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SEP Named a Winning Company in the 2022 Powderkeg Unvalley Awards

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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How IoT is Making Your Home Safer and Smarter

The Internet of Things (IoT) shows no sign of slowing down. As an industry-leading provider of home security solutions, Allegion™ is focused on identifying ways to employ the IoT concept – that many of today’s common objects will have Internet-related capabilities – in its upcoming products. The Schlage Sense™ system, unveiled at the 2015 International […]
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Wear a Wearable

This is probably not what the blog challenge had in mind, but I’m going to use the opportunity to write about wearable technology…. There are some fun applications out in the wearable technology domain. Some are essentially a device stuck onto something wearable: – Wearable photos– A comm badge– And more upscale: the Misfit fitness tracker  that […]
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