Arduino @ AdHocNow2015
The 2015 edition of the Ad Hoc Now International Conference was held in Athens (Greece) from June 29 to July 01 at the Electra Palace Hotel. The conference addressed both experimental and theoretical research in the areas of ad hoc networks, sensor networks, mesh networks and vehicular networks.
Prof. Antonio Puliafito from University of Messina (Italy) has delivered a talk on "Combining IoT and Cyber world: tools and methodologies to manage an urban environment" where he highlighted how cities can be viewed as a microcosm of “objects” in which citizens interact on a daily basis through street furniture, public buildings, transportation, monuments, public lighting and much more. The Internet of Things (IoT) concept imagines all these objects as being “smart”; connected to the Internet and able to communicate with each other along with the external environment, interacting and sharing data as well as information. As a consequence, cyber and real worlds are strongly linked within a smart city. New services can be deployed when needed and evaluation mechanisms will be set up to assess the health and success of a smart city. Prof Puliafito's talk presented some innovative developments in areas related to sensors and smart cities and introduced the crowdfunding #SmartME initiative. Moreover, Arduino devices were presented and their applicability to smart cities were shown through integration inside the cloud infrastructure Openstack to provide new advanced services to citizens of a smart city. Several questions were raised during the conference, showing the interest of the audience towards such kind of devices and technical solutions were adopted for their integration in a smart city context.