Author Archives: Leah VanSyckel

Smart Trust: The Rise of Blockchain in Edge Computing, Part II

In part I of this series, we introduced blockchain as a potential answer to the questions of data security in the current trust economy. We summarized blockchain as a secure, trustworthy record-keeping process that makes the keepers safe too, as opposed to a system of trusted keepers who secure the process. It is sometimes referred […]

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@Sealevel: Thankful Thursday: Meals on Wheels

While our products may be used across the nation and world (even outer space), we humbly acknowledge the importance of our local framework. We hope to express our deep appreciation through a “month of giving” to Liberty, Pickens and Greenville area organizations. This month, we are sponsoring five organizations particularly in need for the fall/winter […]

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Smart Trust: The Rise of Blockchain in Edge Computing, Part I

The new Amazon Key wants to kill traditional package delivery. Their drivers access your home with a special key and place your package inside. Compatible with Alexa and cloud-based, Key expands the Amazon IoT home system. Many people are saying “no, thanks” to this announcement. Vulnerabilities – physical access to the home by a stranger […]

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Edge Computing: Optimizing IoT Networks for Speed and Automation

Looking over a canyon rim, turning a sharp curve, and approaching an unknown frontier: the edge of a moment provokes thought and discovery. New “edge” devices in IIoT and IoT systems stimulate operations the same way. When computational system intelligence first began, power centralized in a single device that collected, stored and processed information. When […]

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Not Monk-y Business: Brewing Up IIoT Solutions

Some Sealevel team members were talking about IIoT applications. Cold chain monitoring, wastewater management, agriculture and liquid manufacturing, to name a few, offer data-rich operations perfect for the technology. This talk led to discussion about another production process that offers a similar potential for big data harnessing and narrative analytics. Brewing. That’s right: beer. Whether […]

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Smart, Smarter, Smartest: IoT Devices Abound

Pragmatic solutions for frustrating issues tend to drive technology discovery. However, once a technology hits mainstream markets, solutions abound, especially for problems that people didn’t even know they had. Internet of Things technology is no exception to this trend. Below are six IoT products that take innovation beyond Alexa and Nest.  Noke Bike Lock This […]

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@Sealevel: Telling a Good Story

My grandmother cemented into my memory “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story” from our hours around the Sunday dinner table, swapping stories.  So, when a potty-mouthed retiree-turned-guide – and my dear friend – said the same thing while we hiked Fairhead in the Glens of Antrim of Northern Ireland, […]

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There’s a sensor that does what?

A pulsing, glowing light bathes the room. Screens cover one wall. A man standing at a computer anxiously scrolls through data. Mechanical fans whir unpleasantly.  The man turns, exclaiming as he does so, “The sensors have been tripped! Evacuate everyone. Now!” What are these sensors? How do they get tripped? Is this real technology or […]

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Forestry Friday Spotlight: Corporate Responsibility for Restoring Ecosystems

The tragedy of Sierra Leone’s mudslides – which killed over 200 people earlier this week – is a severe reminder that we have a responsibility to sustainability. Heavy deforestation and poor urban planning combined with especially intense monsoons precipitated the disaster, creating rapid erosion and vulnerable communities. We mourn the loss of so many lives and […]

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Made in America: Celebrating Conservation Entrepreneurs

As a company that values our “American Made” promise, we like to honor other innovators whose work bolsters America. Among our heroes is John Muir, credited as the “Father of the National Parks.” Though himself not made in America, he made a lasting mark on the United States by founding the American conservation effort. He […]

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