In the 331-page book, we outline the background and overall vision for the Internet of Things and M2M communications and services, including major standards. We cover all relevant and key technologies including everything from sensors, actuators and devices used for instrumenting the physical world through sensor networks, wide area and cellular networks to the cloud-based infrastructures containing software to collect and process the vast amount of different data produced. We also describe how the data is the basis for deriving useful information and knowledge, and how to integrate that into enterprise processes. There are also a number of architecture activities ongoing, from ETSI M2M to more end-to-end architectures coming out as state-of-the-art from the research community, and we of course cover those as well.
If you are looking for more technical details, these are standards that we cover and put into their right contexts: IEEE 802.15.4, 3GPP (GPRS, 3G, 4G), Bluetooth Low Energy/Smart, IETF 6LoWPAN, IETF CoAP, IETF RPL, Power Line Communication, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Sensor Web Enablement (SWE), ZigBee, 802.11, Broadband Forum TR-069, Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) Device Management (DM), ETSI M2M, ISA100.11a, WirelessHART, M-BUS, Wireless M-BUS, KNX, RFID, Object Management Group (OMG) Business Process Modelling Notation (BPMN).
The enabling technologies we explain include: Embedded systems hardware and software, devices and gateways, capillary and M2M area networks, local and wide area networking, M2M Service Enablement, IoT data management and data warehousing, data analytics and big data, complex event processing and stream analytics, knowledge discovery and management, business process and enterprise integration, Software as a Service and cloud computing.
Finally, we also describe a number of IoT use cases. As there are endless usages of IoT, we limited ourselves to the following: Asset Management like e-Maintenance; Industrial Automation; the Smart Grid including metering, smart houses, energy in a city perspective; Commercial Building Automation; Smart Cities; and lastly Participatory Sensing, also known as Urban Sensing which is a sort of crowdsourcing approach to Internet of Things.
In a short period of time, the meaning of “mobile” at Google has shifted dramatically to “handset” from “tablet handset”. We expect the definition of “mobile” to continue to evolve as more and more “smart” devices gain traction in the market. For example, a few years from now, we and other companies could be serving ads and other content on refrigerators, car dashboards, thermostats, glasses, and watches, to name just a few possibilities.