Thinking About IoT Developers

Wednesday, February 08, 2017
9:00-9:55am
Wednesday – 2/08/17
IoT Developers
Open Source Strategies with IoT
IOTD-01
Eclipse Foundation
Many companies contribute to IoT solutions within the Open Source Community. This session is an overview of what the communities are developing and how they can reduce the time to develop IoT.
10:00-10:55am
Wednesday – 2/08/17
IoT Developers
Stump the Experts
IOTD-02
Telit
Bring us your toughest IoT problem for our experts to solve. Telit and friends will bring their technical support staff to help you solve your most pressing IoT challenges to get your project to market faster.
11:00-11:55am
Wednesday – 2/08/17
IoT Developers
Enabling Voice Driven Smart Home Experiences with Amazon Alexa
IOTD-03
Pivotal Software, Inc.
Amazon
Alexa, the voice service that powers Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap and Amazon Fire TV, provides a set of built-in abilities, or skills, that enable customers to interact with smart home devices in a more intuitive way using voice. Examples of these skills include the ability to control lighting and temperature. Customers can then access these new skills simply by making a command to Alexa. This session will walk through the Smart Home Skill API and showcase what is possible today.
Thursday, February 09, 2017
1:00-1:55pm
Thursday – 2/09/17
IoT Developers
Rapid Prototyping for Cat M1 (Live Demo!)
IOTD-04
Nimbelink
Verizon
LTE Category M1 (LTE-M) is here! But how do you start using it? NimbeLink and Verizon ThingSpace will use the brand new Cat M1 Skywire modem and off-the-shelf dev kits to create a working prototype in minutes using Thingspace IoT Platform. The prototype will use the Verizon Cat M1 network to send data to the ThingSpace platform where it can be displayed and analyzed. Come and see how quick and simple it can be to get started using the latest technology on one of the most advanced networks.
2:00-2:55pm
Thursday – 2/09/17
IoT Developers
Cloudy IoT Implementations
IOTD-05
Litmus Automation
The support of IoT by Amazon, IBM, Microsoft and Salesforce suggests that IoT can be deployed rapidly and with little concern for scale. However, the issue of quality assurance needs to be thought through as rapid deployment of code can lead to hacks, and systems that lack thorough testing. This session looks at how IoT support is integrated into cloud services and what developers still need to consider before using the cloud to deploy.
3:00-3:55pm
Thursday – 2/09/17
IoT Developers
Lessons in Connectivity and Support
IOTD-06
Get Wireless
Before you send your IoT Solutions around the world you need to know how to manage scale and support. This session is about how to develop, deploy and manage connectivity.
Friday, February 10, 2017
9:00-9:50am
Friday – 2/10/17
IoT Developers
Inventing the IoT Future!
IOTD-07
MyDevices
IoT Development requires a library or resources and active community of creators, developers, and innovators. This discussion is about how Collaborizm is being used by myDevices and Kandy.io to gather community and develop new IoT solutions. This panel talks about generating ideas and bringing them to market quickly.
10:00-10:50am
Friday – 2/10/17
IoT Developers
Developing an Edge System with Advanced Device Management Capabilities
IOTD-08
Eurotech
This presentation will explore how to develop an edge system with advanced device management capabilities. Some management platforms claim to have edge management capabilities, but these solutions based on an agent on a microcontroller cannot offer sophisticated management features. More advanced application development frameworks have a footprint that fits in intelligent edge device controller processors for better device management tools. The Eclipse Kura open source project is becoming popular for early development, with advantages for developing an edge system with device management capabilities that is ready to evolve into production. By integrating software and hardware at the edge and then communicating with the management platform in the cloud through a comprehensive device management tool, devices and their services can be monitored and changed from afar with ease.

Proximity & Affinity the future of IoT

I often listen to IoT discussions that make me think I am in an episode of Highlander!  “In the end there can only be one!”

I think that premise is flawed and I think we are going to see some changes as we adopt alternative wireless technologies.

Let me explain why.

  1. Security is the starting point, but not about the way that IoT and DDoS have been linked together.  If you see what I am doing with the security summit at IoT Evolution Expo you know that I am not about IoT fixing problems that are beyond it’s control.  DNS was being attacked before IoT and it will be attacked without IoT.  However, there is a bigger problem that faces those of us that try to harden our networks.  The problem is that when a calamity hits like a earthquake, tidal wave or terrorism, the odds are likely we are going to crash the network with sensors all trying to report back.  Whether that leads to reboot break ins or just a network failure is not clear.
  2. Proximity and Affinity are the solution.   If we map where things are when a packet storm starts the network gateways can dampen the noise and create a affinity group of reporting.  Now the reality of most PLCs these days is that IoT normally has pretty simple signals that it delivers.  This is particularly true in manufacturing but also applies to field systems. In reality we have many systems that are tracking boolean data of red (stop) and green (go).  Using Affinity information allows the systems to distribute and machine learn.

