Making sense of sensors

outdoor weather sensors

How this ‘underrated’ technology spells big opportunity for developers

Rudimentary sensors were invented well over a century ago and helped put the first thermostat on the market. More than 100 years later, research shows that creators are still thinking about sensors, but they continue to classify them in a sweeping, monolithic category. These general attitudes about sensors were illustrated in a recent Avnet survey of our element14 and Hackster communities to identify what is essential to product developers. One of the survey’s key takeaways? Some 61 percent of respondents said IoT and sensors are the most critical technologies for products they’re designing today.

Here’s what startled me the most: the fact that creators are still viewing sensors as the single most underrated technology driving the innovation train. When I read that, I thought: “Wow, developers think sensors are underrated?” There are sensors in almost everything these days, except maybe the coffee you are drinking now (and I can’t even guarantee that).  

If your business interests touch anywhere within the sensor community, the “underrated” designation is exciting.  Why? Because if creators still don’t think that sensors are getting the attention they deserve now, then there really is no limit to where the IoT can go.

The only boundaries lie in the imagination of creators, start-ups, and their end-to-end partners.  As transformative as technology has been, I think the past 30 years may have just been a warm-up act to the main show which is only just now beginning. Today is an exhilarating time to be occupying this space and to be able access to so much of the technological expertise to transform fantasy into reality.

From soup to sensors

What is happening with sensors now, though, is not uncommon in the life cycle of a product.

For instance, for a generation, people thought of supermarket soup as a single category dominated by a red and white label. While that used to be the extent of the conversation on soup, as the category matured, it became clear there was room for other brands and varieties : low sodium, no sodium, vegetarian, spicy, ethnic, large cans, small cans, powders, and packets and on and on. Once it became clear that soup was not just an overarching category but a dynamic, organic area of the supermarket, it became ripe for innovation.

The soup trajectory is one that happens with many products; maturity cultivates opportunity. The same will happen and is happening now, with sensors. The time has never been more right for innovation in the category. Sensors can still be viewed at a high level, but the IoT is transforming the way developers think about nuances and how those impact their inventions. As it is becoming more and more clear what sensors can do, and their capabilities mature, the “sensor aisle” will change in much the same way the “soup aisle” has.

Connecting the dots on sensor types, applications

A developer with a conceptual smart “temperature sensor” isn’t specific enough. Factors like power utilization, motion, distance, and environment are just a few of the scores of considerations that go into developing and, for that matter, choosing a sensor. Plus, have you considered how to integrate that sensor into a power grid built in 1971? 

Often there are multiple considerations to evaluate beyond the sensor’s primary purpose. This is especially true in environmental projects.  According to a survey of 1042 engineers of IoT solutions in 51 countries conducted by Newark element14, environmental sensors are the most commonly used. 

For instance, if planning an environmental IoT project that is supposed to measure pollutant levels in a drainage ditch to make sure the company complies with emission regulations, a sensor is needed that will operate within the required physiochemical parameters. It needs to be able to measure the particulates but also withstand the possible corrosion from continued exposure to trace amounts of chemicals, possible salinity in the water, algae, and lack of oxygen. The sensor needs to meet target budgetary goals and be able to be integrated into factory technology that predates IoT. All of that takes not just an “environmental sensor” but a very specific type, with specific form factor, temperature and ruggedization considerations.

Industrial sensors are close behind environmental sensors in complex deployments. Sensors in factory settings often have equally harsh conditions to endure. Sensors in a steel mill that are measuring oxidation in the metallurgical processes will need to withstand extreme heat. Platinum or a mineral insulated thermocouple that can handle the heat, brings IoT into the heart and hearth of manufacturing. The market for industrial IoT sensors is exploding, and along with it the opportunities for developers and creators.

Sensor support from partners

Sensors can collect data and, using AI, interpret data. They can measure pressure and send signals. Sensors can be traffic cops, inventory managers, supply chain monitors, cardiologists, blood pressure monitors, kidney function managers, or even agriculturists, horticulturists and data interpreters—a huge green field for developers willing to dig deep into new sensor applications for a variety of industries.

Working with an end-to-end partner, with access to experts that have experience in development, can speed the production cycle and open opportunities faster.  We sense it, and your sensor should too.

