Single Board Computers (SBCs) are weaving their way into even the most sophisticated of Smart Factories — and they just might save you some serious cash.
Also called “MiniPC”, a Single Board Computer is exactly what it sounds like: the core elements of a desktop or industrial gateway (input / output, microprocessing, memory), but in a single, self-contained board. A low-cost, self-service complement to industrial gateways, SBCs allow IT and control engineering teams to create custom-built solutions for themselves.
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The Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is a client-server protocol powering most of World Wide Web. Every time you surf the web, your browser is sending HTTP request messages for HTML pages, images, scripts, and styles sheets. Web servers handle these requests by returning response messages containing the requested resource, completing the HTTP request-response cycle.
Just like your browser or mobile phone interact with the web through HTTP requests, IoT devices also make HTTP requests to external servers to get their data online. In this guide we describe some available tools to simulate a HTTP requests from a client to a server like Ubidots. Hopefully this will help you test your IoT communication before actually coding your device. Let’s get started! 🙂
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How to Convince Your CEO to Invest in IoT (2/3)
Previously in part 1 of How to Convince Your CEO to Invest in IoT, we demonstrated some biased reasoning behind the reluctance to technology. In this part 2 of our three part series, we will provide some easily understood applications of IoT, explain the basic components of IoT, the benefits of implementation, and some examples of IoT projects. Lastly, in the last part 3, we will conclude with the key questions with answers aimed to raise interest in IoT projects.
Explaining the Internet of Things to Non-technical Leadership
Imagine if things could speak, what would they say? The Internet of Things is the connection of things (physical devices) to the Internet which can then interpret the world in which we exist. Essentially, we give these things the power to “tell us” what is happening in an environment without needing to physically be there. Here are some examples that simply demonstrate things “speaking” through sensors:
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Ubidots and VERSE Technology are excited to announce a new device-information relationship designed to provide IoT enablement for industrial and individual uses. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a complex ecosystem to navigate and Ubidots and VERSE Technology look to make this easier for all IoT innovators with this start to finish sensor and information partnership. All IoT solutions require 1) Hardware, 2) Connectivity, 3) Time-series backend or Cloud, and 4) Application Enablement platform. This partnership combines VERSE’s GOBLIN 2 device with Ubidots’ cloud and application enablement platform for complete plug and play Industrial IoT rollouts.
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Have you ever wished you discovered something before everyone else?
Even though the term Internet of Things has become quite familiar among technology enthusiasts, chances are that your competitors are still not using it to their advantage. If you want to come up with a competitive advantage that brings you ahead in your industry, then this blog post is for you, decision maker.
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Put 10 makers in a room and ask them to agree on which Internet of Things platform is best. Sounds like an easy conversation, right? According to a recent survey, perhaps not.
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If you’ve read any tech blog over the past few years, you’re probably well aware of the hype behind the ‘Internet of Things.’ As the technology behind it becomes more affordable, from sensors to networking chips, it makes sense that there’s a corresponding need for IoT apps. The basic idea behind the IoT is that it will enable a new network of ‘things,’ including lightbulbs, appliances, and even public transport networks, to transmit data. Imagine a refrigerator that sends you an alert when your milk is about to go off, or a train that lets you know exactly which seats are free before it even arrives in the station. Apps are needed to work in tandem with the IoT to provide these functions.
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Water is the single most important element for our health and environment. What can we do to preserve it? Monitoring its quality is a good start. Be it in a swimming pool, an agricultural crop, a municipal water facility or a remote well in Africa, preserving clean water can help both reduce unnecessary waste and benefit our health.
Water quality measurement can be expensive and time-consuming. This is because its parameters are not only physical, but also chemical and biological, requiring some of them to be sampled and analyzed at laboratories.
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A few weeks ago we had the chance to be part of the Hackster Hardware Weekend (Boston version). The Hardware Weekend is a 10-city roadshow that enabled hundreds of people across the United States to learn, hack and have fun while building amazing projects.
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Want to know if someone entered your room? Sometimes a “Keep out” sign is not enough to keep out your siblings, so here we built a simple presence detector that lets you know if someone enters your room and how many times it happened.
As a cherry on top, we added an LED Matrix that displays a happy face when the room is quiet, and the opposite when it’s not!
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