‘Building an Internet of Things’ on The Peggy Smedley Show

As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Hans Scharler co-founder of ioBridge was a guest on The Peggy Smedley Show. The shows was broadcast live on wsRADIO and now available as an MP3 download, so everyone can hear the interview and the rest of the radio show. Hans thanks the amazing ioBridge customers that have invested in us since the beginning and allowed us to create our own vision, our vision of a connected world.

Here are the episode links:

11/1/11 — Episode 163 — The Peggy Smedley Show

The Peggy Smedley Show, Connected World Podcast

Where do you get the latest news for M2M applications and connected devices? The Peggy Smedley Show from Connected World Magazine is where we get ours. We are honored to announce that Hans Scharler of ioBridge will be a guest on the The Peggy Smedley show on Tuesday, November 1 at 1pm EST. After the podcast airs, the episode will be available for download from The Peggy Smedley Show archives (Episode 162).

The Peggy Smedley Show, M2M Podcast

About The Peggy Smedley Show

The Peggy Smedley Show, the voice of M2M and connected devices, is an informative, yet fun, talk show hosted by Peggy Smedley, president of Specialty Publishing Co. The show broadcasts live for one hour each Tuesday at 12 noon CT. The Peggy Smedley Show features discussions with top newsmakers and technology companies, as well as in-depth analysis of the week’s biggest connected devices stories and trends.

ioBridge Exhibiting at Remote Monitor & Control 2011

The ioBridge team will be attending and exhibiting at Remote Monitoring & Control 2011 in Nashville, TN on September 20-21, 2011. The Remote Expo features the latest solutions for professional applications in the fields of remote monitoring, remote control, site management, M2M, and SCADA. We will be sharing with the attendees our platform that enables next generation applications that utilize web technologies and connect users more closely to the systems that we want to monitor and control in an extremely scalable and secure way. At booth 400, we will have demonstrations and  documentation relating to our solutions. We offer everything from embedded modules for OEM’s coupled to web services to “out-of-the-box” systems for professional applications like power monitoring, water management, and site management.

Stop by and meet the ioBridge team and pick up your free gift!

ioBridge Exhibitor at Remote Monitoring and Control

Here are the key subject areas for Remote Monitoring & Control 2011:

  • SCADA and Data Acquisition
  • Remote Networking Technology
  • New Wireless Technologies
  • Sensors for Monitoring and Management
  • Condition and Equipment Monitoring
  • Adapting and Upgrading Existing Networks
  • Network Configuration and Design
  • Industrial Control and Automation
  • Telemetry
  • Security Solutions (cyber and physical)
  • Device Equipment Networking and Management
  • Standby and Backup Power Systems
  • Site and Security Access Control
  • Solar/ Photovoltaic Energy Systems
  • Fuel Cells
  • Monitoring & Control of Mission Critical Assets
  • Standalone Distributed Power
  • Small-Scale Cogeneration
  • Power Protection/Reliability Systems
  • 24/7 and Remote Monitoring
  • Testing & Maintenance
  • Standards (ISA, NERC/FERC, IEC, DNP3, etc.)

So, as you can see, there is a little bit for everyone that’s looking to build next generation remote monitor and control applications. We hope to see you there!

Remote Monitoring & Control 2011 [info]

September 20-21

Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center [map]
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214

No Money for the Broken Vending Machine

When I enter my local shopping center, I pass by a bank of vending machines — some soda (or pop) machines and some Skill Crane type claw machines. I usually see a few kids and the occasional bargain hunting parent trying to fish out a plush toy (in my area they are orange and purple monkeys wearing a Pitt jersey). For the past month, the machine has been broken.

Vending Machine Broken - ioBridge M2M

Broken Vending Machine

This particular machine even has a placard with the maintenance number in case that it’s out-of-service. No one has called. The store has no real incentive to do so. The customers have saved their pocket change. The only one with a vested interested is the company that maintains the machines. They will eventually find out it’s broken on a routine maintenance trip. Being out-of-order trickles down to the manufacture.

Vending Machines + ioBridge? Is this better? Is this worth it? Here’s what we can offer vending machines, the maintainers, and the manufactures:

  • No routine maintenance trips – save energy and effort
  • Vending machines tell you when they need to be fixed
  • Vending machines give you real-time stats on revenue and product inventory
  • Get brand-new statistics such as peak usage times, motor revolutions, temperature, accelerometer feedback, etc.
  • Leverage existing local networks
  • Monitor machines for theft
  • Network machines together and share connections
  • Retrofit older machines
  • Low-cost implementation

ioBridge can network a single machine or thousands of machines for OEMs, manufactures, and integrators. As we say, we believe everything should have the opportunity to be connected. We are going to keep pushing our vision of the connected future. We have developed the first-of-its-kind platform for real-time, web connected devices and applications via the Internet. Contact oem@iobridge.com for more information and to schedule a demo.

The Future of M2M is Real-time and Low-cost

The fastest growing segment of mobile carriers is their M2M customers. M2M is machine-to-machine. Instead of you and I buying a mobile data subscription for our apps, M2M is a “machine” connected to the Web via a mobile modem or DSL lines or cable modems. ABI Research says that Cellular/Mobile M2M subscriptions will reach over 297 million by 2015. This means there will be a bunch of things on the mobile phone network that are not people. This is not new information, this what we call the Internet of Things or in a more practical sense, the Intranet of Things.

Our background was M2M. The founding team of ioBridge worked on far-reaching M2M applications such as remote monitoring of medical devices, SCADA applications for pump and well monitoring, Oil and Gas pipeline monitoring, and substation power monitoring for Smart Grid applications. When we founded ioBridge we wanted to take our experience with M2M and couple that with our big ideas that everything should be Internet-enabled. To reinvent M2M, we had to create a new platform. Once a machine is connected, truly connected, that machine can leverage web services and social networking to ultimately enable first-of-their-kind applications.

ioBridge consists of many parts in concert with web services:

  • Real-time push messaging from device to web services, web services to devices
  • Multiple ways to interface with devices
  • Low-power wireless sensors (we still have tide sensors connected to the web for over 2 years)
  • Widget and application builders
  • Multiple ways to interface with external web applications
  • Native support to interface with WeatherBug, Google Weather, NOAA, Google Calculator, Yahoo Financials, Twitter, ThingSpeak, FourSquare, FaceBook, and any open API via our ThingHTTP app.

As a result, the ioBridge platform enables real applications that solve many of the traditional issues with a polling style M2M or SCADA solutions. We take full advantage of connecting things to web services. The additional benefit is low-cost. Maybe the biggest disruption that we have seen is cost. Since you can buy our dev kit for less than $200 and get a free suite of web services, you can start building an app immediately. Cost also lowers the barrier to entry for a whole host of new M2M customers that previously were cost prohibited from taking advantage of M2M applications.

In a recent article from the Yankee Group, Parlez-vous M2M?, Emily Green includes ideas about where M2M is going and some input from Dr. Robert Mawrey, the CEO of ioBridge. She also mentions how we “internet-enabled” a cranberry bog. Emily will be releasing a follow-up interview with Dan Luechauer, a cranberry bog owner, who has a completely  automated, remotely controlled and monitored cranberry bog via ioBridge technology. (Emily – Thanks for including us in your post and we look forward to your future articles.)

We have 100’s of examples just like Dan’s cranbrery bog. We look forward to sharing more applications with you. Visit the ioBridge Pro Applications section of our website for the latest info and ways to get started with ioBridge.