 

The Top Sensors for IoT Projects

 Classification  Application  Example Types
 Environmental

Focused on assessing pollutants or toxins ranging from air quality measurement in smart cities to soil monitoring for contamination

  • Air Quality
  • Humidity
  • Smoke Detector
 Motion

Featured heavily in occupancy and security systems, detecting motion and even working in concert with LEDs for protection

  • Passive Infrared
  • Microwave
  • Vibration
 Optical/image Turn lights into signals to measure different levels of the intensity of light, which is helpful for ambient light sensors on phones or embedded vision cameras
  • Fiber Optic
  • Proximity Detector
  • Photodetector
  • Infrared
 Health-monitoring  Wearable and flexible sensors help for real-time monitoring of physical, thermal and electrophysical health signals for medical wearables or even robotics
  • Pressure
  • Temperature
  • Accelerometer
  • Flow 

 

 

Related Articles
tech workers gathered around table during meeting
5 tips to structure IoT systems for insights
By Lou Lutostanski   -   November 21, 2019
Remember: check that every choice you make is laying the foundation for delivering insights.
Business people around a table in a meeting about IoT security
Customization comes with a competitive edge—and security challenge
By Guillaume Crinon   -   October 29, 2019
Whether you have an in-house team or are exporting the building of infrastructure to a trusted partner, make sure the team is asking the right questions when it comes to implementing and deploying IoT solutions.
cars being built in automated factory
Why settle for just any IoT platform?
October 17, 2019
To capitalize on IoT, it's important to assess exactly what's needed from an IoT platform like security, interoperability and flexibility.
group of young people at office table discussing project
Don’t reinvent the wheel when it comes to IoT
October 17, 2019
Avnet’s scalable, repeatable vertical SaaS applications are each between 60 and 80% complete, speeding time to market in IoT.
the number 10 with the word
10 Things Every Intelligent Systems Needs
April 20, 2018
The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way businesses use technology. This web of interconnected devices and machines gathers information from gas-oil-water exploration sensors to sensors in corn fields, to medical devices and train control sys
IoT conceptual icons in cloud server room
IoT: More Than Just Cool Technology
By Alex Iuorio   -   March 14, 2017
I can’t remember the last time I read an article about the Internet of Things (IoT) that didn’t start with market projections about the phenomenal number of devices that will be enabled in the next five to 10 years.
tablet with iCloud image and IoT icons
Finding the Best Wireless Option for Your IoT Design
March 6, 2017
The Internet of Things (IoT) relies on a facile communications framework able to move data easily between embedded "things" and systems located at higher levels of the IoT hierarchy. For designers, a diverse set of wireless connectivity options...
man wearing virtual reality headset with graphic overlays
How LoRaWAN and AI at the Edge Revolutionize the IoT
January 3, 2020
Learn how LoRaWAN and artificial intelligence (AI) at the edge can revolutionize the internet of things by reducing data transmission and improving latency.
couple checking smart watches while exercising
Redefining nanopower for the Internet of Things
December 9, 2019
Internet of Things trends today revolve around shiny objects—whether they be artificial intelligence or blockchain—but what if one of the most revolutionary parts of the IoT is something designers consider every day in devices?
internet of things visualization with finger pointing to it
Securing the Keys to the Kingdom: Hardening the IoT-connected supply chain
November 21, 2019
To harden the IoT-connected supply chain, cybersecurity strategies need to move beyond a single enterprise’s digital infrastructure and encompass all the players within the value chain.
field of linear dots on blue background
3 ways IoT means true business transformation
October 17, 2019
IoT is business transformation and will change organizations more than Six Sigma or agile methodologies or social media.
Three men and woman having discussion in network operations center
Your business doesn’t have one IoT use case, it has dozens
October 17, 2019
It’s a well-worn story: finding the appropriate use case is crucial to ensuring that organizations can build an IoT system structured for insights.
Robotic arm industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0
Wired together: How automation systems power the Industrial Internet of Things
July 16, 2019
From process control and automotive assembly, to robotics and the food and beverage industry, the concept behind Industry 4.0 touches all industries.
Three men and woman in meeting
Getting started in enterprise IoT: Six tricks for solving the puzzle
July 9, 2019
