The Internet of Things (IoT) Show with Bruce Sinclair

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Because of the technology and data available, the biggest and most interesting challenge in designing an IoT product is to make it feel more like a service or experience, than a piece of hardware. Only after you understand the customer and what the opportunities really are can product design begin. In this episode of the IoT Business show, I speak with Gordon Hui to get an uber designer’s perspective on how to find that ideal product experience and the business that must be developed to support it. 

 

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When starting down the path toward your IoT product, it’s tempting to jump into the tech and get started with your PoC… but don’t fall into that trap. Of course there are benefits to getting the minimally viable product out the door but these benefits don’t go away if you back up first and start with a business strategy and defined user experience – in fact they’re accelerated when you have a clear path from the start. In this episode of the IoT Business show, I speak with Erik Ljung about the importance of starting at the top when beginning your product design process.

 

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Getting an IoT project off the ground isn’t easy. It’s not just about launching a new product based on new technology, it’s the changes the organization must make to reach escape velocity. In this episode of the IoT Business show, I speak with Asaf Sadowski about the importance of creating an IoT proof of concept and the steps involved to get there.

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After going through each of the major consortia, we are heading back to tech, but not as deep a dive as usual. Having left the edge behind, we are now moving on to the network fabric that holds everything together. In this episode of the IoT Business Show, we talk about some of the most important issues surrounding IoT Platforms today.

 
In this episode of the IoT Business Show, we talk about some of the most important issues surrounding IoT Platforms today.
 

When buying or developing an IoT Platform you need to prioritize your resources, both in time and in money and everything is a trade-off. Do you want more security or more cool features? Do you want better analytics or more sensors? As was mentioned in this episode, even the military has a budget when it comes to security and works within it. An important takeaway is to make build or buy decisions that don’t prevent you from going back, once deployed, to upgrade the security and analytics choices made along the way.

 

Like episodes 8 and 11, this show was recorded at the gogoNET LIVE 5 conference a few months back during the panel discussion, Top 5 issues in Network Platforms today. We ran out of time after three but that’s ok, we’ve already discussed APIs and standards in depth. In this show I discuss IoT Platform security, sensor compatibility and analytics compatibility with Bryan Kester of SeeControl, Steve Jennis of PrismTech, Justin Buchanan of Cisco and Brandon Harris of Electric Imp.

 

Here’s What We’ll Cover in this Episode

 

  • Some of the security differences between IT and IoT and why IoT can sometimes be easier
  • Everything has a price including security and despite it being at the top of customer concerns, it’s not the top priority
  • Why sensors should not drive system design decisions
  • Why analytics decisions need to be driven by use-cases
  • What’s coming up for the system integration channel

 

 

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The AllSeen Alliance gets a lot of press but it’s still mostly misunderstood. For most its name is synonymous with home IoT but that’s only the first step in a broader vision that encompasses consumer, commercial, industrial and infrastructure IoT. It’s currently focused on home automation because that’s the current focus of its members. But this will change over time. In this episode of the IoT Inc Business Show, I discuss all things, AllSeen and AllJoyn with Philip Des Autels and his view of the Alliance’s future.

 
In this episode Inc Business Show, I discuss all things, AllSeen and AllJoyn with Philip Des Autels and his view of the Alliance’s future.
 

Philip has 25 years of experience in the areas of: Cloud, Mobile and IoT – focusing on managing the interface connecting technology and society… he’s also senior director of IoT for the AllSeen Alliance. AllSeen is a cross-industry collaboration to advance IoT through an open source software project called AllJoyn – which was developed to enable billions of interoperable devices, services and apps.

 

AllSeen provides the AllJoyn open source code to any company, member or not, to get a head start on developing IoT products, solutions or services. It’s architected like a layered cake. At the bottom is the core messaging protocol independent of industry segment, next there are base services for onboarding and then there are unique service frameworks. It’s at this top level where we are interpreting the Alliance’s home focus since the first two service frameworks are for lighting and home appliances & entertainment.

 

Are they a player? Yes. Having an install base of 10 million devices (courtesy of Qualcomm who donated the project), makes it so. Their current focus makes them competitive with the Thread Group. Their future focus will make them competitive with the Open Interconnect Consortium. Do they want to compete? Not necessarily. They realize, as the industry does, that there’s room for and a desire for consolidation and they’re wise enough to be open to it.

 

There are five main IoT alliances/consortia/groups focused on the Internet of Things and I interview them all. The Internet Protocol for Smart Object (IPSO) Alliance has been around for a while but the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC)the Thread group, the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the Allseen Alliance are relatively new. Depending on your focus, one or more of these organizations and are worth looking into when starting your IoT journey. Listen to this mini podcast series to hear which ones.

