Internet of Things to loom large at 2014 International Microwave Symposium

May 21, 2014 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting

The Internet of Things is an emerging theme in the technical sessions at the IEEE MTT-S 2014 International Microwave Symposium (IMS), reflecting the critical part the microwave and RF industry plays in developing technologies that enable sophisticated peer-to-peer, machine-to-machine and people-to-machine scenarios.

With a need for higher data rates and more efficient utilization of wireless spectrum to accommodate the Internet of Things, its development largely relies on continued microwave and RF innovation, from the device to the system level.

"Virtually every topic at the IMS has some impact on the future Internet of Things, including 4G/5G wireless technologies, biomedical sensors, automotive radar and navigation systems," said IMS Technical Program Chair Sanjay Raman. "The pressing need for more bandwidth to support the increased data volumes generated by the Internet of Things requires innovative approaches to wideband and reconfigurable RF and wireless systems, positioning our industry for further growth."

A special technical session, "Internet of Things: Technology and Applications" on Tuesday, June 3 will examine how capabilities such as context awareness, increased processing power, and energy independence enable more people to connect with new types of information. Led by Dr. Debabani Choudhury and Dr. Olga Boric-Lubecke, the session will provide insight into the technologies that enable the Internet of Things and the various applications, such as smart manufacturing, healthcare for the elderly and monitoring of buildings and bridges.

Additionally, Intel Corporations' Dr. Vida Ilderem will focus on the technology development the Internet of Things drives in her plenary session keynote, "How Data, Devices and Personalization are Fueling Demand for Innovation" on Monday, June 2.

This year's IMS technical program will once again reflect a strong emphasis on power amplifier-related topics and millimeter-wave and Terahertz technology, trends that have continued over the last several symposiums. All three days of technical sessions will include tracks dedicated to power amplifier topics, such as Doherty power amplifier innovations, broadband high-efficiency GaN power amplifiers and advanced digital