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Internet of Things: Connectivity -- on steroids
The Internet of Things: Connectivity — On Steroids

And now there’s the “Internet of Things.” Rapidly emerging, the IoT, to which it is often referred, is the billions of interconnected “smart” devices that enhance our daily lives and are already impacting vehicle development, manufacturing, the customer experience, and technology innovation.

This network of connected systems, sensors, and physical objects will affect an estimated 6% of the global economy by 2020. IoT efficiencies within the transportation industry, and the industries connected to it, will add $11 trillion in cost savings in areas such as energy, infrastructure, and redistributions. According to the McKinsey 2015 IoT report, standardization is one of the largest obstacles to IoT implementation and issues involving interoperability and data will decrease the effectiveness of IoT by $8 trillion dollars.

As such, many engineers view the absence of IoT standards as a hurdle for achieving interoperability and finding technical solutions for critical global issues such as cybersecurity.

A vital “building block” for creating robust IoT standards is schema—the process for tagging information for digital consumption. A common example is XML—the markup language that defines a set of rules for encoding documents in a format that is readable both by humans and machines.

A step towards engaging the auto industry in an IoT standards framework was taken this past May with a joint workshop on the topic by veteran standards development organizations, SAE International and IEEE.

IEEE plans to have the first version of the architectural framework standard published in late 2016. For those developing V2V, V2G, and related technologies within vehicle systems, the architectural framework standard according to IEEE’s Oleg Logvinov, “will hopefully simplify their jobs by creating a ‘blueprint’ for integrating everything together in a safe and secure fashion.”

Meanwhile, with such promising technological opportunities projected for IoT, particularly within the transportation industry, SAE International created a new strategic standards steering committee for the IoT. Jack Pokrzywa, SAE’s Director of Ground Vehicle Standards, said at the joint workshop “that the auto industry can’t afford to miss this opportunity to get on board quickly and work with other sectors toward common solutions” aimed at increasing vehicle safety and reliability, improving the user experience, and exposing new revenue streams for manufacturers and service providers.

Related information on this rapidly emerging aspect of vehicle connectivity:

  • Find out about IEEE Standard P2413, “Draft Standard for an Architectural Framework for the Internet of Things (IoT).”
  • Learn more about the SAE International IoT Steering Committee and its efforts by emailing IoT@sae.org or joining the LinkedIn Group
  • Attend the free virtual symposium titled Continuous Engineering: The Internet of Things (IoT), which is hosted by IBM and features content reviewed by SAE, coming up on November 4, 2015. This symposium includes keynotes like “IoT and Systems Engineering” and “The Future of Transportation IoT” with sessions like “The Internet of Cars.”

Based on excerpts from the article “SAE and IEEE join forces to explore potential IoT standards” in Automotive Engineering Magazine, one of SAE’s award-winning publications, on May 26, 2015.