How Dotdot + Thread can help in fully realizing the idea of the Internet of Things (IoT)?

Friday Seminar
Date and time: May 31, 2019 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: EIT Digital Open Area, Floor 3, Elevator C, Electrum Building, Kista
Speaker: Ankith Bale, R&D Engineer, Broadcom Netherlands

Abstract: One of the ideas envisioned with the Internet of Things (IoT) is the idea of a ‘connected home’, where in all devices at home talk to each other seamlessly. Despite the many obvious benefits offered, there are a few challenges that need to be overcome to fully realize the idea of an IoT based ‘connected home’. These challenges include resilience, power consumption, Internet connectivity (IP), interoperability and security. Unfortunately, these challenges cannot be overcome well with the existing potential networking protocols such as WiFi, Bluetooth or ZigBee. Thread is a new wireless networking protocol developed to overcome these challenges.  A few important features of Thread include: scalability, reliability & ease of adding and removal of devices from the network. These make Thread not just suitable for home but also for commercial building automation applications.

However, to fully realize the idea of the Internet of Things (IoT), it’s not enough to get devices connected to each other through the same radio/ network layer. You need a common/ universal language that the connected devices from different segments can use to talk to each other. This enables them to work collaboratively well and thus makes them smarter. Dotdot is a universal language of the IoT. It is a new application layer protocol for the IoT. Just as the open and universal protocols such as HTTP, FTP and SSL over IP became the foundations of the Web and the Internet, Dotdot over Thread (Dotdot + Thread) is said to become the foundation for the IoT. This talk is about Dotdot over Thread (Dotdot + Thread) and how it can help in building open and interoperable IoT devices, there by fully realizing the idea of the IoT.

Ankith Bale is an R&D Embedded Software Engineer (WiFi) at Broadcom Netherlands. He works in the area of WiFi wireless communication protocol- the embedded software surrounding Broadcom’s WiFi chipsets. He is currently working with WiFi chipsets that are based on the latest WiFi standard- WiFi 6 (IEEE 802.11 AX) which offers numerous benefits such as higher bandwidth, higher range and coverage, higher battery life and support for Internet of Things (IoT) devices. He worked as an Embedded Systems IoT Researcher (Masters Thesis) at Philips Lighting Research (Signify), Eindhoven, The Netherlands. His Thesis work focused on design and implementation of an IoT gateway to embed legacy networks like ZigBee and BACnet into the IoT. His work involved prominent IoT technologies like ZigBee Dotdot, Fairhair and Thread. His background is mostly into embedded communication networking protocols (wired and wireless). He worked  as an Embedded Software Engineer at Infineon Technologies, India where in his work was on wired automotive communication protocols such as CAN and FlexRay used in Infineon’s MCUs for control and infotainment applications. He also worked as a Programmer Analyst at Microsoft through MindTree Ltd., India. He is an active member of the EU EIT Digital Alumni Foundation and the EU EIT Digital, which are associated with the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union (EU).

Ankith holds a Double Masters degree (M.S. ICT Innovations in Embedded Systems) from TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands and KTH, Sweden awarded under the EU EIT Digital Master School program. He also holds a Masters degree (M.Sc. in Embedded Systems Engineering) from University of Leeds, United Kingdom (U.K.) and a Bachelors degree (B.E. in Electronics & Communications Engineering) from VTU, India.



Coffee and cake will be served

Link to webcast: FRIDAYSEMINAR


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