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Episode 78

There’s all kinds of opinions about where the value is in IoT. Well, a group that put their money where their mouths are, are investors. This is a panel discussion where I interview two VCs with similar goals but different approaches.
Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript) with Upal Basu and Jesse DeMesa about what they look for when making an Internet of Things investment ...




Episode 77

Lose five pounds of belly fat in five days! Sound too good to be true? Yeah, it probably is and because of that you would expect the FTC to be all over it. But instead of weight loss products, what about IoT products? What’s fair? What’s deceptive?
Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript) with Jared Ho about the FTC’s role in IoT and some guidelines to help your company navigate through the gray ...




Episode 75

What’s the legal definition of a product? Does it cover IoT and is IoT classified a product or a service? Given our laws were never designed for the types of products being sold today, it’s not surprising that there are different interpretations of our current laws and regulations when it comes to IoT.
Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript) with Ron Quirk and Alex Schneider about the legal limbo we’re in and how the legal landscape is evolving to catch up with the times ...




Episode 52

It’s a symbiotic relationship – the big corporation, in search for that innovative edge, and the small startup, in search for support to get their ideas off the ground. Both have what the other needs – desperately. Coming together they form one type of ecosystem. To be players, all IoT companies – big and small – must be part of one or more ecosystems.
Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript) where I speak with the folks at TechrIot about their approach of bringing IoT companies together ...




Episode 50

As the technology of IoT evolves the concept of a distributed computing environment is becoming increasingly relevant. A key component of this architecture is fog computing, blending the cloud to the edge. Being able to access computing, networking and storage resources locally makes sense for many classes of IoT deployments.
Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript) where I speak with the bigwigs of the newly formed, OpenFog Consortium ...


Timeslotted Channel Hopping (TSCH), via IEEE 802.15.4e, is an emerging standard in industrial automation and process control (via Wireless HART and ISA 100.11a) that defines a communication schedule between neighbor nodes in Low-power and Lossy Networks (LLNs). In an effort to bridge the worlds of operational technology (OT) with information technology (IT), the 6TSCH working group has been established to define how to use IPv6 over the 15.4e.
Watch this video (or read the transcript) to hear Xavi Villajosana explain how 15.4e operates and what’s still missing in the complete OT/IT stack ...




Episode 13

The AllSeen Alliance gets a lot of press but it’s still mostly misunderstood. For most its name is synonymous with home IoT but that’s only the first step in a broader vision that encompasses consumer, commercial, industrial and infrastructure IoT. It’s currently focused on home automation because that’s the current focus of its members. But this will change over time.
Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript) with Philip Des Autels and his view of the Alliance’s future ...




Episode 12

No one company is big enough to provide an end-to-end industrial Internet of Things solution. Realizing this, ATT, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel came together to found the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). The end game however is not technology, but business – to understand what is needed to put together solutions that not only work well, but sell well.
Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript) with Lynne Canavan, Stephen Mellor and Brian Dalgetty as we discuss the IIC ...




Episode 11

There’s a symbiotic partnership between standards organizations, like the IETF and IEEE, and the non-profit alliances, groups and IoT consortia. The IoT industry needs standards but sometimes the standards organizations, when left to their own devices, can be guilty of satisfying only the vendors’ needs who are on the committees or being too broad, satisfying everyone but producing nothing of value. The non-profit IoT consortia play a major role in driving requirements for these standards and their subsequent testing, certification and marketing. The grey zone is when the consortia get into the standards game. There’s value in making “standards” of standards but it can also be detrimental to the industry at large when they are not made open to the public.
Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript) with panelists Carsten Bormann, Amine Chigani, Michael Koster and Michael Richardson ...




Episode 10

There are five main IoT alliances/consortiums/groups focused on the Internet of Things and I interview them all. The Internet Protocol for Smart Object (IPSO) Alliance – episode E3 has been around for a while but the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) – episode 9, the Thread group, the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the Allseen Alliance have sprung up recently. Depending on your focus, one or more of these organizations and are worth looking into when starting your IoT journey.
Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript) with Skip Ashton as we discuss the third organization, the Thread Group ...