3 IoT Stories To Read This Week by Romin Irani - Part 5

In this week’s edition, we look at how IoT can help fight climate change, Samsung’s foray into the cloud with Artik - its IoT cloud and the potential change in how data centers are built due to increasing Machine 2 Machine communication.

8 mistakes that can derail your IoT project: The competition for IoT products is at a level that is unprecendented. We hear of new products being announced on a daily basis and each one vies for our time and attention along with how it can make our lives better. Given the stakes, it is important that you spend additional time to look at multiple factors that can help in making your product stand out. In this article, authors Bill Horan and Tood Zielenski, provide a list of 8 mistakes to watch out for. A couple of points that stand out is the user experience that is most important along with designing for an offline experience. The latter is really critical since an IoT product needs to work in both connected and disconnected mode.

Tracking Air Pollution in Delhi: Delhi has been in the news since the beginning of the year due to high levels of pollution. The Government has undertaken a couple of odd-even exercises through the year to track if pollution levels have come down. Traditional Pollution Tracking devices are prohibitively expensive. SocialCops, a data analysis startup took an interesting approach to track the pollution level. They made custom device that cost around $100 and fit that into an auto rickshaw. The interesting part of their exercise was how to overcome the fact that they have a less capable sensor to track the environment sensors. Their solution was lots of sample data that helps average out the stuff. The Pollution Dashboard for Delhi is live, take a look at it.

The Future of the Stadium: The future of sports stadiums is not going to the same moving forward. In fact, it is already under transformation. There are multiple entities involved during any game and that includes players, coaches, the stadium (entrances, exits, seats), the press and the fans outside. A complete immersive experience is now possible via a combination of sensors, cloud and big data. The article provides multiple areas in which everything right from a player’s actions, to seat management and fans experience is being tracked, monitored, adjusted and optimized. Interesting scenarios include managing entrance and exit gates depending on the movement of the spectators inside the stadium as they take the seats or leave the stadium. Other examples include managing and opening up more ticket booths depending on the crowd outside and more.

To round up this week’s 3 IoT stories, we have an additional article that provides a fantastic visual history of IoT, starting from 1900 (Radio Control) to 2015 (Wireless, Permanent Heart Pacemaker).