2023: A Year of Internet of Things Innovation and Collaboration

Photography and additional reporting by Guillermo Vasquez.

Two people using a flying drone outdoors.2023 has proven to be a pivotal year in the evolution of our Research Development and Internet of Things (IoT) services. With new equipment and new relationships forged across campus, Guillermo Vasquez and his IoT Lab have been hard at work to bring data points once thought ephemeral into the realm of data-driven research.

From the ballroom to the physics lab, ideas and resources have come together in the IoT Lab to implement the quickly growing Internet of Things ecosystem in all disciplines. A key aspect of this level of service is the deep collaboration Guillermo undertakes with researchers to truly understand their needs and develop solutions that can effectively and efficiently deliver results for world-changing research projects. Continue reading 2023: A Year of Internet of Things Innovation and Collaboration

Research and Data Science Services Team Brings SMU’s AI and IoT to Life

The OIT Research and Data Science Services team was started in late 2018 and has grown to include experts in data science, high-performance computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), and artificial intelligence. The team is available to faculty and students to consult on and support research projects from across disciplines.

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Internet of Things Devices & Data Visualization Provide Insight into Indoor Air Quality

An image of the portable device used to measure carbon dioxide in classrooms on campus.Multiple campus groups and Office of Information Technology (OIT) teams have collaborated on a multi-disciplinary initiative to better understand indoor air quality on The Hilltop.

After continued discussions in the Faculty Senate regarding classroom air quality and the spread of COVID-19, Physics department faculty member Dr. Thomas E. Coan approached OIT staff to work together on a method to capture environmental data within classrooms and visualize said data to make inferences on possible pathogen spread, power consumption, air quality, and their possible effects on student attention and success. Continue reading Internet of Things Devices & Data Visualization Provide Insight into Indoor Air Quality

Don’t Be Outsmarted by Your Smart Devices 🧠

We’ve talked about cybersecurity in the office and at coffee shops. Let’s wrap up the month of Cybersecurity Awareness Month chatting about cybersecurity at home!

First up is personal devices for work. This one’s easy: don’t use them! But if you do, make sure to get them approved by our security team first. Continue reading Don’t Be Outsmarted by Your Smart Devices 🧠

The Internet of Things: Securing Your Smart Devices

Featuring info and tips from George Finney, OIT’s Chief Security Officer.

It’s the same internet that everyone else uses, but it’s getting filled up with more than computers. Smart devices like light bulbs, wearable fitness trackers, and kitchen appliances now fill the space once reserved for smartphones and laptops. These Internet of Things (IoT) devices are just as susceptible to hacking, and in some cases are more vulnerable.

Devices that support Amazon’s Alexa are a wonder of modern technology, but before taking the plunge, you should be prepared to spend some time thinking about how you will want to secure these devices.

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