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IBM’s Sky Matthews | The Impact of 5G and Edge Computing on IoT Design & Development

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In episode 61 of the IoT For All Podcast, IBM’s CTO for Engineering Lifecycle Management Applications Sky Matthews joins us to talk about the impact of 5G and new edge computing developments on the design and development of IoT solutions, specifically in the enterprise space.

Sky has a great deal of experience working with clients in complex and embedded systems development across many industries, including telecom equipment, aerospace and defense, automotive, and electronics. At IBM, his focus is on the application of artificial intelligence and analytics in system engineering, designing for IoT, and the creation and management of digital twins.

To kick the episode off, Sky gave us some background on IBM and its role in the IoT ecosystem. We also discussed how that landscape has matured as the focus of companies in the space moved from the technology to the tangible ROI that IoT solutions provide. Sky shared some insight into the perspective of their customers, companies that are often just realizing that what they’re seeking isn’t a solution to a specific problem, but a complete digital transformation.

Sky also spoke to IBM’s position on partnerships, specific to the IoT space, and how integral they are to the success of IoT deployments. Sky said, “partnerships are really essential – we wouldn’t pretend for a second that IBM covers all of IoT… we certainly have our focus areas, but the ecosystem is hugely important and those partnerships are fundamental to our business.”

Changing to a more industry-wide topic, Sky spoke to the impact he expected 5G and hybrid multi-cloud computing would have on the industry as a whole, especially at the enterprise level – allowing for a host of new and unique use cases to become available. And while he said 5G will be transformative, Sky said that large-scale adoption was still a few years out. Much like autonomous vehicles or IoT itself, Sky said that it would take time for the technology to become accessible enough to really transform the landscape.

From his experience designing and developing IoT solutions, Sky spoke to the changes he expected there, including the new mindset that will be required as the line blurs between edge and cloud computing.

To bring the conversation to a close, we spoke on some of the obstacles facing the IoT industry – both with COVID-19 bearing down on us and some of the longer-term challenges that the ecosystem faces. Sky said that the coronavirus pandemic is a transformative event, saying that “the understanding of how connected our world is and how connected our systems are is just made so glaringly clear, here.” Across organizations, Sky said he believed the challenge would be increasing transparency to reduce the silos of our current companies and industries.

“If there’s a good side to this, it’s that it will spur an incredible amount of creativity and innovation,” Sky said.

Interested in connecting with Sky? Reach out to him on Linkedin!

About IBM: IBM is one of the world’s most trusted provider of Information Technology products and services, and a world leader in AI, Cloud, and Quantum computing. They are leading their clients in their next chapter of transformation, as they build agile organizations fueled by data, guided by AI insight and able to work in any cloud environment. Next, quantum computing will become part of the journey to the Cognitive Enterprise.

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Key Questions and Topics from this Episode:

(02:32) Introduction to Sky Matthews

(07:38) How is IBM positioning itself in the IoT landscape?

(12:33) Where is your role in the development of an IoT solution? Who’s your customer?

(15:54) Are there any parts of an IoT solution that you don’t do in-house? What value do you look for in partnerships?

(19:43) As it becomes more widely available, how will 5G impact enterprises?

(24:48) What is hybrid multi-cloud and what impact will it have on the ecosystem?

(28:40) How will these technologies affect the development of IoT solutions?

(34:29) As an industry, what are the biggest challenges facing IoT adoption?

(41:11) Given the uncertainty of the coronavirus, what effects are you seeing in IoT?

(45:37) Are there any announcements we should keep an eye out for at IBM?

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How is IoT Reshaping the Insurance Industry? | Dan Davis, Director of IoT and Emerging Markets at LexisNexis Risk Solutions

#IoTMakers E057Listen on Apple Podcast  |  Listen on Spotify  |  Listen on Google PodcastsIn this week’s IoT For All Podcast, Dan Davis, Director of IoT and Emerging Markets at LexisNexis Risk Solutions, joins us to talk about the intersection of IoT and the insurance industry. We discuss how IoT and …

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Challenges of Asset Tracking in the Consumer Space | Steve Klinkner, VP of Engineering at Tile

#IoTMakers E056Listen on Apple Podcast  |  Listen on Spotify  |  Listen on Google PodcastsIn this episode of the IoT For All Podcast, we sat down with Steve Klinkner, VP of Engineering at Tile, to talk about asset tracking and associated technologies in the consumer IoT space.Steve Klinkner joined Tile after …

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Lessons Learned Launching a New Connectivity Platform for IIoT | Wolfgang Thieme, CPO of BehrTech

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In this episode of the IoT For All Podcast, Chief Product Officer of BehrTech, Wolfgang Thieme, joins us to talk about BehrTech’s MYTHINGS connectivity platform and LPWAN’s greater role in the industrial IoT space. 

