IoT of the future

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by Naief Budawelah    |   Student ID: @00508322

Blog Post – 5 /6

Android Things (the future of IoT Programming)

Imagine a platform that unifies all of IoT around us. Google has the wish to come true, with the popularity of the IoT around the world the people at Google find it very interested to invest in that fascinated world.

What do we mean by Android Things?

It is an Android version deign specifically of the Internet of Things gadgets. So with the development of this kind of operating systems connected IoT devices will be managed and controlled correctly and without any buggy software might corrupt precious IoT devices. With Android Things, Google wanted to provide a universal OS layer so every device will have the same method of communication. Moreover, Google has already invested in IoT long time ago, with devices like Google Thermostat, Google Home and Google Wifi and so forth.

With Android Things, Google wanted to provide a universal OS layer so every device will have the same method of communication

Google will benefit from this platform, in other words with every IoT device operating their system will collect a massive amount of data, this will result in IoT market domination for google.

So, what’s in it for the developer, having a bulletproof platform to run their devices will cut the production cost up to 90% and reduce the production time as well. So IoT manufacture can deliver on time and don’t miss the market continuity anymore.

Moreover, of course, that includes all the known security and privacy of Android so that software update will be more comfortable and coherent with Google standard, and that will prevent IoT devices from crashing or having software bugs anymore. (Hildenbrand, 2018)

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Figure 5.1 Android Things platform (Team, 2016)

What is consumer benefit from Android Things?

What google try is in the consumer befit by the end, because they are trying to unify all the spaghetti codes in the IoT devices around us like the thermostat, smart TVs ..  and so forth, so the wanted to cleanse all those devices from bugs might corrupt the device or harm us.

It is like the invention of the GPS, in the beginning, the use of the GPS was strictly for military purposes and was developed by the army for the army. However, when the commercial sector gets involved in GPS for cars, that development of the GPS rapidly become very advanced, and many companies around the world form alliance to standardize the GPS protocols to be recognized by all navigation devices, so, by today GPS become a defacto on every modern car around the globe. The same thing will happen for the Android of thing with the time, especially Google already form alliance from the big players on the market such as Intel, Raspberry, NXP and more.

Another example, if you would like to purchase accessories for your car like security system, all radio system they must meet the same communication protocol for your car to be installed.

 Figure 5.2 What is Android Things? (Smith, 2017)

References:

HILDENBRAND, J. 2018. Android Things: Everything you need to know about Google’s plan to disrupt IoT [Online]. www.androidcentral.com. Available: https://www.androidcentral.com/android-things [Accessed 20/6 2018].
SMITH, D. 2017. Introduction to Android Things [Online]. developer.android.com. Available: https://developer.android.com/things/ [Accessed 20/6 2018].
TEAM, E. 2016. Redefining The Way Business Interact by Android Things – Emerging Platform for IoT [Online]. www.azilen.com. Available: https://www.azilen.com/blog/android-things-emerging-platform-for-iot/ [Accessed 20/6 2018].

IoT of the future

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by Naief Budawelah    |   Student ID: @00508322

Blog Post – 4 /6

Smart City (the city of the future)

IoT devices will not be used by the consumers only; it extends to the companies, organization, governments as well as villages and cities. That’s mean the whole city will be entirely autonomous and don’t need any human intervention to control and monitor, which mean the city automation system will remotely monitor and manage and collect data via IoT devices implement through the city such as the visitor kiosks, surveillance cameras, bicycle renting stations, rental cars .. and so forth. (Symantec, 2018)

IoT use in public transportation system is significant, smart road traffic management system used to observe and analyze the flow of the road traffic, to adjust the roads accordingly from becoming congested or jammed; especially during the rush hour time. (Rouse, 2017)

Smart Street LightinFigure 4.1 Smart street lighting (Barcelona, 2018) 

One of the primary use of IoT for the smart city is to conserve energy in the cities. By using IoT sensors, a streetlight will dim when aren’t any cars or pedestrians on the street autonomously figure 4.1. The smart-grid is one of the most important implementations of the IoT in the smart city; that technology will help the grid to improve efficiency operations, supply for on-demand power as well as precise maintenance scheduling.

The smart-grid is one of the most important implementations of the IoT in the smart city

The smart city also addresses the environmental issues, such as air pollution. Air freshness will be improved with smart city initiatives. IoT trash garbage cans will improve garbage waste collection and recycling as well.
also, IoT sensors will help to drink water efficiently with less water waste, which will affect water drainage by the end figure 4.2.

With the use of IoT in the smart city will enhance public security, by surveillance the dense crime zones to improve police efficiency with sensors and aerial drones as well. Another example of the use of IoT sensors for public safety, IoT can be an essential component of early warning system before catastrophy occurred such as hurricanes, earthquake, flood .. and so forth.

