Representatives of RERUM visited the expo of the 2014 edition of the Mobile World Congress to take the pulse of the mobile sector regarding the IoT, especially regarding the security on communications, main goal of RERUM’s project.
Probably the most interesting trend related the RERUM scope is the emergence of the wearables, devices to be worn, like bracelets, watches, clips, pins, necklaces, tags, key-chains, etc., with sensors that collect data and wirelessly sent it via the mobile phones to Internet, in order to log, trace and, sometimes, share personal information.
These devices have an obvious and direct impact to personal privacy and the security of the communications, mostly based on Bluetooth Low-Energy protocol, is not disclosed by the manufacturers, like Sony, Nokia, …, among other companies.
Some other companies, like Oracle or My Koots, make the advantage of the MWC to present their brand new IoT/M2M platforms, Internet data repositories for information gathered by things, but still not representing a big sub-sector in the mobile market.
Automotive industry was also present on the MWC presenting the connected car concept. This converts the car into another thing connected to Internet that will need for sure robust and reliable communications as the ones that RERUM is trying to implement with its work.
One interesting project, presented within the Nokia here stand and related to the RERUM traffic monitoring trial, was one deployed in Hamburg where, as far as was explained, they use cellphone communication information to locate people, estimate whether they are pedestrians or are moving by car, and count them. A lot of privacy concerns here, too.
Finally, one reflection of sensors and people, token from a wall in MWC showing the results of a query made to the citizens of different cities worldwide: 60% of polled believe sensors will be commonplace in their lives by the end of 2016, just right after finishing the RERUM project.