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Interconnecting Smart Objects with IP: The Next Internet 1st Edition

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"JP Vasseur and Adam Dunkels have written an important and timely guide to the rapidly developing field of smart technologies and the Internet. This book provides a clear picture of key technical issues that are useful to both the expert and layman. As we continue to build out the smart grid, the 'electric internet,' I predict this book will become required reading for electric utility smart grid teams." - David Mohler, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Duke Energy

"As the CEO of my company, I have read it with pleasure and will transfer it to all engineers in my company in charge of developing IP V6 applications." Paul Bertrand, Board member and founder of IPSO (IP for Smart Objects), Creator and Chairman at Watteco "The authors of this book offer a rich and thoughtful exploration of this new Internet canvas on which the 21st Century will unfold. Prediction will be hard; we are all just going to have to live through it to find out what happens!" – Vinton Cerf, Internet Pioneer

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Smart object technology, sometimes called the Internet of Things, is having a profound impact on our day-to-day lives. Interconnecting Smart Objects with IP is the first book that takes a holistic approach to the revolutionary area of IP-based smart objects. Smart objects are the intersection of networked embedded systems, wireless sensor networks, ubiquitous and pervasive computing, mobile telephony and telemetry, and mobile computer networking. This book consists of three parts, Part I focuses on the architecture of smart objects networking, Part II covers the hardware, software, and protocols for smart objects, and Part III provides case studies on how and where smart objects are being used today and in the future. The book covers the fundamentals of IP communication for smart objects, IPv6, and web services, as well as several newly specified low-power IP standards such as the IETF 6LoWPAN adaptation layer and the RPL routing protocol. This book contains essential information not only for the technical reader but also for policy makers and decision makers in the area of smart objects both for private IP networks and the Internet.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 1st edition (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123751659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123751652
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #913,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James W. Young on October 29, 2013
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The authors know a huge amount about IP and its use in conventional computing and networking. They know less about the world of small energy-starved sensor and actuator networks. They are correct to say that IP is an international standard while the various sensor networks (ZigBee, Z-Wave, etc.) are not. But that does not disqualify them from growing into standards. They state repeatedly without evidence that putting a gateway between such networks and the internet is expensive, while claiming that putting IP on every node by adding 10K bytes or more of code and hundreds of bytes of RAM is negligible, which isn't true. It costs more to manufacture and sell such parts, and they take more energy once installed. Their idea of low power, as expressed at least once, is in the milliamp range, which is too high. They don't address the security concerns of exposing all these nodes to every hacker, terrorist, or state-sponsored espionage unit, or of the improvement in security that can result from having a robust, mains-powered gateway stand between such groups and the rest of the network. There may be a breakthrough in battery technology just around the corner, and the cost & power consumption of MCUs and sensors keeps dropping. Those two trends may cross in time to make IP a sensible solution, but other lower-power networks will be used until then.
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I wrote a lengthy review about this book on my website which I'm reprinting here. I cover wireless sensor networks and have watched it grow from being a glimmer in people's eyes to where they're becoming extensions of the internet. The area is currently difficult to navigate with a lot of work going on from disparate groups. Hence, this book is exactly what is needed to figure out what's really going on. Here's the review...


The Internet of Things is a buzzword that's generating quite a bit of hype at the moment. I'm seeing it all over the place to describe all types of disparate things but mostly being used as a marketing term. I suspect that the majority of the people that use the term don't fully understand its meaning or how it will be implemented/used. That's why I was very pleasantly surprised when I picked up the book "Interconnecting Smart Objects with IP" by Adam Dunkels (author of the ContikiOS, uIP, lwIP, and general programming extraordinaire) and JP Vasseur (distinguished engineer at Cisco, co-chair of IETF's ROLL working group, and one of the chairs for IPSO).

I don't really know JP Vasseur, but I've been an admirer of Adam Dunkel's work since I started in wireless sensor networks. In my mind, ContikiOS is one of the best operating systems/environments ever designed for wireless sensor networks, or what I like to call, "engineering hell". But that's a different story.

Before I get into what I thought of the book, I think it might be appropriate to give a bit of background on why I'm writing this post. In my opinion, the internet is basically a set of standards that everyone agrees to abide by.
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This is a well-written and clearly presented tutorial on the basics of Internet-based technology relevant to smart objects. It is not, however, a tutorial on smart objects. It treats them largely as abstractions and there is little linkage between technology and applications. Coverage of the smart grid, surely one of the most wide-reaching opportunities for innovation across many industries, is little more than a set of lists. RFID, the core to new generation supply chain integration, gets a page of coverage. There's scattered and cursory mention of what is happening in retailing, hospitals, links to information coordination and enterprise IT architectures, and competitive moves to exploit smart objects via both hardware and software. It curiously excludes any discussion of developments in mobile networks - 4G is not even mentioned and there is just a single paragraph on mobile telephony that looks very dated.

I hoped this would be a book that both widened the horizons of students in technical fields and provided a solid and reliable coverage of Internet basics for ones specializing in m-commerce, business IT and applied engineering. It doesn't really achieve either of these goals. I don't think it provides anything substantive or exciting about smart objects for either type of student.

The positives are that it is a lucid and organized introduction to Internet technology that a teacher could complement with articles and case studies on the application of smart objects.
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The authors offer an extended technical promotion of why smart objects should be connected in a network that uses the Internet Protocol. If you are reading this review, you probably already know something about IP, and about how it underpins the Web. But the various implementations of the IP stack have usually been for machines that take their power from the mains, and which have a wired connection with extremely low bit error rates.

In contrast, the book describes smart objects as often small devices, severely constrained in power and bandwidth, and where the communication is wireless instead of wired. The low bandwidth is tied to the low power availability. In one quote, it is estimated that sending one byte wirelessly takes as much power as doing 8000 CPU cycles in the object. Also, the wireless link could be noisy. In part due to having other devices, that are not part of the smart object network, that use the same wireless wavelengths for their communications. So the book explains that smart objects are often known as Low Power, Lossy Networks [LLNs].

Much of the text consists of describing how despite the reputation of IP as being heavy to implement, that in fact it is possible to have lightweight stacks in a smart object. Test networks were described, where this was successfully done. The main take home message is that you can in fact have a lightweight IP stack, in terms of both the size of the run time code and of the buffer needed.

The authors also talk about how the universality of IP, especially IPv6, makes for using all-IP native implementations when smart objects talk to each other and to a gateway sink. Not having to translate between different protocols at a gateway improves efficiency, and allows for different vendors to easily plug in their IP compatible product or software, in much the same way that IPv4 grew to dominate wired digital communications.
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