Tens of Billions of Devices Running at Once: Low Energy and High Security in the Internet of Things

As the Internet of Things (IoT) begins to explode, computer scientists are looking for ways to increase security for the tens of billions of wireless and battery-operated devices using as little power as possible.

This means combining very-large-scale integration (VLSI) design techniques with energy-harvesting nanoscale materials such as memristors (which can retain memory without power) to improve energy efficiency.

One drawback is reduced accuracy in fields such as multimedia and signal processing, wireless communication, and data mining and analysis.

However, researchers believe less precision is tolerable to most users if they can’t tell the difference.

Read more about how to cap energy consumption in the IoT in the June 2017 issue of Computer.