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Monday, January 27, 2014

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Evolution of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) into Internet of Things (IoT)

The Evolution of M2M into IoT

Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication has attracted considerable attention in research communities and has also started to gain momentum from a commercial perspective where operators are starting to offer services within the domains of fleet management, logistics, home automation, etc. At the same time, the more loosely defined, but broader domain of Internet of Things (IoT) is picking up as what many are seeing as an evolution of M2M. This paper investigates the fundamental differences of M2M and IoT by starting out with surveying some of the drivers and moving into an analysis of M2M of today from a technological and business perspective. The challenges in moving into IoT are investigated with emphasize on networking and computing.

Full Text IEEE Publication

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Visualizing the Networked World

Visualizing the Networked World
Aug/Sept 2013
Laurie Lamberth
Connected World Magazine - IT's ALL ABOUT M2M

“The Internet of Things is about creating, interacting, and controlling the digital image of a physical thing.” These are the words of Mahbubul Alam, Cisco’s Head of Internet of Things and M2M, who chose to open up during an interview with me for Connected World. “Cars, for example, have about 60 microprocessors (sensors),” he says, “but most of them aren’t connected outside the car. In tomorrow’s virtual world, we can see that car with sensors and processors at the VIN level. The same will be true for everything: We will live in a virtual world of machines and humans.”

Alam is an expert in how machines talk. Raised and educated in the Netherlands, he joined telecommunications equipment provider Siemens after earning a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Technische Universiteit Delft. At Siemens, Alam worked on ATM networks, GSM for railways, and 2.5/3G mobile networks, and then he joined Cisco’s European Mobile Team in 2001. Five years later, he transferred to the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters to serve in a series of increasingly responsible positions leading to his current role. Alam’s passion for M2M and the Internet of Things was palpable as he led me through a comprehensive vision of how it all will evolve.

Collect, Consume, Mashup
Lamberth: What does the IoT(Internet of Things) do?
Alam: The IoT is about the collection, consumption, and mashing up of data. Data will increasingly flow into the IoT by way of trillions of sensors embedded in everyday things. Once data is collected, compiled, and analyzed, it must be consumed. Personalization is key: Individuals and businesses have different preferences as to how and when they consume information. What interests me is not the same as what interests you. Also, once massive datasets have been accumulated, we’ll be able to correlate seemingly unrelated events to discover new ways to save money, prevent accidents, and reduce downtime.

Fog Computing
Lamberth: Does “fog computing” fit into Cisco’s design for the IoT?
Alam: It’s helpful to think about how computing networks operate: All of them include computation, networking, storage, and resource management. Fog networks bring the cloud to the edge by including computational and storage resources in routers and other edge equipment. These edge resources allow sensor and other input data to be processed locally to speed responsiveness to local conditions. Cisco’s new 819 Integrated Services Router does this. Reducing transmissions to and from the cloud not only reduces network traffic and improves latency, it also reduces exposure to lost packets and transmission anomalies called “jitter.” Clean transmissions are required if IP networks are going to match the quality of service provided by the industrial control networks that are being converted to IP, such as SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition).

What Is M2M?
Lamberth: How do you define M2M?
Alam: We studied this for two years, and instead of the usual Venn diagram we settled on a chart with two vectors meeting at a right angle. M2M, the vertical vector, equals B2B (business-to-business) functionality, with opportunities that are both greenfield (new services) and brownfield (revitalize services) along this line. The horizontal vector is the IoT: A market that is device-centric and focused on connecting everything. B2C (business-to-consumer) and B2B2C (business-to-business-to-consumer) business models predominate here.
The M2M segment has solved the problems associated with delivering remote services such as identifying and authenticating a device, securing it, creating services for it, billing for services, activating the device remotely, and pushing updates when needed. They have well-formed business models and a consolidating value chain. In contrast, the IoT guys are still figuring out what service models to monetize.

Machine Scale, Machine Time
Lamberth: How do you envision the IoT actually working?
Alam: There are four key attributes of the IoT: scalability, time, decision, and ecosystem. We need to consider the IoT in terms of machine scale, not human scale. Earth’s population is measured in billions; this is human scale. When everything is connected, there will be trillions of connected machines and objects; this is machine scale. We don’t currently have the network architecture needed to support trillions of endpoints. 

We also need to think about human and machine time. A response time of six-to-10 seconds feels “realtime” to humans. Machine time is measured in hundreds of milliseconds: 10 seconds is an eternity. We need faster, deterministic networks that put mostneeded resources closest to where they are consumed.
Deterministic networks also support the “decision” attribute: Data-analysis tools and resources cached close to where they are consumed will enable the IoT to help us select the most appropriate behavior in response to current conditions and realtime control of things and systems.