IoT is like a technological Rubik’s Cube. Here are some of the best tips to solving the IoT puzzle.
person inserting probes into computer board
Don’t ignore analog—it’s the secret sauce of IoT
May 19, 2019
Most of the innovation in IoT is focused on digital technology. From power servers running software in the cloud, to increasingly more intelligent devices operating ever closer to the edge in our factories, homes and personal devices. What is often l
two robotic arms
Decreasing Time to Design in the Industrial Internet of Things
April 23, 2019
The huge potential for innovation in industrial IoT (IIoT) offers the promise of significant productivity gains, operational efficiency and bottom line revenue increases, but only if it’s enabled by a supply chain based on reliability, stability an
IoT Connect Platform Graphic
Designing for the IoT as Intelligence Moves to the Edge
April 23, 2019
The Internet of Everything will be all inclusive, from huge data centers to single-purpose sensors. While individual power requirements vary across the IoT, the need for energy efficiency will be present everywhere.
young woman at desk using smartphone
Don’t get caught in proof of concept purgatory
By Lou Lutostanski   -   April 9, 2019
Here are the 5 classic signs you are in PoC purgatory.
illustration of two people shaking hands with overlay of data points
How to Turn IoT Insights into Action
By   -   March 22, 2019
While an IoT platform can generate a lot of insight, you don’t improve your organization’s efficiency, increase customer satisfaction, or open a new business opportunity without applying it.
field of green icons
The Art of Creating IoT Insights
By Lou Lutostanski   -   March 13, 2019
One of the biggest opportunities created by the Internet of Things (IoT) is the ability to use data to generate surprising new insights that guide you to act.
depiction of data flowing against a black backdrop
Data Defines Your Destiny in IoT
By Lou Lutostanski   -   March 8, 2019
Data can be daunting. It’s intangible, invisible and typically isolated in physical things like the trucks in your fleet, monitors in your hospitals, or machines in your factory.
A group of colleagues working in a computer security room having a discussion
Avnet and Microsoft Azure Sphere: IoT security in hardware, software and at the edge
March 5, 2019
IoT has transformed various industries by automating them at large, but the security concerns associated are just as large as the market opportunity this technology presents. That’s where Azure Sphere comes in.
person holding superimposed globe with IoT symbols
Reimagining the ‘things’ of IoT
By Bill Amelio   -   February 28, 2019
While our collective vision for IoT’s impact on the future is grand in scale, it is still too easy for companies to get distracted by the minutiae of our present day IoT challenges.
A doctor writing on a clipboard
How AI-powered virtual assistants can transform healthcare
February 26, 2019
We have witnessed a paradigm shift in the way patients are being treated by the doctors with the help of AI and machine learning.
shopping cart in grocery store
4 ways AI connects retailers and customers
February 25, 2019
Technologies like machine learning and AI help retailers to process massive amounts of customer data. And with this data in hand, retailers can thoroughly understand their customers’ buying behavior.
computer monitor in factory
How leading manufacturing companies are reaping various benefits of AI
February 25, 2019
Manufacturing companies are applying AI-powered analytics for multiple use cases, such as, cutting unplanned downtime, better product designing, increasing product quality, ensuring employee safety, and many more.
futuristic city scene
The Car: A Rolling Smart Device
February 5, 2019
Be it for streaming your favorite music, sending emails or getting real-time information on traffic jams: cars have long since played host to mobile internet—and will continue to via diagnostics, hotspots and ADAS.
 Avnet booth at CES 2019
Our Top Takeaways from CES 2019
January 15, 2019
More than 180,000 people flocked to Las Vegas for CES, where Avnet debuted IoT and AI products as well as showed the expertise within our global ecosystem.
group of young people wearing virtual reality headsets
Top 6 Trends: Get ready to meet the demand for IoT solutions
December 11, 2018
Gartner predicts that in less than two years, more than 20 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices will be deployed. Here are the top six technology trends to ensure your IoT strategies are successful.
Person going through security using IoT-enabled thumbprint scanning technology
2018 Was IoT’s Breakout Year
December 11, 2018
From connected devices at home to security cameras and sensors in factories, the acceleration of IoT in 2018 has ignited the imagination and pushed product development in new directions.
Doctor checking on a patient from a remote patient monitoring device -- artificial intelligence
