Building the IoT by Maciej Kranz – book review

Introduction I quite liked this book. It doesn’t have too much deep technical information but it focuses more on the real use cases, industry perspective and the business part of the IoT. Also, Kranz is able to demystify IoT, not goo too much into hype but present solid use cases and reasons why IoT is […]

February 26 5 Minutes to read

Understanding what API, REST and JSON are in your IoT journey

Introduction While learning about IoT systems I have stumbled upon the word API, REST API and JSON many times. Although I kind of knew the meaning, now I took the time to learn in more details what exactly these mean so it crossed my mind why not write a brief article about it. Bear in […]

December 16 2 Minutes to read

What’s Watson IoT?

Well, the answer is simple – it’s another IoT platform and this one is developed by IBM. As you can read in our earlier post Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for IIoT Platforms in 2018 – IBM is in Niche Players Quadrant, but very close to Visionaries Quadrant. Recent IBM’s acquisition of  Red Hat for 34 billion […]

November 25 2 Minutes to read

What is Wi-SUN?

Goal of Wi-SUN (Wireless Smart Ubiquitous Network) is to create interoperable Smart Utility and Smart City networks from multiple vendors, as stated in IEEE 802.15.4g – open wireless standard specification for Smart Utility Networks. Wi-SUN provides FAN (Field Area Network), a wireless mesh networks for AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure), distribution automation, home energy management and […]

November 15 2 Minutes to read

Blockchain and IoT

Lately there’s a lot of talk about blockchain usage in IoT world, so I decided to investigate what’s it all about and in this post I’ll share with you some of my findings. First of all, what is a blockchain?  Blockchain is a list of data records called blocks, each of them contains a cryptographic […]

November 4 2 Minutes to read

Obstacle is the way by Ryan Holiday – book review (stoic philosophy)

Introduction If you are new to stoic philosophy then this book is a great way to start, especially since it’s relatively short. The author talks about the Stoic philosophy as “an operating system for living”. The book starts slowly but ends much stronger so I would rate it as 4+. While reading I sometimes felt […]

November 2 7 Minutes to read

What is AI?

There’s a lot of talk about IoT and AI, so in this post we will cover the basics – what is AI (Artificial Intelligence)? One of the definitions says: Artificial intelligence (AI) is an area of computer science that emphasizes the creation of intelligent machines that work and react like humans. AI is academic discipline […]

October 25 4 Minutes to read

Hands on – SafeTrx Mariner TS1

SafeTrx Mariner TS1 is a part of broader SafeTrx application solution for logging, tracking the vessels, monitoring and reviewing of co-related events, developed by 8 West.  Since large vessels already have AIS and marine VHF radio as a safety and SAR alert systems, idea of SafeTrx is to focus on smaller vessels and boats. What about surfers, […]

October 20 2 Minutes to read

What is Edge Computing?

Edge computing is when data collected from the sensors is not being computed centrally in the cloud, but rather stored and computed on the Edge devices (nodes) of an IoT network. Thus we can look at Edge computing as some kind of cloud computing optimization method, since some part of the IoT application is shifted […]

October 10 2 Minutes to read

What is a digital twin?

I’ll give you one of the definitions I liked the most: “The digital twin is the virtual representation of a physical object or system across its life-cycle. It uses real-time data and other sources to enable learning, reasoning, and dynamically re-calibrating for improved decision making”. Digital twin concept is present since 2003. and it was used […]

September 30 2 Minutes to read

How to Take Charge of Your Life by Jim Rohn – video review

Introduction As I have already mentioned in the book review The compound effect, the author is heavily influenced by Jim Rohn. Here I will briefly review his great video “How to Take Charge of Your Life” and in case you have time, definitely watch the video. If you don’t have that much time read this […]

September 23 4 Minutes to read

Senet – company review

We have already been writing about LoRa vs. Sigfox and about NB-IoT, but what triggered me to write review about Senet and about their business model is the idea of becoming LoRaWAN network operator. Sigfox, as a company, is taking care so that the local Sigfox operators can build up the network in a right way. […]

September 23 4 Minutes to read

WiFi in the IoT world

We’ve been writing about WiFi in IoT connectivity post, but what I’ve noticed lately is that everybody is talking about the NB-IoT, LTE-M, LoRa, Sigfox or BLE, ZigBee, Z-Wave – so I wonder, what’s happening with the good old WiFi?   As written in our earlier post, WiFi in it’s latest ac version can provide […]

September 14 2 Minutes to read

FAILures of IoT projects

With this post I decided to cover the failures of IoT projects – inspiration for the post came when I stumbled on a list of failed IoT companies. According to Cisco’s survey nearly 75% of IoT projects fail – I believe the main reason why this figure is so high lies in the fact that […]

September 10 3 Minutes to read

The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy – book review

Introduction This book is the best personal development book that I have read so far. There are many reasons for this. First it is not too long and there are no parts that are typically found in books to just fill up the space, I recommend no skipping. Also, there are so many practical tips, […]

September 10 8 Minutes to read

What is a smart city?

