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To quote Mark Andreessen, “Software is eating the world” in industry after industry and it’s no different in ours. Old school SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) hardware is being consumed by Internet of Things software. Often people ask, “What’s the difference between M2M and IoT?” Besides the scope of the networks – M2M lives on a local area network or no network while IoT lives on a wide area network – the other major difference is SCADA consists of proprietary hardware like programmable logic controllers whereas the heart of IoT is software.
Watch this video (or read the transcript) to see Ron DeSerrano compare and contrast his company’s SCADA system with its new Internet of Things platform including the business models ...


MCU architectures come in so many flavors that there will be a peripheral set to match any sensor you choose. Real decision making at the embedded chipset level is driven by the application. You choose hardware based on its capability to support software. The characteristics of your chipset’s memory, computing power and comms will come from answering a 101 questions, all answered by your IoT application’s requirements.
Watch this video (or read the transcript) to get expert advice from James Stansberry, his best practices and today’s trends in IoT embedded chipsets ...




Episode 23

Column-based versus row-based, SQL versus NoSQL and streaming versus batch are three of the most important dimensions to consider choosing your IoT database. But let’s get something clear, databases are two levels of indirection beyond what’s truly important: the IoT information you require. Databases support analytics support information. Having said that, the informed business manager on databases will ask the right questions and set the right priorities during ideation of the IoT product.
Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript) with Nik Rouda who breaks down the data environments used in IoT today ...


One of the value power sources for an IoT application is external data, that when piped in, can be used to augment its functionality. Of all sources of external data, weather is probably the most ubiquitous and useful. Like many data services, the API is built on a tiered billing system. Come in for free as a developer or hobbyist but once you get over 500 hits per day you start paying.
Watch this video (or read the transcript) to hear Brendan Hayes describe the Weather Company’s API and business model to access it...




Episode 22

How much IoT data should you keep? It’s not clear. The more data you keep, the more data transmission and storage costs you’ll incur. However thinning out your data store means throwing away potential future insights, potential answers to future questions and potential new information products to expand your business – all value generators unique to IoT products.
Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript) with Steve Stover about balancing the costs and the technology approaches to maximize your Internet of Things data value ...


All incremental value from an IoT product comes from its virtualized representation, what I call the software-define product (SDP). Broaden this concept and you have software-defined manufacturing (SDM) which is the superset of all SDPs it produces. Abstracted, a factory is just a highly complex product so incorporating and advancing it with the Internet of Things is the future.
Watch this video (or read the transcript) to hear Helmuth Ludwig describe how he sees the future of manufacturing ...




Episode 21

On the surface, building your own IoT cloud seems pretty straightforward, but brush away some of the fluff and you’ll find the non-trivial issues of data velocity, message processing, scalability, redundancy and robustness.
Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript) with Dan Collins, its differences with the IT cloud and the issues to consider when building or buying ...


In addition to the technical considerations and price, compare the development support system in place for each manufacturer when shopping for your embedded wireless solution. How mature is the software development kit (SDK) and hardware platform? How broad is the ecosystem of development partners and is there an online forum or will you get 1:1 attention?
Watch this video (or read the transcript) to hear Brian Bedrosian explain best practices and trends in the embedded wireless market and the ecosystem needed to be successful ...




Episode 19

The “IoT Platform” is such an overloaded term that its meaning has been lost. Chipset manufacturers, sensor manufacturers, software vendors, consortia and system integrators all have their own definitions. But if you come at it from enough angles eventually a form takes shape and you realize it means what you want it to mean and what is important is not its definition but the context in which it’s used.
Listen to this podcast (or read the transcript) with Dr. Sean Lorenz and I as we go through the elusive IoT platform and why the business problem is always the place to start ...


OT doesn’t care about networking, Operations just wants to get data from one place to another. And since hardware in OT only gets refreshed every 15-20 years, it’s important to architect your solution in components.
Watch this video (or read the transcript) to hear Patrick Grossetete explain best practices in OT networking and the biggest differences in networking between Consumer IoT and Industrial IoT ...