Startups and the IoT

The Observatory on the IoT of the Polythecnic of Milano has recently released a survey including the analysis of 500+ startups in the world. Some interesting insights. The average financing collected by a startup per year in the US is ten times larger than in Europe. Not surprising. The amount of startups that offer integrated solutions (hardware + software + service) is significantly increasing. Interesting. Looking at application domains, the smart home is the one that attracts more attention worldwide. In Italy smart buildings and smart agriculture follow closely. Intriguing. IDESIO was chosen by the Observatory as one of the ten startups deserving particular attention, and we gave a presentation in front of 50 companies. Amazing!...
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The Liquid Network.

The recent releases of 3GPP for LTE have introduced the notion of D2D (Device to Device), a revolutionary step from the viewpoint of network topology and operation: direct communication between devices is allowed, exploiting the same radio resources used in the links with the base station. Though it is initially assumed that resources will be assigned by the network schedulers, a more distributed approach is also possible where mobile nodes will identify what radio resource to use for D2D links. Meanwhile, the concept of Moving Networks for Beyond 5G systems has been introduced in the Strategic Research Agenda of EC, with nodes responsible for radio resource assignment that might move and roam around (cars, drones), serving users through a flexible demand-attentive networking approach. The concept of femto-caching is also advancing, with a distributed and dynamic management of storage resources that might take advantage of the memory of infrastructure, UEs and moving base stations. The mobile network of the future will rely more...
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The disappearance of Telecommunications and the Maslow’s Pyramid.

Seventeen years ago Roberto Saracco wrote a book preconizing the disappearance of telecommunications. According to his vision, our discipline would have soon disappeared, as asphalt did many times before. Who cares about asphalt? It is there. We leave home in the morning, and we find it’s there. Nobody would consider some effort is needed, and maybe innovation processes implemented, to ensure it will be there also tomorrow, possibly better than today. In fact, he was right. Telecommunications soon disappeared. The best measure for that is the attractiveness of telecommunication studies. Students during the past fifteen years overlooked telecommunications studies more and more; in many Countries in Europe (in Italy this is almost dramatic) there are so few students in telecom engineering that companies need to hire young engineers from Asia. Why should they study about asphalt? It is there. The reason stands in the fact that, after the dawn of digital mobile radio communications, thirty years ago, the progress in our discipline...
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