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EP061 - A primer on machine vision: technologies and use cases - An Interview with Iain Smith of Fisher Smith
Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020

In this episode, we give an introduction to machine vision technology, use case adoption trends, and key success factors for an high accuracy solution. We also review decision making process to determine the right tech stack, and cost structure for low and high complexity systems. 

This is part 1 of 2 with Iain Smith on machine vision. 

Iain Smith is Managing Director and Co-Founder at Fisher Smith. Fisher Smith designs and supplies machine vision systems for automatic inspection and identification of manufactured parts on industrial production lines. https://fishersmith.co.uk


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EP060 - How to integrate the IT and OT for better IIoT deployments - An Interview with Keith Higgins of Rockwell Automation
Tuesday, Mar 17, 2020

In this episode, we discuss how to improve the ways a company accesses, processes, and leverages data to make better decisions. We open the question of what digital transformation actually means for industry as opposed to non-industrial sectors. Keith also discusses what the PTC partnership means for IT and OT integration.

Keith Higgins is Vice President of Digital Transformation at Rockwell Automation. He previously served as Vice President at FogHorn and CMO at RiskVision until its acquisition in 2017. Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), is a global leader in industrial automation and digital transformation. We connect the imaginations of people with the potential of technology to expand what is humanly possible, making the world more productive and more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs approximately 23,000 problem solvers dedicated to our customers in more than 100 countries. To learn more about how we are bringing The Connected Enterprise to life across industrial enterprises, visit www.rockwellautomation.com.

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EP059 - Connectivity, processing, and storage trends reshaping the IoT landscape - An Interview with Ed Kuzemchak of Software Design Solutions
Tuesday, Mar 10, 2020

In this episode of the IIoT Spotlight Podcast, we discuss the improving connectivity, storage, and processing cost structures, and 5G’s relevance or irrelevance for IIoT. 

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EP058 - A conversation on AI, social responsibility, and future disruptions - An Interview with Neil Sahota
Monday, Mar 02, 2020

In this episode of the IIoT Spotlight Podcast, we discuss the current state of AI in practice, the integration of AI and IoT, and the importance of new data sources designed for machine use. On a more human angle, we highlight the importance of measuring social impact while deploying disruptive technology.

Neil Sahota is an IBM Master Inventor, United Nations Artificial Intelligence subject matter expert, and on the Faculty at UC Irvine. With over twenty years’ experience, Neil works with clients and business partners to create next generation products/solutions powered by emerging technologies. He is also the author of Own the A.I. Revolution, a practical guide to leveraging A.I. for social good and business growth. 

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EP057 - Databases designed for the IoT - An Interview with Syed Hoda of Crate.io
Thursday, Feb 13, 2020

In this episode of the IIoT Spotlight Podcast, we discuss the challenges facing companies when they scale industrial use cases that rely on large complex data streams and trends driving the development of systems at scale by traditional industrials that are expanding their business scope.

  • What is different about data in IoT and why is it harder than other projects?
  • Why do traditional databases and dev-ops methods fail in IoT projects?
  • How do consumer application development trends interact with, and drive, the development of industrial applications?

Syed Hoda is the Chief Commercial Officer and President North America at Crate.io, which develops IIoT data management solutions for customers around the world. An IoT industry veteran, Hoda most recently served as CMO of digital manufacturing platform company Sight Machine, and previously had been CMO of ParStream, the IoT analytics company acquired by Cisco Systems Inc. He lives in Palo Alto, California. https://crate.io/products/crate-iot-data-platform/

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EP056 - Airbnb for telecommunications - an Interview with Frank Mong
Monday, Dec 09, 2019

In this episode of the IIoT Spotlight Podcast, we discuss how Helium is providing universal and affordable connectivity for IoT devices, provided by people, and secured through a blockchain.

How do you provide connectivity where there is no infrastructure?

How do you incentivize people to contribute to an open-source connectivity ecosystem?

What are the connectivity challenges facing IoT device manufacturers today?

