Smart things equipped with the capability to observe and/or interact with physical environment and the ability to communicate with other things, are extending the Internet towards the so called Internet of Things (IoT). IoT has the potential to significantly influence our lives and the way we interact with the devices such as sensors, actuators, mobile phones, home automation devices, smart grid devices, etc. It has promoted concepts of flexible designs, visions and enormous applications. For individual users, IoT brings useful applications in home automation, security, automated devices monitoring and management of daily tasks. For professionals, automated applications provide useful contextual information frequently to help on their works and decision making. For Industrialists, Internet enabled sensors and actuators operations can be rapid, efficient and more economic. Managers who need to keep eye on many things can automate tasks by connecting digital and physical objects together.
IoT Research and Innovation Lab at Al-Khawrizmi Institute of Computer Science (KICS) focuses on research and development activities in the areas of wireless sensor networks (WSN), Internet of Things (IoT) and software defined networks (SDN). Comprising 3 PhDs, and over 10 full-time researchers and undergraduate/postgraduate interns, the lab is involved in developing IEEE 802.15.4/802.11 compliant wireless sensor/camera nodes, designing and implementing IoT communication protocols and architectures. The lab is also collaborating with local industrial partners to indigenously develop IoT platforms to provide different application oriented solutions for wireless connectivity, autonomous control, health monitoring and energy optimization of domestic and commercial buildings, industrial plants, smart farming and agriculture.