Section: Application Domains

The Internet of Things

The general agreement is that the Internet of Things (IoT) is composed of small, often battery-powered objects which measure and interact with the physical world, and encompasses smart home applications, wearables, smart city and smart plant applications.

The Internet of Things (IoT) has received continuous attention since 2013, and has been a marketing tool for industry giants such as IBM and Cisco, and the focal point of major events such the Consumer Electronics Show and the IETF. The danger of such exposure is that any under-performance may ultimately disappoint early adopters.

It is absolutely essential to (1) clearly understand the limits and capabilities of the IoT, and (2) develop technologies which enable user expectation to be met.

With the general public becoming increasingly familiar with the term “Internet of Things”, its definition is broadening to include all devices which can be interacted with from a network, and which do not fall under the generic term of “computer”.

The EVA team is dedicated to understanding and contributing to the IoT. In particular, the team will maintain a good understanding of the different technologies at play (Bluetooth, IEEE 802.15.4, WiFi, cellular), and their trade-offs. Through scientific publications and other contributions, EVA will help establish which technology best fits which application.