How IoT will evolve this year and why disposability and recyclability will determine the future

The year is shaping up to be one of the most innovative in history, and you may be wondering which trends will emerge to drive connected life forward. After we saw IoT become a household name in 2017, says Vivek Mohan, director of Wireless IoT Products at Semtech, here’s what I believe 2018 has in store.

As people try to find greener and more energy-efficient methods, energy harvesting will be important in the Internet of Things (IoT), especially for low-power technology. This will have particular relevance with solar power, thermal energy, wind energy, salinity gradients, and kinetic energy captured and then stored for small, wireless autonomous devices like those used in wearable electronics. Wireless sensor networks will take on added significance as these new cutting-edge IoT technologies are developed.

Field services

The field service industry is huge, encompassing 20 million field technicians spread across the world. These individuals are responsible for maintaining everything from hospital equipment, to office elevators and heavy manufacturing machines. Maintenance can be a daunting and costly task, so creating efficiencies and leveraging predictive maintenance is crucial. IoT technology such as sensors and real-time monitoring are becoming more crucial because organisations need to know exactly where and when equipment needs to be adjusted or replaced.

Keeping rodents and pests, such as rats, mice and termites, away is an age-old problem that has deep consequences when it comes to meeting food and building safety requirements.

Leveraging sensors with IoT devices and networks is becoming more prevalent, and in the year ahead we will see even more creative applications of this technology for monitoring of pests, so people and businesses can detect possible problems before they become serious.

Disposable IoT

However, by far the biggest trend that I believe we will see this year will be the rise of disposable IoT. As IoT become more mainstream, new types of use cases and applications appear that require low-cost and low-power solutions with the ease of one-time usage.

Disposable technologies are not a new concept (think disposable cameras), but disposable technologies for IoT is new. The concept of disposable IoT is in its infancy, yet we are starting to see innovation in this area from large industries.

For example, the U.S. Marine Corps is now testing single-use drones made of cardboard, powered by inexpensive motors, to deliver supplies to combat troops. Tech companies have also begun using low-cost, low-power, green tags that can track real-time feedback.

Various challenges needed to be met before truly disposable IoT could become reality. Firstly, the diversity of the types of application that exist within IoT and the subsequent need for multiple types of technology – and the adaptation of others – has posed perhaps the biggest hurdle.

A further challenge has been related to the battery. Indeed, a key issue with IoT stems from the fact that many devices require batteries, but these energy sources need to incorporate materials with much lower levels of toxicity than, for instance, lithium-ion batteries, which are difficult to recycle. I’ve seen this innovation up close, as Semtech recently invested […]

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6 Factors to Determine the Success of Your IoT Project

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The emergence of IoT has led to work smarter and revolutionizing the way employees work and interact with others. Workplaces are getting smarter; employees are being more productive and potential for smart workplace scheduling is evolving.

According to a recent survey by Cisco, deployment of IoT is stalled 60% of the time while only 26% of respondents consider their deployment successful.

When it comes to deployment of IoT, a number of factors decide the fate of the project. Either you win or you lose, however, the poor implementation would lead you to lose money and time.

How can developers implement a successful IoT project to avoid any loss is the biggest question? Let us have a look at how IoT can be deployed successfully without losing money and wasting time.

1.) Strategic Planning before Deploying

Before deploying IoT, it is necessary to have a strategic plan to lead your project to success. At this stage, you have to identify your goals, success metrics, business process evaluation and technical inventory. Moreover, you must also have a strong team of qualified experts to assess the opportunities and threats before deploying Internet of things.

In a recent Bain and Co. IoT study conducted with over 90% of executives said that “their organization is currently in the state of planning and proof of concept stage”.

No matter how longer you to have to spend on your research and plans, it will ultimately lead to reducing the failure rate.

2.) Allocate the Hardware Devices

Enterprise IoT Solution is not like an application that can be started instantly as the idea comes to mind. The deployment of IoT requires allocation of equipment and machinery from the present inventory of devices.

Keeping in view your business goals and expected results, you may have to collaborate with OEM to source bridges, sensors, adapters, actuators and other hardware. After the above step, the organization would have assigned everything that takes to onboard physical devices to the connected platforms.

3.) Estimate the Cost of Not Deploying IoT

IoT projects will affect the overall process in your organization. Before deploying IoT in your organization, you must determine the real cost of the process being improved. The fixed costs are easy to determine while the variable ones are difficult to evaluate. If you think the cost can be achieved, the project should not be left in the middle.

4.) Implement Security and Governance

Like any other enterprise solution, IoT security is critical and datasets should be unnamed, inscribed and compressed before processing. It is necessary to have a governance model to limit the access to sensitive and private data. Policies will identify the roles of each individual to control the devices and access the business intelligence dashboard. IoT security must be aligned with existing corporate policies and best security practices.

5.) Drive Continuous Improvement

Your IoT project should be scalable and improve with the passage of time. As your organization is set to expand and grow, you cannot afford to set your IOT project on the same level. Look for the future prospects and strategize your IoT project mindfully in order to take the leap. The best way is to ask an expert and consult the IoT solution provider to give the best solution that is easily adaptable and scalable at the same time.

6.) Intuitive User Experience for Decision Makers

Generally, IoT solutions are devised to have user experience meant for two personas including decision makers and operation manager. Operation managers are directly responsible for managing devices later though IoT solution. In fact, they are responsible for maintaining the flawless functioning of devices.

In case of business decision makers, they are contingent on data-driven insights for business decision making. They need access to dashboards that represents critical parameters originating from the hot path and cold part analytics. Moreover, they are also granted permission to change the policies and rules according to the changing needs of the business.

Author Bio:

Ray Parker is an entrepreneur and internet marketer with over 15 years of experience in Search Engine Optimization, Creative Writing and Digital Marketing with IQVIS. He has worked with several clients from all over the globe to offer his services in various domains with a proven track record of success.

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Researchers determine ways to connect IoT sensors via ambient waves

Who needs radio communications? IoT sensors could connect via ambient waves getting rid of the radios altogether, according to a new study from Disney Research.

A team of researchers, led by associate lab director and leader of Disney Research’s Wireless Systems group Alanson Sample, devised an ultra-low-power system of sensors that transmit data to a central receiver by reflecting the ambient radio waves from commercial broadcasting systems that already bathe most office environments.

The idea is to reuse the all radio signals around as a medium to transmit data, said Sample.

Since it is the generation of radio waves that consumes most of their battery power, this approach radically reduces the power requirements of the sensor nodes. In a demonstration, the researchers met the tiny bit of remaining power demand by using solar cells optimized for low-light conditions.

The details of the researchers’ ultra-wideband (UWB) ambient backscatter system was presented at the IEEE Conference on Computer Communication, INFOCOM 2017, demonstrating the system using ambient signals from 14 radio towers along with two mobile phones in an indoor environment.

TV station is a system which is a single source that requires less power by using ambient waves. But the range is limited until the power of ambient signals is boosted to high levels.

According to Sample, UWB approach, which backscatters all ambient sources, offers key advantages. Multiple backscatter channels boosts signal-to-noise ratio, substantially improving the sensitivity of the backscatter reader and decreasing dead zones. This enables the system to operate on real-world ambient sources and substantially extends the range to 22 metres when using ambient signals from broadcast towers and 50 metres when using ambient signals generated by mobile phone up-link traffic.

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