The last key attribute of the IoT is the ecosystem, meaning how various markets will use it to build new services and create customer value. Consider the manufacturing industry, with a well-established ecosystem that supports their business model. The best way for manufacturers to implement the IoT is to convert their human best practices to workflow engines that can be serviced by machines. They can use the IoT as a tool to convert from human-centric to machine-centric processes.

“Everything as a Service”
Lamberth: Can you elaborate on“ machine-centric processes?”
Alam: The IoT will create a largescale change in how we apply human knowledge to work. Human work will become change management, rather than production.
Think about it: Who wants to go into mining? Oil wells are drilled in dangerous places, both environmentally and politically. What if machines could drill and manage those wells? Whether it’s unmanned excavating or robotic laborers, the IoT presents a wakeup call for every industry. It’s time to shift human skill sets toward remotely managing automated processes that can be performed by machines with minimal human supervision.

The IoT presents the opportunity to create new business models and revenue streams across a wide range of industries, reduce operational costs and downtime, and improve the customer experience at home, on the go, and in-store. The IoT will be monetized by converting existing product-based consumption to managed services, think “everything asa service.”

Connected World Magazine - IT's ALL ABOUT M2M

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Friday, May 31, 2013

Internet of Things Events - June 2013

The Internet of Things

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

6:30 PM

Aerospike, Inc.

2525 E. Charleston Road, Suite 201, Mountain View, CA(map)
  • Two market dynamics promise to have an equally significant impact on the way we live, work and play: the Internet of Things and the Internet of People. In the realm of the Internet of People, ad-tech companies have led the way, pushing the limits of scale while managing billions of objects and terabytes of data with millisecond response times. But when you have to scale from serving hundreds of millions of people to billions of things, what are the opportunities and challenges that arise? What are the similarities and differences? What technologies can be reused, and what problems still remain to be solved? Marie-Anne Neimat will moderate a lively panel of experts as they define the Internet of Things vs. the Internet of People, examine what companies are trying to do and why, explore the various tech options that can support these use cases, and discuss the challenges and tips in implementation.
    Panel participants:
    Marie-Anne Neimat, Aerospike Advisor – moderator
    Alok Batra, Chief Engineer & Chief Architect of GE Global Research – panelist
    Mahbubul Alam, Head of Internet-of-Things at Cisco – panelist
    Sukanta Ganguly, CTO, QuickPay – panelist
    Brian Bulkowski, Aerospike Founder and CTO – panelist


IoT | Two 'Big Co' Heads of The Internet of Things: Qualcomm and Cisco

Thursday, June 6, 2013
6:30 PM to

Qualcomm, Inc.3165 Kifer Road, Santa Clara, CA(map)

  • Abstract:

    Internet of Everything (IoE) brings people, process, data, and things together to make our life more fulfilling than ever. One big part of it is to make both network and your mobile device more relevant and valuable than ever before, by turning information into actions that create new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented economic opportunity for businesses, individuals, and countries.

    We have two distinguished executives from Qualcomm and Cisco speaking about the opportunities for developers, entrepreneur, venture capitalists and business development professionals. Qualcomm - AllJoyn group will talk about how the open-source SDK can transform and create a new class of connected apps that simplify device discovery, facilitate proximity-based multi-player gaming, and social media sharing. The head of Cisco - IoE, Mahbubul Alam will talk about how IoE transforms life by making network intelligence and secure.


    Putting People at the Center of the Internet of Everything

    The Internet of Everything (IoE) offers a vast opportunity for device manufacturers: Machina Research predicts that there will be 25 billion permanently connected devices by 2020. The IoE will serve consumers and enterprises and will increasingly pervade all aspects of life in the modern world.

    Wireless connectivity and communications are key to shaping the IoE future. IoE represents a significant opportunity for companies that make computing products (PCs, tablets, smartphones). As more and more products without significant onboard processing power are added to users’ networks, those computing products that enable end users to control everything – from light switches and washing machines to stereo speakers and the monitors that are proliferating in the home – will enjoy a distinct competitive advantage.

    Proximal networking using peer-to-peer connectivity and communications enables the “internet of things near me” – useful interactions that do not necessarily involve connecting out to the internet. Qualcomm is addressing ad hoc networking via AllJoyn™, an open software framework that provides a universal (horizontal and interoperable) proximal communications protocol and set of core system services for discovery and communication with configuration and control of products (from headless embedded systems to the most sophisticated consumer goods), applications and consumer services.