AI From A-Z: The biggest buzzwords around artificial intelligence
November 28, 2018
Companies across markets from consumer electronics to factory floors are finding power in the introduction of two letters: AI (artificial intelligence).
worker using tablet computer to monitor industrial robotic arm
The Building Blocks of IoT: You Just Can't Stack Them Up
By Bill Amelio   -   November 14, 2018
I’ve spent my entire career in the business of technology, and I’ve watched many ideas go from “shiny new object” to “buzzword” to “table stakes.”
Wi-Fi router on desk
How wireless communication protocols make or break designs
November 11, 2018
The design process includes many critical decisions for engineers, such as which wireless communications protocol to use.
group of professionals in a meeting
How startups can integrate with design partners
November 9, 2018
While it might feel like the rubber truly meets the road at the manufacturing stage, the design process is truly where creators’ great ideas take shape. It’s also where you’ll make major decisions that impact your production and deployment.
Crowd watching live rock band playing on stage
How the Deaf Experience Music—Then and Now
November 8, 2018
When you think of experiencing music, what comes to mind? The sound. But sound is vibrations—and the key to how Avnet created a wearable to allow deaf and hard of hearing people to listen to live music.
Thee men standing around a computer monitor
The 3 IoT Security Fundamentals Startups Need to Know
November 6, 2018
In a startup environment, when funding sources—or lack thereof—are looming every day, security might not be on the top of your mind. Here are 3 reasons why it should ... and what to consider about security.
young professionals in office setting around computer screen
How to Turn Your IoT Solution into Recurring Revenue
By Lou Lutostanski   -   November 6, 2018
Companies in almost every industry are investing in Internet of Things (IoT) applications with high hopes of creating new revenue streams. Here's how you can ensure ROI from your deployment.
Edge AI robotic hand using laptop
IoT at the Edge: How AI Will Transform IoT Architecture
By Lou Lutostanski   -   October 26, 2018
Futurists say artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) will transform business and society more profoundly than the industrial and digital revolutions combined, and we’re now starting to see how that world might shape up.
doctor taking blood pressure reading
Choosing A Pressure Sensor
October 12, 2018
When comparing pressure sensors, there are a number of physical and performance attributes to be considered.
Electronic body suits hanging on racks
3 Lessons for Hardware Creators from a Desert Music Festival
September 25, 2018
When a creator has a big idea, they often need a big partner to help them make it happen. Music: Not Impossible was no exception.
Two IoT professionals have a meeting to discuss strategy
Does your IoT strategy have a connection problem?
September 7, 2018
You’ve heard it everywhere: IoT is a game-changer, a disrupter and a gigantic business opportunity for everyone. That’s all well and good. However, the reality is that many companies have eyes bigger than their stomachs when it comes to IoT.
Solar panels providing an alternate power source with the city skyline they are powering in the background
Alternative Solutions For Powering IoT Devices
August 9, 2018
In this article, we look at why edge devices need power, and the options for reducing this need to a level where energy harvesting becomes sustainable.
Smartphone held next to locked door
How Secured Is Your IoT Business?
June 18, 2018
Think of reliability, safety and profit when considering security in the Internet of Things
trade show floor with people at vendor booths
Blending IT, OT among hot topics at IoT World 2018
May 17, 2018
Avnet Internet of Things experts harnessed the knowledge gained from working with more than 2 million customers around the world to present ideas at IoT World 2018 in Santa Clara, Calif.
Bill Amelio
As technology reshapes our world, ecosystems reshape our business models
By Bill Amelio   -   April 25, 2018
See why businesses are now increasingly reliant on formal structures that tap into the power of partnership - “the company you keep.”
IoT icons with a world map background
Insurance and the Internet of Things
April 21, 2018
Learn about the impacts of IoT on insurance - from auto, home, health and other insurance policies.
automated vehicle factory
Ensuring robust connectivity in the Industrial Internet of Things
April 20, 2018
The industrial Internet of Things promises to bring greater visibility and control of manufacturing processes. To achieve its potential, however, industrial data networks need robust interconnect solutions able to maintain robust connectivity despite
Man and woman making an adjustment to hardware wiring
Why Blockchain May Not Reach Beyond the IP Gateway in IoT Security
By Guillaume Crinon   -   April 19, 2018
