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SeanD

Member Since: October 5, 2011

Country: United States

  • Nick, I agree that these are three very important players in IoT but I think it is important to start with a model of IoT and then see which players fall out at each stage. The most commonly used model consists of three parts.

    1) Sensors, actuators and edge devices. These may be finished consumer products or things that are used to build or add on to existing systems. Typically these are low on compute resources, but they are the “things” we see. 2) Hubs, these may be dedicated or not, in non consumer environments they may be an upgraded PLC or a device that plus into a PLC, in automotive they may be the ICE or wireless gateway. This is where the “FOG” exists. Local compute, filtering and aggregation. In some architectures these physical hubs may be omitted but likely exist in software on the backend. Increasingly though we are going to see devices (like network switches and routers) that are capable of handling this without the need for additional hardware. In fact Cisco and others have been doing this for applications such as smart meters for some time. 3) Cloud based backend. A compute and storage rich environment where applications that can leverage the hubs and endpoints to create new applications. Currently lots of this is big data analytics (more sensors than actuators) but we can expect the types of application to change.

    Given this model you have to include players like Amazon who have investments in all three. ARM and its licensees will dominate in (1) and they are in a fight for (2) but (2) requires software and there are a lot of people trying to play in this space. Potentially it is somewhere Microsoft could do very well, but so can companies with a focus on middleware, security or comms. All of the major cloud IaaS platforms will and already are doing very well from IoT and there is some evidence that each may attract a slightly different type of application based on the other services they provide (GCP makes a great IoT analytics platform)

    You can find various diagrams that do this mapping if you search on line but if you just want to stick with the big players then I think you should be adding AWS, Google and Intel.

  • I do not know why bit it is strangely comforting to see the box wall back. The set in the new building looked a little bit ramshackle IMHO it did not reflect well on the SF brand. Those red boxes just work.

  • Having just one of these in stock is not very useful. Do you plan to get more in stock?

  • Thanks for the post, this level of transparency is awesome and provides a valuable lesson to those of us in big tech businesses. I hope you find a way to maintain it as you continue to grow.

    As for Free Day, will I miss it? Nope. I have never had the time to be able to participate. I put my SparkFun orders in typically when I need stuff and do not have the time to sit and do the refresh and enter a CAPTCHA thing this year. In fact being transparent I felt like this years competition was excessively biased towards people who had time on their hands.

    Taking the budget and investing it in an education program is a great step and ensures that both the community grows and that SparkFun reaches more potential customers. You had however better ensure that how you choose the venues is not a lottery ;-)

  • Who is Keyser Söze?

  • On the packaging they say refrigeration doubles the shelf life. I keep mine in the fridge, you just need to give it a few moments to warm up before you start working it.

No public wish lists :(