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Guest Column: Steve Halliday on the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is changing the way many of us think about the world of data capture and how it relates to the way we set up our businesses. At the recent AIM Expo meeting in Las Vegas, AIM held two committee meetings that are of interest to the RFID community, one of which focused on the Internet of Things (IoT). While we have met together previously on conference calls, this was the first time the IoT group met in person.

Steve Halliday is President of High Tech Aid and the chair of AIM's Internet of Things committee.

One project we are working on is to help better position the IoT in the U.S. Many countries are involved in the IoT, with the governments of China, Korea, and Europe (to name just a few) pouring billions of dollars into ensuring that they stay in the lead in the various aspects of IoT.  China recently released its five-year plan in which it details that five billion yuan has been made available to support the development of the IoT in China. I recently visited Wuxi, a city just outside of Shanghai, where the IoT is playing a major role in the development of this new and sprawling community.

In the U.S. we have not had any government statements about the development of the IoT. Therefore, our group will be putting together some informational pieces and approaching the U.S. legislature to try to ensure that the U.S. is not left behind.

As the chair of the IoT committee, my goal was to define the work of the group and get some people committed to providing input. The committee has defined its scope and purpose based around the use of AIDC technologies. The mission is:

1. To promote, support, and educate the AIDC community about IoT.

2. To be the guiding authority about AIDC technology to the IoT community.

The first area of work was to look at the various definitions of the IoT and decide how they work with the mission we have. The IoT is a very large subject covering everything from the sensor and tag at the object (or “thing”) all the way up to the global communications scheme. AIM is primarily focused on the sensor and tag area. The definitions we have found do not explain the lower levels well, and so we are working on a definition to better represent this side.

Two projects have come to the fore in this committee. The first is based on education and communication. The group is creating an IoT repository with a matrix that explains the IoT and how various applications and systems are part of the IoT. The group is also creating several marketing pieces to help explain the issues and to allow the AIM IoT committee to answer some of the questions that a potential user might have.

Following the IoT committee meeting, the Expo held a conference session on the IoT. Four speakers gave a good update on various aspects of the IoT: IOT Overview: Steve Halliday, High Tech Aid; The Internet of Things (IoT): Past, Present and Future : Jeff Tazelaar, MSU; Smart Infrastructures for the Internet of Things: Raj Saksena, Omnitrol Networks; and Critical Infrastructure and IOT: Peter Hawrylak, University of Tulsa.

The RFID Experts Group (REG) also met during AIM. This committee works on projects related directly to RFID. The current work program includes a healthcare initiative that is looking at the effects of RFID on medical devices, white papers on data content of RFID tags, use of RFID in explosive environments, how active tags work with passive tags, and the use of RFID on mechanical handling equipment.

If you believe that the IoT is going to be relevant to you and the work you do, then you need to get involved in the AIM committees.  They are open to all AIM members. You can get info on joining AIM or the above committees from Linda Young at AIM,  or you can get more specific info on both committees from me at the contact info below.

The next physical meeting for both committees is early next year, but both groups will have several phone meetings before then.  Join now and get involved.

Steve Halliday

President

High Tech Aid

410 Banbury Crossing,

Gibsonia, PA 15044, USA

+1 724 443 7518

http://www.hightechaid.com

Twitter: @RFIDMan

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