Every engineer I have ever worked with believes in the
power of design elegance. Oftentimes, the simplest design
with the fewest moving parts and the least complexity
ends up being the most effective, and the most reliable.
At one time ASCII-based AT Commands were the most
elegant solution to the design challenges of that day and
they still are relevant for many tasks, but Io T/M2M
projects have requirements that take the simplicity of AT
Commands and twist them into unrecognizable shapes
that are neither elegant nor effective. AT Commands
still have their place, but a human-readable, object-
based strategy—especially one that utilizes the pre-built
platforms that are available for design projects—will
remove one of the major bottlenecks for your Io T project.
Sometimes the scenic route makes sense, but for these
projects this alternative route will get you much faster and
much more reliably. ECN
When I go home tonight, I’ll be able to turn on the lights in my house, adjust the thermostat and put up the garage door all with one simple
command on my smart phone. I also can disarm my alarm
system and open my door using an app.
I’m not alone. The number of smart products continues
to rise and capture the attention of both consumers and
businesses. With 26 billion smart units predicted to be
installed by 2020, Internet of Things (Io T) growth is
expected to exceed that of cell phones and tablets.
Making products that can connect to the Internet is one
way that product manu-facturers are staying competitive
within their industries. However, the benefits go beyond
the “cool factor.” Io T allows manufacturers to easily
It’s time to get smart
Adding features using the Internet of Things.
By Mike Justice, President, Grid Connect