A recent article published in IEEE Intelligent Systems highlights the requirements the Internet of Things (IoT) will place on search engines and brings together the latest research being carried out in this field.
‘On Searching the Internet of Things: Requirements and Challenges’ has been written by leading researchers working in the field of next generation communications at the University of Surrey’s Institute of Communication Systems (home of the 5G Innovation Centre) and Ohio Center of Excellence in Knowledge Enabled Computing (Kno.e.sis) at Wright State University (USA).
Experts in next generation communications outline how internet search mechanisms will need to change to support the Internet of Things (IoT) whereby billions of devices will become connected.
New requirements will include being able to access numerical and sensory data, and providing secure ways of accessing data without exposing the devices to hackers.
Dr Payam Barnaghi, a Reader in Machine Intelligence at the University of Surrey, says: “Search engines have come a long way since their original purpose of locating documents, but they still lack the connection between social, physical and cyber data which will be needed in the IoT era. IoT data retrieval will require efficient and scalable indexing and ranking mechanisms, and also integration between the services provided by smart devices and data discovery.
“Complex future technologies such as smart cities, autonomous cars and environmental monitoring will demand machine-to-machine searches that are automatically generated depending on location, preferences and local information. These could have a very positive impact on millions of lives. Our goal is to consider the many complex requirements and develop solutions which will enable these exciting new technologies.”