In my local town (Portland, Ore.) the local electric utility offered a personal energy management meter to customers for $50 and they sold out the first day! Ordinary people are desperate to find ways to get "green" and save a little money in the process. Look for an increase in energy management tools--both hardware and sotware--from multiple sources over the next few years.
This is not a short-term fad.
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.