The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the ever-growing network of physical objects ("things") that feature an IP address for internet connectivity, the communication that occurs between these objects and other Internet-enabled devices and systems, and the data that can be gathered and utilized from these objects. When many "things" are connected, we can enable a smart phone, vehicle, machine, home, building, community, city, etc. The use of electronics, software, actuators, sensors and network connectivity allows these "things" to collect and exchange, and, when programmed properly, make decisions on actions (automation) to be taken on/in your smart phone, vehicle, machine, home, community, city, etc. While there is a huge level of excitement about IoT and how it can benefit society, there are also discussions of where the line should be drawn with respect to privacy. This IoT overview defines the term; discusses market size, verticals and ecosystem; and summarizes influential ideas and technologies in this space. This overview will help new-comers understand what is meant by the "Internet of Things", how it may impact their current areas of expertise, and what they can do to be an active participant in this major market trend while assisting seasoned technologists/professionals to further understand the demands of this expansive market. In addition to discussing IoT domain trends, areas such as security and privacy will also be addressed.
Karen Matthews, a native of Baltimore, MD, began her academic career at the US Naval Academy, received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Morgan State University (1989) and a MEng (1991), a PhD in Electrical Engineering (1998) and an MBA (2007), all from Cornell University.
Prior to pursuing an MBA, Karen held senior positions in Corning Incorporated's Science & Technology Division in opto-electronic packaging and as a systems research scientist. After completing her MBA, she worked as a technology and market development manager for Corning's Specialty Materials division. Upon returning to Science and Technology, she now works in early innovation stage markets and tech-nologies for the optical communications sector to identify and help implement new growth opportunities.
Dr. Matthews has authored several publications and patents and is a member of several technical and professional organizations. She currently serves as Corning's Board member of Georgia Tech's Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies (CDAIT) - sitting on the Research Work Group and leading the Thought Leadership Work Group therein.
Corning is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. We create and make keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, over 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, and a distinctive collaborative culture.
Our products include glass substrates for LCD flat panel televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telephone and internet communication networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy and metrology.