Learn how the Internet of Things is changing how we live, work and play.

Episodes

(photo is courtesy of Ring/Amazon) 

In this short episode, we examine the Ring Indoor Camera.  We look at setting it up / placement, how it works in action, some likes and dislikes and we reveal whom the camera may best appeal to.

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In the second part to this series, we look at IoT over the upcoming decade.  We focus on some hot areas for jobs and areas for entrepreneurship, the role of the cellular carriers and how IoT will play a role in the growth of automation

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In this first of a two part series, we answer some questions that we have been asked about IoT.  We touch on the previous growth of IoT, some areas that have adopted IoT slower/faster than we thought they would have, the possible dominance of Big Tech in IoT and how 5G may affect the number of landline connections in use.

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In this short episode, we look at how Covid is hurting the use of many key IoT solutions that retailers were using to get people into their store.  This includes interactive displays, different touch screens, smart mirrors and more.  We also discuss why, even though they may not be used in the short-term, retailers should plan on installing these solutions for the future

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In this episode, we open by talking about how it makes sense for cities to install some key IoT solutions during a time when most things are quiet.  The solutions covered include ways to upgrade recreational facilities, parking, traffic and public transit.  We finish by talking about how the cities should do this now, in spite of reduced revenue to save money and prevent future disruptions.

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In this episode, we examine how IoT will help kids at school in September.  We start by looking at how it will help the worst case scenario, that being that kids do not return in school.  Thinking on a more positive note, we then examine how it will help make the classroom safer and more productive.  We cover solutions that have been around for a while and look at some that are more cutting edge in nature.

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In this short podcast, we cover why Wall Street has favoured companies who have invested heavily in automation during the downturn.  In the second part, we go over how companies of all sizes can join this trend in the future.

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We open by talking about the negative feedback we got from a previous episode when we called most people who objected to automation "hypocrites."  We then move onto to how more people are using automated services and for what reasons.  In the third segment, we cover how companies are moving towards automation for non-financial reasons and we finish up by exploring how robots will become more accepted in dangerous roles than ever before.

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In this short episode, we examine how IoT can be used to allow seniors to stay in their homes longer, something that many now desire considering that tragedies that have occurred in many long-term care facilities.  We cover how it helps to alert to issues, help them to take medication on time and how it can all be done while allowing them to keep their life private.

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In this short episode, we examine how IoT is changing how construction is done.  It is reducing costs, improving safety and improving employee productivity ... all while keeping everyone safe.

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In this episode, we do our first interview in the podcast's history ... and it is more nerdy.  We interview Scott Deyoe, VP of Engineering at Novotech and a 30 year veteran in the world of IoT.  We talk about the 5 things that IoT teams need to know to deploy cellular routers for their remote workers.  It touches on things like security, cellular coverage, locking down traffic and how to use this exercise to plan for the upcoming launch of 5G.  It is informative, but not too "nerdy" that it will lose most people.

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In this short episode, we first talk about how this topic relates to my failed dishwasher.  The discussion then moves to defining what remote monitoring is and how companies use it.  In the main part, we cover why the use of remote monitoring is not only improving your productivity, it is also keeping your customers and your workers safe.  We wrap things up by talking about how to get started on this application.

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We have had a lot of interest in our previous 5G episodes, including a guide to move your business to 5G, so we decided to put this one together.  It covers how 5G will help to reduce inequality, lower data rates, hurt the value of office buildings, help to make things "smarter" and more.

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In this short episode, we cover 4 different aspects of how IoT is helping to aid our front line workers in doing their job and staying safe.  We start by covering how digital-based thermometers are helping keep people out of the hospital and how they are alerting officials to potential outbreak hotspots.  We then move on to how a technology built into today's smartphones helps to ensure people are not breaking quarantine orders.  Third, we cover how cellular gateways are improving information flow and allowing for quick setups of temporary sites.  And, we wrap it up by talking about how IoT is helping to improve the supply chain of key devices and materials.

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In this special episode, we cover the 4 reasons why using cellular data is best for your remote workers.  It covers why this is applicable to all businesses, but especially those who have employees accessing sensitive information remotely.  We try to do it with a bit of humour, because, well, we could all use some now!

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In this short episode, we take on the controversial topic of self checkouts.  We start by talking about why I love them and why most people should stop using them (please!).  In the main part, we go over why most people are being total hypocrites when they protest the use of automated checkouts.  Finally, we talk about what you can do to protect jobs, if you are truly passionate about doing so.

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Ok, get your mind out of the gutter ... we are talking about if size matters when it comes to IoT devices, namely ones used for tracking.  We will cover some of the technologies that has allowed IoT devices to reduce their size, why this matters and how it has helped to increase IoT's potential market.

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In this short episode, we examine sensors on today's cars, covering their pros and cons.  We then examine what kinds of sensors may be needed to finally achieve the goal of self-driving cars.

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In this short episode, we look at Levi's new Trucker Jean jacket.  It has some interesting IoT-based technology on it that may appeal to some, but do you really need one?  We examine some of its features, look at its target markets and answer the question ... "do you really need one?"

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In this short episode, we examine "AIoT."  We cover what it is, what impact it can make and we answer the question ... "Will companies use the power of AIoT for good or for evil?"

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In this short episode, we examine what is meant by the term "dirty network," if 5G would qualify as one and what is being done to secure devices on this new platform.

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In this short episode, we start by examining the overall value that a smart camera can offer to your home or business.  We then delve into a review of the Ring Spotlight camera and talk about whom it may most appeal to.

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Ok, I am a sucker for these lists.  I always want to know what people don't want me to know.  If that is you, this is the list for you.  Find out 6 secrets about the IoT industry that insiders don't want you to know.

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In this mini episode, we examine 10 different security concerns that your company needs to know about.  

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In this short episode, we examine several of Amazon's newest products for the Smart home.  We look at some upgrades (like the Echo Dot), some of their cutting edge products (like Loop and their take on the Smart Glasses called the Echo Frames) and new products like the Echo Studio.  We also look at how they are improving the smart home ... from simplifying the set up of devices to improving security/privacy to extending the range of devices when they leave your home.

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In the final part to this series, we look at how your solution is maintained and help provide tips on when you should consider upgrading hardware and to a new cellular network.  

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In this short episode, we look at the implementation stage of a solution.  This covers setting up devices, ensuring they are installed properly, handling integration into systems and getting your team (and customers) up to speed.

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In the 2nd part to our series, we examine 10 things you need to consider when selecting the right IoT solution.  Most of them will apply to any organization, regardless of what you do or how big you are ... so, you don't want to miss it!

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In this short podcast, we start our series on how organizations of all sizes can add IoT to improve their operations.  We start off in Part one with the "Honest Assessment."  For any solution to work, you need to know where you are starting from and this requires you to assess things like your current level of technology, your company's willingness to change and what you hope to accomplish from an IoT solution.  We cover those things and more ...

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In this short episode, we look at the Smart city.  Specifically, we look at some of the criticisms that were put forward in a recent New York Times article about a city using IoT and answer the question ... "Considering the issues and possible alternatives, does it make sense for a city to become smart?"

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