Internet of things will be topic of EBC Speaker Series

The next Engineering, Business, and Computing (EBC) Division Speaker Series Presentation will feature Dr. Cees Lanting from Switzerland, who will present "Internet of Things, between Hype and Reality" on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, from 1 to 2:15 p.m. in room 244 of the Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building. This presentation is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The presentation will concentrate on the reality of the Internet of Things (IoT), and will try to draw a picture of its status and development in the near future. It will present IoT as a major evolution, not as a revolution, and it will explain why we may expect some 250 billion connected devices by the year 2020. IoT is often considered to encompass the ?Internet of Services? (IoS). However by defining IoS in this presentation, the status and further development of IoT will be easier to understand. The nature of the required networking support, including radio systems for wireless devices in IoT, will also be discussed. Many observers see technical and economic challenges and standards issues as the key factors determining the further development of the IoT. This presentation will focus on the regulatory issues: in particular security, privacy, and ownership of data; as possibly the most important challenges and barriers for IoT acceptance and deployment.

Lanting earned his degree in Applied Physics from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His early research focus was on the development of computer controlled electro-optical measurement equipment for atom spectroscopy with classical spectrographs and tunable color lasers. While in The Netherlands, he worked as a senior systems engineer and senior consultant for several companies, including BSO/AT (now Atos Origin) and Hewlett-Packard. He then moved to Hewlett-Packard in France, as product line manager, followed by an assignment as R&D networking standards consultant, and European networking standards coordinator. In 1990, he moved to Belgium as senior consultant for the European standards organization, CEN, the European commission in the area of open network provision, and the Hermes Partnership, a network of telecom research organizations. In 2008, he moved to Switzerland, where he is now responsible for the coordination of development, negotiation, and execution of research projects in marketing and business development at CSEM in Neuchatel, under European Commission managed programs, the accompanying open innovation relationships, and the technical and commercial exploitation of results of the projects.

The EBC Division Speaker Series features Penn State Berks faculty and visiting experts who conduct research on a wide variety of topics. Topics are of broad and general interest and are accessible to the non-expert.

For more information, contact either of the co-chairs for the EBC Division Speaker Series: Dr. Jui-Chi Huang, Assistant Professor of Economics, ([email protected]) or Dr. Ada Leung, Assistant Professor of Marketing ([email protected]).