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Warehouse Automation with Legacy Equipment

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....

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Just a few years ago I gave a number of talks that analyzed ideas first put forward by Gordon E. Moore and Robert Metcalf, and I discussed what would happen when these ideas converged. Moore, a co-founder of Intel, observed that the number of transistors that can be placed inexpensively on an integrated circuit doubles roughly every two years. Metcalfe, often called the “Father of Ethernet,” stated that the value of a network increases proportionally with the square of the number of compatibly communicating devices. It’s tempting to say that as these......

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Temporarily escaping another interminable Midwestern winter was a treat by itself, and the 2015 M2M Evolution conference in Miami was icing on the cake.  B+B SmartWorx, using our new company name and brand identity, had a large presence as a sponsor and an exhibitor, while also filling three speaking slots.  I spent a sizeable portion of my own time delivering a keynote and presenting at tech sessions, describing the ways in which the publish/subscribe MQTT protocol can be leveraged in IoT systems as well as discussing the migration from SCADA to industrial......

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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 the new year are as successful as they were in 2014, it’s going to be a wonderful ride. I’m not talking about any of my personal resolutions, mind you. My garage, for example, is still a packrat’s dream home.  Ditto for the attic. And I could probably think of at least 20 other home improvement projects that never came to fruition in 2014. But in my own defense I can offer this......

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About the Author

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.

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