    Date of event: April 4, 2013

    Agenda: 6:30pm Arrival and network 7:00pm Speaker I | Qualcomm, Inc. 7:45pm Speaker II | Cisco, Inc. 8:30pm Open q and a 9:00pm Adjourn
    Location: Qualcomm, Inc. 3165 Kifer Rd Santa Clara, CA

    No charge for SDForum members
    $20 at the door for non-SDForum members
    No registration required

    Speaker Biographies:

    Speaker I: Qualcomm

    Sy Choudhury is senior director of product management, Internet of Everything at Qualcomm Innovation Center. He will discuss how technology companies can remain relevant by opening up to the huge variety of products that will join smart computing products in the connected world

    Sayeed Choudhury, Senior Director of Product Management, Internet of Everything, Qualcomm Innovation Center

    Sayeed Choudhury is responsible for software products that enable the next trillions of devices to be connected in an Internet of Everything. This includes the AllJoyn software connectivity fabric, which provides devices and applications with a way to stream media, share notifications and enable virtual remote user interfaces, regardless of the operating system. Prior to this, Choudhury led the business team responsible for Web Technologies. He also stewarded the company’s partnerships with Microsoft on Windows Mobile and Google on Android.

    Before joining Qualcomm, Choudhury led product management activities for the consumer electronics and wireless markets for Wind River Systems. He started his career as an embedded software and hardware engineer, originally receiving his BSEE from the SUNY at Buffalo.

    Speaker II: Cisco

    Mahbubul Alam

    Head of Internet-of-Things / Machine-to-Machine, Intelligent Transportation Systems and Automotive Manufacturing.

    He is an industry-wide recognized leader with proven track record spanning product/project management, business development, gap analysis and marketing strategy, in multi-service router, switches, WLAN, IEEE 802.15.4 wireless communications protocols, cellular technologies such as 2G, 3G and 4G LTE, Femto, Small Cell, M2M, GPS, Connected Vehicle and Intelligent Transportation Systems.

    Over 14 years of tenure in senior leadership positions with continually increasing responsibility and profit & loss accountability while leading successful endeavors including entrepreneurial roles at Cisco.

    Prior to Cisco he was with Siemens Netherlands where he led Pan-European 3G Tiger team, GSM Railway project and advised Dutch law makers on cellular 2.5G/3G on mobile data privacy, parental control and lawful interception.

    With more than 10 publications in referred journal and conference proceedings, and numerous invited talks, panel participation, and keynote speeches.

    He holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, specialized in mobile and radar communication from Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Internet’s Third Act: Evolution towards Connected Society

Internet’s Third Act: Evolution towards Connected Society

Introduction to Networked Home ("Technologies for Home Networking")(Link)

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. New York, USA. ISBN 978-0-470-07374-2, hardcover, 250 pp.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Making IoT a Reality: It’s All about the Platform and Ecosystem

Making IoT a Reality: It’s All about the Platform and Ecosystem

Mahbubul Alam, Head of IoT Platform and M2M Systems, CiscoWednesday, 8th of May 1:00pm - Pacific F-H

Mobile and IP networks are evolving and converging to provide the ultimate common IT infrastructure for trillions of end points, setting the stage for unprecedented IoT/M2M growth opportunities throughout the entire value chain. The sheer size and scale of this evolution presents significant opportunities for all members of the ecosystem. Join this session to gain an understanding of today’s market drivers and constraints, the vertical industries poised to gain the most, and Cisco’s IoT vision and strategy. We will discuss market strategies and business models as well as specific use cases ideally suited to benefit from IoT/M2M. Hear about how Cisco is operationalizing IoT by providing the platform and building blocks to connect the next 50 million devices. Learn what an IoT platform looks like and how you can build your business by partnering with Cisco to connect machines to people, transform industries, and open the door to significant revenue opportunities.

