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Upcoming event in Shenzhen, China, underscores IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) support for IoT innovation

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PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 28 March 2013 - IEEE, the world's largest professional organization advancing technology for humanity, today announced that the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) will host an Internet of Things (IoT) Workshop, 12 April 2013 in Shenzhen, China. The workshop will provide attendees with a means to identify collaboration opportunities and standardization gaps related to IoT. In addition, the workshop will help industry foster continued growth in IoT markets, leverage IEEE's value and platform for IoT industry-wide consensus development and assist with the creation of a vibrant IoT ecosystem.

"From the hand to the home to the office, computing and networking technologies are playing an ever-increasing role as our connected devices become an integral part of our daily lives," said Wael William Diab, vice chair of the IEEE-SA Corporate Advisory Group (CAG), member of IEEE Standards Association Standards Board (SASB), vice chair of the IEEE 802.3™ Ethernet Working Group and senior technical director at Broadcom Corporation. "The IEEE-SA focuses on fostering cross-industry innovation and recognition of IoT technology’s value and benefit to industry and humanity, as well as developing essential networking standards such as the IEEE 802® family."

With the expectation that 50 to 100 billion things will be electronically connected by the year 2020, the IEEE-SA has published dozens of standards related to IoT and has several development projects that focus on its future. The IoT will support the means for machine-to-machine communication by electronically connecting the billions of "things" and objects that appear in everyday, globally recognized networks.

During a panel at the 9 March 2013 SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, Texas, United States, the future of IoT was discussed and debated by visionaries from the IEEE-SA, Broadcom, STMicroelectronics and the Telx Group. The panelists explored the dynamics of the interconnection and convergence of electronic devices and addressed the need for a more interdisciplinary approach to design, engineering, development, communication and privacy.

"Get ready: The Internet of Things is about to meet the Internet of People, in which pervasive connectivity and embedded intelligence will enable the environment to learn about us and cater to our needs and habits to ensure our comfort while maximizing energy efficiency," said Oleg Logvinov, member of the IEEE SASB, member of the IEEE-SA CAG, vice chair of the IEEE P1901.2™ Working Group, chair of the IEEE PHYMAC Sub-working Group and director of market development, industrial and power conversion division with STMicroelectronics. "These are the 'smart homes' and 'smart cities' you've been hearing about for years. The IEEE-SA has already made the first steps toward this vision with the convergent network standard IEEE 1905.1™-2013 'Standard for a Convergent Digital Home Network for Heterogeneous Technologies.' We are also looking at application-level convergence to bring together entertainment, Internet of Energy and electric vehicles."

For more information on the upcoming workshop in Shenzhen, China, visit the IEEE-SA IoT Workshop Web page.

For more information on IoT-related standards and development projects, visit the IEEE-SA Internet of Things Web page.

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