Applied Networking Research Prize: Winners Announced, Nominations for 2018 Now Open

As we rapidly approach the last Internet Engineering Task Force meeting for the year, we’re pleased to report that the final winners of the Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) for 2017 have been announced.

The ANRP awards for IETF 100 go to:

Paul Emmerich for developing the high-speed packet generator MoonGen.
Paul Emmerich, Sebastian Gallenmüller, Daniel Raumer, Florian Wohlfart, and Georg Carle, “MoonGen: A Scriptable High-Speed Packet Generator,” in Internet Measurement Conference (IMC) 2015, Tokyo, Japan, Oct. 2015.

Roland van Rijswijk-Deij for analysing the impact of elliptic curve cryptography on DNSSEC validation performance.
Roland van Rijswijk-Deij, Kaspar Hageman, Anna Sperotto and Aiko Pras, “The Performance Impact of Elliptic Curve Cryptography on DNSSEC Validation,” in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, Volume 25, Issue 2, April 2017.

For the 2017 award period of the ANRP, 39 eligible nominations were received. Each submission was reviewed by several members of the selection committee according to a diverse set of criteria, including scientific excellence and substance, timeliness, relevance, and potential impact on the Internet. Based on this review, six submissions were awarded an Applied Networking Research Prize in 2017.

Paul and Roland will present their work at the IRTF Open Meeting during IETF 100 in Singapore. Remote participation details will be available in due course.

The ANRP is awarded for recent results in applied networking research that are relevant for transitioning into shipping Internet products and related standardization efforts. Researchers with relevant, recent results are encouraged to apply for this prize, which will offer them the opportunity to present and discuss their work with the engineers, network operators, policy makers and scientists that participate in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and its research arm, the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF). The goal of the Applied Networking Research Prize is to recognize the best new ideas in networking, and bring them to the IETF and IRTF especially in cases where they would not otherwise see much exposure or discussion.

The nomination window for ANRP 2018 is now open and you can submit nominations until November 5, 2017. More information about the ANRP is available including full details of the nomination process.

Please nominate (or self-nominate) and help to support great networking research in getting the recognition it deserves at the IETF in 2018!

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BMW to add Amazon Alexa to new cars from 2018

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You’ll soon be able to tell Amazon Alexa to turn on your home heating while on the motorway.

Amazon Alexa is coming to all new BMW and MINI models from 2018. The car manufacturer will integrate the intelligent assistant into its vehicles in the US, UK and Germany starting next year.

The built-in assistant will enable drivers to get directions, make phone calls, play music and Audible content, control their smart home, and check the news – all without downloading a separate app.

Read more: Developers, BMW wants you to help build its autonomous cars

Drivers should also be able to access tens of thousands of Alexa features from third-party developers like Starbucks, NPR, and TED Talks, among others. For many requests, Alexa will provide voice responses paired with visual cards on the dashboards of BMWs and MINIs, such as to-do lists or weather forecasts.

Read more: Cranfield University teams up with Spirent on connected car tech

In-car Amazon Alexa assistant for BMWs & MINIs

This in-car experience builds on the BMW Connected skill for Alexa that was introduced in 2016. The skill helps customers control their vehicle – including activating climate control, locking the doors, and more, from any Alexa-enabled device.

Ned Curic, vice president of Alexa Automotive, said that connecting the human voice to technology was a big part of the future, especially in cars.

“Using your voice to enjoy content and interact with your car makes a great driving experience even better. We can’t wait for BMW customers to try this out,” he said.

Dieter May, senior vice president of Digital Services and Business Models at BMW Group, said that voice control first featured in BMW Group cars many years ago, and “we are now enhancing its functionality by adding a digital ecosystem, which will open up all sorts of new possibilities that customers can access quickly, easily and safely from their car.”

Amazon Alexa will be available in all new BMW and MINI models from mid-2018 in the US, UK, and Germany.

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Trends That Will Elevate The IoT Influence In 2018

6 iot trends 2018

The trends of Internet of Things connectivity have grown pervasively in 2016-17. In 2018 more ideas and actual complex issues being addressed will IoT to its next tier of actualization. The very fact that devices can represent themselves digitally, monitoring them becomes easier so that data streaming in real time takes a step closer to relativity and reliability.

See Also: The pros and cons of an IoT-connected world

Here’s a quick run through the IoT trends foreseen for years to arrive.

1. The amalgam of BlockChain and IoT

BlockChain is the newest addition since 2016. The astounding triumph of Cryptocurrency has put the technology as the flag bearer of seamless transactions, thereby reducing costs and doing away with the need to trust a centered data source.
BlockChain worked by enhancing trustful engagements in a secured, accelerated and transparent pattern. Businesses could gain an edge by automating encoded transactions and close deals faster. Thus, the real time data from IoT channel can be utilized in such transactions while preserving the privacy of all parties involved.
For IoT, Security stays a prime challenge and the cryptographic processes empowering a BlockChain could help fight. BlockChain offers staunch security against data theft and that’s all a device in the IoT network needs.

2. Venture Capitalists will become more confident

IoT’s undeniable impact has and will lure more Startup Capitalists towards highly innovative projects. It is one of those few markets that have the interest of the emerging as well as the traditional venture capitalist arrested. While the growth next year is firmly attested and the true potential is yet to be unearthed, , IoT ventures will be preferred over everybody else.
Approx 28% of businesses have assured including IoT to their services model with Transportation, Retail, Insurance and Mining, all approved.

