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The Challenges of Building Flexible Wireless Platforms

Brandon Malatest, Co-founder and COO
Per Vices Corp.

Today’s wireless systems need to be more complex than ever to accommodate new standards, protocols, and spectrum becoming available. This in turn has led to the the development of different dedicated systems for specific applications and protocols, resulting in problems of constant integration and hardware replacements costing more than ever. Software defined radio (SDR) can help to address these inefficiencies by offering a single, flexible wireless system capable of operating across multiple frequency bands and protocols. These commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) SDRs offer a solution but are not without their own complexity in design. Continue reading

Industrial IoT Use cases in Emerging Nations

Gopinath Polavarapu, Senior Director -Product Management
Zebra Technologies

The Industrial Internet of Things, or IIoT, has become the next big technology trend that will help businesses automate processes and collect intelligence to inform calculated decisions. This radical transformation is also opening up new opportunities for economic growth and improvement in quality of life. Continue reading

Wireless Power: Enabling the Future

David Meng, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer
PowerSphyr

Much of the current excitement around wireless power focuses on the freedom that comes with cutting the charging cable from our handheld mobile devices. But the true game-changer may be what it means for enabling the IoT, where nearly every aspect of our environment is a node for a smart, connected and data-driven ecosystem. Continue reading

Should You Take a Ubiquitous or Best-of-Breed Approach to Building an IoT Infrastructure?

Roland Feijoo, Executive Vice President of IOT solutions
CompuCom

Some people subscribe to the best-of-breed philosophy in buying technology products and services: “I’m going to buy a switch here, a router there, a firewall there,” because they believe they’re getting the best products and will therefore build the strongest infrastructure. I was no different until I began designing and deploying Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. I learned the hard way that’s the wrong approach, at least with IoT. Continue reading

Utility IoT and the Cloud: From Connecting Assets to Enterprise-Wide IoT

By Brian Bradford, Vice President, Industry Strategy
Oracle Utilities

The Internet of Things (IoT) and increasing distributed energy resources and connected devices at the edge of the grid are transforming the electric utility industry. The sheer numbers of devices are phenomenal: smart meter deployments in the United States alone were projected last year to reach 70 million by the end of the year, and to reach 90 million by 2020.[1] And its not just smart meters in the new electricity network: utilities are also increasingly deploying smart field sensors, and end consumers and their utilities are both adding distributed energy resources (DER), smart thermostats and the like to the edge of the grid in record numbers. Continue reading

How the IIoT is Revolutionizing Industry

By Juan Carlos Lazcano, Vice President of IoT
Gemalto, North American

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has been heralded as transformational, by offering hitherto unparalleled levels of growth opportunities and efficiencies. For industries of all kinds from farming to aerospace harnessing the use of connected devices, machine-to-machine (M2M) technology and big data is creating a revolution that will cut production times, reduce inefficiencies through predictive maintenance, boosting outputs and increasing revenues. Continue reading

Smarter LED Street Lighting Applications

Jonathan Catchpole, System Architect/Principal Engineer
TE Connectivity

LED Street Lighting is a technology and infrastructure with evolving demands. It is not only about bringing light to an area anymore, it is about anticipating tomorrow’s needs for value added services. Until recently, designers have mostly only been able to select ANSI/NEMA standard product lines, simply because no specific alternative or even European standard existed. Now, working with leading industry partners, TE Connectivity has developed a new connectivity solution for LED street lighting, while at the same time creating a standard for European outdoor luminaires. Continue reading