Gain an understanding the basics of crypto currencies and the security built into them.
 Woman controlling thermostat temperature via mobile device
4 energy applications for smart home technologies
April 4, 2018
See four energy and utilities applications that can transform a one-off technology into an integral part of the home of the future.
Man wearing smart watch
Security and surveillance: two sides of the coin in smart homes
April 4, 2018
With smart building automation and home security comes the need to protect a home's hardware and software.
Person holding smartphone next to door
From enabled to proactive: the evolution of home automation
April 3, 2018
The demand for smart homes is booming and homes are getting 'smarter' along the way.
Three young men and young woman chatting in meeting room
3 Steps to IoT Deployment
By Michael Lamp   -   March 6, 2018
To succeed with IoT deployment you need to start well at the beginning to get your project to a strong conclusion.
Business people in meeting
IoT for Enterprise: 4 Concerns to Consider Before Deployment
By Michael Lamp   -   March 6, 2018
Interoperability, customization and convergence - some of the main concerns businesses tend to face when it comes to deploying IoT.
young man and woman inspecting equipment in computer datacenter
Buy or build your IoT infrastructure?
By Michael Lamp   -   March 6, 2018
Read about the questions many businesses face when starting to create plans for an IoT project.
Two young men and young woman looking at tablet computer in datacenter
IoT Technology 101
By Christian Curtis   -   March 6, 2018
Learn what’s in market today for IoT and what innovations are ahead.
Young man holding laptop
5 (nearly) universal IoT security problems
By Guillaume Crinon   -   February 6, 2018
While IoT is chock full of customization, there are security measures that thread through nearly all deployments.
Four people sitting at a table collaborating on a project
Why does it take 10 partners to start an IoT project?
By Michael Lamp   -   January 18, 2018
Most companies say it takes up to 10 partners to even start an IoT project. We try to understand why.
 Woman using tablet and working in data center
The importance of end-to-end security schemes for IoT deployments
By Guillaume Crinon   -   January 18, 2018
IoT machine and device security relies on trusted identities.
Avnet booth at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show
3 Hardware Takeaways from CES 2018
January 18, 2018
If the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is any indication, a huge hardware evolution is coming.
2D shape of a hea with digital data overlay and the work IoT
Cognitive Computing and IBM Watson IoT: Unlocking the Power of Information
December 9, 2017
Businesses, academic institutions, cities, and other enterprises may have diverse objectives and missions but all have two things in common: Data, lots of it, and the need for a comprehensive—and comprehensible—way to make use of it. Most executi
supply chain concept with vehicles and tools around the work IoT
For Industry 4.0, Reliability Builds on Robust Connections
December 9, 2017
Looking to relieve increasing product complexity and cost pressures, manufacturers are moving toward the next phase of industrial automation envisioned in Industry 4.0. In this concept, smart factories respond instantly to changing workloads to more
hands holding iPhone with overlaid IoT icons
Avnet: Your Key Enabler for Efficient IoT Product Development
December 8, 2017
There’s no shortage of hype when it comes to IoT! Fashion designers, futurists, gadget geeks, salespeople…Beyond the logistic efficiencies and capabilities of being the largest global component distributor, Avnet focuses significant technica
factory with robotic welders
Zero Downtime Industrial IoT Using Programmable SoCs
July 10, 2017
See an IP design from SoC-e for the Xilinx Zynq®-7000 SoC, providing a flexible solution for equipment that will be connected to HSR rings, PRP LANs, etc.
random digital data on black background
Driving Data with Unintentional New Uses: Internet of Things
June 11, 2017
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a natural evolution of the things we already make today. It is created by the convergence of several key trends, including: growing intelligence of devices that put new power to good use, ubiquitous and cheap connecti
IoT WiFi icons over cityscape
How Retailers are Using Location Awareness Technology to Track Buyers’ Habits
April 21, 2017
Location tracking has been in use for a lot longer than one may expect. For example, military Special Forces and intelligence organizations have been using trackers and tracers for decades. Auto theft recovery services such as LoJack have offered rea
IoT concept image with icons in cloud bubbles over cityscape
Harnessing the Power of IoT: Microsoft’s Unique Approach
April 19, 2017
