Technical Articles

September 7, 2021 | Pipeline

Think back to the last time you had to call your Internet service provider. Were you delighted by the experience? Or did the experience leave you wanting to cancel your service, just so you never had to go through the process or speak to them again? The smart money is on the latter.

January 22, 2020 | Forbes

With the value of the global IoT market forecast to reach £11.5 trillion by 2020, no business, least of all manufacturers of consumer goods or commercial equipment, can afford not to get involved in IoT sooner or later. The internet of things is fraught with risks and uncertainties – but less so if you have experts holding your hand along the way.

July 22, 2019 | ACHR News

Chances are, HVAC contractors who deal with smart technology have run across the term “digital home invasions” — or some variation of it — from at least a couple customers. Most hacking occurs when the homeowner’s internet connection is not secure or when the user has not used a strong, unique password for each app that controls their devices.

June 13, 2019 | Forbes

The internet of things (IoT) is coming of age. One indication is that the focus on consumer applications that dominated the early years of the IoT — think smart home device automation, home security, and energy management — is expanding to include broader enterprise adoption

May 30, 2019 | Medium

The Internet of Things (IoT) movement has come of age, now generally recognized as a strategic necessity for companies looking to transform their business operations to realize efficiency gains and revenue growth.

May 16, 2019 | IoT For All

Whether you trace the beginning of the Internet of Things (IoT) to ARPANET in 1969 or John Romkey’s toaster that turned on and off over the Internet at the October 1989 INTEROP conference or the coining of the Internet of Things term by Kevin Ashton in 1999, it’s clear that here in 2019, the IoT industry has progressed far beyond its early promise.

April 5, 2019 | Embedded Computing Design

The Internet of Things (IoT) has so far meant designing and launching new connected products or redesigning connected versions of existing products. While there’s plenty of value to be gained from newly deployed IoT products, that value can take a while to kick in given the complexity and potentially long lead times for connected-product development.

March 25, 2019 | Wharton Magazine

By many measures, 2018 was the year Internet of Things (IoT) adoption came of age, both in the consumer and enterprise markets. The number of connected devices increased 15-20 percent, more enterprise IoT projects were launched or progressed towards completion, new technologies like cellular IoT changed the landscape, and the use of turnkey IoT “platforms” (versus those built in-house) expanded significantly.

March 12, 2019 | IoT For All

The Internet is a transformative force in business, enabling amazing new business models and dramatically more efficient means to deliver services and manage a business. It also brings about a level of speed and change unlike anything we’ve previously encountered. It creates new winners and losers.

March 8, 2019 | IoT Evolution

For most of the relatively short history of the Internet of Things (IoT), Wi-Fi has been the go-to wireless option for many applications. The Wi-Fi standard—or, to be more technically precise, IEEE 802.11 in all its a, b, g, n, and ac variants—offers high throughput for a wireless standard, in the range of hundreds of megabits per second.

January 9, 2019 | Forbes

When it comes to experience, embarking on digital transformation through the internet of things (IoT) is no different from building a house: It is complex to put together and significant know-how is needed.

January 1, 2019 | Appliance Design

Smart appliances that connect with mobile phones, voice assistants and other systems can enhance a manufacturer’s revenues and help differentiate its products in a crowded consumer marketplace.

November 2, 2018 | Wharton Magazine

What if a vacuum cleaner could operate more like a digital mapping system—not in what it does, but in how well it knows its user? This closer relationship makes for a better product and better vendor.

October 19, 2018 | IoT For All

Do all Internet of Things (IoT) platforms do the same thing? Of course not, but it’s difficult for customers to tell them apart when they all claim to do the same thing. This article offers enterprise leaders five criteria for how to choose an IoT platform and service provider that fits their needs.

October 9, 2018 | IoT Evolution

The Internet of Things (IoT) has so far meant designing and launching new connected products or redesigning connected versions of existing products. 

October 9, 2018 | Embedded

The Internet of Things (IoT) involves a number of steps and complexities, each with multiple design decisions and trade-offs. For most connected devices, the first step is enabling connectivity between the physical object—the IoT ‘thing’—and the Internet, using an embedded wireless IoT module.

September 6, 2018 | Embedded Computing Design

Internet of Things (IoT) developers have a choice of approaches for creating connectivity to IoT clouds, each with different advantages and trade-offs. How can you tell which option is the best one?

September 6, 2018 | IoT Evolution

It’s easy to focus on the transformational potential promised by Internet of Things (IoT) data, applications, and services. After all, the excitement of IoT-enabled digital business transformation happens at the 10,000-foot level.

June 24, 2018 | Technica Curiosa

IoT solutions encompass a long list of diverse technologies, including hardware, software, cloud, security, mobile applications, and big-data analytics. To create a platform, manufacturers need to master all these IoT technologies—and, navigate among their complex interactions.

February 26, 2018 | RTC Magazine

Unless you’ve already designed, built, and marketed a connected IoT product, it’s almost impossible to imagine the intricacies that will arise. That’s because IoT interconnectedness—and the multilayered implications of that interconnectedness—affect even the most mundane-seeming product decisions.

July 23, 2017 | IoT Journal

While it's impossible to predict with certainty the trajectory of any evolving technology—after all, none of us has a crystal ball to gaze into the future—here are a few thoughts about where the IoT market might be headed, based on an online survey that Ayla Networks conducted in March 2017.

July 10, 2017 | Manufacturing Business Technology

Creating a connected HVAC product for the smart home is not as simple as embedding a wireless chip or adding a sensor. Designing IoT-enabled smart home HVAC products requires consideration of everything from network security to application software design, as well as how to budget for, scale, distribute and future-proof these products.

