Technical Reports


An Enabling Technology For The Internet of Things

McDonnell, Edward; Waters, John
HP Laboratories


Keyword(s): Internet of things, RFID, barcodes, tags, pervasive computing

Abstract: We present a technology, code-named memory-spot, as a key enabler for the Internet of Things. The underlying concept of memory-spot represents a radical shift in how we enable physical objects with digital content to allow them to participate in the digital world as first-class citizens. Unlike RFID and barcodes, memory-spot allows mega-bytes of digital content to be embedded in or stuck-onto an object in an unobtrusive very small footprint. The 2.4 GHz wireless interface ensures a first-class user experience with near instant content access due to the on-air data rate of 10 Mbps. The enabling power of memory-spot introduces new and exciting applications and several of these are discussed in the paper. The paper also addresses the technological underpinnings of the technology and describes the innovations in antenna and modem design, processor and security engines that enable so much functionality to be packed into such a tiny inexpensive device.

5 Pages

External Posting Date: April 21, 2009 [Abstract Only]. Approved for External Publication - External Copyright Consideration
Internal Posting Date: April 21, 2009 [Fulltext]

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