetooth v4.0 spec.
- Dynastream Innovations (a subsidiary of Garmin) is the company behind ANT, a proprietary wireless network protocol that operates in the 2.4GHz range. It aims to suit for low-power, low system cost applications, targeting both personal area networks for health and wellness as well as wireless sensor networks, among other things.
Tools for Tinkering
- Arduino is “an open-source electronics prototyping platform…intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments”. It has free software and open-source hardware reference designs, as well as links to online resources and tutorials for learning how to create your own projects.
Here is a variety of links and resources on the Internet of Things spotted around the web