5G: Can You Hear Me Now?

CATEGORIES : IoT, Wireless/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

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 […]

Blockchains Unchained

CATEGORIES : Embedded system, IoT/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

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 […]

Hubs Become Central to the IoT

CATEGORIES : IoT/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

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 […]

No Safety without Security on the IoT

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

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 […]

New Layers Form within the Cloud

CATEGORIES : All, Data Center, IoT/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

An air mass that begins life as a single huge cloud may separate, under the complex interactions of wind, temperature, pressure, and humidity, into several distinct strata with different characteristics. Similarly, today’s seemingly uniform cloud data centers are being transformed, through the emerging pressures of big-data computing and the Internet of Things (IoT), into multiple, […]