Little could this now-famous British serial entrepreneur have known in 1999 that the name he chose to define his approach for using RFID in P&G’s supply chain would top Gartner’s 2015 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies report. Hackneyed though
black smart watch
Wearables: Tracking, Computing and Making Sense of Context Awareness
April 15, 2017
Wearable devices are moving quickly from concept to reality based on evolving technologies such as sensor fusion, communications and vision. Wearables have evolved to become perceptually aware agents that learn through users’ experiences, activitie
digital image of the continents
The Edge to Enterprise - Avnet and IBM Partner to Deliver IoT Offering
April 11, 2017
This white paper examines the Internet of Things market with a lens on the complexity of the vendor ecosystem and how partnerships are enabling holistic solutions to come to market.
smart phone with IoT icon overlay
OCF and Thread Group Alliance Boosts Windows 10 and its Smart Home Initiative
March 29, 2017
Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) and Thread Group, recently collaborated to fire up the automated ‘smart home’ functionalities on the Windows 10 operating system.
conceptual graphic of IoT icons around a blue globe
An Introduction to IoT Components
March 29, 2017
From locomotives and jet engines to baby monitors and home appliance controls, new applications are challenging the imaginations of designers — both in startup companies and within giant corporations.
energy harvesting concept with green batteries sprouting from the ground
Powering the Internet of Things via Energy Harvesting
March 27, 2017
The push is on to add Internet capability to everything—often called the Internet of Things (IoT)—and the challenge for design engineers is to figure out how to power each of these IoT nodes.
night time cityscape with fast-moving traffic
10 Companies and Municipalities that Are Harnessing the Internet of Things to Run Smarter Cities
March 25, 2017
Many of the devices we interact with today are enabled by computers and connected to the Internet. Much of the popular interest in the Internet of Things (IoT) focuses on consumer electronics, with everything from smart refrigerators to thermostats,
man holding out his hand with icon overlay
The Internet of Everything is Here…or Is It?
March 18, 2017
The next great age of technology is the Internet of Things (IoT), if, that is, you believe everything you read on the Internet.
smart watch with IoT icons on the screen
Wearable Electronics: Four Approaches to Implement a Sensor Hub and Save Power
March 17, 2017
As more sensors are added to nearly every electronic device including smartphones, tablets and wearables, more power is needed to run sensor data and turn it into useful information.
America flag with WIFI icon
It’s Time For The Government And The Internet Of Things
March 15, 2017
The Internet of Things or IoT has become quite the well-known term in the past year or two. What started out as a radical concept – connecting everything to everything else and to the Internet!
nurse checking person wearing health monitoring system on wrist
Internet of Things: Designing Sensor-Based Devices with Coin Cell Batteries
March 11, 2017
A popular vision of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that it will comprise billions of sensors gathering information about their local environment and transmitting that data back to servers in the cloud. Such data will be compiled, analyzed and shared
woman in excercise clothing wearing ipod, looking at her smart watch
From Vision to Reality: A Look at Pebble’s Launch Into the Wearables Market
March 11, 2017
When Eric Migicovsky started designing smartwatches six years ago, there were few players in the wearables space and a lot of skeptics. He was an undergraduate student at the time, developing the earliest iterations of Pebble for a school project. Bu
hand holding smart phone with IoT icons emanating from the phone
Indispensable Building Blocks of Mobile IoT Devices
March 10, 2017
The concept of IoT connected devices connotes many different ideas. Some think of data centers full of servers, network switches and storage arrays aggregating untold gigabytes of random data. Others identify with Ethernet-enabled devices in their pl
woman looking at tablet on airplane
The Internet of Things at Cruising Altitude: Airlines and the IoT
March 10, 2017
What are your thoughts when you step onto an airplane? “Where’s my seat?” “Is this a Wi-Fi flight?” “I hope I make my connection.”
shiping yard vehicles, airplan with IoT icons overlay
How the IoT will Change the Supply Chain?
March 10, 2017
The potential applications of Internet of Things (IoT) technology across any industry or sector are vast. Existing and future IoT applications promise new ways of value creation and revenue streams for businesses in a digital world.
bee polinating a puple flower field
What’s All The Buzz About? Bees And Smart Map Technology
March 8, 2017