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Figure 4.2 Smart city components (BilkulOnline.com, 2017) 

Figure 4.3 What is smart city? (Energies, 2015)

 

References:

BARCELONA, F. 2018. Smart City Expo World Congress Infographics [Online]. http://www.smartcityexpo.com. Available: http://www.smartcityexpo.com/en/the-event/media-center/infographics [Accessed 18/6 2018].
BILKULONLINE.COM. 2017. ‘India’s smart cities’ plan can adversely impact environment’ [Online]. Available: http://www.bilkulonline.com/indias-smart-cities-plan-can-adversely-impact-environment-15571/ [Accessed 18/6 2018].
ENERGIES, V. 2015. What is smart city? [Online]. Available: https://www.vinci-energies.com/en/our-news/newscenter/smart-city-chartres-tests-interactive-public-lighting/ [Accessed 18/6 2018].
ROUSE, M. 2017. smart city [Online]. TechTarget.com. Available: https://internetofthingsagenda.techtarget.com/definition/smart-city [Accessed 18/6 2018].
SYMANTEC. 2018. 5 predictions on the future of the Internet of Things [Online]. https://us.norton.com. Available: https://us.norton.com/internetsecurity-iot-5-predictions-for-the-future-of-iot.html [Accessed 18/6 2018].

IoT of the future

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by Naief Budawelah    |   Student ID: @00508322

Blog Post – 3 /6

Farmbot (the IoT of farming food of the future)

The world’s population is expected to rise from 7 billion to a whopping 9 billion by 2050. Moreover, to accommodate the needs of all earthlings, we need much more food than what we have today.

The world hunger and reduction of food supplies around the world become a very challenging task for individuals, organizations as well as governments.

To resolve this kind of dilemma, an idea introduced by a mechanical engineering student from California Polytechnic State University; Rory Aronson, where he founded an open source community project called ”Farmbot”; thus an excellent use of IoT in the field of agriculture and home farming”; the idea of the project was to make growing food as easy as playing “Farmville” game in the PC. (Finley, 2014)

the idea of the project was to make growing food as easy as playing “Farmville”

To resolve and overcome the problems of traditional farming methods, he suggested precision farming methodology. Precision farmers usually use high tech instruments to farm like the use of drones and self-steering tractors to use fertilizer, water, and other farming resources efficiently.

They can give plants precisely the right amount of water, for example, or apply pesticides only when and where they are needed. Aronson however, acquired all these knowledge and techniques from a study made by a group of researchers from Purdue University & National Institute of Agricultural Technology in Argentina concluded that precision agriculture could play an essential role in sustainable farming.

That research paper gave Aronson hint of repeating the same concept with a CNC like a machine that operates like the inkjet printer to print the seeds in the soil. Moreover, instead of using the camera to monitor weeds,  this invention of his, identify the exact position of all crops in the soil by using IoT sensors, the same way he uses a magnetic head to replace the seed head with watering head and so forth. (Aronson, 2013)

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Figure 3.1 Farbot Genesis the world first automated open source farming machine

Thus, fully optimized to take decision automatically adjusts water, fertilizer, and pesticide regimens; seed spacing, timing, and more based on soil and weather conditions; sensor data, location, and time of year.

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Figure 3.1 The Decision Support System part of the farmbot AI system

Figure 3.2 a commercial video by Rory Aronson about Farmbot

 

References:

ARONSON, R. L. 2013. FarmBot Whitepaper [Online]. https://farm.bot. Available: https://farm.bot/whitepaper/ [Accessed 16/6 2018].

FINLEY, K. 2014. Out in the Open: This Farmbot Makes Growing Food as Easy as Playing Farmville [Online]. www.wired.com. Available: https://www.wired.com/2014/02/farmbot/ [Accessed 16/6 2018].

 

 

One Minute Paper – Information Systems Thinking

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by Naief Budawelah    |   Student ID: @00508322

I have learned that the Information is a result of processed raw data that was collected, processed, analyzed and computerized to give a mean-full output, which is called information finally.

The IS lecture was very informative for me, especially when starting the talk about ERP systems, where the professor was discussing the transformation from the regular paper works to the digital realm.

What I also learned, that by implementing ERP system can improve productivity, increase efficiencies, decrease costs and streamline business workflow.

Here is a summary for some of the essential features of the ERP systems as I learned from the lecture:

  1. EfficiencyERP Systems eliminates the repetitive processes and effectively reduces the need for manual data entry. The ERP system will also simplify business practices and make it easier and more efficient for companies to collect data.
  2. Cost: The fact that by implementing ERP systems does not come with a cheap cost, however, the advantage of implementing such system keep the company ahead of the competition in the market and can’t afford to go back to paperwork process again.
  3. Forecast: ERP systems give the decision makers on the company boards the right tools they need to forecast the market and do the proper business intelligence of the current market status, so they can steer their company toward the right path and estimate the loss and gain in the future before it occurred.
  4. Customer Service: Providing high-quality customer service is a very tough challenge without an ERP system in-place, especially when customer service department wanted to dig for in-depth information about their customers to give the proper service as required. And by using such system will streamline the customer service workflow and can interact better with the customers and improving the relationship with them through using well and reliable source of information and historical data as well. Thus, will make marketing task more comfortable for the marketing team in the company with automatic marketing function and contact center… and so forth, to ensure the customer is being interacted with consistently.

However, the drawback for the Salford/RKC online coursewares the video quality was not as good as expected it, it was, however, as if was recorded in the lecturer bedroom. Unlike the other online courses where the producer of the courseware makes it with very high-quality filming quality as well as well-made teaching materials such as MIT online courses, Coursera .. and others.