Mahbubul Alam, Head of IoT Platform and M2M Systems, Cisco
Mahbubul is an energetic, forward-thinking executive with deep and diverse global entrepreneurial experience. He has a passion for successfully moving ideas from incubation to revenue-generating businesses, which he currently applies to creating Cisco’s IoT platform. As the pioneer of mobility solutions for Cisco’s highly acclaimed Integrated Services Routers, Mahbubul grew that business to more than $250M. He is a recognized industry leader in business development and marketing strategy for networking and mobile technologies, Connected Vehicle and Intelligent Transportation Systems. Prior to his 15-year tenure at Cisco, Mahbubul led a GSM railway project and 3G tiger team for Siemens Netherlands

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Internet of Things World Forum Event Aims to Accelerate Innovation, Inspire New Ways to Transform Governments, Industries and Lives

Internet of Things World Forum Event Aims to Accelerate Innovation, Inspire New Ways to Transform Governments, Industries and Lives Internet of Things World Forum will take place in October, 2013, in Barcelona, Spain to Address Internet of Things Industry, Challenges, Opportunities and Next Steps
  • Addressing social, policy, technological and environmental issues pertinent to the Internet of Things
  • Fostering cross-industry, cross-discipline innovation and best practices
  • Defining relevant standards and solutions in areas such as security, policy, compliance, and interoperability
  • Addressing common issues and requirements across industries to create a technology platform for the Internet of Things
  • Accelerating the market for the Internet of Things

To accelerate the development of the rapidly emerging Internet of Things market, Cisco today announced the inaugural Internet of Things World Forum, a global event that will unite thought leaders, business leaders and practitioners in business, industry, government and academia. This event will unite leaders and innovators who will come together to create a framework for collaborative industry innovation and market adoption that will accelerate the impact of the Internet of Things on the global economy, society and the environment.
The Internet of Things World Forum will take place in October 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. The event will bring together global leaders, professionals and innovators representing markets such as manufacturing, transportation, oil and gas, utilities, healthcare, sports and entertainment, government, education and retail.
The Internet of Things World Forum is guided by a steering committee representing businesses, universities, cities, governments and thought leaders. The steering committee, which met for the first time February 20-21 in San Jose, Calif. in a meeting hosted by Cisco, is committed to working together to drive industry standards and solutions that will seize the transformational capacity of the Internet of Things. The goal of the committee is to shape the agenda and tracks of the Internet of Things World Forum based on top market opportunities and challenges that will address global, political and environmental issues. The event will also address topics that aim to improve the lives of citizens in broad areas such as health, education, innovation, transportation, job creation and security.
The Internet of Things World Forum steering committee event was held on February 20-21at Cisco, San Jose, CA, participants include representatives from Accenture, Airbus, Alstom, Barcelona City Council, Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE) at UC Berkeley, Bosch Software Innovations, City of San Jose (CA), City24/7, City Protocol Society, COSM - A Division of LogMeIn, Continental, EVRYTHNG, Ford Motor Company, GainSpan, General Electric, Grundfos, Honeywell, Internet of People, IT Leadership Academy, Itron, Johnson Controls Building Efficiency, Misfit Wearables, National Information Society Agency of Korea, New York Academy of Sciences, Oracle, Panduit, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., Rockwell Automation, SAP, Shell, Smart Cities Council, Tata Consultancy Services, Thales, TTTech, Verizon Wireless, Wind River, and World Wide Technology, Inc.
The objectives of the Internet of Things World Forum include:
According to recent Cisco research, the Internet of Everything – defined as the intelligent connection of people, processes, data and things – is predicted to create business opportunities of up to $14.4 trillion in private sector economic “value at stake” over the next 10 years. A critical component of this $14.4 trillion in created value is the predicted flood of networked sensors, devices and things that will enable the Internet of Things, radically transforming today’s business operations into dynamic, intelligent, data driven and innovative business processes.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

M2M Webinar—The Connected Device Decade

Wednesday, April 4, 20121 PM (ET)
This free webinar, based on a recently released Mobile Future report authored by former White House Advisor Jim Kohlenberger, examines how the next wave of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and other connected devices will further accelerate mobile opportunity and exacerbate the looming spectrum crunch.   Wireless technologies play a significant role in the connection of an amazing array of devices (and people) to the Internet.  Innovation and investment in M2M will transform vital sectors of the economy, including transportation, energy, health care, and security to name a few.
The webinar looks at:
  • The promising and extensive opportunities in the digital device decade
  • The technologies that are driving the connected device revolution
  • The policy choices for enabling a brighter future beginning with making more spectrum available
  • The five key steps for harnessing connected devices for societal gains
About the Presenters
Jim Kohlenberger is a former White House policy advisor to two U.S. Presidents and is President of JK Strategies – a public policy consulting practice. Most recently, Kohlenberger served as Chief of Staff for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) where he helped craft the President’s innovation strategy, advanced policies to help spur a mobile broadband revolution through spectrum reform, worked to secure cyberspace, helped put the U.S. space program on a bold new course for the future and sought to harness innovation to advance economic growth and opportunity for all Americans.
Mahbubul Alam is the Head of M2M/IoTs, ITS Infrastructure and Auto Manufacturing, Connected Industries Business Unit at Cisco Systems Inc.  Alam is an experienced and innovative executive, with passion for creating new businesses and organizations. He is an industry-wide recognized leader with proven track record spanning product/project management, business development, gap analysis and marketing strategy, in multi-service router, switches, WLAN, IEEE 802.15.4 wireless communications protocols, cellular technologies such as 2G, 3G and 4G LTE, Femto, Small Cell, M2M, GPS, Connected Vehicle and Intelligent Transportation Systems.
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Monday, December 31, 2012

Will M2M be the Next Battle Ground for Communication Service Providers?