To kick off the episode, Wolfgang introduces himself and provides an update on what BehrTech has been up to since we last spoke to their CEO, Albert Behr. Wolfgang shares the latest progress on the launch of the MYTHINGS platform and talks about the process of refining and executing a go-to-market strategy. He also discusses the process BehrTech uses to gather feedback and lessons learned as the team adjusted to best serve customers in the industrial space.

We talk about the role LPWAN plays in the IoT space and how it enables companies to roll out massive deployments with hundreds or thousands of devices at a relatively low cost. Wolfgang shares with us some of the key considerations when building a network meant to scale and how companies launching new IoT deployments must consider scalability upfront.

To close out the conversation, Wolfgang shares his advice for companies looking to get into the IoT space, saying that speed to market and flexibility are key. He also shares some of his excitement for the rest of 2020, speaking to some of the advances in connectivity, in particular, that he believes will propel IoT capabilities forward.

Interested in connecting with Wolfgang? Reach out to him on Linkedin!

About BehrTech: BehrTech offers a disruptive wireless connectivity software platform that is purpose-built for massive-scale Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) networks. At the core of the platform is MIOTY, a new communication technology standardized by ETSI that provides reliable, robust, and scalable connectivity unlike any other technology on the market. With its approach to interoperability, BehrTech makes it easy for end-users to retrofit its MYTHINGS platform in any environment and enables partners, system integrators, and VARs to deliver fully-integrated IIoT solutions that enable data-driven decisions to be made.

Key Questions and Topics from this Episode:

(01:40) Introduction to Wolfgang Thieme

(02:35) Introduction to Behrtech

(03:36) Are there any new initiatives happening at Behrtech?

(05:52) What’s the difference between LoRA and Behrtech’s platform MYTHINGS?

(07:42) What are some ideal use cases for LPWAN technologies?

(09:07) In developing the MYTHINGS platform, how did you approach your go-to-market strategy?

(11:35) What has the market response been like since launching MYTHINGS?

(13:56) How important are partnerships in IoT development and deployment?

(15:45) What role does LPWAN play in launching massive and scalable networks of devices?

(20:33) What are some of the challenges in implementing existing LPWAN technologies in industrial IoT deployments?

(22:53) How important is quality of service in industrial IoT deployments?

(24:04) What advice do you have for companies interested in getting into IoT?

(28:03) What are you looking forward to the rest of the new year?

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Scaling IoT for Enterprises | Ken Corless and Robert Schmid of Deloitte

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In this episode of the IoT for All podcast, Ken Corless and Robert Schmid of Deloitte share their expertise on cloud and edge computing, the benefits to using both in one solution and some recommendations for companies new to the IoT space. 

To start the episode, Ken and Robert each provide background on what their roles are at Deloitte. As Chief Technology Officer for the Deloitte Consulting Cloud Practice, Ken assists some of Deloitte’s biggest clients in leveraging emerging technologies, like IoT and AI, for business advantages. As Chief Futurist, Robert is one of the leaders of Deloitte’s IoT practice. His work primarily involves implementing IoT technology in the hospitality space. 

The duo gave additional context on Deloitte’s role in the IoT landscape, including where the company is most involved in the process of developing new solutions and a recent report on scaling IoT in the enterprise.

Moving into a more technical topic, Ken and Robert explain some of the complexities that go into implementing both cloud and edge computing in a single IoT solution, why it might be worthwhile and how, in the end, it all comes down to scalability.

Our guests share tips for companies looking to break into the IoT space, including what to do on your own and when to get a technology partner and key thoughts on scaling IoT solutions. Their biggest piece of advice: just get in there and try.

To close out the conversation, Ken and Robert share the IoT developments they’re looking forward to in 2020, including AI applications and the use of augmented reality in IoT solutions.

Interested in connecting with Ken or Robert? Check them out on Linkedin!

About Deloitte: Deloitte Consulting’s Cloud Practice helps enterprises leverage cloud computing to realize the full potential of technologies, data, people, operations and markets to transform their business. Our Cloud Practice is in 150+ countries with 20,000+ cloud practitioners. We have 26 global delivery centers, 49 digital studios, and 10 cloud studios.

