IEEE ComSoc CTN Special Issue on The Internet of Things (IoT)

CTN Issue: November 2014

The “Internet of Things” (IoT) refers to a (potentially) near-future Internet architecture where billions of everyday objects will each be assigned an IP address, enabling people to interact with these objects through the Internet, and for the objects to interact with each other. Representative industry “positions” on the IoT include Microsoft [Microsoft IoT], Cisco [Cisco IoT], and Google [Google IoT], just to name a few. Although the details of exactly how the future IoT will look remain unclear, it is clear that the IoT holds a potential to transform the way we interact with our world. To be sure, there are a myriad of technical challenges, and the IEEE is playing a central role in coordinating and publishing cutting edge research in IoT.

The Cluster Between Internet of Things and Social Networks: Review and Research Challenges

CTN Issue: November 2014

Whereas the current “Intranet of Things” consists of a local network (like a wireless sensor network) capable of exchanging local information, the envisioned “Internet of Things” would extend the scope and scale by interconnecting these networks.  Beyond the IoT lies the Social Internet of Things (SIoT), where the environmental information from the IoT is merged with social networking principles, to enable useful “social driven” human to device interaction.  Whereas the IoT is a “"a world-wide network of interconnected objects uniquely addressable, based on standard communication protocols", the SIoT paradigm facilitates interaction.  Interaction is facilitated in a variety of ways, e.g., enabling devices to play a “social role” (smart objects),facilitating easier service discovery, and facilitating service interoperability (“mash-ups”).

Ubiquitous WSN for Healthcare: Recent Advances and Future Prospects

CTN Issue: November 2014

Advances in health monitoring devices promise to usher in a new era in healthcare where health data is being constantly collected (through a wearable monitoring platform) and transmitted to and analyzed by the healthcare provider.  In contrast with current medical practices (episodic measurement and care), a ubiquitous health data stream promises to improve diagnosis accuracy, reduce treatment delay, and reduce obstacles for patients to receive treatment.

Sybil Attacks and Their Defenses in the Internet of Things

CTN Issue: November 2014

A Sybil attack is a security threat where an attacker employs a false/forged identity to gain unauthorized access to a secure system.  A Sybil attack is of particular concern in the IoT because of the extensive personal data envisioned to be made available on the IoT.

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