In Your Own Words with Boris Adryan

When Artech House authors write their books, we ask them what they want their readers to get out of the project. In this series, we show you what our authors, in their own words, wish to impart upon readers. Boris Adryan, author of the Technical Foundations of IOT, describes the niche his book fills:

How did you get into your field, and what inspired you to write your book?

As so many people do, I got into IoT ‘by accident’. Often I was surprised by how little people did actually know about its foundations, even if they were ‘IoT product managers’ or developing hard- and software for the IoT. And in a way, it’s not surprising: If you are an electrical engineer, you may not necessarily know about the intricate difficulties of maintaining hundreds or thousands of network connections in the cloud backend, or if you are a software engineer, you may not know about connectivity standards. Even worse, you may have a brilliant idea for a connected device and understand the user in great detail, but still don’t know how to go about the many parts that will have to play together.

Even several years down the road, what does your book offer to the engineering community? 

My formal background is in biology, and though my specialization is in the molecular details of life, I still had to go through years of studies that exposed me to the breadth of the subject: from the interplay of ecosystems to small viruses. Together with Dominik Obermaier and Paul Fremantle, I set out to provide an entry-level introductory textbook for IoT enthusiasts, going all the way from the physical foundations of electronic components to securing IoT devices against hackers. Though the book as now almost five years old and some details (e.g., about 5G) are vastly outdated, at its core the foundations haven’t changed, which is the reason why the book is still being used at some places for undergraduate studies.

 

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