IoT Roadshow, Denver: The middle ground of Internet of Things techOther
May 28, 2016
Slide show ? Technology media tends to be very polarized, with outlets either focusing solely on finished products or just on the latest processors and tools used to develop those systems without much regard for what happens in between. At IoT Design and Embedded Computing Design we try to fill that middle ground as much [...]
Technology media tends to be very polarized, with outlets either focusing solely on finished products or just on the latest processors and tools used to develop those systems without much regard for what happens in between. At IoT Design and Embedded Computing Design we try to fill that middle ground as much as possible, but, in my honest opinion, sometimes we pay a little too much attention to the building blocks without concentrating enough on the actual building. So, now that I’ve acknowledged a shortcoming, I’d like to change it. The IoT Roadshow kicked off in late April (I visited the Denver, CO area and Rich Nass flew to Silicon Valley), and the meetings I had were largely based in that middle ground between product and processor. It was refreshing, and not just because of the Rocky Mountain air. I had the opportunity to listen and learn from design shops, value-added resellers, and services companies about how they’re leveraging the technology most of us read about in the mainstream press to help clients build solutions. Some of these included Colorado Engineering Inc. (CEI), Astek Corporation, Cardinal Peak, FreeWave Technologies, and Component Distributors, Inc. (CDI). If you’d like to journey to the middle, read on.
1. Colorado Engineering Inc.: Neural networking and NVIDIA bring machine vision to IoT
CEI actually evolved from Catalina Research, and being located in Colorado Springs near the U.S. Air Force Academy, you can imagine a long history of DSP and signal processing design services for military applications. And if you did, you’d be right. But in the context of the Internet of Things, it never ceases to amaze how much left field technology and expertise is used to serve the needs of a growing market, and not in the ways you’d expect.
2. Cardinal Peak: The do-it-all IoT design house
It’s widely accepted that no one company can do the Internet of Things by themselves: There are too many different technologies, use cases, and business models. That is true, but Cardinal Peak, an engineering services company located in Lafayette, CO, comes pretty close.
3. Astek Corporation: Sub $1 cryptographic ICs for world-class hardware security
Recently, Charlie Bebout, Program Manager for IoT Security Products at Astek Corporation blogged on “Why cryptography is essential to IoT security,” as well as the paradigm shifts that have made “Robust IoT security cost less than you think.” After reviewing these, I was ready to discuss perhaps the most talked about topic in the Internet of Things and embedded spaces these days when I visited the company’s headquarters in Colorado Springs: cybersecurity.
4. FreeWave Technologies: From sensors to server and next-gen engineers
As the Internet of Things has gathered steam over the past few years, many companies have said they’ve been doing IoT long before the moniker gained popularity. In the case of FreeWave Technologies, an industrial wireless networking company based out of Boulder, CO, however, it’s actually true.
5. Component Distributors, Inc.: Disties keep adding value to the Internet of Things
Component Distributors, Inc. (CDI) exists in an incredibly competitive space, which you can ascertain from their name. And, like many other electronics distributors today, they’ve come to realize that they can no longer survive simply as a logistics company.