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School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

Internet of Things for a Smart Planet

Supervisor: Dr Stefan Poslad

The Internet of Things consists of Smart Devices that are smart in the sense because they are active, digital, networked, can operate to some extent autonomously, are reconfigurable and have local control of the resources they need such as energy, data storage, etc. Currently the Internet of Things (IoT) predominantly focusses on internetworking things in urban areas to help enable the vision of a Smart City that is sustainable, energy efficient, etc. In contrast to Smart City IoTs that tend to support data exchange from Things in communication resource rich environments that are covered by multiple short-range and longer range wireless networks, in contrast exchanging data in non-urban Smart Planet IoTs is more challenging. This is because Things can be situated in harsh physical environments, often where the use of mainstream airborne wireless communication may not even be available and where the resources for Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and energy, are constrained. The primary objective is to research and validate the use of a system to support the Smart Planet data exchange requirements for openness, flexibility, scalability, resiliency and time-sensitivity.