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From Machine-to-Machine to the Internet of Things: Introduction to a New Age of Intelligence is now available!

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We have been researching the Internet of Things for many years and noticed that there is no comprehensive book that can explain IoT to newcomers to the topic – so we wrote one ourselves. If you want to understand IoT from a global perspective, the technologies and architectures that form its basis and its impact on business, relevant applications etc., then this is the book for you: “From Machine-to-Machine to the Internet of Things: Introduction to a New Age of Intelligence.” It is available now from your favorite on-line retailer as either hardcover or e-book.

The authors – myself and my two colleagues Vlasios Tsiatsis and Stefan Avesand from Ericsson Research, Catherine Mulligan from Imperial College Business School London, David Boyle from Imperial College London Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and last but far from least our esteemed colleague Stamatis Karnouskos from SAP – have long standing experience from the Internet of Things, from research, standardization, practical experimentation to building commercial solutions. This being the first proper book project I have been involved in, I give my thanks to Cathy for her guidance as she has a number of books published already.

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.

After spending closer to a decade at Ericsson Research doing both research and contributing to our company strategies in the areas of M2M and IoT, I am excited to share the aggregated knowledge and vision about the future of the Internet of Things. I hope you will enjoy the book, and after you finish reading it, that you will share our vision of “50 Billion Connected Devices in the Networked Society”!

Read more about From Machine-to-Machine to the Internet of Things: Introduction to a New Age of Intelligence on the Ericsson Book page.

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ISBN: 978-0-12-407684-6

Jan Höller, Ericsson Research

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