So What Is "The Internet of Things"?

We will soon see billions of devices connected together and exchanging information in the "Internet of Things", (IoT). In this talk Dr Louis Coetzee from Meraka Institute at the CSIR will describe some of the work being done in South Africa in making the IoT a useful reality.


The concept of the "Internet of Things" (IoT) is a scenario in which animate and inanimate objects are equipped with the ability to collect and exchange data over a netwrok without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. 

A "thing", in the Internet of Things, can be a person with a heart monitor implant, a farm animal with a biochip transponder, a vehicle with built-in sensors to alert the driver when tyre pressure is low -- or any other natural or man-made object taht can be assigned an IP address and provided with the ability to transfer data over a network.

This talk will describe the challenges and opportunities that are emerging as the IoT becomes a reality. Work being done in South Africa on the IoT will be discussed.


Dr Louis Coetzee - Dr Coetzee is a CSIR Chief Engineer and research group leader for the Internet of Things in the CSIR Meraka Institute. His focus has been on the implemantation of large and complex software systems for accesibility, inclusion, multi-modal and intelligent environments. During the last three years, his focus has shifted to the creation of smarter solutions applied to resources, assets and environment using the Internet of Things fundamentals. His R&D&I activities have lead to the creation of several frameworks for the creation of solutions that integrate the physical and digital worlds in a connected Future Internet paradigm. He has published on the possibilities of smarter worlds using Internet of Things as enabler. His background in image processing, pattern recognition, and distributed processing contributes in the creation of smarter systems.


General delegate R90 - Student delegate R40
Jozi Hub
Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 18:00 to 20:00