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Internet of Things, a boon for country 27 June, 2012

Prof. Sandhya Kode

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"Can you imagine a world where your mobile phone contacts washing machine at your home to tell that you will be at home in ten minutes and it should switch on in 12 minutes time. Whether you believe it or not, using Internet of Things (IoT) it could be a reality," said Shri Shiju Sathyadevan, Senior Consultant, Center for Cyber Security, Amrita University.

To create awareness about the immense potential of IoT, an interactive session was organized as part of the National Weekly Discussion through A-VIEW under the Talk to a Teacher program envisaged by MHRD under NME-ICT on 27th June, 2012.

Transforming lives

Shri Shiju remarked "Over the years, IoT has transformed various areas especially computing, communication and control systems. IoT has the potential to be a truly life-changing technology."

What is IoT?

While speaking about Internet of Things (IoT) and its Challenges, Shri Shiju explained that radio frequency identification (RFID) is a prerequisite in IoT. "Using RFID, a unique identifying number (like an IP address) will be given to real objects and they could be identified and inventoried by computers."

In brief, IoT proposes a world where vehicles, clothing, portable devices and all kinds of consumer goods have the ability to sense things and communicate with one another.


He emphasized that IoT will be a boon for the country in many ways. "IoT will pave the way for better disaster management system and improved citizen accountability. In addition to this, IoT ensures better control over national resources and better distribution of supplies."

Other benefits are:

  • Better visibility and transparency
  • Better healthcare for aged people

Conference on Security of Internet of Things

He added that the first international conference on 'Security of Internet of Things' (SecureIT) will be held at Amritapuri, Kollam, Kerala on August 17 to 19. This programme is being organized by Amrita University in association with Ministry of Information and Communication Technology.

"The conference aims to bring together researchers, practitioners and ethical hackers for disseminating latest advances and security, best practices in cloud computing, mobile networks and cyber-physical control systems."


Around 36 Universities attended the online session.

A-VIEW is an E-Learning platform, developed by Amrita University's E-Learning Research Lab, which is a state-of-the-art software for distance education and collaboration. It is available for free to all the educational institutes across India, and can be downloaded from the website address, www.aview.in or by sending an email to aview@amrita.edu.