Imagine this: A worldwide hypermedia fabric stretched across interconnected physical and digital things, where people and autonomous software agents coexist and interact with one another.

As humans and machines (so-called ‘agents’) observe, reason about and act on these physical and digital things via physical, digital or holographic interfaces, they can create high-level services by mashing-up what they find in their environment –orchestrating the affair in a flexible, open, and scalable Web (of Things).

The system is undergirded by the World Wide Web, which users can navigate with the ease it takes to input a query into a Google search engine…

Exploring cybersecurity’s new frontier with Telecommunication Systems Institute (image: Unsplash)

The largest and most populous of the Greek islands, Crete is also home to IntellIoT partner Telecommunication Systems Institute, whose researchers contribute trust-based algorithms that can discriminate between legitimate and malicious participants in IoT environments.

TSI will also work towards developing the interoperability box for IntellIoT’s Hypermedia multi-agent system (HyperMAS), and offer distributed ledger technology, including smart contracts deployed to increase the resilience of IoT systems. Next Generation IoT spoke to TSI’s experts Babis Savvakos and Vasilis Amourgianos about their hopes, dreams and fears related to the research and innovation project as the wider IoT space.

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Those keeping an eye on developments in the manufacturing world will be well aware of the so-called fourth industrial revolution that awaits us. That is, a revolution in which smaller and more agile plants where products are created and assembled to meet exactly what the customer wants.

In these scenarios, cutting-edge technologies are harnessed that will enable a slew of machines to collaborate with one another to manufacture each product tailored to specific demands –doing away with the mass production-enabling factory lines in which machines churn out product after product in a system that does not allow for much uniqueness…

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