How to Make the Last Foot of IoT Networks Plug n' Play
July 11, 2019
PICMG CTO Doug Sandy explains how the standards organization's newest family of IoT specifications will help bring intelligence and interoperability to sensor nodes at the last foot of the network.
Everyone involved in the IoT always talks about making sensor nodes more intelligent, but how do you actually achieve that in practice? More importantly, how do you achieve that in a scalable way that enables fluid communications from operational technologies back into the enterprise domain?
The PICMG standards organization, producers of popular embedded hardware specifications such as COM Express, is working on a small, postage stamp-sized standard that will allow small microcontrollers to be connected directly to sensors, quickly and easily. More importantly, however, on the software side they have also been working on a network architecture and data model that allows information to flow into analytics and business process systems on the backend.
PICMG CTO Doug Sandy explains what the standards body is doing at the last foot of the network, using a demo that shows how binary time-series data from an analog sensor is communicated over a serial interface, converted into JSON format, and transported to the enterprise via Ethernet.
Besides making the last foot of IoT networks plug n' play, Doug provides a sneak peak of COM HPC.