Cloud to Internet of Things: Wireless Grids Edgeware Panel and Tutorial

27 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2014

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Lee W. McKnight

Syracuse University iSchool

William Lehr

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)

Dale Meyerrose

Syracuse University

Date Written: September 12, 2014


This panel will debate where and how wireless, cloud computing and Internet of Things technology and policy intersect. What are the economic and regulatory implications as communication network functions are increasingly virtualized and resources shared; given that applications already are. What do these trends suggest for privacy and security policy and identity regulation in t?

To motivate and focus the discussion, participants and panelists are invited to participate in demonstrations and hands-on use of wireless grids edgeware as the panel proceeds. McKnight and colleagues claim that wireless grids edgeware is a new category of 'cloud to edge' ad hoc network applications and services have been under refinement for more than a decade following the first presentation on the topic to TPRC in 2002. A variety of proprietary and open/non-proprietary applications - called gridlets and wiglets, respectively - have been developed over the years, and tested in experimental use by a wide variety of users.

Applications and use cases in K-12, university, and adult education as well as informal learning; social emergency response; social radio; virtual energy; enterprise cloud operating models for 'workplace as a service' and 'healthcare workplace as a service' as well as infrastructureless and serverless networks.

This panel will offer contrasting views on the economics and security and privacy implications of the technologies demonstrated. By providing hands-on use experiences and guest account access to Gridstream Rx gridlets, for Healthcare Workplace as a Service and healthcare as a Service. The security implications of these novel ad hoc network services will be discussed, as will other regulatory implications of the apparent potential growth in machine to machine communication across the Internet of Things, through social machines, social radios, and other ad hoc network applications which extend well beyond the industrial Internet focus of many market participants.

The ability of the these novel applications to withstand 'worst case scenario' circumstances for -social- emergency response is a particularly compelling application, which can be provided widely at negligible cost, this tutorial will demonstrate.

Panelists: Prof. Lee McKnight is the inventor of wireless grid edgeware, and the author of articles, book chapters, books, and open specifications for wireless grids. McKnight was Principal Investigator of the Wireless Grid Innovation Testbed (WiGiT) National Science Foundation Partnerships for Innovation project, 2009-2014. He is also the founder and former CEO of Wireless Grids Corporation, which spun out of Syracuse University in 2004 and joined WiGiT as a founding partner in 2009, contributing its edgeware – such as GridstreamRx – to WiGiT for research purposes. Since its founding, McKnight has been a member of WGC’s board of directors.

Prof. Jean Camp will focus her remarks on the privacy and security policy implications of the technologies demonstrated.

Dr. William Lehr has collaborated with McKnight on wireless Internet research and WiGiT previously and has published extensively on the industrial economy of dynamic spectrum trading and sharing.

Dr. Dale Meyerrose is a recent (May 2014) doctoral graduate of Syracuse University iSchool Doctor of Professional Studies program. Dr. Meyerrose’s, prize-winning study on ‘Introducing Wireless Grids to the Field of Telemedicine GridstreamRx’ will report on a study of wireless grids edgeware in 2 major military (U.S. Army) medical centers for professional healthcare training and education in the field of PTSD and Traumatic Brain injury, which was undertaken in cooperation with both WGC other partners in the National Science Foundation Partnerships for Innovation Wireless Grid Innovation Testbed (WiGiT), including the Steptoe Group, which developed the ‘Warrior-Centric Healthcare Training Program.’ Dr. Meyerrose will summarize his thesis findings and consider HIPAA and cybersecurity as well as market and policy implications of wireless grids edgeware.

Keywords: edgeware, wireless, grids, clouds, virtualization, architecture, digital services, gridlets, wiglets, security, privacy, workplace as a service, healthcare workplace as a service

JEL Classification: K20, K21, K23, D80, L22, L13, L11, L86, L96, D43, O3

Suggested Citation

McKnight, Lee Warren and Lehr, William and Meyerrose, Dale, Cloud to Internet of Things: Wireless Grids Edgeware Panel and Tutorial (September 12, 2014). The 42nd Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy, Sept. 12, 2014. Available at SSRN: or

Lee Warren McKnight (Contact Author)

Syracuse University iSchool ( email )

Hinds Hall 228
Syracuse, NY 13244
United States
315-278-4392 (Phone)


William Lehr

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) ( email )

Stata Center
Cambridge, MA 02142
United States

Dale Meyerrose

Syracuse University ( email )

900 S. Crouse Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2130
United States

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