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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.

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.

Posted in Howdy, Video

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?

Entrepreneur: The IoT Will Have Arrived When You Don’t Even Notice It’s There

January 22nd, 2015 by Howdy Pierce
Howdy Pierce

I’ve got a new article at Entrepreneur magazine: “The Internet of Things Will Have Arrived When You Don’t Even Notice It’s There”. For most devices, Internet connectivity just isn’t that compelling. Really: How much do I care about my hot […]

The SSL/TLS Handshake

January 14th, 2015 by Bernard Vachon
Bernard Vachon

I was asked by ECN magazine to contribute an article about how SSL/TLS works: It doesn’t seem like too long ago when embedded devices were, by their very nature, somewhat immune to security treats. As we scatter embedded devices everywhere and […]

Pro1 Enters Smart Thermostat Market

January 6th, 2015 by Howdy Pierce
Howdy Pierce

Our customer Pro1—the second largest thermostat vendor in North America—was featured in an article in the Boulder Daily Camera over the weekend: And thanks to a coordinated effort of businesses in Boulder County, Pro1 is looking to expand that market […]

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