The Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things (IoT) entails connecting physical objects to cyberspace, says Professor Jon Crowcroft: “In this talk, I will discuss the business of trying to bootstrap the IoT. To this end, we need to create an innovative ecosystem that addresses two things: Firsty, we need to create a platform for peer-networks of users to create new ways to connect new objects, e.g. household appliances, to the Internet.


“A secondary appstore would hold systems for controlling home sets of appliances, and combining sets of such networks, securely, and safely. This would also extend access to the “home” (or work, or in the car) network of things to multiple remote sites (e.g. work to home, or public transport to home, or home to car).”


Professor Jon Crowcroft

Marconi Professor of Communications Systems, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge.Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy.

Jon Crowcroft is the Marconi Professor of Networked Systems in the Computer Laboratory, of the University of Cambridge. Prior to that he was professor of networked systems at UCL in the Computer Science Department. He has supervised over 45 PhD students and over 150 Masters students.

He is a Fellow of the ACM, a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Fellow of the IEE and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, as well as a Fellow of the IEEE. He was a member of the IAB 96-02, and went to the first 50 IETF meetings; was general chair for the ACM SIGCOMM 95-99; is recipient of Sigcomm Award in 2009. He is the Principle Investigator in the Computer Lab for the EU Social Networks project, the EPSRC funded Horizon Digital Economy project, hubbed at Nottingham, the EPSRC funded project on federated sensor nets project FRESNEL, in collaboration with Oxford; and a new 5-year project towards a Carbon Neutral Internet with Leeds.

Professor Crowcroft’s research interests include Communications, Multimedia and Social Systems, especially Internet related.

Professor Jon Crowcroft

Meeting details:

  • When:19th Feb 2013, 18:30 – 19th Feb 2013, 21:00
  • Where:BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA
  • Town/City:London
  • Organiser:BCS Internet Specialist Group
  • Price:There will be a £10 admission fee (inc vat) for BCS Members, £15 (inc vat) non-members, £5 Student (inc vat)
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Closing date for bookings is 12:00 noon on 17 February 2013. No more bookings will be taken after this date

Drupal 7 is slower but more scalable

Nice to hear from the BCS about Drupal 7, with more content making it slower but more safely scalable.

By all accounts it should have been delivered before now, but because of lack of contributors it’s slowed right down – I wonder if any UK-based Drupal developers are helping out in this respect?

The new release of popular content management system Drupal will be slower, but more scalable, according to its creators.

Drupal 7, which is already behind schedule, is expected to be launched in either summer or autumn this year.

The open source software, which is increasing in popularity, is now thought to power around one percent of the world’s websites.

The upgrade will feature over 70 new modules and contain a substantial growth in code size.

The announcement came at the Drupalcon conference in San Francisco.

Many UK based developers booked to attend the conference have had to watch proceedings over the net because of flight disruptions.

For the super-geek there’s the added bonus that Drupal 7 connects the open source platform into the semantic as Drupal 7 adds Resource Description Framework (RDF) to mark up content such as blog posts, comments, and tags from different sources, so you can present them in your own site or searches. Apparently it’s like turning the web into one vast database – also known as the semantic web. [Or for the complex-minded, web 2.0 + semantic web = web 3.0].