antedeluvian--we had similar needs for using HP/Agilent network analyzers on production lines. the HP boxes were easy to control over IEE 488 (GPIB) using an interface card in a standard PC. Then we controlled when to make a measurement by the PC, with a GUI. The data all came over to the PC and were analyzed for pass/fail criteria against stored return loss profiles for reference devices. So in effect the instrument becomes virtual like Martin says, and it is up to the test engineers to make sure their code is right.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.