As we move to intelligence at the edge the use of affinity and proximity will increase.  While the cloud is common strategy today, the edge is the more logical place to manage particularly for system security.  Here again proximity can become part of the strategy as companies can sense their surroundings to gather deeper analytics. We see the edge become so well self management that it manages alternate routing, I believe this is the concept that is driving SDNs.

The bottom line is we are going to see the edge continue to become the focus thanks to IoT.  Building a pool of sensor intelligence from multiple devices is going to become more common place.

Unicorn Awareness 16 of 155: Lufax Peering into Finance

This is a series of articles aimed at making people aware of the endangered Unicorns that exist among us.

It is not their fault that they are endangered. It’s the price and pride of ownership. So where along the way the decision was made to feed them more than they can consume and that lean was not as import as means.

Some of the unicorns have done well on this diet. Others have not. We don’t pass judgement on the individual unicorns. We just highlight the herd for your awareness.

Currently we have gained a new Unicorn and the count is 155. In other words we are one short. (Which I would make a case should be more than one ;<) ).

Lufax

Lufax is short for Shanghai Lujiazui International Financial Asset Exchange Co. and according to the WSJ they have “7 million registered users [and have] arranged more than 200,000 loans worth $2.5 billion.”

The idea of  peer-to-peer [P2P] lending is to bypass the bankers so that the lenders can recoup principal and interest directly. This increases the chance of individual defaults and makes risk unmitigated.  In China, the banking industry has not matched the need of small firms and consumers so LuFax is a well known alternative.  However, it is not the only alternative.

Unicorn Awareness 15 of 155: Palantir Finds Fraud

This is a series of articles aimed at making people aware of the endangered Unicorns that exist among us.

It is not their fault that they are endangered. It’s the price and pride of ownership. So where along the way the decision was made to feed them more than they can consume and that lean was not as import as means.

Some of the unicorns have done well on this diet. Others have not. We don’t pass judgement on the individual unicorns. We just highlight the herd for your awareness.

Currently we have gained a new Unicorn and the count is 155. In other words we lost one.

Palantir

At $20B the Palantir is one of the largest unicorn’s in the herd.  The P A L in Palantir maybe a reference to it’s origins in PayPal, where the focus was on using link analysis to find fraud.  Since then it has been a darling of the government agencies with contracts for $215M for helping them to do everything from finding Bin Laden to prosecuting Bernie Madoff.

They are looking to be used for energy, entertainment, finance, healthcare, insurance and retailing.

Unicorn Awareness 14 of 156: Xiaomi Zowie

This is a series of articles aimed at making people aware of the endangered Unicorns that exist among us.

It is not their fault that they are endangered. It’s the price and pride of ownership. So where along the way the decision was made to feed them more than they can consume and that lean was not as import as means.

Some of the unicorns have done well on this diet. Others have not. We don’t pass judgement on the individual unicorns. We just highlight the herd for your awareness.

Currently we have gained a new Unicorn and the count is 156.

Xiaomi

It might be the great firewall of China is an aid to Xiaomi growth, but certainly it’s vision is international.  The company’s name means “little rice” in Chinese, but within China the social aspects of the Xiaomi product line is apparent.  The founder Lei Jun is like the Mark Zuckerberg of China and the product launches rival the Steve Jobs grandeur.   Combined with their social media prowess, moderate pricing strategy and frequent software releases the company has a market valuation of 46B.

Of note is the fact that Qualcomm is an investor.  The WSJ lists Huawei and Lenovo as its competitors but Apple and Google come to mind first internationally.

The Bright Shiny Object Syndrome

A friend once commented on a specific country, that it was the best place to go if you wanted to see a smile while being told to go jump in a lake.  “They are very good at telling you to F*#k-off politely”

I have similar feelings about the “spirit of collaboration” in California.  I contend that the openness is a false trust factor.

I am not saying I am not interested in open solutions, I am saying that some business ideas are corrupted by the bright shiny object syndrome.

While I am impressed with all the activity, sometimes it feels like some stronger discipline is needed.  A good example is ride sharing and the offshoots.  Does Apple really have any business going into the Auto industry?   If so, what is their competitive advantage?  Are they going to be able to charge a premium for a mid market car?  Go on the high end?  The auto industry was very sick just about a decade ago.  Consolidation occurred for brands and companies.  Does this look like a ripe market?

Yes, Tesla has brought game changing technology to market, but it’s still not clear if they are not going to be an enabler for others more than a competitor.

