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The Internet of Things

April 12, 2011

The need for authoritative, ongoing international cooperation in regard to the European agenda for taking the concept of the Internet of Things to reality is pivotal in placing it in the global context it demands. CASAGRAS2—the acronym for an E.U. project known as Co-ordination and Support Action for Global RFID-related Activities and Standardization—provides the necessary conduit for taking the next steps in international collaboration. The project's partners will present a one-day conference in conjunction with RFID Journal LIVE! 2011.
CASAGRAS2 identifies a much broader base for international cooperation, with partners from Brazil, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and the United States. The European partners are from Belgium, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom. CASAGRAS2 also identifies a group of experts to participate in the project, targeting stakeholders based in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Mexico, North America, Africa and the Middle East, Asia and Australasia.

CASAGRAS2 draws upon the outcomes of a completed CASAGRAS1 project, and the resulting recommendations stemming from it. It seeks to contribute to IERC, the European research cluster for the Internet of Things, offering an important holistic input characterized by the generic nature of the work packages in regard to architecture, identification and data-capture protocols, applications and services frameworks, R&D roadmaps, education and training, and the important multidimensional features of governance—all with respect to international deliberation.

Each component of these work-package activities will be developed in cooperation with international partners through the international platform work package. Outcomes will be delivered through a dissemination infrastructure, exploiting a range of delivery platforms and serving a wide range of project, stakeholder and end-user delivery needs, with substantial foundations for innovation and enterprise in regard to applications, services, products, and socioeconomic benefits.

Well-known drivers of the European automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) industry are among the leaders of the CASAGRAS project, and will be among the speakers in Orlando. Other speakers will travel from South America, Europe and Asia to share their insights on a topic that is gaining global recognition.

Networked RFID—Toward the Internet of Things
1. Networked RFID—Exploiting Communication Technologies, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ZigBee and 6LoWPAN
2. Sensory Technologies and Networking
3. Sensory Technologies, Energy and Networking
4. Carrier-Based Processing
5. Novel Applications
6. The Internet of Things Around the World
7. Europe's Commitment to RFID and the Internet of Things
8. Privacy, Security and Behavioral Issues
9. What the Internet of Things Means for Standards
10. Cloud Computing—an Enabling Technology for Internet-of-Things Applications

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April 12, 2011

11:00 AM

Europe's Commitment to RFID and the Internet of Things
An overview of Europe's commitment to RFID and the Internet of Things, with particular reference to the EU-supported RACE Network RFID Thematic Network project. The speaker, Ian Smith, will discuss Europe's Research Cluster for the Internet of Things (IERC), in which he has responsibility for International Affairs.

Ian Smith, President and CASAGRAS2 Coordinator, AIM UK

11:15 AM

Internet of Things Around the World
An overview of Internet of Things developments worldwide related to the implementation of the IoT, drawing particular attention to EU-supported CASAGRAS projects directed specifically at international cooperation.

Ian Smith, President and CASAGRAS2 Coordinator, AIM UK

11:40 AM

Network RFID—Automatic Data Capture and Identification Meets the Internet
Recent advances in low-power wireless networking have led to automatic identification and sensing systems increasingly connected to the Internet. This allows the efficient and effective remote control of such systems, but also has implications for data-traffic patterns on the Internet. In this presentation, Dr. George Roussos will explore the co-evolution of AIDC techn

Dr. George Roussos, Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Science and Information Services, Birkbeck College, University of London

12:05 PM

Sensory Technologies and Networking
Developments in sensors and networking technologies are presenting a significant foundation for wide-ranging IoT applications and services. Many of these developments have radio frequency identification as a platform for sensory and networking capability. This presentation will look into these developments, as well as the impact they are likely to have on the development of the Internet of Things.

José Roberto de Almeida Amazonas, Associate Professor, Communications and Control Engineering Department, EPUSPo

12:30 PM

Carrier-Based Functionality and Energy Harvesting in IoT Applications
With the concept of the Internet of Things at the forefront of consideration with respect to the future of information and communications technology (ICT) within the European Union, RFID is being seen as an important enabling technology. Attention, in this respect, is also being directed at the importance of ubiquitous computing and networks, where RFID is seen as significant, including developments in RFID that can support enhanced functionality, processing and sensory capabilities. This also raises the powering and energy-conservation requirements for these more sophisticated RFID devices, and the importance of energy harvesting as a means of satisfying such demands. In this session, Anthony Furness will provide a brief introduction to RFID carrier functionality and energy harvesting, as well as their significance in realizing the IoT objective.

Dr. George Roussos, Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Science and Information Services, Birkbeck College, University of London

1:00 PM


1:45 PM

Privacy, Security and Behaviour Issues
Privacy, security and behavioural issues have attracted significant attention in developments concerning RFID and its applications and positioning with respect to the Internet of Things. Trevor Pierce will provide insight into these issues, particularly in relation to developments in Europe, as well as global developments concerning the IoT.

Trevor Peirce, Public Policy Activity Leader and CFO, RFID in Europe

2:15 PM

Cloud Computing
Most Internet of Things applications will certainly depend on accessing external databases, as well as on processing huge amount of data. This presentation will show how cloud computing associated to CPU capacity and network virtualization are key technologies to enable the IoT to become of paramount importance in the decision-making process for many business and environmental scenarios.

José Roberto de Almeida Amazonas, Associate Professor, Communications and Control Engineering Department, EPUSPo

2:40 PM

Web-based System for Monitoring the Location, Security and Status of Hazardous Materials Transported by Rail
The integration of technologies is being seen as a very significant aspect of applications and services for the Internet of Things, particularly where the need is seen for satisfying multiple requirements, such as location, security and real-time data collection. The application presented here demonstrates the powerful nature of integration and Web-based application support. It demonstrates how Dow Chemical uses Web-based software linked with bar codes, GPS and SatCom, as well as sensors, to monitor the real-time location, security status and tank levels of highly hazardous materials transported by rail. The Internet enables Dow to have a common "version of the truth" that can be shared and acted on by numerous people involved, including suppliers.

Craig Casto, Auto-ID Technology Leader, Dow Chemical

3:15 PM


3:30 PM

What the Internet of Things Means for Standards
The Internet of Things covers a vast array of technologies and applications. How can we pull this together in a standardized fashion? Learn about the standards that will be the backbone of the IoT.

Stephen Halliday, President, High Tech Aid

3:55 PM

Q&A With Speakers

Ian Smith, President and CASAGRAS2 Coordinator, AIM UK

4:15 PM

Co-located Conference Adjourns

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