Key Questions and Topics From This Episode:

(4:14) Introduction to Ken Corless and Robert Schmid

(5:45) Introduction to Deloitte and the amount of involvement the company has in the IoT space.

(9:53) What are the most common reasons why companies get stuck in the proof of concept stage?

(14:25) Deloitte’s “Scaling IoT to Meet Enterprise Needs” report and its goals.

(16:19) What complexities are involved in bringing together cloud and edge computing in one solution?

(20:07) What are the benefits of utilizing both cloud and edge computing?

(24:28) How do you determine whether or not a solution requires edge computing?

(27:28) What can organizations do on their own and when should they bring in a technology partner?

(33:29) What recommendations do Ken and Robert have for companies looking to break into IoT?

(38:05) What are Ken and Robert looking forward to in the IoT space for the new year?

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What do Smart Cities Look Like in 2020? | Sanjeet Pandit, Senior Director for Business Development at Qualcomm

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In episode 51 of the IoT For All Podcast, Sanjeet Pandit, Senior Director for Business Development & Head of Smart Cities at Qualcomm, shares the newest developments in smart cities and what really goes into the development and adoption of smart city applications.

Starting the episode, Sanjeet shares his own background as well as some of Qualcomm’s recent smart city successes. He also talks about the projects cities are most eager to take on and the key indicators of smart city success.

It’s worth noting that smart city projects, by nature, are huge, costly undertakings. Sanjeet provides insight into the most common challenges for cities adopting these initiatives–including some of the challenges that come with working around legacy infrastructure.

Changing the topic to connectivity, Sanjeet speaks on the impact 5G will have on smart city applications, where 5G will enable new technology and applications and what roles other connectivity options have in smart city applications.

To round out the interview, we discuss IoT as a team sport. We talk about Qualcomm’s approach to the collaborative nature of IoT development, their vetting process for new partnerships and some of the key players necessary to develop new solutions.

To finish out the episode, Sanjeet shares some of his predictions for the most exciting developments coming to the smart city space in 2020, including advancements in artificial intelligence, its effect on autonomous driving and further adoption of 5G.

Interested in connecting with Sanjeet? Check out his Linkedin!

About Qualcomm:  Qualcomm is one of the world’s leading wireless technology innovators. Qualcomm enables semiconductor chipsets and technologies to power everything from handsets to connected city spaces.

Key Questions and Topics From This Episode:

(3:38) Introduction to Sanjeet Pandit

(04:41) Introduction to Qualcomm

(05:25) Qualcomm smart city success examples

(06:56) What types of projects have been at the top of smart cities’ lists?

(08:20) How is the success of smart cities being measured?

(09:24) What have been the biggest challenges in smart city adoption?

(10:28) How does the existing infrastructure play into those challenges?

(11:27) When will 5G really start to impact the IoT space? What will 5G enable for smart cities?

(13:02) What are the roles of other connectivity options in smart cities?

(16:56) Why is collaboration so critical to the success of IoT?

(19:12) Who are the key players in an IoT partnership?

(23:51) How does Qualcomm choose their partnerships?

(28:02) What are some of the most exciting applications and deployments we’re seeing in smart cities today?

(29:41) Will IoT have a role in helping cities manage and support their homeless populations?

(33:24) What will be the most exciting developments for smart cities in the new year?

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What Is CBRS & How Will It Influence the Connectivity Landscape? | Greg Dial, EVP for Product and Marketing Strategy at JMA Wireless

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In this episode of the IoT For All Podcast, Greg Dial, EVP for Product and Marketing Strategy at JMA Wireless, discusses the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) and what it means for both businesses and consumers looking to leverage CBRS as a new option.

Greg walks us through various CBRS use cases, including instances of high volume traffic in stadium venues and what connecting looks like to users.  He also shares some of the compelling advantages of adopting CBRS as well as the challenges still facing companies hoping to utilize it.

To finish the conversation, we talk briefly about the industry’s reception to CBRS and what the future might look like for IoT and edge computing.

Interested in connecting with Greg? Check out his Linkedin!

About JMA Wireless: JMA Wireless is a US-based company designing and building next-generation communication systems that deliver technologies enabling 4G LTE, 5G, and CBRS on networks worldwide. JMA XRAN™ leads the industry with the only 100 percent software-based RAN platform combined with a variety of radio technologies, including its TEKO distributed antenna line and CellHub ‘full spectrum’ CBRS radio.

Key Question and Topics from this Episode:

(3:21) Introduction to Greg Dial

(7:29) JMA Wireless and their role in the industry

(13:54) What is CBRS and how does it compare to other connectivity options, like WiFi?

