Tuesday, May 21, 2013

My first weekly blog on the Internet of Things phenomena (or is it a movement?)

This is my weekly blog on the Internet of Things (#IoT) and everything it might mean for those of us in tech.  The definition of what IoT is and what its impact will be is fuzzy to say the least.   Intel calls it "Intelligent Systems" IBM coined "Smarter Planet" and not to be left out Cisco went for "Internet of Everything or IoE".  So why should you care?  why do I care?  Well I was a skeptic for a while but in my career I have seen broad technology shifts that have been profound such as the PC, mobile, open source, social and I now believe connecting billions of devices to the cloud with big data analytics is just as big a game changer as these others.  Understanding how its going to work and what the challenges are is the subject of this blog and its as much my my own benefit as readers but hope we can learn together.  Every week I will gather relevant content and links along with my own thoughts and provocations.  Please feel free to comment and add your opinion,  a few shout outs and Tweets/LinkedIn's wouldn't hurt either!

For a wikipedia definition you can go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_of_Things and a great tidbit is that it was coined in 1999 as part of the wave of optimism around the RFID industry which has never delivered on its promise (Walmart lack of implementation dampened its potential).  In order to understand what it is today I am going to boil it down to these 8 elements:

  1. Sensing and Control
  2. Connectivity
  3. Analytics (big data) and the cloud
  4. Security
  5. Applications, ROI and 2nd/3rd order effects
  6. Standards and Regulation
  7. Ecosystems and Communities
  8. Investment Opportunities as I see them
This week I picked up on a few notable launches and deals that we should watch:

Under sensing and control the Italian #Arduino team launched a simple, inexpensive ($69) Cloud add-on board and they did it in high style at the Maker Faire in San Mateo last weekend.  Also in control the Norwegian upstart ARM microcontroller company Energy Micro pushed out their "Wonder Gecko" ARM Cortex-M4 product.  Energy has added Alf-Egil Bogen @alfbogen (the "A" in Atmel AVR) to their team and for a small company they are pioneering low power even for an ARM vendor.

In analytics and software it was great to see the ARM @mbedmicro platform (ably steered by Simon Ford) still making waves with an interesting announcement on IoT software with LogMein Inc.  To me this is one of the key weak links in IoT and thats the software transport layer.  One to watch and possibly an investment opportunity.

Each week I will dig around for whats important and pass it on. Hope to get better graphics, a few interviews and if I can pul it off maybe a podcast.  Please ping me with any feedback and stay in touch at dcblaza@gmail.com  or tweet me @dblaza.


  1. Great to hear your voice, David!

    Love the topic and can't wait to hear more about what you see out there. Hopefully somewhat more substantive than "the house with its own Twitter account."


    1. Kathy, great to hear from you and hope to get an update on your world soon, gaming is the center of the media universe!


  2. David, look forward to reading your weekly posts - a key topic for so many companies in the industry over the next few years and something electronics PR agencies need to be well versed in.

    1. Bob, hoping to see you in the valley in June? its been a long time!



  3. Good stuff, David. I had heard you were into IoT :) Looking forward to reading more. I am bookmarking this site.

    1. Alex, just like the web I think IoT has a future.

      Will see you on the island of long in June.