Introduction The idea of the smart city is quite old, but due to lowered price of sensors and technology just similar to IoT it has gained a big momentum in the market. Smart cities are now being developed to improve environmental, financial, and social aspects and quality of urban life for both citizens and visitors. […]

September 2 5 Minutes to read

Company review – myDevices

MyDevices is an IoT solution company with the idea of helping people to quickly design, make a prototype and go to market with their IoT solution.  This seems a bit bold statement, so I decided to check out their business concept. They have simple drag and drop IoT project builder called Cayenne. It contains a […]

September 1 2 Minutes to read

NB-IoT and LTE-M development kits

We’ve already been writing about Arduino development boards, but now I’d focus on development boards that do offer NB-IoT and LTE-M connectivity. The reason for this is the fact that lately we see a lot of IoT business development being done by the MNOs, thus availability of NB-IoT and/or LTE-M connectivity is becoming a common […]

August 26 2 Minutes to read

Libelium – company review

About the company Libelium is a Spanish company founded in 2006. with deployments in more than 120 countries. Their motto is to connect any sensor via any connectivity to any cloud platform. Libelium’s main product is Waspmote, an IoT end device supporting various connectivity protocols. Good thing about Libelium is that they offer  more than […]

August 24 4 Minutes to read

Kerlink – company review

About Kerlink Kerlink is French company founded back in 2004. When it started offering M2M products and solutions, and currently it is focused on offering end-to-end LoRaWAN connectivity solutions. LoRaWAN is LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) technology built on top of Semtech’s chips that is low power, long range,  fully bidirectional, has native geolocation, […]

August 23 3 Minutes to read

Community funded IoT sensors and flood prevention

I believe that all of us remember 2014 Southeast Europe flood, than 2017 Croatian coastal towns flooding. People got hurt and everybody in those areas suffered from heavy material damages. Governments did the best they could to help people, maybe some improvements of flood prevention systems were made – for sure we are seeing government’s […]

August 18 2 Minutes to read

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown– book review

Introduction This book is one of the best personal development books that I have read so far so yes I highly recommend not only reading it, but also writing notes and rereading after some time has passed. Pretty much anyone can benefit from this book, but it would be most beneficial for the high achievers, […]

August 13 8 Minutes to read

Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Industrial IoT Platforms

We have been writing about what’s an IoT platform, about what’s IIoT and now will bring you information about who made Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for IIoT Platforms in 2018. Gartner Inc. is a global research and advisory firm providing insights, advice, and tools for leaders in IT, Finance, HR, Customer Service and Support, Legal and […]

August 12 4 Minutes to read

Where to get funding for IoT project?

When starting any IoT project with prospect of being successful, beside a bit of luck, you’ll need some essential resources, like proper skill set, time and money. In this post I’ll focus on where to get funding and some steps that I find important to consider. There are many ways of getting funding: equity crowdfundings,venture […]

August 5 2 Minutes to read

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck – book review

Introduction Mindset is a bestseller book from famous psychologist Carol S. Dweck that is talking about two mindsets, a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. Fixed mindset is based upon believing in natural talents for whom success come easily and believing that talents and traits are a fixed thing. Fixed mindset people tend to prove […]

August 4 7 Minutes to read

IoT connectivity suitable for SCADA systems?

So, we have already been writing about IoT connectivity, but I wanted to investigate if there’s solution suitable for existing SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems. I’ll be focusing on wireless connectivity of SCADA systems for critical utility services that we take for granted, but without them we couldn’t live on a today’s standards, […]

July 29 5 Minutes to read

Node-RED visual tool for wiring IoT projects

Introduction  Node-RED is an open source visual tool for wiring physical and digital world hence an ideal tool for developing IoT projects. IoT projects are most often quite complex since they need to combine different devices, APIs and one or many other services for the integrated solution. The idea behind Node-RED is to create and […]

July 29 3 Minutes to read

What are Open IoT Labs?

