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In the previous blog the issue of having too many options when choosing an IoT solution was introduced. As a way to judge how easy it it is to select a solution, a project was proposed that could be implemented using different hardware and software. Once these projects are implemented on these platforms a comparison will be done to determine, from a prototyping perspective, what is an easy platform to use.   Usage Case Power consumption at home and in the office is becoming a more conscious ...
  The internet of things (IoT) has become unquestionably the next biggest thing and already has blown up faster then most people could have imagined. As the IoT gains traction more companies will be seeking to to provide IoT components. This market includes everything from ICs and modules to fully connected hardware platforms and all the software in between, as well as the cloud platforms to which remote sensor data is uploaded to and analyzed.   With so many options in the hardware, ...
In 2017, Bluetooth 5 will be released by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). Benefitting IoT, advancing beacon, and location-based capabilities, it will significantly increase the range, speed, and broadcast messaging capacity. Bluetooth 5 will offer the following:   Extending the range will deliver reliable Internet of Things (IoT) connections that make full-home and building and outdoor use cases a reality. Higher speeds will send data faster and optimize responsiveness. Increa ...
With the recent introduction of low-power wide-area (LPWA) technologies and the industry buzz around 5G, it’s important to understand where these new technologies fit in and where existing 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE networks are going. While operators in many markets will continue to invest in maintaining and upgrading 2G networks in the foreseeable future, operators in other markets are sun-setting existing 2G and 3G services and transitioning to 4G LTE technologies. The following is a brief summ ...
If there is one area where the Internet of Things is making an impact, it's in the area of Smart Cities. While no city can be labeled as totally "smart," many cities are inching forward and making select investments in order to improve transportation, save energy, improve parking and more. Here are six examples of smart cities in the world today. If you think your city is "smarter" than the six on this list, please comment below and briefly explain why your city should be on the Smart City of th ...
The importance of IoT to the competitiveness of large and small enterprises alike has placed enormous stress on development teams to roll out new products at record pace without incurring cost or scheduling overruns.   Why do IoT product development projects become costly, inefficient and sometimes unsustainable? Some of the reasons are purely technical. In the first place, it’s a challenge to build a prototype. Dealing with interoperability and security issues are significant hurdle ...
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Smart and Zigbee are the most commonly talked about types of IoT wireless protocols today. But what about Thread? Beyond its advances in security, routing and fault tolerance, Thread also addresses the long-awaited pull in the market for mesh networking technology that supports IPv6 and 6LoWPAN, bringing much-needed IP connectivity to each individual end node in the IoT.   The Promise of Seamless Connectivity Thread is a low-power, secure and scalable IP-based wireless ...
Cellular-based IoT has been going through some growing pains recently.   The cellular industry once believed it would win the SuperBowl of IoT Connectivity until non-cellular low-power wide-area technology (e.g., SigFox, Lo-Ra, etc.) made an end run around them and started building out networks and capturing market share in the highly competitive IoT connectivity solutions market.   But the with the recent completion of the NB-IoT standard by 3GPP, the cellular standards org, the IoT ...

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