Choosing an SBC for your Smart Factory?

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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Deploy your solution across oceans with Ubidots and Sigfox

Ubidots and Sigfox partner for super-low energy, long-distance asset tracking and data transmission solutions

Sigfox takes you where cellular cannot–with less energy consumption and lower cost for data transmission. With a unique approach to wireless connectivity, Sigfox uses an optimized communications protocol to cleanly transmit your device’s data to Ubidots.

Ubidots is excited to join the Sigfox ecosystem as an IoT Platform Provider. Navigating the IoT ecosystem to find an affordable device-to-cloud solution for your IoT initiatives is an exhausting process. But, with the Ubidots and Sigfox partnership, developers, businesses, and System Integrators can turn to the Sigfox ecosystem, select a device that suits their application, and easily forward its sensor data to Ubidots.

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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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Is there a Human Machine Interface for Predictive Maintenance?

Today, companies in many heavy industries such as manufacturing, power generation, oil & gas, renewables, metals, chemicals, and mining are applying predictive maintenance (PdM) techniques to their multi-million dollar global operations to reduce the costs and downtime associated with unexpected critical machine failure and damage.

In many ways, a doctor-patient relationship is a good analogy to the technician-machine relationship in terms of trying to understand the significance of an observed condition. Imagine a patient’s body temperature is higher than normal. This could be caused by several things – some normal (e.g. strenuous exercise) and some that indicate sickness (e.g. fever) that should be treated.

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Five main reasons why IIoT Projects fail at the Proof of Concept stage

Nearly 70% of IoT and implicitly IIoT initiatives fail at the Proof of Concept (PoC) stage, according to a recent study by Cisco. Though the number looks high, it resembles the past records of other new initiatives such as cloud computing, agile initiatives or likewise.

What are the main reasons for such high failure rate of the projects at an early stage? I am attempting to highlight few main factors that could lead to such a situation:

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Build a Tank Volume Reader for Under $30 using ESP32

The Internet of Things has brought a lot of formerly complex device applications into the homes of many craft brewers and wine makers. Applications with level sensors have been used for decades in large refineries, water treatment plants, and chemical plants. With sensor prices falling, now both industrial and DIY can monitor the volume of any tank, barrel, or canister.

The sensors available on the open market can sense most anything and are classified accordingly. Sensor used for measuring humidity are termed humidity sensor, pressure called pressure sensor, distance are called position sensors, and so on. In a similar fashion, the sensor used for measurement of fluid levels is called a level sensor.

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Build a People Counter for $30 Using an ESP8266 and NodeMCU

A people counter is a device used to measure the number of bodies traversing an entrance, hallway, street corner, etc. If you need to know how many people exist in a space – this is your simple solution. Typically used in retail stores, large events,, and smart office buildings, this counting technology has provide insights to both the number of bodies in an environment and how they are behaving in said environment.

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4 Big IoT Wins for Smart City Pioneer, Santander, Spain

When our Victorian predecessors predicted how technology would transform public life, they imagined pedestrians crossing rivers via miniature hot air balloons, and police officers with mechanical wings. Far from flashy personal flight devices, the watershed technologies transforming today’s cities are discrete, often invisible. In the “Smart City” of Santander, Spain, everyday objects—lampposts, buses, waste bins—are embedded with innovative Internet of Things (IoT) technology. And they’re improving quality of life in ways the Victorians couldn’t have fathomed.

©-Smart-Santander-Sensors.pngCovering just a few city blocks, the smart city of Santander has deployed hundreds of sensors to measure all aspects of public services including street lighting, garbage collection etc. © Smart Santander

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Using an IoT Platform vs Do It Yourself (DIY)

When we discuss the Internet of Things technology as a harbinger of the evolution of technology, we are also talking about the technical expertise and extensive scalability options that are required for building even the tiniest building blocks of design and implementation. In fact, all IoT solutions that we develop and implement are designed with the goal of keeping them up and functioning in the long run, which in turn has increased the level of knowledge and expectations that customers have with companies that produce and deliver high-end IoT solutions.

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