Last month I had the pleasure of moderating an event in Washington D.C., USA. It was a briefing for U.S. Congressional staff to provide them with knowledge about the Internet, the Internet of Things (IoT), Net neutrality, and how these intersect.
We had four expert panelists, from left to right: Bob Heile, Oleg Logvinov, Geoff Mulligan, and Richard Bennett (not shown). Their impressive bios are at the bottom of this post.
While managing the clock and listening to the speakers, I captured a few highlights.
Geoff: When it comes to the Internet and the IoT, Privacy and security are often confused. Privacy is a policy issue. Security is a technical issue.
Oleg: The mission of the IEEE Internet Initiative is to bring technical developers and policy makers together. There are so many standards for the IoT – how does one select the right ones? The answer is to build bridges between them all.
Bob: The IoT is often associated with wireless connectivity, but wired connectivity is also essential. Imagine the scaling that is required for connecting trillions of things.
Richard: Network issues such as performance are as important as privacy and security, especially with respect to classes of applications. And IoT is adding new classes.
At the end of the event, I offered IEEE as a resource for the audience going forward. We are a source of technical knowledge with expertise in practically every area of the complex world of technology in which we live.
Mr. Mulligan is a consultant, developer and lecturer on the IoT, Privacy and Security, and is the US representative to the ISO Smart and Sustainable Cities project and is Chairman of the LoRa Alliance and Executive Director and founder of the IPSO Alliance. In 2013 and 2014, while serving as a Presidential Innovation Fellow working on the Cyber-Physical Systems project for the White House with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), he co-created the SmartAmerica Challenge. Mr. Mulligan is the Founder and President of Proto6, a technology consulting company focused on the Internet of Things, RF Sensors, IPv6, IP networks and open systems. He is notable for developing the Embedded Internet and creating the 6LoWPAN protocol and was a founder of the Zigbee Alliance.
He helped build the first commercial firewall product and was instrumental in the design of the IPv6 protocol. Geoff holds over 15 patents in network security and electronic mail and is often called to serve as an expert witness on patent litigation. He has testified before Congress on Electronic Commerce and Computer Security, and he authored the security book “Removing the Spam” in 1999. Mr. Mulligan received his MS in Computer Science from the University of Denver after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy.
Oleg Logvinov is the Director of Special Assignments in STMicroelectronics’ Industrial & Power Conversion Division.
After graduating from the Technical University of Ukraine (KPI) with the equivalent of a Master’s degree in electrical engineering, he worked as a senior researcher at the R&D Laboratory of the Ukraine Department of Energy at the KPI.
During the last 25 years Mr. Logvinov has held various senior technical and executive management positions in the telecommunications and semiconductor industry. He currently serves on the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Corporate Advisory Group and the IEEE-SA Standards Board.
Mr. Logvinov also actively participates in several IEEE standards development working groups with the focus on the IoT and communications technologies. Mr. Logvinov is the Working Group chair of the IEEE P2413 Standard for an Architectural Framework for the Internet of Things. He is also the chair of the IEEE Internet Initiative. He helped found the HomePlug Powerline Alliance and is the past president and CTO of the Alliance. Mr. Logvinov has twenty-one patents to his credit and has been an invited speaker on multiple occasions.
Bob is a 30-plus year veteran in the field of data communications and wireless data with many articles and workshops to his credit.
He is currently the Director of Standards for the Wi-SUN Alliance, Chair and founding member of the IEEE 802.15 Wireless Specialty Networks, Chair of IEEE 2030.5 Smart Energy Profile 2, Co-Chair of IEEE P2030 Smart Gird Communications Task Force, and is a founding member of IEEE 802.11.
Bob is also a co-founder and former Vice-Chair of the Consortium for Smart Energy Profile 2 Interoperability (CSEP) and a founder and former Chairman/CEO of the ZigBee Alliance.
Currently, Bob is closely involved in many Global Internet of Things (IoT) and Smartgrid standards and deployment efforts in the United States, Europe, Southeast Asia, China, and Australia, and is a regularly called upon as both an expert and public speaker in these areas.
In his prior role as Chairman and CEO of the ZigBee Alliance, Bob was instrumental in guiding the organization to a position of global leadership for IoT and Smart Grid standards, and in establishing a new paradigm for cooperation in standards and among industry organizations.
Bob holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College and Master of Arts and Doctorate degrees in Physics from The Johns Hopkins University.
Richard Bennett is a network architect, inventor, policy analyst, and engineering consultant. As vice-chair of the IEEE 802.3 1BASE5 task group, he devised the first standard for the scalable and switchable modern Ethernet; he also contributed the frame aggregation technique to the Wi-Fi standards process that’s mandatory for 802.11n/ac/af and worked on 802.15.3a.
Since migrating from technology development to policy, he’s testified before Congress and the FCC and advised communications ministers in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Caribbean on wireless and Internet policy. He’s currently Editor of High Tech Forum, Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC and an advisor to Singapore’s IDA.
Richard has been fascinated with building global networks of personal computers to enhance communication and collaboration since the 1970s, when he developed “intelligent terminals” for Texas Instruments that were personal computer prototypes. He subsequently developed network operating systems, advanced networks, and routers for core networks as well as for Verizon and Qwest’s residential broadband networks. Vint Cerf accesses the Internet through a home router that Richard helped develop.
Richard is a prolific researcher who writes studies, academic papers, and educational materials that help policy makers understand networking. He has published op-eds in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other newspapers and has appeared on television, radio, and at academic conferences. He has been granted four networking patents. A world citizen who has lived in Libya, India, Malaysia, and Singapore, Richard is also a life-long student of philosophy.