Successful Internet of Things DCWEEK Workshop

First I’d like to give a thank you to all the attendees of ioBridge’s DCWEEK Internet of Things Workshop.  It was a great turnout even though it was one of the last events of a long week.

We accomplished all of our goals:

  1. Explain to people what the “Internet of Things” is
  2. Have everyone realize where it is in their everyday lives
  3. Understand just how BIG it is going to be
  4. Get people to experiment first hand with IoT
  5. Get involved with the Washington, DC tech scene and contribute to DCWEEK 2011
  6. Get people giddy like school children when they are controlling their own “Things” on the Internet!

All the attendees were very involved in the presentation.  It was great to see the wheels start to turn as they learned about basic digital and analog inputs/outputs.  Once they understood those concepts they started to see how seemingly complex devices like a touch screen could be broken down in to it’s basic inputs and outputs.

The hands on part of the workshop was very rewarding and we thought everyone had a lot of fun.  We brought ioBridge Dev Kits that include IO-204 and multiple buzzers, temperature sensors, buttons, servo motors and LCD screens for the attendees to play with.  Four separate groups got to go through the module setup process and begin interacting with their items through the Internet.  Once they got that down, it started to get a little creative.

One group used a combination of the temperature sensor and the buzzer to have a buzzer go off when a certain temperature was reached.  They monitored all the inputs and outputs right from the Internet.  Another group took it a step further and had their IO-204 tweet once a certain temperature was reached.  Once they got that down, they used a simple button to trigger a tweet.  Sort of like a motion detector tweeting when someone came into a room.

Here are some of the photos of everyone in action:


‘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.