Read any industry publication today and the Internet of Things (IoT) is a hot topic.Talk about how products will be connected to each other and interact with users on different levels is everywhere. But is all of this really possible? Will we see this type of connectivity and interaction any time soon? Gartner, the technology research company, says that there will be 6.4 billion connected devices this year, and many of these will be in the industrial sector. What advantage does this connectivity bring — digital twins, predictive maintenance and predictive analytics. Continue reading
When I think of the Internet of Things, I mostly think about the sensors and MEMS devices that make it all work. These tiny devices, often just a few micrometers to a millimeter across, see, hear and measure their immediate environment, either continuously or when asked, triggering an action or recording the data and sending it someplace else. MEMS sensors include gyroscopes, accelerometers, micromirrors, and tiny pressure, humidity and temperature sensors. Just in my immediate vicinity, there are MEMS sensors in my fitness tracker, smart phone, laptop and electronic kettle. MEMS sensors are integral to Connected Soldiers and Connected Cars. Continue reading
An automobile is the biggest and most complex connected device used by consumers today. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) is one of the fastest growing automotive applications. Stringent government requirements on automotive safety, fuel consumption and technology-focused consumer preferences are fueling the growth of ADAS. Driven primarily by safety, ADAS capabilities were first implemented in premium vehicles as key differentiators to enhance the user experience and protect the vehicle and its occupants. It started with features like parking assistance, adaptive breaking systems (ABS), adaptive cruise control and tire pressure monitoring. Continue reading
Developing an Internet of Things (IoT) enabled product is a complicated task, whether it’s an autonomous vehicle, a vehicle user interface like a car infotainment system, or a connected factory. IoT-enabled products contain hundreds, if not millions, of lines of embedded software code. And many of these products — and the systems and software that control them — are mission- or safety-critical. Therefore, developers must have confidence that the software code controlling these devices is 100% accurate and responds in the intended manner. Continue reading
Did you know that NASA has shown that 45 percent of the first-day spacecraft electronics failures were due to damage caused by vibrations during launch? That American consumers have spent over $6 billion repairing and replacing smartphones after they’ve been dropped? With the Internet of Things (IoT), electrical devices and systems must be more resilient than ever, resistant to changes in temperature, dust infiltration, electromagnetic interference, vibration, impact, and fatigue. Continue reading
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is changing the way the world designs, connects and optimizes machines. The advent of the IIoT brings together the things of the industrial sector (countless pieces of industrial equipment, machines, production facilities, plants) with a network (high speed routers, switches and gateways) and the cloud (access to cutting-edge local or remote computing on private or public computing clusters), which hosts the software and analytic for making decisions based on data from the things. In effect, the IIoT is connecting IT, product design and operational technologies. Industrial equipment must become digital or “smart machines.” Continue reading
Wireless communication is changing our world. The number and density of antennas in our immediate surroundings have exploded, and are increasing every day. There are literally hundreds of antennas in a typical home and thousands in an office building. Driven by the demands of the Internet of Things, along with autonomous vehicles and electrification initiatives in the aerospace sector, more antennas are required to be integrated into our devices to make all of this wireless interconnectivity possible. Continue reading
The internet has now come to the automobile, bringing connectivity for infotainment, telematics and vehicle data analytics. The connected car is rapidly becoming a key node in the emerging Internet of Things. While connected car technology is a delight for car buyers, it poses unprecedented new engineering challenges for car manufacturers of reliability, safety and security. Continue reading
Pause and think about the now ubiquitous smartphone for a moment. Our smartphones have revolutionized how we communicate, shop, socialize and work. Now think about the rising complexity in product development from the old rotary phone to today’s smart phone. And phones are just one highly visible example of the smart product revolution. Modern cars, now embedded with millions of lines of code, are quickly on their way to becoming autonomous driving vehicles. Drones are emerging as a transformative technology spanning product delivery to agricultural applications. Even industrial equipment, from tractors to turbines, is becoming smart and connected. All are orders of magnitude more complex than their predecessors.
Welcome to the Internet of Things (IoT)!
Today marks the 5th anniversary of IoT Day. Communities around the world are hosting events that facilitate “conversations around technologies, security, data privacy and the enormous potential that an “Internet of Things” is capable of.” Why does it matter? Because the IoT connectivity boom is transforming how products are designed, delivered, serviced, and consumed. Continue reading