As you have notice, if you want to have a full E2E IoT solution, you need to integrate a bunch of different elements: sensors, devices, networking, gateways, platforms, applications. For sure you can buy all those elements one by one, get to know them, do the testing, etc. – but what if you don’t have […]

July 22 2 Minutes to read

Arduino development platform for your Io(T) things

Introduction Arduino is one a well known open source microcontroller systems, software platform and community of people that are interested in developing their own (DIY) projects. A lot of people think that this platform is used only by hobbyists and amateurs when starting their electronics journey, to blink LEDs or control motors, but actually Arduino […]

July 22 4 Minutes to read

What is NB-IoT?

NB-IoT stands for “NarrowBand Internet of Things” and it’s low power wide area (LPWA) cellular radio access technology standardized by 3GPP with aim to enable a wide range of IoT devices and services. 3GPP has defined a set of frequency bands for NB-IoT use: Release 13 list consists of bands: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, […]

July 17 2 Minutes to read

What is an IoT platform (with example: Thingsboard IoT)

Introduction and IoT ecosystem Before writing about any IoT platform, a few words must be said about IoT platforms in general. There are several definitions available so I will try to simplify my view about it. In each case before even talking about IoT platforms, one must first define what is the IoT ecosystem (or […]

July 16 4 Minutes to read

IoT and animals in the road

With this post I have intention to bring out concept of having “smarter” warning signs for animals in the road. Since overall idea of IoT is to improve our day to day life, make it easier, make it safer, I see avoiding collisions with the animals on the road as something we could improve a […]

July 9 3 Minutes to read

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber – book review

Introduction The book E myth revisited is another book about entrepreneurship that I am reviewing. I find this book a great asset for every aspiring entrepreneur. Since I myself do have some entrepreneurial experience I have found some of the advice logical, however someone with no such experience would find most of the concepts in […]

July 5 6 Minutes to read

IoT Courses – where to find them

When I started reading about IoT, it looked pretty blurry – sensors, devices, networking, gateways, platforms, applications….solutions popping out from every corner and each web page. Anyhow, with this post I’d like to make an overview of where to find good online IoT courses that I managed to stumble upon. I would recommend a self learning […]

July 1 2 Minutes to read

LoRa vs SigFox

This article will cover technical aspects of LoRa and SigFox technology. Although there are similarities like working in same frequency bands, using unlicensed spectrum and playing in the lower cost end of the market (which shouldn’t be covered by telcos), there are some major differences since LoRa can work both ways, it can support higher […]

June 30 5 Minutes to read

Tracking objects using LPWAN networks

Being able to track objects (geolocation) is one of the most important applications of today M2M and more recently IoT networks. As described in the previous article there are several types of network used for IoT. However  we are talking about GPS-free geolocation which is one of the “killer apps” for LoRaWAN. SigFox doesn’t support geolocation. […]

June 30 4 Minutes to read

Be obsessed or be Average by Grant Cardone – book review

Introduction The book Be obsessed or be Average by Grant Cardone is actually the first book that I am reviewing. One of the main reasons for this review is the fact that I highly recommend this book to pretty much anyone! However, I recommend this book especially to entrepreneurs, people who want to grow and […]

June 25 8 Minutes to read

What is IIoT?

IIoT stands for Industrial Internet of things, and it would basically mean usage of IoT solutions in manufacturing, logistics, oil and gas, transportation, utilities and other industrial sectors. We find IIoT defined as  “as that complex of smart, connected products involving sensors and networking as well as the physical, Internet-connected manufacturing infrastructure (machines, equipment, remote […]

June 24 3 Minutes to read

Connectivity solutions for IoT

There are many very different IoT applications today from soil sensors that send a few bytes every few hours, up to the driverless car that sends many Megabytes of data constantly. Many if not all these applications depend upon good connectivity, but a question arises…what is a good connectivity for IoT? When planning IoT networks […]

June 17 5 Minutes to read

IoT connectivity offerings in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro

If you are designing, developing or testing your IoT solution, at some moment you’ll probably want to know what IoT networks do you have available to use. You can investigate at your own, but I’m writing this post to hopefully save you some time. According to the Sigfox coverage overview in the Adria region, only […]

June 17 3 Minutes to read

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