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SEP Named A 2021 Best Places to Work in Indiana Company

You may have heard of the “Internet of Things” (IoT), which can call to mind “smart light bulbs” or “smart electrical outlets” or “smart doorbells”. Usually when consumers talk about IoT they talk about Home Automation, which is only a…
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Exploring AWS IoT Analytics

You may have heard of the “Internet of Things” (IoT), which can call to mind “smart light bulbs” or “smart electrical outlets” or “smart doorbells”. Usually when consumers talk about IoT they talk about Home Automation, which is only a single application of IoT. The patterns can be used for massive problems, like Smart Grid […]
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Security in the Age of the Internet of Things

Originally published on my personal blog. The Internet of Things is big. No, really big. No, even bigger than that. How big? My colleague Brad Boyer explains it better than I could (and handily defines the thing part of IoT, too). Go read it – I’ll wait. Welcome back! Security is hard. No, really hard. […]
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Strategies for IoT Edge Devices in Noisy Channels.

As Internet of Things technologies mature, there is more focus on aggregation of disparate information. Edge devices provide the rich data streams on which those techniques are based. While low level design of an edge device or its wireless protocol may not be foremost in a developers mind, a basic knowledge of techniques employed can […]
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My manager gave me an AWS IoT button…

Originally published over here. With the touch of a button you can notify the world that you touched a button. I was sitting at my desk the other day, busily shifting paradigms and engaging synergies, when my manager plopped a small brown paper box on my desk. plop “What’s this?” I asked, setting aside my efforts to […]
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The Most Popular Wireless Standard You’ve Never Heard Of (Part III)

Part III: Getting the Message Through In Part II, we explored some of the physical aspects of 802.15.4 networks. Way back in Part I, we saw why the ISM Band is so popular. In this post, we’ll explore ways that 802.15.4 networks can reliably operate in this crowded band. It’s a Jungle Out There By […]
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The Most Popular Wireless Standard You’ve Never Heard Of (Part II)

Part II: The Self-Organizing Network In part I, we started exploring the features of 802.15.4 networks. In this post, we’ll explore the ways these devices organize themselves into networks. The 802.15.4 standard describes three node types. Nodes are the Things that make up the Internet of Things. Nodes can arrange themselves into free-form mesh networks, […]
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The Most Popular Wireless Standard You’ve Never Heard Of (Part I)

Part I: Life on the Edge As the Internet of Things (IoT) gained popularity, the industry needed radios that could provide a reasonable data rate at a low cost using battery power. IoT edge devices needed wireless connectivity that was simple to implement, inexpensive to manufacture, and cheap to operate. Batteries needed to last months, […]
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Back from Telematics Update: Suits or no suits? Own or share? Drive or ride?

Suits or no suits?  Own or share?  Drive or ride? Recently, I attended the Telematics Update conference and my first impression as I walked the floor was “Wow, everyone is wearing a suit jacket?  I worked in the auto industry for 15 years and I thought we had moved past suits, waterfall planning, and stuffy […]
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How Big is IoT?

Since this is my first blog post at SEP I should probably explain the title of my blog “Another Cloud Joke and the Internet of What?”.  I have been working with cloud technologies for 5 years now and telematics and connectivity for over 20 years.  As a Cloud Architect I have heard every type of […]
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