Optical wireless communications technologies for the internet of things

Dominic O'Brien

by Dominic O’Brien, Professor of Engineering Science, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford

The Internet of Things (IoT) presents a wide range of implementation challenges, including ensuring security, lowering energy consumption, and providing reliable communications. Optical Wireless Communications (OWC) and LiFi can assist in achieving this, and provide secure contained communications channels, energy that can be harvested by IoT nodes, and critically; new regions of the electromagnetic spectrum to alleviate the demands on the congested RF spectrum.

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Enabling Li-Fi for the Internet of Things: advanced MAC layer aspects

Maximilian Riegel

by Maximilian Riegel, Nokia

The evolution of the Internet of Things will not only dramatically increase the number of connected devices, but will also leverage light communications to further increase the density of connected nodes, to enable ultra-reliable low latency communication, and to avoid electromagnetic compatibility and interference issues of radio signals.

Aside of the efficiency of the physical layer, there are extended requirements to the medium access control (MAC) layer functions of Li-Fi to meet the operational dynamics of IoT applications and the constraints of tiny communication nodes.

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IoT communication goes Photonic, via Li-Fi

A podcast on Internet of Things and Li-Fi as a warm-up for the IoT Event, 30 September on IoT and Li-Fi at High Tech Campus Eindhoven.

The Internet of Things (IoT) drives a rapid growth of the amount of data communication as tens of Billions of devices will communicate. Today’s IoT is predominantly narrowband. Yet, we also foresee increasing demands for communication at high Quality of Service, 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. Continue reading “IoT communication goes Photonic, via Li-Fi”

Save the date: May 23, 2019 – Strategy Workshop: New Business Opportunities with the Internet of Things

In this one-day strategy workshop you will develop a first new IoT business concept by looking at your own company in a different and fresh way. The workshop is primarily intended for management level professionals who are working on the strategic orientation towards the future of their company. Summarized the strategy workshop’s program is as follows:

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Save the date: September 30, 2019, IoT & Photonics workshops during Photonics Applications Week (PHAPPS Week)

IoT & Photonics

Save the date: September 30, 2019, IoT & Photonics workshops during Photonics Applications Week (PHAPPS Week) in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

More info about IoT & Photonics workshops: https://iotevent.eu/

More info about Photonics Applications Week (PHAPPS Week): https://phappsweek.com/

Host your own event: https://phappsweek.com/host-your-own-event/

Photonics is a key enabler of the Internet of Things
Without photonics, the interconnectedness of physical devices and their ability to share and analyze information about their surroundings would not be possible.

For its implementation the Internet of Things relies heavily on sensor technology. Sensors need to be small, robust and energy efficient to be embedded in machines, appliances, buildings and infrastructure and succesfully collect data over large periods of time.

Fibre optic sensors – manufactured using photonics technology – are not only more sensitive than existing electromagnetic sensors, but also faster operating, better able to withstand harsh conditions and immune to electromagnetic interference.

Some of the most significant photonics IoT applications are: communications, transportation, environmental monitoring, smart homes, factories, and gadgets.

The IoT event consists of several workshops where endusers and suppliers will meet and discuss what is needed for Internet of Things and how photonics can support this.

New IoT-related events in Eindhoven this autumn

smart society

We invite you to check these two new IoT-related events in Eindhoven this autumn and get up-to-date with the latest smart society technology developments.

AT&T plans wider deployment of LTE-M network for Internet of Things

AT&T

AT&T plans wider deployment of LTE-M network for Internet of Things

AT&T plans nationwide deployment of its LTE-M network for Internet of Things (IoT) ahead of schedule in second quarter of 2017.  We’re also planning LTE-M availability in Mexico by the end of the year.
The roll out will ultimately support a North American footprint across the AT&T 4G LTE network in the U.S. and Mexico. Our 4G LTE network now covers nearly 400 million people in the U.S. and Mexico[2]. Continue reading “AT&T plans wider deployment of LTE-M network for Internet of Things”

On the way to a smart future: Internet of People, not Things

Internet of People

On the way to a smart future: Internet of People, not Things! On December 15, internationally renowned speakers and IoT enthusiasts will gather in Eindhoven to debate the way our increasingly digitized society develops in the context of the entirely new Internet emerging.

It will not be an Internet of Things Event, but an Internet of People Event, in which the citizen/individual is the key.

The Internet of People Event aims to help you think systematically about the future from the human perspective, in other words the SMART SOCIETY, while embracing the new technologies that combine to produce new capacities for productivity, connectivity and communication. Continue reading “On the way to a smart future: Internet of People, not Things”

Where are my products and in what condition? Track & trace throughout the logistics chain – Presented by Erik Ekkel, Ahrma Holding BV

Where are my products and in what condition? Track & trace throughout the logistics chain – Presented by Erik Ekkel, Ahrma Holding BV At the Intelligent Sensor Networks Conference which takes place on November 15 ,2016, at High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, The Netherlands Continue reading “Where are my products and in what condition? Track & trace throughout the logistics chain – Presented by Erik Ekkel, Ahrma Holding BV”

“Platforms and Ecosystems, how to build an Internet of Things business?” – Presented by Bob van Luijt, Kubrickology

“Platforms and Ecosystems, how to build an Internet of Things business?” – Presented by Bob van Luijt, Kubrickology, at Intelligent Sensor Networks Conference, Nov 15, 2016, at High Tech Campus Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

The Internet has opened a tremendous amount of new business opportunities and the Internet of Things promises even more. In this talk, I will present a framework that can be used to enhance an organization in the digital realm. We will look at the now, near future and distant future. We can see how this framework applies to large companies and what the value of connected devices, data, and software is in this context. Continue reading ““Platforms and Ecosystems, how to build an Internet of Things business?” – Presented by Bob van Luijt, Kubrickology”