Mike Krell

RESEARCH PAPER: Dell—Taking Part of the Mystery Out of the Industrial Internet of Things

Internet of Things (IoT) applications are real, today. Some organizations around the world are deploying IoT systems and reaping the benefits of smarter data gathering, analysis, and usage to optimize and adjust their operations. Most organizations, however, are not there yet. Specifically, in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), corporations are just beginning to understand …

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Is “Home Automation As A Service” The Future?

As I prepare to head to CEDIA this week to visit with companies such as Comcast, Control4 Corporation, Core Brands Nortek, Honeywell International, Insteon, and Napco Security Technologies, I’ll be excited to see what’s new in the Home Automation space. Tradeshows are a fountain of information, and as I try to determine who (and what) consumers are …

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What’s Driving All The Home Automation Growth?

Home Automation (Credit: Mark Moz) I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what exactly is driving the recent explosion of home automation applications and equipment. Over the past few years we have seen a great deal of change. The plethora of equipment includes (and this is a small sample, not an exhaustive list): Do it …

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Should Cisco Systems, PTC Thingworx, IBM, And Zebra Technologies Fear Ayla Networks IoT Platform?

After recent conversations with Ayla Networks, I’m wondering if the “big dog” IoT Platform players, like PTC Inc.’s Thingworx, Cisco Systems, IBM, Zebra Technologies Corporation, etc., are really the ones to be watching when thinking about IoT platform technology. In a discussion early this year at the IoT Global Innovations Forum, an IoT industry consultant …

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Freescale Semiconductor, Soon To Be NXP, Makes IoT Hardware “Generic”

  Freescale Semiconductor (and soon to be NXP Semiconductors NV) had their technology ecosystem last week in Austin, TX. The introduction this week of the new Freescale Semiconductor Single Chip System Module (SCM) has gotten me back to thinking about a question I am constantly asked, “Where is the money in Internet of Things (IoT)”. I’ve …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Echelon’s Efficient Connected Lighting Solutions

Echelon Corporation is a leader in connected, Internet of Things (IoT) lighting solutions. They give enterprises, governments, parking operators, and anyone who deals with large-scale lighting solutions the ability to provide their constituents with cost reductions as well as safer and more comfortable living and working environments. Historically, lighting is something we all take for granted. …

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Show Me the Money: IoT Style Part 2

In Show Me the Money: IoT Style Part 1 I discussed hardware and a company called CentraLite.  CentraLite provides “white box” solutions for home automation powerhouses such — Lowe’s Iris, Comcast Xfinity, Time Warner IntelligentHome, and SmartThings just to name a few, and how CentraLite is generating revenues in the IoT hardware space.  Today I’m …

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RESEARCH PAPER: HP: Protecting Printers With Enterprise Grade Security

In today’s Internet of Things (IoT) environment, security is not only critical, it’s essential. Newly connected IoT devices such as thermostats, vending machines, HDTV’s and wearables create some of the largest potential security gaps in the IT infrastructure. As users demand mobility, cloud-based applications and collaboration, both inside and outside their company or organizations firewalls, the threat …

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Apple Watch: The New Controller for Home Automation?

By now I think everyone interested in technology has dissected every word of Apple’s announcements last week of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, along with the Apple Watch.  As someone who is interested in home automation, I was rather disappointed by the fact that there were no announcements on HomeKit [though none were …

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Is ARM the Secret Winner in the Human IOT Race?

        With all the churn going on in the Human (wearables, home automation) side of the IoT space not many folks are going out on a limb to call winners and losers yet. There are going to be many winners (and losers) over time in Human IoT, but right now I’m going to …

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Thread: And Then There Were Three…

      Yesterday a group of companies including Samsung and Nest Labs banded together to create Thread Group, the latest in IoT consortium “Start-ups”.  Joining the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) announced last week and the AllSeen Alliance announced in December we now have 3 different groups proving how important IoT will be, and just how …

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Apple v. Google: The Gloves Come Off in the Home

With the announcement this week of Nest Labs purchase of Dropcam, along with their announcement of a new developer platform, including API’s, Google has finally given us an inkling as to where they are going with their home automation strategy. Apple revealed their plans a few weeks ago at their World Wide Developer’s Conference, when …

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Bluetooth Smart, A Natural Fit for Home Automation

As I pointed out in my last blog, one of the major impediments in the expansion of home automation technologies is the lack of a single architecture or standard to pull it all together. Some think that that standard is here with Bluetooth 4.0 or Bluetooth Smart. BT is already the crowned king of wireless headsets for …

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The Elusive Chase for the Automated Home

Back in December, Patrick Moorhead wrote a piece on Revolv and his experiences with integrating it into his Home Automation (HA) system, a key piece of the ubiquitous Home Internet of Things (HIoT). Pat gave the Revolv Smart Home Hub and App a run-through by actually using it in his home and concluded that Revolv’s …

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