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How to use IoT to save money on your office bills


The Internet of Things (IoT) has spread to office buildings around the world: 35% of companies said they are currently gathering or have plans to gather data on their building about lighting, HVAC, and system controls, according to 451 Research. The no. 1 priority for building-level IoT is optimizing operations (76%), including through preventative maintenance and reducing downtime, 451 Research found. The second priority is reducing risk (61%), through compliance or security, perhaps with security badges, video cameras, and field analytics. The top IoT project in professional buildings is lighting, according to Christian Renaud, research director of the IoT practice at 451 Research. Companies looking to move to LED lights often come across smart lighting options, such as lights that turn on with motion detection, or those that interact with an employee's phone so that when they enter their office, a certain light setting comes on, Renaud said.

Scaling the edge's wall: A new take on an old problem


Anyone who has ever scaled a network understands the problem, either current or coming, of the countless edge deployments now fueling the internet of things (IoT). To illustrate, say you have an IP camera sending a 4K video stream to your edge server. Yes, it uses a lot of bandwidth, but you planned for that before deploying two years ago. Now your application needs a second camera. Suddenly, the bandwidth requirements of both cameras are greater than what your edge network can provide.

IoT platforms: How they work and how to choose one


When leading-edge organizations first started to scale their IoT initiatives, some developed and deployed their own code to manage the endpoint devices and generate data as it moved from device to cloud. That software work often took months to complete. Now, organizations can use IoT platforms from Microsoft, AWS, Google and other vendors instead of building their own, giving enterprise IoT engineers the ability to stand up the technology in mere days. These platforms provide secure, resilient and flexible connections to endpoint devices and deliver a range of management capabilities that simplify and streamline IoT deployments. "It's an aggregation point for unattended devices to connect and be managed," explained Brad Cole, director of engineering at Digi International, an IoT tech organization.

IoT solutions power safe, speedy and cold COVID-19 vaccine delivery


What do you do when you absolutely must get your vaccine to the destination on time and keep it very, very cold? Advances in Internet of Things technologies make it possible to monitor temperatures of vaccine shipments in transit. On December 11, 2020 the US Food and Drug Administration gave its stamp of approval for emergency use authorization of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the USA. But the Pfizer vaccine represents a logistical challenge. Shippers must keep it at an exceptionally cold minus 70 degrees Celsius (minus 94 Fahrenheit).

Why Architecture Matters For IoT?


IoT is a transformational technology that delivers enhanced User Experience, Operational Excellence, Increased Engagement, Asset Optimization and Revenue Generation. Internet of Things (IoT) mainly comprises of three elements - Endpoint, Platform and Enterprise. Each Use Case has unique architectural requirements. The best architectural approach for your application is based on security, privacy, cost, ease of access, agility and performance. What architectural elements are key to your business needs?