 

Here’s What We’ll Cover in this Episode

 

  • AllJoyn – the open source project, originally developed by Qualcomm, that’s made available by the AllSeen Alliance
  • What AllJoyn is and is not
  • The AllJoyn architecture
  • Why the current focus is in Home Automation and why the vision doesn’t stop there
  • Why companies become members of the AllSeen Alliance
  • The three levels of membership – what you get and how much they cost
  • Breakdown of the governance and how decisions are made
  • Details on their certification plans, version 1.0 and now 2.0
  • The AllSeen mission driven IP policy and the pledge that’s made

 

 

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No one company is big enough to provide an end-to-end industrial Internet of Things solution. Realizing this, ATT, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel came together to found the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). The end game however is not technology, but business – to understand what is needed to put together solutions that not only work well, but sell well. In this episode of the IoT Inc Business Show, I discuss the IIC, with Lynne Canavan, Stephen Mellor and Brian Dalgetty.

In this episode of the IoT Inc Business Show, I discuss the IIC, with Lynne Canavan, Stephen Mellor and Brian Dalgetty.

Lynne is the Industrial Internet Consortium’s Program Director, Stephen is its Chief Technology Officer and Brian is Director of Internet of Things Marketing at IBM and was one of the founding members that helped launch the IIC. The Industrial Internet Consortium is a public-private non-profit organization formed to accelerate the development, adoption and use of interconnected machines, analytics, and people at work. With work being the operative word.

The IIC ecosystem helps companies large and small. By being part of test beds and by networking at meetings, small companies get to rub shoulders with the giants and demonstrate their worth. Large companies see how their solutions mesh in vitro and find smaller companies to fill in the gaps. But all are there to make contacts and form partnerships to advance their business.

There are five main IoT alliances/consortia/groups focused on the Internet of Things and I interview them all. The Internet Protocol for Smart Object (IPSO) Alliance has been around for a while but the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC), the Thread group, the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the Allseen Alliance are relatively new. Depending on your focus, one or more of these organizations and are worth looking into when starting your IoT journey. Listen to this mini podcast series to hear which ones.

Here’s What We’ll Cover in this Episode

  • Why the Industrial Internet of Things is bigger than any once company, including IBM
  • The central importance of test beds and why they are one of the main value propositions of joining the IIC
  • How standards requirements are developed
  • Although they are not a standards body, find out why their standards requirements will be adopted
  • The process the IIC goes through in working with standards bodies and why it is a multi-decade process
  • Why big companies join the IIC
  • Why small companies join the IIC
  • The IIC intellectual property policy
  • No certification policy yet, but find out what is envisioned

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There’s a symbiotic partnership between standards organizations, like the IETF and IEEE, and the non-profit alliances, groups and IoT consortia. The IoT industry needs standards but sometimes the standards organizations, when left to their own devices, can be guilty of satisfying only the vendors’ needs who are on the committees or being too broad, satisfying everyone but producing nothing of value. The non-profit IoT consortia play a major role in driving requirements for these standards and their subsequent testing, certification and marketing. The grey zone is when the consortia get into the standards game. There’s value in making “standards” of standards but it can also be detrimental to the industry at large when they are not made open to the public.

 
In this episode of the IoT Inc Business Show, I discuss the IETF, IEEE, IPSO, the Open Interconnect Consortium, the Thread Group, the Industrial Internet Consortium and the AllSeen Alliance with panelists Carsten Bormann, Amine Chigani, Michael Koster and Michael Richardson.
 

Like podcast 8, this podcast is a little different than my typical format. It was recorded at the gogoNET LIVE! 5 conference during the Panel Discussion: Making Sense of Standards Bodies, Alliances, Associations and Consortia. I discuss the IETF, IEEE, IPSO, the Open Interconnect Consortium, the Thread Group, the Industrial Internet Consortium and the AllSeen Alliance with panelists Carsten Bormann, Amine Chigani, Michael Koster and Michael Richardson.

 

As part of this podcast series I have interviewed all the alliances/groups/consortia mentioned in this show but this panel discussion provides a useful “outside” perspective on the role of these organizations in the IoT industry.

 

Here’s What We’ll Cover in this Episode

 

  • Who are the influential standards groups and consortia in IoT today
  • The underbelly of the IETF standardization process
  • The role of the open source community in standards development
  • Filling in the gaps – the vital relationship between standards organizations and the non-profit consortia of the Internet of Things
  • The underbelly of IoT consortia standardization process
  • Reasons why companies get involved in the various IoT alliances/groups/consortia

 

 

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There are five main IoT alliances/consortiums/groups focused on the Internet of Things and I interview them all. The Internet Protocol for Smart Object (IPSO) Alliance –episode E3 has been around for a while but the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) – episode 9, the Thread group, the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the Allseen Alliance have sprung up recently. Depending on your focus, one or more of these organizations and are worth looking into when starting your IoT journey. In this episode of the IoT Inc Business Show, I discuss the third organization, the Thread Group, with Skip Ashton.

