Optical Wireless Communication for the Internet of Things

by Prof. Jean-Paul Linnartz, research Fellow, Signify / Signify Li-Fi systems

The Internet of Things (IoT) drives a rapid growth of the amount of data communication as tens of Billions of devices will communicate, with widely varying communication requirements. Today’s IoT is predominantly narrowband. Yet, we also foresee increasing demands for high speed communication at with critical Quality of Service requirements, such as guaranteed high bit rates at low latency. A wide range of future IoT applications, i.e. flexible manufacturing, augmented reality and autonomous cars require the exchange of sensor and video data, processed in the cloud, while doing real-time remote control of autonomous devices.

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What is Li-Fi?

according to siginify

According to Wikipedia: Li-Fi (/ˈlaɪfaɪ/; short for light fidelity) is wireless communication technology, which utilizes light to transmit data and position between devices.

In technical terms, Li-Fi is a light communication system (hence based on photonics) that is capable of transmitting data at high speeds over the visible light, ultraviolet, and infrared spectrums. In its present state, only LED lamps can be used for the transmission of visible light.

In terms of its end use, the technology is similar to Wi-Fi – the key technical difference being that Wi-Fi uses radio frequency to transmit data.

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ISN Conference Integrated in IoT Event Program

After 8 years of succesful editions of the Intelligent Sensor Networks Conference which started back in 2011, Jakajima has decided to integrate the conference in the Internet of Things Event schedule.

Most important reason is that Intelligent Sensor Networks were at the start very unique, but today Internet of Things covers these aspects as well, whether it is about Smart Infrastructure, Smart Industry etc.

Intelligent Sensor Networks Conference welcomes Watify as Exhibition Partner

Intelligent Sensor Networks Conference welcomes Watify as Exhibition Partner. The event takes place on November 08, 2017, at High Tech Campus Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

About Watify
Watify is an awareness-raising campaign funded by the European Commission to support the EU efforts to stimulate the modernisation of Europe’s industry by boosting European SMEs’ technological transformation and supporting Europe’s regions to translate their smart specialisation strategies in the areas of digitisation and Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) into concrete projects. Continue reading “Intelligent Sensor Networks Conference welcomes Watify as Exhibition Partner”

Digitalization allows machine manufacturers to develop new business models

Digitalization allows machine manufacturers to develop new business models

At the EMO 2017, Siemens is demonstrating the various connection and installation options of its high-performance and open cloud-based IoT operating system MindSphere for applications in the machine tool sector. The company is connecting over 240 different machine tools from over 140 manufacturers across the whole exhibition site using its “Manage MyMachines” app on MindSphere. In addition to this, machine manufacturers such as Heller are presenting new services and business models based on MindSphere to, for example, increase efficiency and productivity.

“The overwhelming willingness of machine tool manufacturers at the EMO to connect their machines to MindSphere shows the potential the sector sees in cloud-based digitalization solutions. Our cloud-based IoT operating system offers machine manufacturers many different ways to gain a competitive advantage by using their extensive domain expertise and developing high-performance applications for machine operators. Continue reading “Digitalization allows machine manufacturers to develop new business models”

DMG MORI, Microsoft Japan reach agreement on Smart Factory implementation

DMG MORI, Microsoft Japan reach agreement on Smart Factory implementation

DMG MORI and Microsoft Japan Co., Ltd reached an agreement on technological corporation for security of machine tool control systems and implementation of “Smart Factory.”

In a recent trend of rapid globalization of production in the manufacturing industry, “Smart Factory” has been drawing a great deal of attention. “Smart Factory” uses IoT (Internet of the things) technologies that connect every device in a factory via the Internet; analyzes shop equipment information and the sensor data in real time in the cloud; and optimizes production management and quality control. Behind the advancement of technologies, on the other hand, some factories and infrastructure such as power plants have been cyber-attacked, and security of control systems has become one of the most urgent issues today. Continue reading “DMG MORI, Microsoft Japan reach agreement on Smart Factory implementation”

Practical Wideband Motion Energy Harvester – Presented by Oleg Guziy, Kinergizer

Practical Wideband Motion Energy Harvester – Presented by Oleg Guziy, Kinergizer BV at the Intelligent Sensor Networks Conference, special edition, 23 May 2017, Messe Düsseldorf Congress Center, Düsseldorf , Germany.

Often introduction of predictive maintenance requires installation of wireless sensors into existing aging plants. Providing power for wireless sensors in a convenient and cost effective way can become a real challenge. This presentation will discuss the possibilities to use motion energy harvesters as an alternative to batteries, maintenance cost and total cost of ownership related to them, harvested power at different vibration levels and field tests in real life conditions. Continue reading “Practical Wideband Motion Energy Harvester – Presented by Oleg Guziy, Kinergizer”

Improving sensor performance for avoiding problems in bridges and dams

New fiber-based sensor could quickly detect structural problems in bridges and dams. Today, there is great interest in using distributed sensors to continually monitor the structural health of large structures such as dams or bridges. With 1 million sensing points, a newly developed fiber optic distributed sensor could offer significantly faster detection of structural problems than is currently available. Continue reading “Improving sensor performance for avoiding problems in bridges and dams”

The real Industry 4.0 – Presented by Henrik Vikberg, Cisco Systems

The real Industry 4.0 – Presented by Henrik Vikberg, Cisco Systems Inc at the Intelligent Sensor Networks Conference, special edition, 23 May 2017, Messe Düsseldorf Congress Center, Düsseldorf , Germany.

Industry 4.0 has become a term that every supplier from sensors to cloud throws around, many times in the wrong context. This presentation will address the full aspect of Industry 4.0, both with its possibilities and challenges.

About Henrik Vikberg
Henrik Vikberg is the EMEAR Executive Advisor leading the sales in both commercial and technical areas for Cisco Systems within manufacturing. Henrik joined Cisco with more then a decade of experience in automation focused in multiple sales and marketing leadership roles; most recently as the Sales & Marketing manager for Beckhoff Automation. Continue reading “The real Industry 4.0 – Presented by Henrik Vikberg, Cisco Systems”

Deterministic Communication for the Industrial IoT – Presented by Christoph Gugg, B&R Industrial Automation

Deterministic Communication for the Industrial IoT – Presented by Dr. Christoph Gugg, B&R Industrial Automation, Member of IIC at the Intelligent Sensor Networks Conference, special edition, 23 May 2017, Messe Düsseldorf Congress Center, Düsseldorf , Germany.

The Industrial IoT describes the convergence of operations technologies (OT) with information technologies (IT). Historically, both domains have unique requirements – this presentation answers the question how real-time communication can be achieved within a smart factory network. The usage of the potent OPC UA’s data description model with the IEEE Ethernet extension TSN enables new business opportunities when combined with the high-performance industrial protocol POWERLINK. Continue reading “Deterministic Communication for the Industrial IoT – Presented by Christoph Gugg, B&R Industrial Automation”