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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 ...


First, the audio quality for this video is low. Unfortunately the mic was rubbing on Todd’s jacket – I’m still learning. Second, this is a little more “sales-y” than usual but worth watching to understand the PubNub service but to also hear Todd’s views on the demise of the IoT Platform (near the end).
Watch this video (or read the transcript) to hear Todd Greene discuss the PubNub service and the future of the IoT stack ...




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 ...




Episode 9

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 has been around for a while but the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC), 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 Guy Martin as we discuss the second organization, the Open Interconnect Consortium ...




Episode 8

OK, I admit it, this is going to be a bit of a geekfest but application protocols are an important topic to understand if you want to understand how IoT works. Protocols are the lifeblood of an IoT system and as we are about to find out, there are a few different types to choose from – each with their own characteristics and infrastructure requirements.
Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript) with our panelists Steve Jennis, Dev Bhattacharya, Carsten Bormann and Michael Richardson as we discuss CoAP, XMPP, RESTful HTTP, MQTT and DDS ...


There are three layers of standardization in IoT networking: First, to get the data off the devices, a wireless (and sometimes a wired) interface is required - this is the media layer. To aggregate the data from all these devices, networking is required – this is the networking layer. Then once the devices can talk to each other, the question is what they talk to each other – this is the application layer.
Watch this video (or read the transcript) to hear Carsten Bormann go through the state of the art in IoT networking protocol standardization ...


Although they are often named the same, the media layer of IoT networking consists of two separate parts: the radio to transmit the data and the protocol to exchange the data with the receiver. Important for many reasons including updatability. While the hardware can be in place for long periods of time, you can expect protocols to change every few years as exemplified by the 802.15.4 standard which is currently on version m.
Watch this video (or read the transcript) to hear Brandon Harris explain how to tune power consumption, bandwidth, range and cost to get the right sensor for your IoT application....




Episode 7

Meet IoT’s three layers of protocols… the media layer, otherwise known as the physical layer or radio, the network layer and the application layer. Important because they make up the network stack that transports data from the sensor to the cloud. Important because they are standardized.
Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript) with Michael Richardson as he delivers a masterclass on everything you need to know about IoT’s three networking layers ...




Episode 6

In broad strokes, the software required for an IoT deployment can be grouped into four classes: embedded software for sensors and gateways, networking or the IoT platform (communication, rules and sometimes interpretation) data management & analytics and of course the IoT application.
Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript) with Zach Shelby as we discuss the first class, embedded software for sensors or more specifically sensor operating systems and the inevitable evolution of these disparate classes into an IoT software ecosystem ...




Episode 2

It takes a lot of work, behind the scenes work, to establish a successful connection between sensor and IoT Platform. While it’s possible to find off-the-shelf sensor subsystems for common use-cases, often, custom hardware and software design is needed to make the system/connected product/asset operate as desired.
Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript) with Mark Wright about the who and the what behind the scenes that need to be involved to make it happen ...