You’ve heard about the problems with the bees, right? Their population numbers are dwindling and that’s not good news.
cityscape
MEMs Revolutionizes Sensor Landscape
March 8, 2017
Until fairly recently—roughly 15 to 20 years ago—sensors for ubiquitous physical parameters such as pressure, motion and magnetic fields were relatively large, costly, power-hungry and electrically incompatible with standard circuitry.
two racks of hanging clothing
The Internet of Slacks? IoT and Smart Clothing
March 8, 2017
When you think of wearable technology you probably think about those fitness trackers that you wear on your wrist. What you probably don’t think about is your shirt, your pants or even your socks.
diagram of smartphone and connected devices
IoT Security: Real Problems and Solutions
By Guillaume Crinon   -   March 8, 2017
Learn about the real issues behind “IoT security,” and challenges for customers both from hardware and embedded / server software aspects.
key against a map of the world
Differentiated FPGAs Provide Security in Today’s Hyperconnected World
March 8, 2017
FPGAs offer the fastest way to integrate a specific design into a single device. See why an FPGA might be the perfect solution for your next project.
Yellow rainboots and gardening tools on flowerbed
The Internet of Things Has Thumbs – And They’re Green
March 8, 2017
It’s no surprise that technology, data and intelligent systems are transforming industrial agriculture.
man pointing to the word insurance
Risky Business: IoT’s Impact on Insurance
March 7, 2017
Risky Business: IoT’s Impact on Insurance By Steve Gereb August 25, 2016. I enjoy reading about how the data collected by Intelligent Systems will help people live better lives.
conceptual image of hand with legs and city background
Smart Cities: What To Look For In 2016 And Beyond
March 7, 2017
In a recent article in Government Technology, IDC research director Ruthbea Yesner Clarke discusses three trends emerging around the growing smart cities movement
woman on laptop with smart phone and smart watch
Will HaLow Open the Door for More Intelligent Systems?
March 7, 2017
Reporting on the recent announcement of the “long-awaited Wi-Fi HaLow standard for products incorporating IEEE 802.11ah wireless networking technology,” Jim Hunter of Tech Crunch explains why this new standard may pave the way for more connected
man holding tablet with chart image
Study: Digital Intelligence Driving Massive Business Transformation
March 7, 2017
The Internet of Things (IoT) is widely regarded as the next revolution in technology. Cisco predicts that by 2020, there will be 50 billion things connected to the Internet, generating revenues of $19 trillion.
bnr-one-click-manufacturing-could-It-really-be-that-easy
One-Click Manufacturing: Could It Really Be That Easy?
March 6, 2017
One click manufacturing (OCM) is a concept that arose from the 3D printing world: design a 3D model of a part ...
blue digital screen
LEDs: The Eyes and Ears of the Internet of Things
March 6, 2017
It may seem to be a stretch to assert that LEDs play a truly important role in the future of the Internet of Things. After all, by themselves, they’re just lights. However, with sensors tucked neatly inside and a bit of intelligence...
business man standing on small rowboat in the ocean
What To Do With All That Data
March 6, 2017
Just as important as the hardware and the data it collects in an Intelligent System are the tools we need to process and analyze information. Otherwise, an Intelligent System does nothing to serve our purposes.
blurry servers in a data center
Securing LED Networks in the Age of the Internet of Things
March 6, 2017
Recently, in Nuevo Arenal, a little sleepy village in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, a dozen criminals cut the lights to the town’s main street during the quiet 3 a.m. hour, and then injured...
graphic spelling out internet of things
Microsoft and GE Partnership to Make Industrial IoT More Accessible to Businesses
March 6, 2017
General Electric (GE) and Microsoft Corporation recently announced the beginning of a new alliance. The technology collaboration will make available GE’s Predix platform for Industrial Internet on the Microsoft Azure cloud for industrial businesses
beer taps in a row
Internet of Beer? Avnet Helps iKeg ‘Tap’ Into the Internet of Things
March 5, 2017
You might think that running out of beer is only a major concern if you are the “refreshment coordinator” for a college fraternity, but it turns out that beer inventory management is actually a pretty big deal for bar and restaurant owners these
cat and dog together on bed
Strange Bedfellows: Marketing and IT
March 5, 2017
The Internet of Things (IoT) is creating a special alliance between two business departments that aren’t always a natural fit: Marketing and IT.
snowboarder in yelow jacket and blue pants sits on snow overlooking the mountains
Monitoring Impact Levels in Sports
March 5, 2017
Concussion, also known as mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), is a very serious topic in the world of sports today.
