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Internet Of Things: What's Holding Us Back

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Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
5/21/2014 5:22:53 PM
User Rank Burgher
Re: Big Data
That seems like such a profitable niche market. I am sure there is a person who can combine technology and produce a solution. I am sure dark areas exist all around the world.

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
5/12/2014 3:01:41 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Big Data
Its one of those "See a Need, Fill a Need" kind of things. If the rail industry needs track sensors for those way out of the way places then why not build them if it keeps them safe. Cost is the major issue but as the CEO said $10K for a sensor is what he was expecting. The need is a sensor so now they have to fill that need.

kq4ym
kq4ym  
5/12/2014 1:18:52 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Big Data
A very good point made..that unless there's a need announced there probably not much that's going to take place in R&D to get it done. The railroad dark sensor is a good example. I would have never guess that such a need existed, and although the presumption might be for a $100 device, $10,000 was not out of the question for the CEO. With a need stated and a price tag, it would now seem more likely a solution can be found.

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
5/6/2014 8:23:54 PM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Simple problems...
Great idea, Toby... and it's cool that you're shining light rather than cursing the darkness! But solar's got some challeges too, especially in northern latitudes where hours of sushine and weather can impede its efficiency. Seems like you'd need some sort of hard-wired power source, if only as a backup.

NewDream
NewDream  
5/6/2014 8:12:42 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
$10,000 Switches
Like the famous $640 toilet seat, a $10,000 switch is ridiculously overpriced. I don't care how much you have to add for weather-resistance and power sources, there is just no way such a simple gadget should cost that much.

Toby
Toby  
5/6/2014 7:33:59 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Simple problems...
Interesting article. That is a good point the UP guy makes about collecting data. I can think of many places where connecting something to the Internet is simply too darn expensive for the value it provides. More use of solar power and other natural energy sources would be one way forward here.

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
5/5/2014 3:10:33 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Big Data
I work in Data Acquisition for the Airline Industry. We build a Box and create software to collect flight data and engine data, that is then sent to the flight data recorder. our data is used to tell the engineers that engine 1 needs to be looked at or the landing gear needs to be looked at. We also create the software to review all the data complete with flight simulation so we can see what happened during the flight at the time stamp in question.

None of this would have been created if it were not for the airlines and the airframe manufacturer and the engineer manufacturers as well. If no one knows what is needed then no one will design it and get it out to market. R&D dollars are going to need to be spent, some of it will come from Federal tax dollars and others monies will come from the companies themselves.

There has to be a need for all this and a way to analyze all the data, and once you analyze all the data, you have to know what to do with it.

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