As soon as these devices are affordable and broadly available, they will take off. Phone companies should pay people to install them to fill in dead spaces in their networks. Everyone has a story about dead spots in their house or office. When will the technology be widely available? Already WiFi is widely available and therefore SmartPhones often connect to WiFi for data services. Phone service, however, remains problematic. This is especially an issue for the growing number of people who dropped their land lines for economic reasons.
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.