The Internet of Things
Imagine a world where everything is connected to everything else through the Internet. Your home senses, understands and adapts to your every need; shopping is fully automated with goods being delivered by drones; transport systems ensure that you can get to where you need to be, on time, and in a way that minimises pollution and congestion; all the information you need is constantly available wherever you happen to be. Maybe this vision is still a long way off but the journey has begun. More and more smart technologies have already found their way into our homes, cars are becoming connected, industry 4.0 is transforming manufacturing and cities are gathering huge amounts of data and processing it using artificial intelligence. When the Internet began life in 1969, it was designed to interconnect large, expensive, computers that occupied entire buildings. In 1989 the World Wide Web transformed the Internet into a huge information resource and then social media came along and used the Internet to connect people.
This talk examines the next exciting evolution of the Internet, one that will transform our lives by connecting everyday objects to form the Internet of Things.
About the speaker
Nigel Linge is Professor of Telecommunications at the University of Salford. He is an electronic engineer by profession who specialises in data communication networks and their applications.
However, he also takes a keen interest in telecommunications heritage and maintains an active outreach portfolio which includes the delivery of public talks and appearances in the media such as BBC TV Timeshift “Dial B for Britain” and as a regular contributor to BBC Radio Manchester. In 2013 he was chosen as the presenter of the Institute of Telecommunication Professionals’ Family Christmas Presentations for which he delivered his lecture entitled, “Your world in your hand” at five venues around the UK.
In addition to writing academic research papers, Nigel chairs the editorial panel for the Journal of the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals and has also co-authored two books, “Thirty years of mobile phones in the UK” and “The British Phonebox”. Nigel is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered IT Professional, a Fellow of the Institution and Engineering and Technology, British Computer Society and the Institute of Telecommunication Professionals.
He tweets at @NigelLinge.