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14 Posts authored by: rscasny element14 Team
You’ve probably heard the advice that’s being given around the manufacturing industry today: Manufacturers must eagerly adopt technological innovation to improve productivity to remain competitive.   This is why the Industry 4.0 initiative and the Internet of Things (IoT) has drawn the industry’s attention to the benefits of the data-driven enterprise. Expect manufacturing facilities to experience a seismic transformation in the coming years. But how you do you prepare fo ...
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 ...
Bluetooth® beacons enable proximity-based, contextual awareness using simply a smartphone with applications. Wireless proximity detection technology is not new, but with Bluetooth Low Energy's features, beacons can be designed for retail customers, business loyalty programs, industrial asset monitoring, and more.   Beacon Basics In general terms, a beacon is a small, battery-powered, wireless device that uses Bluetooth low energy technology (Bluetooth Smart) to advertise its presence ...
Bio-patch solutions are sensors worn on the body to enable continuous and semi-continuous monitoring of physiological and psychological parameters without tethering the patient or athlete to a wired hub. Bio-patch sensor data is transmitted wirelessly to a gateway to enable patients to self-monitor or healthcare professionals to remotely monitor vital information. The disposable nature of bio-patches also helps meet patient safety requirements in hospitals due to the limitation of onetime-use. T ...
Acceleration, vibration, shock, tilt, and rotation—all except rotation are actually different manifestations of acceleration over different periods of time. However, as humans we don’t intuitively relate to these motion senses as variations on acceleration/deceleration. Considering each mode separately helps in envisioning more possibilities.   Acceleration (including translational movement) measures the change in velocity in a unit of time. Velocity is expressed in meters per ...
I'd like to start by thanking all the community members who have participated in the element14 community's InnOvaTors project, including shabaz, dougw, Workshopshed , Instructorman, beakersbro, Blacksheep32, beacon_dave, peteroakes, balearicdynamics, pihaume and rogerpena. I realize you all are very busy people so I appreciate your participation. Your input has a lot of value here at element14. Thanks again.     If you haven't had opportunity to participate, let me recap the InnOvaTor ...
Projects are one of the most popular ways that element14 members contribute to the community. Projects are a good way to test your ideas, build something new, get some feedback, and have some fun. In other words, projects get you involved in our community. Since the design of embedded devices that collect, aggregate, and push data to the cloud is a core competency of an IoT engineer, I went back and reviewed the best device-to-cloud projects on the element14 community and published them below. T ...
At this week's Chicago IoT Meetup, Roman Budek of NXP gave a talk on understanding and implementing embedded system security. What follows are the high points of the talk:   1. What makes IoT security unique? The IoT will consists of billions of connected, embedded devices. The more embedded devices connected to a gateway, the greater the security risk..   2. Why is it important to secure all end nodes? If a connected thermostat for a commercial freezer in a restaurant was hacked, ...
If you are interested in learning how to build an IoT Business, and you're in Chicago, the following event may be of interest to you.   Title: Building a Successful IoT Business   Description: This interactive presentation will share experiences, timelines, and the unexpected challenges in building a successful IoT business. The surprises and critical success factors from concept through funding that created a global wireless monitoring system. Bring you questions and inquisitive min ...

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