Industrial Internet of Things: Efficiencies to Consider

The use of industrial automated machinery and control systems continues to grow as factories and plants implement sensors and actuators to monitor environments and the machines in these spaces. The adoption of technology in these environments has been coined the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). And, as hardware and software solutions continue to drop in price ($30-$300), industries are adopting technologies as tools for economization of resources and energy – leading to increased profits, less waste, and overall increases in operational efficiency.machine handshake.jpg Continue reading “Industrial Internet of Things: Efficiencies to Consider”

IoT Applications in Retail; 5 Real Examples

The Internet of Things (IoT) buzzword that has been hyped all across the maker market for years is continually becoming more visible, not as “IoT” but as business solutions via digital transformation. With online retailers reigning king over brick and mortar retail stores, Mom and Pops are responding with tech to fight back.

IoT solutions are being created and implemented not only by major retailers with millions to spend on proof of concept and software development, but also makers installing insight driven devices for Mom-and-Pop stores all across the world. This blog will highlight 5 actionable IoT solutions in retail we have seen at Ubidots, the benefits they serve, and how device developments are becoming even easier to deploy with application builder platforms that merge the ever-time-consuming hardware/software integration.

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Ubidots Announces Embedded Technology Partnership with Zerynth

Ubidots and Zerynth partner embedded solutions with data analytics, and visualizations for your IoT applications.

Ubidots is pleased to announce its technology partnership with Zerynth, providers of a suite of professional development tools that support Python or hybrid C/Python firmware development for 32-bit microcontrollers and the most common  development boards: ESP32 and ESP8266, Arduino DUE and MKR1000, ST Nucleo, Particle Photon and Electron, Flip&Click, Quail, and more. Zerynth was created to simplify the access to the embedded world, and with the Ubidots-Zerynth integration, firmware developers can now connect their designs to the cloud in just a few lines of Python. Continue reading “Ubidots Announces Embedded Technology Partnership with Zerynth”

Our connected world; explaining Finite State Machines

 

INTRODUCTION

Man/women is said to have been created in God’s image. In a similar fashion, Men/women now create machines in our own image. One such example of this is the Finite State Machine programming, or FSM for short. Engineers and developers now use computers to operate tasks that were previously operated by hand. For example – got any dirty laundry laying around? – I know I do. Previously we had to rinse clothes in a tub or sink, add soap, scrub, rinse again, and whatnots to get a clean t-shirt to go to work or have a night out. Now we have washing machines to do this work for us. We got to this point with engineers having designed 1,000s of products and devices that execute programs based human thought or action. This is no exception to today’s machine learning or other AI buzzwords. Millions of devices and applications are being developed to increase efficiency and ease of men and women and many of these aiding process exist thanks to FSMs.

Finite State Machines are simply a mathematical computation of a series of cause with events. In relation to our washing machine example – the FSM determines when to start the rinse cycle, when to spin, and when to stop completely. To better understand a Finite State Machine (FSM), we first need to define the concept of a ‘state.’ A state is a unique piece of information inside a larger computational program. The FSM computation changes or transitions from one state to another state in response to external inputs. A FSM is defined by a listing or logical order of its states; its initial state and the conditions for each transition, concluding with a final or end state. The FSM is a series of thoughts programmed by the computer to execute operations based on inputs– the same way man thinks and acts, so too do our machines and the computers that control them. 

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Growing Acceptance of IoT Transcends Industries

The latest advancements in silicon technologies has given birth to the connected devices which we have grown accustomed referring to as the “Internet of Things,” (IoT).

The IoT extends from consumer-owner mobile devices to smart connected devices available in homes, enterprises, healthcare institutions and more. An IoT-focused research by Gartner published in February projected 8.4 billion connected things this year and this will grow to 20.4 billion by 2020, driven by the rapid growth of connectivity and consumer services. IoT spending is projected to reach $1.29 trillion by 2020 from the projected $737 billion in 2016.

Like us, you too might be wondering where are all these devices and money are going? Aside from the home and the enterprise, there are particular industries that are leading the way in terms of investments in IoT technologies. Research by Gartner on IoT usage in the enterprise cited that the adoption of revolutionary devices reached 43% of enterprises globally by the end of 2016. The report estimates that the total investment from 2015 to 2020 will reach $6 trillion among both consumer and industrial IoT markets, led by the latter’s continuous growth.

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You can now build your own LTE-connected IoT project—completely free

Ubidots’ app builder and Hologram.io’s cellular network are combining forces to bring you a complete IoT development toolkit

hologram_ubidots2.pngDear tinkerers, we’ve got more free tools to add to your toolkit. For your next IoT project, you can send and receive data through Hologram’s global cellular connectivity—and easily set up custom visualizations through Ubidots’ application builder. For free!

Cellular infrastructure has been slow to accommodate IoT—making it a headache to get your IoT devices up and running on cellular networks. Hologram.io, a secure global cellular network, and Ubidots, an IoT enablement platform, are working to change that. Continue reading “You can now build your own LTE-connected IoT project—completely free”

IoT for Healthcare: Medellín health tech company boosts emergency response time with IoT-powered ambulances

Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes when you make an emergency call? When you dial the local emergency line in Medellín, Colombia, a medical team of 3—a doctor and 2 pre-hospital care technicians—work under immense time pressure to determine the care needed, and dispatch the nearest appropriately equipped ambulance in a matter of minutes.

am.jpgUntil recently, this already high-stress process was fairly manually—prone to inefficiency and human error (i.e. misidentifying the closest ambulance). Pre-GPS, and still wading through handwritten medical records in 2013, Medellín’s emergency response teams relied on radio communication to identify and dispatch the closest ambulance with the necessary equipment. Continue reading “IoT for Healthcare: Medellín health tech company boosts emergency response time with IoT-powered ambulances”