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The Future of Fog Computing

We have become used to the idea of “cloud” computing, which means both storing data and and doing processing that is distributed across many remote systems. We are just beginning to understand “the internet of things” (IOT) which is the concept that most “things” in our day to day life can become connected, can handle […]

Smart Cities

We have smart phones, meters, watches, and the “internet of things” that promises to embed “smartness” into most household and business objects and connect them. The same concept applied to city infrastructure, is now being called “smart cities”. City infrastructure includes: water supply, electricity, waste management, transportation, communication, emergency services, law enforcement, education, healthcare, zoning, […]

Networks of Drones

A network of cheap, standardized drones and landing pads could collaborate to provide a short distance delivery service. DRONENET The next BIG thing – [globalguerrillas.typepad.com] Here’s a simplified version of what I’m talking about: I put package onto a landing pad at my home. Drone arrives, takes package and flies away. Drone delivers package to […]

Botnets Attack from the Sky

It’s now become fairly easy and cheap to make an autonomous flying model drone. Telemetry that relays information collected by a drone back to the ground has been demonstrated. Wireless hacking from equipment mounted on a flying drone has been demonstrated. Flying drones are becoming smaller, cheaper and more automated. Flying model aircraft have been […]

Body Sensors

Body sensors are small electronic sensors that may be implanted in the human body and can collect and relay information about the health state of the body to a computer, often using wireless signals. The amount of information that can be collected is growing and the types of information is highly varied. The information is […]

TCP/IP for Space

Networking protocols such as TCP/IP allow data packets to be routed across a network using various network pathways and then re-assemble the packets into their original form when they all arrive. But it expects this to happen within a specific timeframe and when delays exceed this limit, the process “times out” and aborts. This works […]

Personal Aerial Drones

Hobbyists have already been modifying radio controlled model aircraft to fly by themselves in drone-like fashion. They have added both telemetry and live video links to their flying aircraft. Now, commercial vendors are beginning to develop similar products. They are likely to shrink rapidly in size and cost and become more common. Drones that can […]