In a past life I worked with RF engineers in the defense industry that took it as a matter of fact that RF communications would not advance significantly in terms of spectral efficiency, range, or speed. I have always suspected that they were wrong, but their argument was that they were bumping up against the physics and that there was nothing new that could be done. Most of them are retired now, and it looks like the next generation has their own ideas about what can be done. As a systems and software guy, I look forward to working with them and their work. Congratulations!
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.