Are Consultants Expensive?

Pricing expertise can be a tricky business.

Businesses are constantly faced with the build versus buy dilemma, only now it involves people. And compared to employee salaries, contractors often seem expensive. But there are many mitigating factors.

How do you know if you are paying too much? How about looking at the market rates? They are not always easy to find, but here is one source.

Panometric services are priced very competitively.  Since we bill on accumulated, 15 minute intervals, you really only pay for when we are focussed on your project.

Preventing IoT Hacking – Takeaways from 3 IoT Security White Papers | IoT For All

Real security is on all fronts. Here’s 3 new approaches for protocol, radio, and physical security.

IOTA’s developers ultimately plan to use MAM to allow people to ‘bid’ on data from devices connected to the tangle; automating the buying and selling of device data”

Bastille is a “mesh network of radio frequency (RF) sensors that can be deployed in an area to detect emissions between 100 kHz and 6 GHz”

PFP will “
automatically detect compromised, counterfeit, or unauthorized emissions.. by establishing a baseline power usage for a device and then coupling that baseline with machine learning models”

Will Android do for the IoT what it did for mobile? – Medium

Mainstream devices can use the new Android for out of the box.

If your device is overpowered, has a UI, and potentially difficult to support, using the Android ecosystem maybe for you. Surely, it will be less buggy and more rapidly supported. Obviously it will be heavy, and regression testing will be more complicated, but it could save a lot on the front end and the TCO.

See full story on Will Android do for the IoT what it did for mobile? – Medium

The critical role of systems thinking in software development – O’Reilly Media

a software system is little more than a formal mathematical model with incomplete, informally specified inputs, outputs, and side effects, run blindly by machines at incomprehensibly high speeds.

I like his simplification, too many people don’t see software as deterministic. I’ve taken over many embedded software projects, and it is usually very evident if the creator had these principals in mind. Here are some key tells:

  • Input limits checked
  • Single point of function return
  • Modular test scaffolding
  • MInimal or limited inheritance
  • Thread safe
  • Memory controls that catch recursion or overflow

Chicago deploys computers with eyes, ears and noses

The city now has eyes and ears

The data will be available on there is a team of 17 trying to figure out how to use the data.

At almost 7M, I am not impressed by the lack of utility they expect from these sensors. Any one of a number of applications could pay for it, but at least the article does not make it seem like they have an end in mind. It will be interesting to see of this is not a boondoggle. Technologists should certainly check out the website as data becomes available, there maybe some opportunities that would otherwise be impossible.

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Z-Wave goes public

Toshiba Silmee W20 and Silmee W21 smartbands announced

To see benefits, heath wearables must keep people engaged

100 open source Big Data architecture papers for data professionals.

Why I won’t run another startup — Medium

Solid-state drives lose data if left without power for just a few days | ZDNet

Young Steve Jobs on how to hire, manage, and lead people – MUST WATCH – YouTube

IBM Bluemix – Next-Generation Cloud App Development Platform

Creating a see-through Arduino with an ATmega328P

Nike+ FuelBand SE BLE Protocol Reversed

GE at SXSW: tracking brainwaves during BBQ tastings and using a 12-foot smoker

Internet Of Things: Software platforms will become the rage in 2015 | ZDNet

How the Internet of Things is transforming law enforcement

Marvell’s Kinoma Create – the JavaScript-powered IoT construction kit – LBSZone

Internet of Things

Chicago will begin monitoring cellphone signals to track where people are walking

API Reference

The new era of mobile health tech has a big gotcha

The connected home is going mainstream faster than anybody realizes

How To Build Useful IoT Product: ThingsCon wrap-up


For Fitness Bands, Slick Marketing but Suspect Results

2013 IoT Internet of Things Awards

It’s now possible to wirelessly charge 40 smartphones from 16 feet away

14 Big Acquisitions in the IoT Industry | SteamingTech

How do you think RTLS/RFID industry will evolve?

Offtopic – Collaberation via Wikis

Media Oversimplification

Integrated battery replacement for power harvesting tags

Industrial Applications

Wireless Healthcare Standards Evolving

Sensors in the Cloud

RFID Forecast 2009-2019 Interesting Notes

ZigBee vs WiFi smackdown!

New Zigbee Health and Wellness Profiles

Integrated Wifi Module and middleware

Is it time for the RFID hockey stick?

The real ROI

The other green of RFID

What’s in an acronym – RFID and RTLS

What would you like to know from RFID Live in Orlando next week?

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