Last week I had the pleasure to give a presentation about the Internet of Things and give some demos with the Microsoft Hololens at the Digital Festival in Brussels. It was really a great event and met a lot of new people. The demo’s of the Microsoft Hololens were really busy 🙂
For Internet of Things projects I use a lot Microsoft Power BI to display the telemetry of sensors of predictions from Azure Machine Learning. One thing that was always difficult when I share (or somebody shared) a dashboard with somebody else, you didn’t get any notification in Microsoft Power BI. But that changed with the Power BI Notification Center. In the menu of Power BI you see a new icon with new and old notifications:
The great thing with Power BI that is available on all platforms (like iOS). The notifications are shown on all platforms! See below for a iPhone screenshot:
In the menu you will also see the history of all notifications. In the future more types of notifications will be available!
Here in the Netherlands we are lucky to have Internet of Things networks available. We have a complete coverage of Sigfox from Aerea and hopefully this year coverage of LoRa from KPN. Off course we also have The Things Network (Lora based) community network in some cities.
All these ‘standards’ have great functionality for IoT sensors:
Long distance; several km’s
Low energy for sensors
Indoor coverage (not always)
Last week T-Mobile in the Netherlands announced an extra IoT network named NB-IoT (NarrowBand-IoT). This standard is based on the 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) telecommunications associations, like GMS, UMTS and LTE.
I don’t know if it is great again that an extra operator is creating a new IoT network or not, they all use different standards now.
We know that not every (new) sensor will support every standard that is on the market. So sensor makers must think before releasing with network(s) they will support. I think it would be much better if we had one standard for sensor communication. So we can focus to have the best and cheapest sensors. Yes, I know that completion is also good, but the competition would be better if they all use the same standard like with the telephone market.
I like the idea of the NB-IoT what T-Mobile has launched. It’s based on the current 3G and 4G networks and it’s easy (just software) to add this new IoT network. They will have directly whole covered in the Netherlands, but even better it’s simple to launch in every country. And that would be great for Asset management or other IoT propositions. No big investments in new hardware for T-Mobile and maintain extra hardware. During the launch of the new network T-Mobile showed also a new use case for IoT: Smart Paving Stone. They put a sensor in the paving stone at parking places in a city. The sensor can see if a car is on the parking spot and via an APP a other person can see where a space is available to park. Great use case, because we have a lot of paving stones here in the NL for parking spaces.
What do you think of the several IoT networks? Good or not?
Like you maybe know Windows 10 IoT has several versions available:
Windows 10 IoT Core
Windows 10 IoT Mobile Enterprise
Windows 10 IoT Enterprise
Windows 10 IoT Core
This free version has no shell, but supports Universal Windows Apps and Drivers. It can run on X86 and ARM devices like the Raspberry PI 2 and 3(only on Insider Build). It is at the moment lot used for proof of concept in my work. The devices are cheap and we don’t need any shell to run other apps on it. This version is really for the small factor devices.
Technical specs: 512MB RAM, 2GB storage
Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise
This version has a modern shell(like Windows Mobile 10), supports Universal Windows Apps and Drivers. It’s focused on mobile device, like handheld scanners, mobile device for credit card payment etc. It’s only supports ARM devices
Technical specs: 512MB RAM, 4GB storage
Windows 10 IoT Enterprise
This version has a full desktop shell. It can run also Win32 apps and Universal Apps. It’s only supporting X86 devices. It is focused on devices that need more capabilities and power of the device
Technical specs: 1GB RAM, 16GB storage
The great thing about these version, if you build an Universal App, it will run on all Windows 10 devices.
Last week I had a presentation at the Microsoft EBC in Brussel for IoT Partners. At this event around 150 people addend from 12 countries in Europe. In the keynote I presented our Smart Building solution as a partner showcase. Here is my presentation: