When Device Solutions led a recent workshop on the Technical Challenges of the IoT, it became evident that this region is evolving into a center of competency for the Internet of Things.
The meeting took place on Centennial Campus. Innovators attended. Our Director of Engineering, Rod Williams, facilitated a lively group-think on security, interoperability, technology selection, and resource efficiency.
After addressing the issues known today, the discourse shifted to a SWOT analysis and why North Carolina will become the headquarters for all Things Internet:
1. The Triangle has deep roots in M2M and telemetry, both predecessors to the IoT.
2. Local companies already cater to industries that will demand IoT products. Indeed, Device Solutions serves, among other verticals, cylindrical gas, agriculture, medical, home automation, and companies who require asset tracking.
3. The impressive roster of universities and research facilities means new minds will be brought to old matters, disruption is welcome, and innovation will remain cutting edge.
Long ago forecasting that the IoT would be a driving force in the American economy, Device Solutions developed Cellio, an IoT ecosystem that collects, computes, and communicates information to empower better business decisions. Rod and the DS team are just coming off another recent IoT-related accomplishment, the mentoring of 4 NCSU Senior Design students who successfully expanded Cellio’s long range capability.
The workshop was the fifth gathering of RIoT, the Regional Internet of Things, a collaborative effort by Larry Steffan of the Wireless Research Center, Matthew Davis of Reveal, and Tom Snyder of the ASSIST program at N.C. State. To read more about the event and the mission of NCRIoT, click here.