October 2016

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Every month there is a blizzard of information contained in the emails and newsletters that cross my desk on their way to Some of this information is not in the form of any type of content we can publish but I feel I should share with you these snippets, blog bits, and url links that are about to fall off my desktop.

Edge Computing/ Edge Analytics is a relatively new approach for many companies. Most architectures are used to sending all data to the Cloud/Lake. But in Edge computing, that does not happen. I.e. data can be processed near the source and not all data is sent back to the Cloud. For large-scale IoT deployments, this functionality is critical because of the sheer volumes of Data being generated.  In this article, I explore the significance and evolution of IoT edge analytics. I believe that hardware capabilities will converge for large vendors (Cisco, Dell, HPE, Intel, IBM and others). Hence, IoT analytics will be the key differentiator. I explore these ideas as part of the Data Science for Internet of Things (IoT) course.

IoT is alphabet soup. IIoT, IoE, HTTP, REST, JSON, MQTT, OPC UA, DDS, and the list goes on. Conceptually, we’ve discussed IoT for a long time and understand the basic idea and technical feasibility. Now we’re moving forward, identifying use cases and building prototypes. So it’s about time to work on that alphabet.

This white paper reviews the benefits of remote access and the necessary steps to take to ensure secure connectivity in an environment where the threat from Internet cyber-attack is real and pervasive.

EnOcean, the leading developer of energy harvesting wireless technology will be sharing their insights regarding networking in the Internet of Things (IoT) in our November issue. Neil Cannon will describe how the batteryless nature means they are maintenance free. He will also talk about their brand new 2.4 GHz BLE (Bluetooth low energy) module. The 2.4 GHz BLE module makes it possible to develop self-powered switching applications for BLE-based lighting systems on the 2.4 GHz frequency band as well as to optimize energy usage in intelligent buildings.

Workspaces are becoming organic. Space needs to change and adapt to the needs of the occupants and culture. This presents some significant challenges for us technology folks. CAFM tools have been used by space planners and designers for decades, but data collection is still a struggle. The challenge with all this flexibility in workspace design and especially in a world of unassigned seating is how do you track the use of space? How many desks are being used every day? Do we have enough meeting space? What is your true occupancy and utilization? How do you collect all this data? These questions can’t easily be answered using the same manual data gathering methods we have used in the past. We have a lot of customers with space utilization below 50%. Obviously, that adds up to a lot of underutilized space and huge inefficiencies.

On Tuesday, September 20, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “The Role of Smart Connected Assets in Digital Transformation.” This presentation focused on how Digital Transformation initiatives and enabling technologies from Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Platforms enable organizations to evolve business models. It further explains the IIoT, Cloud, Big Data Analytics, and Mobility, and how these technology trends drive better communication, asset maintenance, and products and services that create greater business value. Here are the most-asked questions we received during the presentation.

Researchers Use Wireless Signals to Recognize Emotions  Published 20 September 2016  Computer scientist Dina Katabi and her colleagues at the university’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab developed a radar system for vital signs that uses reflected radio signals to track movements, moods and behavior, with potential applications for smart homes, offices and hospitals. These wireless signals—a thousand times less powerful than conventional Wi-Fi—are designed to bounce off anyone within range, capturing variations in vital signs that can be analyzed quickly by a computer algorithm able to detect emotional states, the researchers said. To distinguish one mood from another, their system measures patterns of respiration, cardiac rhythms, and minute variations in the length of each individual heartbeat

Years in the works, BOMA Canada will officially unveil BOMA BEST® 3.0 at BOMEX® 2016 in Regina on September 20-22, 2016. Applicants eager to certify to this new standard can do so as early as this summer, as part of the soft launch.  BOMA BEST® 3.0 replaces BOMA BEST® Version 2 and represents fresh, cutting edge content on a brand new and vastly improved software platform.

We are a global community of more than 2000 people over 40 countries building a global Internet of Things data network.  We use a long range and low power radio frequency protocol called LoRaWAN and for short range Bluetooth 4.2.
The technology allows for things to talk to the internet without 3G or WiFi. So no WiFi codes and no mobile subscriptions.

Building Automation Systems (BAS) Market Analysis - Forecast (2016-2021)
Building Automation Systems (BAS) also known as Building Management Systems (BMS) or Energy Management Control Systems (EMCS) are used to maximize the energy efficiency across various building control operations including HVAC and lighting systems. BAS can be defined as the interconnected networks of software and hardware that allows an operator to control a building's lighting, HVAC, fire safety, security and other systems. BAS are also used to centralize and automate a building's demand response activities, thereby allowing greater participation in demand response and utility programs. Modern BAS mainly include stretched remote access, diagnostic, trending, monitoring, web-based control systems, and scheduling capabilities.

Creators looking to build Internet-of-Things projects in a shorter amount of time may be interested in a new development board that offers both Arduino platform compatibility as well as wireless connectivity called the AirBoard.  AirBoard has been created by AirThings, based in Grenoble France and has been specifically designed to help developers, makers and hobbyists sketch Internet-of-Things projects faster. Watch the video below to learn more about this interesting project.

Global Hybrid Power Systems Market 2016-2020  A hybrid renewable energy system is a combination of more than one power source, where one is a renewable source, and the other is a conventional source of power. Some of these sources include solar PV, wind energy systems, fuel cells, and energy storage systems.



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