Engineer for a Day: Defining IoT Products

Engineer for a Day is a new feature for you to provide feedback and suggestions for products that are currently in development at Sealevel. Please provide input for our engineering team by commenting.

We are actively preparing for the launch of our first true IoT hardware and software solutions. As we review current offerings in the space, it seems that you can insert “IoT” in front of nearly any device and find that product. And based on the most literal interpretation of IoT as the connection of a device to the Internet and/or other devices, that may be true. We’d like to hear from you what you think is missing from the Industrial Internet of Things and what truly makes a product “IoT.”

Our new IoT device and optional software will be introduced in the coming weeks. Your input may assist us in designing what comes next. So share your thoughts by commenting below. And thanks.

2 Comments

  1. Posted May 30, 2017 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    IoT is a buzzword, but it is an evolution for monitoring and information.

    We help design a lot of systems for remote monitoring and control. Almost all utilize a licensed radio system. There are a few that utilize cellular or unlicensed ethernet radios.

    I hope for a solution that has no “vendor lock in”. Make the customer capable of collecting the data on their own servers/devices. Perhaps even server software licensing (recurring income). Push to options on a local/network NOT on the internet, private VPN, etc.

    Limit “control” options. Encourage users to use for monitoring, placing controls on the Internet is asking for trouble. Place the control abilities on a the local side (see above)

    Cellular builtin can make things simpler, but may limit options. Verizon is still not compatible with many modem options. CradlePoint makes some great gateways for interfacing and they are reasonably priced. Embedded units hopefully have a Verizon-ATT-TMo-Sprint modem, such as options from Qualcom.

    Looking forward to seeing what you have to offer!

  2. Katherine Elrod Katherine Elrod
    Posted May 31, 2017 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Mike! You’ve made great observations and we think you’ll be excited to see what comes next from Sealevel.

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