Frank Mong is COO at Helium, where he is leading the global go-to-market strategy for the company. He is responsible for sales, marketing and business development at Helium. Before Helium, Mong spent 20 years in cybersecurity including CMO at Hortonworks, SVP of Marketing at Palo Alto Networks, and VP/GM of security at HP. frank@helium.com

Helium is building the world’s first peer-to-peer wireless network designed specifically for IoT devices. Helium's technology will help spark a wave of innovation by enabling a new generation of small, mobile, low-powered IoT devices that include remote wildfire and agricultural sensors, micro-mobility trackers, and more. helium.com

Use cases: Helium.com/enterprise

Developer resources (software, hardware, firmware, connectivity documentation): helium.com/developers

Buy Helium Hotspot: helium.com/store

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EP055 - How to cut 20 minutes off an emergency 911 response with data - an interview with Michael Martin of RapidSOS
Monday, Dec 02, 2019

In this episode of the IIoT Spotlight Podcast, we discuss the challenges facing 911 IT systems, the impact of data on emergency outcomes, and the role of IoT devices in enabling first time responders and predictive alerts. 


How much data does a 911 center have?

How do we know which data is useful to a 911 first responder for deciding actions to take?

How can software and device companies use their data to increase the safety of their products and services?

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EP 054 - How removing the battery from sensors can enable a trillion sensor world - an Interview with Bob Nunn of Everactive
Wednesday, Nov 06, 2019

In this episode of the IIoT Spotlight Podcast, we discuss the battery problems in IoT that hinder deployments and value creation today, and how innovations in ultra low power circuit design and wireless communications that allow sensors to operate solely on energy harvested from the surrounding environment.

  • Are we trading one problem for another with IoT sensors?
  • How do we create a sensor the size of a stamp with larger range and compute ability than the average sensor today?
  • How accurate are consultancy forecasts about the size of the IoT market? 

Bob Nunn is the CEO of Everactive. Everactive produces data intelligence for the physical world. Operating without batteries, the company’s always-on wireless sensor networks deliver continuous cloud-based analytics at a scale not possible with battery-powered devices.  Everactive’s end-to-end solutions are built upon groundbreaking advances in ultra-low-power circuit design and wireless communication that allow the company to power its Eversensors exclusively from harvested energy. For additional information, visit www.everactive.com.

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EP053 - The first iteration of cybernetic workers - an interview with Gabe Grifoni of Rufus Labs
Monday, Oct 28, 2019

In this episode of the IIoT Spotlight podcast, we discuss the evolution of warehouse for commerce, and modern solutions and flexible service based business models to support the new business and competitive challenges in logistics. 


What is driving the development of industrial wearables?

How do you sell Hardware-as-a-Service?

What are the disruptive technologies to come in the IIoT?

Gabe Grifoni is the CEO of Rufus Labs. Rufus Labs’ WorkHero is the most advanced connected operator platform for enterprise. Comprised of machine learning software, rugged wearable technology, and superhuman support, WorkHero is a complete Productivity as a Service solution for the evolving workplace (Industry 4.0). Compatible with existing WMS/ERP systems, it connects workers to each other and to automation, allowing for optimal coordination between humans & machines. WorkHero provides our logistics, e-commerce, and fulfillment customers superhuman efficiency gains, safety enhancements, and zero downtime, while providing management with robust, actionable, visibility & analytics into their teams and facilities.

For info and demo: getrufus.com or enterprise@rufuslabs.com 

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EP052 - Empathy is the key to successful industrial design - An interview with Gordon Stannis of Twisthink
Tuesday, Sep 17, 2019

In this episode of the IIoT Spotlight Podcast, we discuss human-centric design and change management in high uncertainty innovation processes. 

  • What is human-centric design?
  • What is empathy in an industrial environment?
  • How to manage and communicate through the process of trials and failure?

Gordon Stannis is the Director of Design and Strategy at Twisthink, A business growth accelerator / innovation firm that partners with clients to imagine, develop and launch exciting new user experiences and products that “their” customers will love! For nearly 2 decades the Twisthink team has consistently unlocked game changing opportunities for clients in a broad range of markets including home, transportation, workplace, healthcare, sports and many things in between. Because at Twisthink, they’re not tethered to industry paradigms or mired by the day to day constraints of those industries. They flow between industries and can spot consumer, design and technology trends that affect them all. They’re entirely devoted to creating the ideal user experience which allows their customers to become market leaders and grow.


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