IEEE ComSoc CTN Special Issue on Ten Trends that Tell Where Communication Technologies are Headed in 2015

CTN Issue: January 2015

As we enter the 15th year of the twenty first century, what are the emerging communications technologies that will be hitting the news headlines, and what trends will be at the top of research and development agendas in industry and academia?

Here’s ComSoc IEEECTN list of the top ten technologies worth watching, including possible twists on the horizon for 2015 and beyond. Topics include 5G, cybersecurity, green communications, virtualization, cognitive networks, IoT, smartphones and connected devices, molecular communications, NetNeutrality, Internet governance and fiber everywhere.

These topics were selected with the advice of ComSoc experts, with the help of IEEE Xplore analytics, and with inputs from Google Trends data. Not a perfect all-inclusive crystal ball gazing. Yet as we work on the opportunities and challenges of emerging technology trends, these do seem to be the prime time “must-watch” areas in our industry.

IEEE ComSoc CTN Special Issue on From Smartphones to Connected Sensors: It’s a Mobile Device Revolution

CTN Issue: December 2014

The Mobile Communications Industry is in the midst of a race to connect the World with devices such as smartphones, tablets, wearables and everyday objects. It is a real device revolution that is impacting our lifestyles, our businesses and our institutions.

Small, Low-Power, Connected Sensors: "Energy Harvesting Active Networked Tags (EnHANTs) for Ubiquitous Object Networking"

CTN Issue: December 2014

Small, low-power active devices are the focus of this article describing Energy-Harvesting Active Networked Tags (EnHANTs): Small, flexible devices that gather energy from light, vibration or other environmental sources. EnHANTs are capable of transmitting up to 30 feet (9 meters) without consuming much energy, acting as wireless transceivers that use ultra-wideband to send short pulses or bursts of information.

When the Device is the Network with Mesh, P2P and D2D: "Device-to-Device Communications Underlaying Cellular Networks"

CTN Issue: December 2014

Smartphones, mobile apps, mesh networking, WiFi, and Bluetooth technologies are giving users new and enhanced ways to communicate without using Internet or Cellular Networks, or supplementing them with additional capabilities.