The piggybacking of high speed download communications on ambient lighting systems seems very clever (and has been discussed for some time). Two questions come to mind. First, will sunlit halls be abolished because we depend upon the artificial lights as our communications carrier? Second, what is the plan for our devices to upload requests where wireless technologies are unfit for safety reasons? Will we be depending upon lights in our devices that must be aimed at designated receiving points and distract our neighbors?
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.