Uber and others have indicated they are going to use autonomous vehicles to ride share. Does a driver less car change the cost factors to the point where the BOM is significantly impacted?  And does the lack of a steering wheel have other human factors that impact comfort and buying decisions.

The fact that Google left the board of Uber indicates the issue I have.  Google wants to be in the ride sharing business in San Fransisco.  Google waited until it was ready before resigning from the board.  I am not sure that follows the “do no evil’ goal, but even so, I still have to ask why?  The fact that Uber has taken a real debt with bonds and merged it’s china operation suggest that things are tougher.  Does the use of Google for maps equate to a google cab?

I would love to see the rotary guidance applied to opportunity.

Does it have to be built?

Does it have to be built now?

And does it have to be built by us?

I think a lot of projects would be abandoned once these questions asked.

The Nightly Unblackening of Comedy Central

I am disappointed that Larry Wilmore will no longer be guiding me through the subtlety of White and Black experiences.

He has managed to take hard discussions and make them palatable to a tree hugging liberal like myself with few black friends.

larrywilmore

I am not sure what Comedy Central has in mind for the future of the Nightly Show, but I think anyone competing with Stephen Colbert’s migration to CBS would have had a problem.

I am hoping that Larry and the entourage find a way to reminding us to “keep it 100”. And to call things out when they are “weak tea”.

Like Stephen, Larry added to my vocabulary with phrases that I now understand and can use in a sentence to help me speak to other people beyond my tree hugging liberal friends.

I will not claim I am blackened, but at least I am more aware thanks to Larry and the team.

Michel Martin Steve Voss/NPR

Michel Martin
Steve Voss/NPR

However, adding to the post, I want to point out the Michel Martin at NPR had similar problems connecting to more listeners with her show “Tell Me More”.

There I got to hear a barbershop filled with a diverse set of political views.

It maybe that white america is only ready for weak tea.

So while I am sad these shows are off the air, I feel they kept it 100.

Unicorn Awareness 13 of 150: Uber Alles

This is a series of articles aimed at making people aware of the endangered Unicorns that exist among us.

It is not their fault that they are endangered. It’s the price and pride of ownership. So where along the way the decision was made to feed them more than they can consume and that lean was not as import as means.

Some of the unicorns have done well on this diet. Others have not. We don’t pass judgement on the individual unicorns. We just highlight the herd for your awareness.

Currently we have gained a new Unicorn and the count is 150.

Uber

My tendency with Uber is to defer to Velveteen Rabbit as analogous to Uber’s becoming a real company. Already it has done things that stand out from the rest of the unicorns. The first is that it went to the debt market which it did not publicize, the second is that it admitted that it could not beat them, so it merged its Uber China LoB with Didi Chuxing.

With an evaluation of 68B and another 15B in available through debt, the question has to be can Uber possibly pay off in the long run.

Unicorn Awareness 12 of 149 (again)

This is a series of articles aimed at making people aware of the endangered Unicorns that exist among us.

It is not their fault that they are endangered. It’s the price and pride of ownership. So where along the way the decision was made to feed them more than they can consume and that lean was not as import as means.

Some of the unicorns have done well on this diet. Others have not. We don’t pass judgement on the individual unicorns. We just highlight the herd for your awareness.

Currently we have gained back a Unicorn and the count is 149.

Mode Media

Mode Media, formerly called Glam Media, owns hundreds of lifestyle sites that connect brand advertisers with targeted audiences such as men with Brash, Foodie, Glam, Tend (for moms) and other channels online.

Advertisers can access Mode’s audience directly through Mode in North America (US and Canada), Asia (including Japan, and South Korea) and Europe (including Germany, the United Kingdom and France) as well as through our sales and marketing partners in Australia, China, Singapore, Italy, Spain, the Middle East, South Africa, and Russia. In fact, we have the capability to aggregate viewers from almost anywhere in the world. We focus on local creators and brands, creating original, local and highly engaging in-market experiences.

Unicorn Awareness 11 of 148: WiFiMaster

This is a series of articles aimed at making people aware of the endangered Unicorns that exist among us.

It is not their fault that they are endangered. It’s the price and pride of ownership. So where along the way the decision was made to feed them more than they can consume and that lean was not as import as means.

Some of the unicorns have done well on this diet. Others have not. We don’t pass judgement on the individual unicorns. We just highlight the herd for your awareness.

Currently we lost one of your Unicorns since the count was 149 until last week.

WiFiMaster

Wifimaster WiFiMaster biggest asset might be that the own the domain wifi.com. However, it probably helps that they are in China, but 52M investment has yielded a Billion dollar evaluation. Wifimaster provides an app called Wifi Master Key for connecting to Wi-Fi hotspots without a password or sign-in.