military plane taking off
Defense/Aero Spinoffs Remain an Exceptional Source for Breakthrough Technology
March 5, 2017
Yes, automatic across the board cuts within the Department of Defense (DoD) will put the squeeze on many within the defense/aerospace supply chain.
hands with black gloves breaking into a laptop
Mitigating Cyber Attacks MCU Hardware Accelerators Boost
March 5, 2017
Over the years, cyber attacks on finacial institutions and news organizations have garnered the lion's share of attention...
conceptual image of IoT icons forming a cloud shape in a cloud server room
32-bit MCUs Penetrate IoT Ecosystem
March 3, 2017
While 8-bit and 16-bit MCUs are well suited for IoT end-node applications, the 32-bit MCU has a key function in the IoT pyramid: It provides the data throughput, reading sensors and sending real-time sensor data over an IP-based network.
hand navigating smart car dasboard
Automotive Electronics: Top 5 Tech Trends of Tomorrow’s Smart Cars
March 3, 2017
In the United States alone, motor vehicles travel well over four trillion miles each year according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.* To gain a sense of this distance, consider that while it takes light approximately eight minutes to travel
citi rooftops with conception IoT lights connected to one another
Antennas for RF Designs in the IoT
March 3, 2017
The physical connection for many IoT nodes leverages legacy wired networks found in homes, offices, schools, factories and other areas. As we become mobile, wireless physical connections are becoming the norm. Each wireless connection requires at lea
man touchign IoT wireless icons
Going Up? Elevators, Windows 10 And The Internet Of Things
March 2, 2017
People are excited about the Internet of Things for a variety of reasons. It’s already made us more connected. And as more and more things are connected, a number of industries are poised to become faster, more efficient and more reliable.
a fridge, diswasher, and smart phone on counter saying,
Alarm Bells Ring for Unsecured Connected Devices
March 2, 2017
A hot topic at the annual Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas this summer was the increasing risk companies are facing with the Internet of Things (IoT).
network icons over an abstract color background
A “Canned” Module/IC Solution Simplifies Wireless Implementation, but Potential Design-in Issues Remain
March 2, 2017
Incorporating wireless connectivity into a product is now a standard design requirement for Wi-Fi, IoT, and other applications.
Pigeons perched on the side of a building
London’s Pigeon Population Flocks to IoT
February 25, 2017
In one of the strangest, most innovative uses of Intelligent Systems we’ve seen so far, DigitasLbi Creative Director Pierre Dequesnoy came up with the idea of using pigeons equipped with sensor-loaded backpacks to analyze pollution in the UK’s ca
leaves, colorful blocks with letter designations, CFL lightbulb in shape of flower
Internet of Things: Low Power, Low Cost Connected Devices Fuel Demand for Microco
February 25, 2017
At the heart of the devices that make up the Internet of Things (IoT) are a variety of ultra low power microcontrollers (MCUs), sensor networks, systems-on-chip (SoC) and communications protocols such as ZigBee. These underlying technologies operate
cyber security chip on circuit board
IoT Proliferation Teeters on the Edge
By Alex Iuorio   -   February 6, 2017
Cybersecurity and the irony of what happened during U.S. President Barack Obama's January 12, 2015 speech to the Federal Trade Commission on the growing threat, during which he declared: “If we’re’re going to be connected, we’ve got to be pro
illustration of clouds with data storage symbols
The Internet of Things Pushes the Possibilities Offered by Big Data
January 29, 2017
The concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) encompasses things as tangible as a light switch, things as ethereal as a cloud, and all things in-between.
3D cityscape with IoT icons
Invest in the Future with IoT
January 20, 2017
You and I have known for a long time that connected devices are becoming pervasive throughout society, and it seems like the investment world is finally catching up.
Related Events
Make Sense of Kemet's Proximity Sensor
Date: November 7, 2019
Location: Webinar
XENSIV sensors from Infineon
Date: October 1, 2019
Location: Webinar
Avnet and Microsoft Azure Sphere side view
Rapidly Secure Your IoT Applications with Azure Sphere
Date: September 4, 2019
Location: Webinar
Azure Sphere Technical Training Course
Date: August 16, 2019
Location: Webinar
How 5G will Impact IoT and Mass Connectivity
Date: May 29, 2019
Location: Webinar
Getting Started with IoT
Date: April 30, 2019
Location: Webinar
Ultra96 Technical Training Courses
Date: April 29, 2019
Location: Multiple Locations
speedway logo
MiniZed SpeedWay Design Workshops™
Date: January 1, 2019
Location: Multiple Dates / Locations