Insider Conversation

The most exciting things happen when we have a conversation.  Think of this blog as a team of engineers sitting around a table and having a discussion. What works – what doesn’t. What technology is exciting and what’s seriously over-rated. Come on and put in your two cents…

B+B Insider by Mike Fahrion

Mike FahrionFor almost 15 years, Mike Fahrion has been sharing his unique perspective on life, liberty and the pursuit of anything and everything of interest to an engineer. A master of M2M device connectivity, Mike has an insatiable curiosity in how everything is connected;  people and places, machines and man, politicians and reality. He loves left field (he spends a lot of time there) – but you’ll find him funny, irreverent, thought provoking and always connected.

 

The needed mindset when entering the Industrial IoT world

B+B SmartWorx CTO Mike Fahrion draws a connection between the graduation season and the needed mindset for those entering the world of the Industrial Internet of Things.

An IoT-connected journey—the biggest mistake is not getting started

Wireless technologies, wireless sensing, and intelligent gateways beginning to “disappear” as they are absorbed into the infrastructure of what we do every day – which is exactly what we want successful new technologies to do.

The Last New Year’s Resolution of 2017

Wireless technologies, wireless sensing, and intelligent gateways beginning to “disappear” as they are absorbed into the infrastructure of what we do every day – which is exactly what we want successful new technologies to do.

The Factory Buzz

Wireless technologies, wireless sensing, and intelligent gateways beginning to “disappear” as they are absorbed into the infrastructure of what we do every day – which is exactly what we want successful new technologies to do.

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Wireless technologies, wireless sensing, and intelligent gateways beginning to “disappear” as they are absorbed into the infrastructure of what we do every day – which is exactly what we want successful new technologies to do.

Moore, Metcalfe and Me

We are now living in a world where technologies are advancing so quickly that even the most change-resistant industries are taking notice and getting caught up in the movement.

Batteries Included

Wireless data networking solutions can be far more cost effective than their wired counterparts. Power and data cables are expensive to install – often more expensive than the connected equipment itself. It’s hard to get cables across rivers, roads, railroads and parking lots.

Lost: 19 Billion Connected Widgets

Just five years ago the pundits at Ericsson were predicting that there would be 20 billion industrial devices with built-in cellular connectivity by 2020. Other pundits jumped on board with staggering numbers of their own -- also in the tens of billions.

Advantech and B+B – Enabling an Intelligent Planet Together

B+B is now part of a much larger company. As a member of the Advantech family we’ll be able to deliver more solutions, more products, and more services.

The Right Tool for the Job

For IoT you need new tools like Wzzard and new skill-sets, like “IoT-class” systems integrators who understand both IT and OT.

Opportunity is Knocking; It’s Time To Open the Door

IoT Opportunities are knocking. Will you open the door and adopt? Or do you need to see more proof? Are you a skeptic?

The IT/OT Mashup

This mash up of IT and OT is inevitable, and there will be winners and losers. Some companies are going to struggle with it.

Wireless Tech and the Energy Harvesting Conundrum

The changes in the wireless world are driven by increased technological capabilities and the need to “connect” more and more of our stuff in the ongoing quest to improve processes, increase uptime and efficiency, and meet ever growing compliance requirements.

IoT Tech: The Universal Translator for the Industrial Tower of Babel

Nobody can afford to re-engineer their existing processes and machines every time they want to extract data up to some common application platform. It’s not just the money. Re-engineering means you’re mucking around with the systems that are paying your bills, covering your payroll, and producing your profit.

Respect Your Elders — Even If They’re Machines

Even as we make the transition to the new IoT tech and all of its exciting possibilities, there will still be millions of pieces of pre-Kevin, pre-TCP, pre-IoT equipment chugging away all over the planet. They’re still doing their jobs; they’re still valuable, and they are still worthy of respect. You don’t have to send them off into retirement. All you have to is connect them to our modern networks.

IoT on the Beach

Every company will migrate to industrial IoT at its own pace, deploying appropriate IoT technologies when they see opportunities to cut costs, increase efficiencies and improve processes. B+B SmartWorx can help.

The Journey of 1000 Miles Begins With Locating Your Car Keys

Temporarily escaping another interminable Midwestern winter was a treat by itself, and the 2015 M2M Evolution conference in Miami was...

Transformation

Just a few years ago I gave a number of talks that analyzed ideas first put forward by Gordon E....

Prioritizing My Projects for 2015

The calendar will flip over to the year 2015 in just a couple of weeks, and if B+B’s resolutions for...

Feeling Thankful for the IoT Macro Trend

Back when the Pilgrims of Massachusetts and the Wampanoag tribe got together for the first Thanksgiving dinner, the only way...

Nightmares from the Network Edge

It’s Halloween season in Illinois. We start by decorating our yards with ghosts, gremlins, goblins and ghouls; the scarier the...

Transformation

We’re well into autumn in Illinois. Leaves are changing their colors and Halloween decorations are springing up around the neighborhood....

Sensors on the Internet of Things

You’re rarely more than a few feet away from a sensor these days.  There’s a sensor in your smoke detector...

A Second Warm Welcome to Wireless Mesh Networking

Remember low power wireless mesh networks? A decade ago they were the cover story in virtually every technical magazine. Industry...

Consumer Tech is Fun, But M2M Networking is Still the Top Banana

Consumer Internet of Things technologies are generating a lot of excitement. Some are clearly going to be big hits. Others,...

It’s Always Time for Breakfast When You’re Time Traveling

I don’t usually sit down and start writing at 3:45 a.m. on a Monday morning, but I’ve just returned from...

The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things – Industrial Tools vs. Consumer Toys When people talk about the Internet of Things, consumer products...

iPads from Heaven

Its 5:30 in the morning here at Chicago’s Midway airport, it’s still dark outside, and I’m not at my best....

Upgrading the Local Intelligence on the Internet of Things

As I write this I’m cruising at 32,000 feet and sharing a Wi-Fi Internet connection with 168 other passengers. I...

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Tim’s Tips for the IoT

Tim TabernerTim Taberner is a frequent speaker and widely-published author on IoT topics, having been involved in this space since before the phrase ‘Internet of Things’ was coined. Previously, Taberner has held engineering, sales and marketing positions at Transmitton, Arcom Control Systems, and most recently at Eurotech.

 

The Difference Between M2M and IoT

Tim Taberner, of B+B SmartWorx, discusses the differences between the “old” M2M and the “new” IoT architectures

What Makes a Gateway “Fully Functional”?

Tim Taberner, of B+B SmartWorx, explains how multiple interpretations of the IoT terms make it difficult for users to describe or research potential solutions.

When is a ‘Gateway’ not a gateway?

Tim Taberner, of B+B SmartWorx, explains how multiple interpretations of the IoT terms make it difficult for users to describe or research potential solutions.

Are We Ready for Wireless Meshes?

Tim Taberner, of B+B SmartWorx, looks at the traditional problems of using wireless mesh networks in industrial applications, and suggests a solution.

The IoT is Not the 80’s Video Wars

Are there standards in the Internet of Things? Should there be?

Feels Like the IoT Conversation is Finally Changing

Tim Taberner's thoughts on IoT. It finally feels like the industry is coming round to injecting a bit of reality in place of the hype.

A Gamble That Paid Off

When B+B SmartWorx went to Las Vegas to attend IBM InterConnect 2015, we weren’t sure what to expect.  We knew...

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