Help With Building the Next Big Thing

The resources you need to tackle the IoT

7 March 2014

With the launch of the Internet of Things (IoT) initiative by the IEEE Future Directions Committee—the organization’s R&D arm—many have been busy developing a host of resources to get members up to speed on the technology. Here’s what’s available so far.


A good place to start is the IoT Web Portal, which has the latest news about IEEE IoT activities, articles, and information about upcoming conferences and events.


How will individuals navigate this new world, share information, and protect their privacy and security? To explore such questions, IEEE is hosting its first World Forum on Internet of Things from 6 to 8 March in Seoul, South Korea. Keynote speakers include IEEE Fellow Chung-Sheng Li, director of the commercial systems department at IBM, who plans to cover how related industries from different parts of the world can come together to help orchestrate a smarter planet. The others are IEEE members Kyungwhoon Cheun, senior vice president of Samsung, and Vida Ilderem, vice president of Intel Labs. The meeting also includes workshops on such topics as IoT application architecture and research, as well as the convergence of social networks and the IoT.

We highlight this and other meetings on the IoT in “Conferences: March-October”.


The inaugural issue of the online-only IEEE Internet of Things Journal is now available in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. It is sponsored by the IEEE Sensors Council and the IEEE Communications, Computer, and Signal Processing societies. Bimonthly issues will include articles on system architecture, communication and networking protocols, system security and manageability, services and applications, and test beds. Articles will be posted in IEEE Xplore as soon as they are accepted. Coming out in October will be a special issue on the security of the IoT and state-of-the-art applications for protecting data. And in December, another special issue will cover the “Internet of Vehicles.”

You can check out IEEE Xplore for articles on the IoT in other journals. Several IEEE Computer Society publications have covered the topic in the past year. There’s Computer magazine’s February 2013 special IoT issue, for example, and the article “Internet of Things and Ubiquitous Sensing” appeared in Computing Now last September. The November/December special issue of IEEE Intelligent Systems magazine was devoted to what it called the “Web of Things.”


If you’re working on applications for the Internet-enabled world, consider joining IEEE’s free online Internet of Things community, found on the IoT Web portal. Members receive announcements of upcoming conferences, links to news articles, and other information to keep them abreast of developments in the field.

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