Will M2M be the Next Battle Ground for Communication Service Providers?

Ask anyone working on Machine-to-Machine (M2M) they will say that overall eco-system is too complex with lower revenue per unit/device and profitability in the value chain is unclear however the basic function of M2M is to improve business process efficiency and to increase employee productivity by automating decision and tasks by means of listening, sensing, monitoring, measuring, reporting, and responding including service delivery from a distance location.

Just browse the web for M2M market size and you will find industry analysts reporting that global M2M market value is expected to exceed $50B by 2015. Communication Service Providers (CSPs) are trying to understand and define their role in this newly forming value chain and we are beginning to observe a bifurcating strategy among them.  On one hand we have CSPs mostly challengers clearly started to position themselves as smart bit-pipe provider and usually you will find their M2M operations under wholesale division. On the other hand we have the incumbent CSPs that want to play pivoting role in the value chain so that they can tap into new revenue streams beyond connectivity.  

Source: Mahbubul Alam

Here below is a list of M2M value-added-services for incremental revenue beyond connectivity service:
  • ·         Asset management of sensors and actuators
  • ·         Big data management for data analytics in the cloud
  • ·         Integration of data intelligence with business intelligence such as CRM, ERP, etc.
  • ·         Storage of transactional data
  • ·         Compliance management for regulatory requirements
  • ·         Policy manager for process automation
  • ·         Data integrity and security
  • ·         Device identity management
  • ·         Service-Level-Agreement (SLA) report for service availability
  • ·         Activation/deactivation of devices and services on the fly
  • ·         Mobile data plan management
  • ·         Vertical specific systems integrator  
  • ·         ….
Most obvious questions are, how much are the above services worth and when will it be crucial for M2M market?

Source: Informa Telecoms, Media and Mahbubul Alam

M2M market and its value-chain are in a transition phase. In the next 2-3 years majority of the revenue allocation will shift from basic connectivity services to more advanced value-added services which will includes integration with business intelligence, ability to offer service level management and provide professional services. New business models will emerge from Kindle like device driven model to pre-paid M2M services models for Business-to-Consumer (B2C) market segments. For Business-to-Business (B2B) and B2B2C market segments we expect to see more Service Delivery Platform (SDP) and operator driven platform based business models where M2M will be packaged as a service (M2MaaS). 

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Speaker at ITU/GISFI Joint Event 2012, Bangalore, India

Speaker at ITU/GISFI Joint Event 2012, Dec 17-20, 2012, Bangalore, India. 

Bridging the Standardization Gap –
Sustainable Rural Communications

Session 5: Standardization Challenges for Indian Indigenous companies

The objective is to give a view on what standardization challenges are being faced by Indian-based ICT companies and how to strengthen their impact.

Moderator: P. K. Garg, Member, Radio Regulations Board, ITU; Former Wireless Advisor, Government of India, Spectrum requirement for broadband

    Speaker 1: Standardization Opportunity for India- Forces Changing our World, Mahbubul Alam,  CISCO, USA [ Presentation ]

Panelist at IEEE Globecom 2012, Anaheim, CA, USA

Panelist at IEEE Globecom 2012, Anaheim, CA, USA


1.     Tuesday, 4 December 2012

 IF15: Dialogue with Industry Leaders: This roundtable will provide an excellent opportunity for attendees to participate in cutting-edge discussions and unmatched peer-to-peer networking as they hear real world solutions from various industry leaders that will help better manage their business.

2.     Thursday, 6 December 2012

IF24: Executive Forum: IT Transformation: Clouds, Security, Mobility and Computing: According to the latest market research report, over one third of the world’s 7 billion population are now active Internet users. New business drivers such as cloud computing, virtualization, security, mobility and business social networking are driving the increased consumerization of IT services in much faster and cheaper manner. Clouds, big data and analytics, workforce mobility are among the key priorities for many large corporates. In this panel, the executives will explore the opportunities and challenges of IT and network transformation and provide insight on how communication will change the way we work, live, play and learn.