(21:58) How does the consumer experience change with CBRS?

(26:57) What is compatibility currently like for mobile devices?

(29:58) What does user experience look like when connecting to CBRS?

(34:14) What are the advantages of CBRS?

(43:59) For what use cases is CBRS not a good fit?

(47:00) What’s the overall industry reaction to CBRS?

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How is the Largest Public LoRaWAN Network Influencing IoT Adoption? | Noelani McGadden, VP of Strategic Accounts at Senet

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On this IoT For All podcast episode, Noelani McGadden, VP of Strategic Accounts at Senet, discusses the role Senet plays in the IoT industry, how they launched the largest public LoRaWAN network and how their network is influencing adoption across the Internet of Things space.

Noelani touches on why an organization would choose to deploy on a public network over a private network, the value LPWAN provides compared to 5G and what she foresees as the biggest contributors to IoT adoption heading into 2020.

On a personal level, Noelani has been engaged with many STEM for girls programs and is a non-profit board member for providing access to gymnastics programs for underprivileged teens. She spent over 6 years as an expatriate working in countries and environments that have varying degrees of support for women in executive-level roles and women in tech in particular.

If you’re interested in connecting with Noelani check out her LinkedIn!

About Senet: Senet develops cloud-based software and services used by Network Operators, Application Developers and System Integrators for the on-demand deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) networks. Senet offers technology in over eighty countries and owns and operates the largest publicly available LoRaWAN network in North America.

Key Question and Topics from this Episode:

(02:33) Noelani McGadden introduction

(04:44) What does Senet do, and what role do they play in the IoT industry?

(07:15) Senet’s public LPWAN network–how it works, who is using it and what is it enabling companies to do?

(10:40) What type of IoT use cases are utilizing the public LPWAN network?

(13:38) How does a company set up a public LoRaWan network? What are the drawbacks of using a public network over a private network?

(17:35) Why would an organization choose to deploy a private network, if a public network is available?

(20:09) What has public LPWAN adoption been like?

(23:08) What value does LPWAN provide over 5G?

(26:59) What will be some of the biggest contributors to IoT adoption in 2020?

(33:24) What advice do you (Noelani) have for companies looking to get involved in IoT in 2020?

(35:28) What organizations and initiatives are you (Noelani) involved in as it relates to Women in Tech?

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What Does the Store of the Future Look Like? | Trevor Sumner, CEO of Perch

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On this IoT For All podcast episode, Trevor Sumner, CEO of Perch, discusses how Perch is changing the physical retail industry, what the store of the future looks like and how retail jobs will be affected by new technology.

Trevor details the different use cases Perch has build solutions for, how IoT is helping to increase in-store customer engagement, and how IoT technology will positively impact jobs in the retail industry. He also shares the exciting new things Perch is working on and what we can expect to see from them over the next 12-18 months on their journey to make retail less boring.

If you’re interested in connecting with Trevor check out his LinkedIn!

About Perch Interactive: Perch, the leader in interactive Physical + Digital retail displays that can detect when touch or pick up products and then respond with product-specific digital experiences that consistently drive 30-80% sales lift. Perch has won numerous Clio, Digi Edison and retail design awards and was named one of the 15 tech companies to watch in 2018 by Forbes.

Perch has worked with Macy’s, Sunglass Hut, Jo Malone, Neiman Marcus, Kate Spade, Lenovo, Petco, Johnson & Johnson, MAC, Bumble & bumble, Story, Barnes & Noble, Fossil, Wildflower, Invisalign, City Cannabis, Beam Suntory, and dozens of other brands and retailers to design engaging experiences that drive sales lift and analyzes the behavior of customers in-store. 

Key Question and Topics from this Episode:

(03:47) Trevor introduction and background

(08:41) Overview and goal of Perch Interactive

(11:39) How is Perch’s solution connected to the digital marketing side of the business?

(14:20) Who creates the content for the interactive displays?

(15:41) What IoT technologies are being used in the development of Perch’s solution?

(18:30) What types of sensors are being used for the solution (if any)?

(20:45) What does the typical customer engagement look like?

(23:27) What are the most successful use cases for Perch’s technology?

(26:40) How does customer re-engagement work with Perch’s retail solution?

(28:23) What will the store of the future look like?

(31:29) How will technology affect jobs in the retail industry?

(34:53) How IoT positively affects jobs across all industries

(36:37) What do the next 12-18 months look like for Perch?

Source: IoT For All