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IIT Delhi and Samsung India Open IoT Lab on Campus
The Samsung IoT Innovation Lab will endeavour to build a smarter communication landscape for end users
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and India’s biggest consumer electronics firm Samsung India have launched an Internet of Things (IoT) lab at the institute’s campus to provide a boost to the technology ecosystem, spruce up academia-industry collaboration and bolster the Digital India initiative.
The Samsung IoT Innovation Lab will endeavour to build a smarter communication landscape for end users. The current focus of the lab is on three major activities including research at IIT Delhi, collaborative research with Samsung and lab exercises for IoT course/training offered by Samsung. The scope of work will be widened in the future and as activity grows at the lab, the size of the lab will be increased to cater to about 30 researchers.
An MOU was signed between IIT Delhi and Samsung in August 2016 and the lab was formally inaugurated this year. Equipment for the lab have been provided by Samsung.
“This lab is an apt representation of the institute’s thrust on cutting edge research with industry collaboration,” said Prof. Ramgopal Rao, Director of IIT Delhi.
The IoT lab will carry out research on areas such as sensor data processing, network architecture and embedded intelligence. At present, 15 scholars including 5 doctoral students are working in the new state-of-the-art lab in IIT Delhi, designed for creating transformational ‘device-to-device’ communication.
Prerna Mukherjee, a PhD scholar at IIT Delhi, for instance, captures data through sensors and web cameras at the lab. Her goal is to come up with a robust computer algorithm that will help avert accidents for pedestrians in Delhi. Ankita Agarwal ‘cleans’ up data from various social media tools to transform them into a consistent form. Her task is to plot the geo-location of mobile users and the network speed that can help enhance connectivity in low penetration areas.
“Internet of things is the future of connectivity. Today most of the networks service human to human interactions. In the near future there will be thrust on machine to machine communication and this will lead to a connected world of things. The devices in our home, offices and elsewhere will be connected to each other. The research in this lab will help us inch closer to the broader goal,” said Dr. Brejesh Lall, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at IIT Delhi and in-charge of the lab.
“Samsung has been a part of the research ecosystem of the IITs for a long time, especially IIT Delhi. We have successfully carried out advanced R&D projects in collaboration with IIT faculty and students and many graduates from IITs have been recruited by Samsung Electronics worldwide. The Samsung IoT Innovation Lab in IIT-Delhi is an innovation platform on which Samsung Electronics provides the infrastructure, equipment, funding and personnel for the brilliant faculty and students to develop, architect and prototype their innovations in IoT and take Digital India initiatives of the Government of India forward,” said Mr. Youngki Byun, Managing Director, Samsung R&D Institute India, Delhi.
What is Internet of Things?
Internet of Things is the concept of connecting physical and smart devices, other than traditional devices such as computers, smartphones and tablets, to the internet. This can include devices such as cars, kitchen appliances, heart rate monitors, lights inside a home or an office building, alarm clocks and others gargets so that data can be exchanged through the sensors inside them. The concept of the Internet of Things was invented by and term coined by Peter T. Lewis in September 1985.
Gartner, Inc forecasts that 8.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2017, up 31% from 2016, and will reach 20.4 billion by 2020. Total spending on endpoints and services will reach almost $2 trillion in 2017.
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