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Increasing connectivity and digitization continues to change our world.

Digital is everywhere.

The increasing connectivity and digitization of our world, or the Internet of Things, continues to change everything, from how we catch a taxi, book a trip or turn on a thermostat.

There are forecasts that 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020, representing a $19-trillion (U.S.) global market.

With projects spanning every aspect of the digital world, our research teams are pushing the limits of systems engineering. Whether it is cyber security and privacy, big data manipulation, hardware systems, large system integrations or the effects of these technologies on our society, our world renowned researchers are working with industry, government, and research partners in Canada and around the world to create fresh solutions to the world’s digital problems.

Challenges: Increasing amounts of data, cyber security, privacy, software safety and efficiency, security threats, ease of information sharing, social connectivity, hardware innovations (for example, smartphones, Fitbits)

 

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April 3, 2018 /  Department News

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November 16, 2015 /  Department News

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March 2, 2016 /  Department News

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March 1, 2012 /  Department News

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