Category: IoT

Energy Source Tapped for Powering Smart Sensor Networks

The electricity that powers appliances and lights homes also generates small magnetic fields that exist everywhere. A research team, headed by Penn State scientists, built a device that delivers as high as 400% higher power output when compared to other advanced technology when working with low-level magnetic fields similar to those seen in buildings and homes. The technology holds major implications for designing smart buildings, which will need self-driven wireless sensor networks to perform things like remote control of systems and tracking energy and operational patterns, the researchers said.

How Smart Building Technology Is Shaping Federal Agencies

A smart building typically looks like a regular building, with bricks and glass windows, but at the heart of a smart building are sensors that drive building automation. Internet of Things sensors and devices monitor HVAC and lighting, motion, humidity, electrical controls, access control and video security. The data from those sensors then feeds a variety of controllers that can help IT and operations staff automate building management.

Under 40% Deploying IoT Solutions Today

In a IoT Commercial Adoption Survey, the Eclipse Foundation found that the internet of things (IoT) adoption is growing, though “slower than the hype would indicate.” The nonprofit that facilities open source software collaboration and innovation conducted the survey in 2019. Just under 40% of the organizations are currently deploying IoT solutions, and another 22% said they plan to begin deploying IoT within the next 2 years.

The Ethernet of Things

Sure, you’ve heard of the #InternetOfThings. But, what about the #Ethernet of Things? Learn how more power from #PoE is helping to connect the world. Wired Ethernet connections may seem like ancient technology sitting in the rear-view mirror beside fax machines, dialup modems and dot matrix printers. Yet Ethernet, with its low latency, dedicated bandwidth and power delivery capabilities, is actually one of the key building blocks for the infrastructure that will enable the wireless IoT to continue to expand.

Scaling enterprise IoT solutions using edge computing and the cloud

Just a few years ago, many expected all the Internet of Things (IoT) to move to the cloud—and much of the consumer-connected IoT indeed lives there—but one of the key basics of designing and building enterprise-scale IoT solutions is to make a balanced use of edge and cloud computing. Most IoT solutions now require a mix of cloud and edge computing which can alleviate latency, increase scalability, and enhance access to information so that better, faster decisions can be made, and enterprises can become more agile as a result.

Smartest Buildings to Survive Lockdown Will Be Most Adaptable to Change

As buildings re-open after the global lockdowns, Occupancy Analytics will provide smart buildings huge advantages over traditional buildings. Occupancy analytics is helps optimize  workplace floor space without impacting the health, comfort, or productivity of employees. By gathering data from sensors and other sources, occupancy analytics helps buildings understand the way occupants use different spaces in order to redesign the office for greater space efficiency. This has inevitably led to a growing trend of densification as commercial buildings around the world try to do more with less space.

Communications needs in manufacturing plants

Manufacturing plants and operations are each unique in their own way. In this article, we will discuss many of the communications opportunities that can equip new and existing buildings with more agile, resilient, and intelligent digital infrastructure. Manufacturing system architects are leveraging wired, wireless, and optical transport supporting robots, machine vision, production line machines, product transport, sensor arrays, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and distributed Internet of Things (with future artificial intelligence management overlays) to increase process intelligence, agility, safety, and reduce defects and operational expenses.