Why The Industrial IoT Must Be Mobile
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Sherly Mendoza
Sherly Mendoza,
User Rank: Apprentice
9/11/2014 | 8:49:39 PM
Available options
There are actually a lot options open to companies in order to make IoT or sensors work in general. The obvious answer would be current LTE or 3g connectivity, although they seem very prohibitive. One can use existing lines of electricity to provide Internet. Many startups are also looking for using other technologies that will be as reliable as wired internet without the cost of wireless internet that is available today.
User Rank: Ninja
9/5/2014 | 5:03:19 AM
Re: All the sensor has to do
@Rich, great example. Maybe, the train could also be programed to off-load data into a datacenter once it has reached a train station. This mobile internet and fog computing environment has a lot of interesting outcomes that could be created and it changes the view of a static IoT to one that is dynamic.
User Rank: Ninja
9/4/2014 | 7:48:47 PM
Re: All the sensor has to do
What IoT is exactly is constantly changes. The device atmosphere is continually developing, and I don't think we've seen smart devices yet that will be all-ecompassing in the way that they collect data.

Many of these sensors do only one thing, while I believe a Swiss Army-type device may be a true disruptive piece of hardware. 
Rich Krajewski
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Rich Krajewski,
User Rank: Ninja
9/4/2014 | 3:57:15 PM
All the sensor has to do
"How do you get a signal from a sensor in a remote area that's 100 miles from the nearest cell tower?"

All the sensor has to do is get a signal to the oncoming train, and not necessarily to headquarters. The train could receive the signal 10 miles or more away. That would give a freight train going 50 MPH 12 minutes warning. Such a train, with 150 cars, would need about 1.5 miles to stop. That means a sensor in a remote switch could effectively and safely warn an oncoming train, at low cost, and without a nearby cell tower.

But, point taken, IoT will be mobile. Look at the engines that were constantly phoning home on MH370. Maybe that wasn't the Internet, but it could have been (via satellite).

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