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Welcome to the foremost industry blog covering current issues in Internet of Things (IOT) and Video & Audio. You’ll also find specific information on a wide range of other issues including hardware and software/firmware design; and video, mobile application and signal processing technologies. We cover a wide range of industries including security, cable/satellite, enterprise video, oil and gas, law enforcement, smartphone, defense and communications, among others.

Engineering a Better Television Experience

February 11th, 2016 by Howdy Pierce
Howdy Pierce

I shouldn’t admit it, but I’m old enough to remember picking television shows very differently than we do today. Sonny, back when I was a kid, there were fewer choices in programming, it was impossible to time-shift, and if you […]

The Future of the IoT

December 18th, 2015 by Cardinal Peak Staff
Cardinal Peak Staff

Matt Osminer, our Director of Mobile and Web Software, was recently interviewed by Fluke Networks as part of their Expert Interview program. Read the interview here.

What Does the ‘Freelance Economy’ Mean for Engineers?

December 10th, 2015 by Howdy Pierce
Howdy Pierce

I’ve got a new article up at Entrepreneur: “What Does the ‘Freelance Economy’ Mean for Engineers?” Here’s a taste: What does [the Freelance Economy] mean for entrepreneurs across many fields? I’m convinced that the use of freelancers can lead to […]

How to Make the IoT Make Sense for You

November 5th, 2015 by Pat French
Pat French

“IoT-enabling” usually involves taking an everyday product—a kitchen appliance, say—and adding the necessary communication hardware, connecting it to a cloud service, and developing apps for either end-users or installers. What are the common reasons for doing this?

The New Elegance: Have the Guts to Leave Something Out

October 30th, 2015 by Howdy Pierce
Howdy Pierce

I sat recently through a long, multiple-day design review for a major appliance manufacturer. This company—my customer—has a competitor who has recently launched an IoT version of their product. In response, my customer is planning a large IoT offering, with […]

Your Phone’s for Footballin’: Compression Efficiency Matters Again

October 22nd, 2015 by Howdy Pierce
Howdy Pierce

It’s likely that delivery efficiency is going to get more important in the future.

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We Need a Better Way to Lock the Doors

October 15th, 2015 by Howdy Pierce
Howdy Pierce

Another day, another public hack: Today we learned that a “cyber-espionage operation” has used a previously unknown flaw in Adobe Flash to gain information from NATO governments and others. And also 87% of Android devices are vulnerable to numerous known […]

Introduction to AES67

June 30th, 2015 by Kevin Gross
Kevin Gross

AES67 is a standard for transport of high performance audio over IP networks. High performance, as AES67 defines it, is at least a 44.1 kHz sampling frequency, at least 16-bit resolution and latency less than 10 ms. AES67 is targeted […]

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Full of Doubt

April 2nd, 2015 by Howdy Pierce
Howdy Pierce

One common approach to hiring an engineering services firm is to issue an RFP. The core idea is, you write up your requirements, and get several engineering design services firms to bid. Usually the assumption is that every compliant bid is equivalent on quality and features, and therefore the decision is made based on schedule and total cost. This isn’t a good idea.

Which Estimate Should I Give?

February 18th, 2015 by Howdy Pierce
Howdy Pierce

One thing that is striking amongst different engineering cultures is the range of approaches to scheduling accuracy: How tolerant is the organization of schedule slips? And therefore how aggressive are engineering planners encouraged to be?

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