3. The dependency upon Big Data Analytics will increase

Dynamic data sharing is at heart of IoT and Big Data Analytics will be instrumental in building responsive applications. Integrating IoT data channels with machine learning engines to retrieve on demand analytical insights has already gained momentum this year and will definitely grow exponentially in 2018. As an IoT Service Provider, enterprises must steer their innovation towards such built in predictive analysis.
Subsequently, the need for Big Data skills will rise by 75% and the use of data in HR systems has already started being implemented. While most IoT service providers have highlighted the shortage for such extensively skilled candidates, internal learning programs in close proximity with R&D has set the bells ringing.

4. Artificial Intelligence will have a role too

Machine Learning is the most proven AI technology that can compute data based on predictive thinking, without the need of manual programming and triggering real time tasks in the IoT channel. That is, from just stimulating real time alerts out of programmed instructions, IoT will go smart and capture instructions derived out of our routine habits and perform manual tasks for us.

Be ready for Apple’s ‘Siri’ actually answering the door bell or even preparing Coffee. This will empower IoT to take a leap from Smart devices to fully equipped Smart Homes and Institutions. Such accurate information with secured transactional environment can be innovated towards improving operational effectiveness and enhance customer engagements.

5. Devices will become a Marketing Platform

Since the integration of technology into our routine life has a greater acceptance, brands using our location to automatically suggest relevant updates, will upscale towards hunting for more personalized information of our habits in routine. Customer data is of prime significance here, capitalizing it for Personalized Marketing will continue to grow.
The devices we feed our details with would instantly channelize the information to various marketing platforms. For an instance, automobile service operators offering lucrative discounts after they accessed your driving data, as shared by the insurance company you are initially feeding your details to.

6. The number of connected devices will double

The speedy proliferation of IoT projects in past 5 years has billions of interconnected devices. As the consumer continues to stay hooked to more gadgets, the expense of IoT will explode. The number of connected devices grew exponentially from millions (4.9) in 2015 to billions (6.1) in 2016. By 2018 it will at least double and touch a whopping mark of 46 Billion by 2021.
More IoT devices will enter the channels, more than ever before. A clear indication of our direct dependency over the gadgets and that’s how our future is shaped.

See Also: IoT-connected devices link nearly two-thirds of Americans

The Glue of these Trends

Leading of them all is Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), a low power Wide Area Network that suffices the exclusive needs of a IoT setup – lesser bandwidth, greater connection density, lower operation costs and lasting battery life. Not to miss the Wearable Devices, the governing assets rendering higher degrees of personalized yet smart data sharing.
IoT doesn’t stop here! An array of inventions that were kept skeptical will finely see the day’s light.

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4 promising open source projects for 2018


This year has been a year of massive growth in open source. While almost any developer knows frameworks such as React and projects like Docker (moby), in 2017 the number of open source projects on GitHub grew from around 35 million to over 62 million.

See also: Is IoT all about low-tech and simple APIs

As open source is expected to continue to grow and standardize more development fields, here is a short preview of some of the most promising candidates to rise in 2018. Most of them were built around the growing realization that the age of components has just begun and that applications in 2018 will be built using encapsulated, composable and styled components as building blocks – which should be easily shared and used in our different applications.

1. Vue

Although already widely known and very buzzy, Vue is increasing in adoption in the community and organizations and might very well become an even competitor for frameworks such as React in 2018. It is a library for building interactive web interfaces and provides a simple, flexible API for its data-reactive components. It has a simple, minimal core with an incrementally adoptable stack that can handle apps of any scale. It’s lightweight, simplicity and community adoption position it as one of the most promising candidates for massive growth in 2018.

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2. Bit

Bit is an extension for your Git repositories that enables you to share parts from their existing source-code and natively integrate them into other repos, without having to set up and maintain additional repositories/packages.

Any subset of files from your Git repo can be easily tracked and shared as a reusable component, creating a playlist-like collection of components to be used by different team members and projects. You and your team can share and discover components, collaborate, get updates and stay in sync.

3. Styled Components

With over 10k stars in just a few months (and keeps gaining popularity), this project allows you to write actual CSS code to style your components. It also removes the mapping between components and styles, so using components as a low-level styling construct becomes very simple. This is nothing less than a milestone in the upcoming future of styling components.

4. Apollo GraphQL (with React)

Apollo is a A fully-featured, production-ready caching GraphQL client for every server or UI frameworkReact-Apollo is a convenient yet powerful way to bind GraphQL queries to your React components so that you can focus on developing your UI while data fetching and management get out of the way. At the same time, it has all of the hooks and extension points for you to be fully in control.

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nuTonomy wants to be self-driving in Singapore by summer 2018


Self-driving startup nuTonomy said it hopes to launch a commercial ride service in Singapore by the second quarter of 2018, possibly in partnership with local ride-hailing service Grab.

Originally an MIT spin-off, nuTonomy has worked on self-driving software for three years. It started trialling its tech in Singapore in 2016, and expanded its shuttle program later that year.

See also: nuTonomy comes home with Boston self-driving tests

nuTonomy chief executive Karl Iagnemma said to Reuters that he hopes the service will start in summer, though it could be pushed back to the third or fourth quarter. Iagnemma did not say if this transport service would be ride-hailing, ride-sharing, or a shuttle.

Singapore is a hotbed for emerging technologies, with drones, IoT, and self-driving cars all tested in the city state. NuTonomy received little resistance as it expanded its trial program, and the commercial service will, we assume, see the same safe passage.

Working with Grab could be a way to build nuTonomy’s fleet quicker, possibly using drivers in the interim stage between semi-autonomous and driverless. A Grab partnership also opens up the doors to wider South-East Asian deployment, as the company is active in several countries.

NuTonomy is also working on a trial in the U.S. with ride-sharing service Lyft, expected to launch later this year in Boston. Lyft recently announced that it would be creating its own self-driving division, leading some to question the partnership between it and General Motors.

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