June 1, 2017 | Appliance Design Magazine

From the perspective of those using smart home appliances, the mobile app that controls the appliance is the product. Consumers judge smart products—meaning connected appliances that are part of the Internet of Things (IoT)—largely on the quality of their mobile apps. Grasping this simple but difficult truth means that manufacturers of smart appliances need to make a fundamental shift in perspective in how they design, manufacture, and even support their offerings.

May 3, 2017 | IoT Tech News

What makes a smart home smart? An increasing number of companies want to know the answer to that question. According to a recent report from Harbor Research, “the smart home market is gaining substantial momentum, with an estimated 900 million smart devices existing in households across the world today."

May 2, 2017 | Embedded Computing Design

Now that manufacturers of smart home products are getting a better handle on how to connect products to the Internet of Things (IoT), they need to focus on how their products will connect and interoperate with lots of other smart home products.

March 7, 2017 | Embedded Computing Design

Topping market research firm Parks Associates’ list of Top 10 Consumer IoT Trends in 2017 is this: Voice control is vying to become the primary user interface for the smart home and connected lifestyle.

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December 21, 2016 | Residential Systems

The concept of home systems “working together” is a fundamental expectation of the Internet of Things. Consumers assume that connected devices in their smart homes will work together easily and automatically, regardless of the manufacturer, and without needing to have specialized technology skills to make them work.

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November 28, 2016 | Manufacturing Business Technology

For manufacturers of connected products, Internet of Things (IoT) scalability means exploring a vast new wilderness. The IoT is brand new, and no one knows exactly how thousands or millions or billions of connected products will work — or not — as their numbers and interconnections multiply.

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November 8, 2016 | Sand Hill

As the world economy continues to globalize, large manufacturing and technology companies from different countries increasingly find themselves aggressively competing against one another. This is very much the case between the United States and China, especially as Chinese manufacturing companies and consumer internet services seek to extend their brands internationally.

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November 4, 2016 | Wireless Design & Development

When manufacturers look at one of their smart-home products for the Internet of Things (IoT), they see the complete product and all its capabilities—and probably view the mobile app as almost an afterthought.

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November 3, 2016 | App Developer Magazine

For manufacturers interested in developing connected products for the Internet of Things (IoT), mobile app development represents entirely new and unknown territory. And even experienced mobile app developers find that the IoT poses all kinds of new challenges.

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October 11, 2016 | International Appliance Manufacturing

To help you take a smoother path to your connected products - and to prevent a “Fire, Aim, Ready” approach - here are the 7 biggest mistakes manufacturers make when launching into the IoT market, and how to avoid them.

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September 23, 2016 | Electronic Design

The Internet of Things (IoT) isn’t new technology, but rather the application of well-known technologies to new situations and use cases. For that reason, it would be easy to assume that creating a connected product isn’t so difficult. That assumption would be very, very wrong.

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August 17, 2016 | CIOReview

When designing products and systems for the Internet of Things (IoT), manufacturers often tend to focus on only a single aspect of the process: embedding wireless communications, or establishing a cloud connection, or writing web or mobile-based software to control an IoT device.

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January 1, 2016 | Appliance Design

Smart water heaters can save energy in a number of ways. They can allow for easier variable control by consumers, who could, for instance, lower the water heater's temperature during times when no one is in the home.

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December 8, 2015 | New Electronics, page 35

The benefits associated with the IoT derive from greater connectivity, but without proper security mechanism, the entire connect pathway is vulnerable.

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December 1, 2015 | Electronic Product Design and Test Page 10-11

When designing products and systems for the IoT, manufacturers often tend to focus on only a single aspect of the process: embedding wireless communications or establishing a cloud connection, or writing web- or mobile-based software to control and IIot device.

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October 20, 2015 | IoT Evolution

It seems like every few days, yet another company makes an announcement about the Internet of Things (IoT). One of the latest biggies was Amazon Web Services (AWS), which announced a number of new services at the AWS: Reinvent show in Las Vegas. The new services have interesting names such as QuickSight, Kinesis Firehose, Snowball and something called AWS IoT.

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October 15, 2015 | The Next Silicon Valley

From our heartbeats to our genomes, anything about our bodies that can be measured can generate data. As the Internet of Things (IoT) kicks into high gear, vast networks of connected devices can receive and share sensor-enabled data. Many of these devices fall into the realm of health or medical care, ushering in a new era of personalized health care.

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October 6, 2015 | JB Systems

Analytics purpose-built for the IoT and tied to IoT platform technology is the only practical way to mine the IoT data.

September 4, 2015 | RTC Magazine

Designing and manufacturing connected products for the IoT requires a completely different mindset than making traditional, static products. Manufacturers need tools to easily provide expertise in areas previously unfamiliar, starting with embedded design and networking to the development of full-featured mobile apps.

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August 13, 2015 | Readwrite

One of the most significant benefits of the Internet of Things is the fact that it will vastly expand our ability to monitor and measure things taking place the real world.

July 22, 2015 | IoT Evolution

We in Silicon Valley tend to think that the world of technology revolves around us. We expect innovations to emerge here first and then radiate to the rest of the world. But the truth is that there’s a big wide world out there, and technology innovation is happening all over. Nowhere is that more true than in China.

May 22, 2015 | Embedded Computing Design

Most of the "things" connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) are produced companies not accustomed to thinking in terms of connectivity. These manufacturers are experts in water heaters or door locks or coffee makers, but they probably don't know what a really good connected water heater or door lock or coffee maker should be. And they certainly haven't had to worry about the kinds of security threats that come with IoT connectivity.