 
In this episode of the IoT Inc Business Show, I discuss the third organization, the Thread Group, with Skip Ashton.
 

Skip is VP of Software at Silicon Labs where he’s responsible for the software for their MCUs, ZigBee and their short range wireless chips. He’s also Vice President of Technology at the Thread group. The Thread group is a not-for-profit organization responsible for Thread technology, education and certification.

 

The Thread Group is focused on the home and believes that,Thread Internet of Thingslike 802.11 (WiFi Alliance) and 802.15.1 (Bluetooth SIG), a third radio, 802.15.4 is in need of a group to support it. The easiest way to think of Thread is that it is the WiFi for low-powered networks in the home. Sound like Zigbee? Well, it is, except unlike its antiquated, 15 year old counterpart, it’s modern and based on existing standards like the IPv6. The goal of the Thread Group is that when you see their logo on a product, it will transparently talk to other Thread-logo’d products – right out of the box.

 

Here’s What We’ll Cover in this Episode

 

  • Why the Thread group was started
  • Why Zigbee can’t compete
  • Why it’s most compared to the WiFi Alliance
  • Why the Thread Group is needed even though the standards are already available
  • The three levels of membership – what you get and how much they cost
  • Details on their certification plans and their harness
  • The Thread Group’s intellectual property policy

 

 

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There are five main IoT alliances/consortiums/groups focused on the Internet of Things and I interview them all. The Internet Protocol for Smart Object (IPSO) Alliance has been around for a while but the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC), the Thread group, the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the Allseen Alliance have sprung up recently. Depending on your focus, one or more of these organizations and are worth looking into when starting your IoT journey. In this episode of the IoT Inc Business Show, I discuss the second organization, the Open Interconnect Consortium, with Guy Martin.

 
In this episode of the IoT Inc Business Show, I discuss the second organization, the Open Interconnect Consortium, with Guy Martin.
 

Guy is Senior Strategist for the Samsung Open Source Group and has over 20 years of experience in software engineering, technical marketing and community management. He’s also Head of Digital Marketing at the Open Interconnect Consortium. The OIC is a non-profit founded by leading tech companies with the goal of defining the connectivity and interoperability requirements for the billions of devices that will make up the Internet of Things.

 

The OIC has a broad scope — abstract everything below the application layer for all IoT industries… that’s all. Their approach make a lot of sense — a tag team of a standard and an open source implementation. It’s a lot of work but if they pull it off, it could advance the state of the IoT industry by years, by tearing down IoT’s silos and custom fortifications. Of course the devil is in the details so listen to this episode to see if the OIC is right for your company.

 

Here’s What We’ll Cover in this Episode

 

  • Why the OIC was started
  • The OIC’s vision of building an Interstate highway between all IoT verticals
  • Why Thread is not a competitor, their liaison agreement with the IIC and why they think they have a better solution than the Allseen Alliance
  • IoTivity – their open source project based on the Apache 2.0 licensing and governance model
  • The three levels of membership – what you get and how much they cost
  • Why OIC believes a RESTful API is a better choice than a DBus daemon architecture
  • Details on their certification plans and how it relates to their brand promise
  • The OIC’s intellectual property policy

 

 

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OK, I admit it, this is going to be a bit of a geekfest but application protocols are an important topic to understand if you want to understand how IoT works. Protocols are the lifeblood of an IoT system and as we are about to find out, there are a few different types to choose from – each with their own characteristics and infrastructure requirements.

 
In this episode of the IoT Business show, we discuss CoAP, XMPP, RESTful HTTP, MQTT and DDS and our panelists are: Steve Jennis, Dev Bhattacharya, Carsten Bormann and Michael Richardson.
 

This podcast is a little different than our typical format. It was recorded at the gogoNET LIVE! 5 conference, this past November, during the Panel Discussion: Top 5 Application Protocols in IoT Today. We discuss CoAP, XMPP, RESTful HTTP, MQTT and DDS and our panelists are: Steve Jennis, Dev Bhattacharya, Carsten Bormann and Michael Richardson.

 

And yes, this is another technical episode, in fact, it’s a deep dive. Bear with me, we still have a number of techy podcasts to go but you’ll appreciate your understanding once we get to the business side of the house.

 

Here’s What We’ll Cover in this Episode

 

  • OK to have different protocols because they each have different characteristics.
  • For real-time, DDS is the right protocol (or system is a better description) but it carries with it robust infrastructure requirements.
  • There are two types of protocols: data centric vs. message (or event) centric.
  • Look at the heritage of each protocol before choosing it – will provide a good understanding of its character
  • Multiple protocols will exist so we will need to translat between them. When you choose your main protocol, choose one that carries information with it, as well as the data, so it can be converted without loss

 

 

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