What’s Next for the Net? The Internet of Things and Ubiquitous Computing

Friday, February 19, 2010: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Room 10 (San Diego Convention Center)
Today, about 2 billion people are connected to the Internet via personal computers and cell phones. In less than 10 years, hundreds of billions of devices and sensors will also be connected to the “Internet of Things.” Everything from cars to air conditioners to sprinkler heads to shipping boxes to dog collars will be connected. Sensors will provide petabytes of data on location, temperature, and other environmental data. They will enable more accurate tracking and management of automobile traffic, freight, and supply chains. Researchers in fields ranging from forestry to sociology will be able to study phenomenon in detail never possible before. Integrating the data from the Internet of Things will enable better simulations and modeling of our environment, natural disasters, and the behavior of crowds and organizations. This panel will examine the technological advances that are enabling the “Internet of Things” and the “Smarter Planet,” including low-power sensors, radio-frequency identification tags, and ubiquitous wireless networks. In addition, panelists will discuss the challenges involved in expanding the Internet by a factor of 100 or more and examine the barriers that could slow the deployment of such technologies at sensor nets and geo-location devices (e.g., privacy).
Michael R. Nelson, Georgetown University
Ramesh Rao, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology
Irwin Jacobs, Qualcomm
Next Steps for the Wireless Net
Lee Rainie, Pew Internet and American Life Project
The Future of the Internet IV: Scenarios for 2020
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