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Pernec & PNB IoT research exploration

A few days back, Pernec and PNB comes to visit KICT. Pernec team lead by Pernec's CEO ... and PNB team lead by CTO ... came to our small and humble IoT research lab. One of the purpose of this meeting is to nurture industry and university research collaboration as well as trying to initiate research with commercialization in mind.

We entertain our visitors with a visit to our CyberRange Lab, where we provide specialized training, certification and consulting for security and penetration testing. Dr. Normaziah gave an interesting pitch on what we can do for the industry and how we can help improve the security in our nation.

My job is more on the IoT research lab. Most of what I do are prototype research work. We demonstrated our solution of using our homegrown encryption applied into IoT architecture for enterprise applications. Particularly, most IoT devices are already available, to control almost most of everything that is a thing. In our prototype, we are able to control doors, and lighting in a building. The system can run from a mobile phone and one with authorized access can control access to any door in a building. While this is not new, implementation of such technology in an enterprise environment can be dangerous. Particularly, you will need secure access to these resources. Imagine a hacker gaining access to the network and capable of controlling your environment. Our encryption applied into our IoT devices ensures that this risk is at minimal.

The long term goal of this research project is to make these things smart and green. What is the use of technology if it does not make our lives easier. Imagine lights turning off on their own when there is nobody around, and airconditioning that target user presence rather than trying to cool down the whole room. Also, what's the point of using all this conveniece if it will just incure extra cost. Therefore, it is hoped that our IoT devices are able to harvest data, and provide insights on electrical usage, and suggest to eliminate wastage. For example, can we predict maintenance cost for our rooms. Can these devices be smart enough to respond to our needs and behavior. For example, it will be nice if these things are able to take dictation commands. For example, I get into a room, and ask the lights to dim down a little cause I'll be starting my presentation.

All of theis sounds very futuristic, but fortunately, here we get to play Scientist and try out concepts of what the future will look like for us. For now, its looking pretty cool.

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