Industrial IoT Spotlight
Industrial IoT Spotlight
Om Industrial IoT Spotlight
The IIoT Spotlight Podcast shines a light on Industrial IoT solutions that are impacting businesses today. Every week, we interview an expert about IoT markets, technologies, or use cases. Our goal is to provide insight into the planning and implementation of IIoT systems, from new business models to technology architecture selection to data ownership and security. Our host, Erik Walenza, CEO of IoT ONE, has worked in China for 11 years and he is an active member of the Chinese innovation ecosystem. He is passionate about exploring the impact of digitalization in businesses, and through his position as Chair of the Technology and Innovation Committee in China he plays an active role in the exchange of best practices for innovation strategy and tech trends evolution in Asia, but also worldwide. Erik has interviewed over 100 CEOs and venture capitalists while building one of Shanghai’s largest entrepreneur networks. The IIoT Spotlight is produced by IoT ONE. IoT ONE is a specialized consultancy that researches digital landscapes and supports the development and implementation of digital transformation strategies in Asia and beyond. Don't forget to follow us on LinkedIn @iot-one or visit our website at www.iotone.com. You can contact Erik directly at email@example.com.
In this episode, we talked with Rob Hirschfeld, CEO and founder of RackN. RackN connects the tools people use to manage infrastructure to workflow pipelines through seamless automation across IT systems, platforms, and applications. In this episode, we discussed the challenges of operating on-premise data centers and the need to automate processes as companies adopt edge computing. We also explored the development during the past 25 years of data center evolution, what has improved, and where we still need progress. Key Questions: ● What are the challenges nowadays for cloud infrastructure? ● How have IoT and data centers evolved over the past 25 years? ● How do companies adapt to edge computing?
In this week's episode, we interviewed Scott Hondros, Vice President of Professional Services at CenTrak. CenTrak helps healthcare facilities create a safe, and efficient healthcare environment through the deployment of industry-leading real-time location systems. In this episode, we discussed how healthcare providers use IoT systems data to increase productivity, reduce operating costs and transform patient care. We also talked about machine-learning adoption to generate insights into asset utilization and the potential for the adoption of generative AI to create speech-based user interfaces. Key Questions: ● Do you see people experimenting with a new business model around RTLS? ● What is the stakeholder relationship for large healthcare facilities? ● What is the future of voice-based interfaces for the healthcare industry?
For today's episode, we talked with Artem Kroupenev, Head of Strategy for Augury. Augury uses AI to detect machine failures before they occur by empowering the largest process manufacturers to integrate AI into their daily operations. In this talk, we discussed how AI co-pilots transform the factory floor by guiding maintenance, quality, and production decisions with highly accurate diagnostics. We also explored the impact of GPT-4 and other large language models on how manufacturers use unstructured information and build more convenient user interfaces. Key Questions: ● How would you apply AI and machine learning to the manufacturing environment? ● What does the journey look like for AI integration in industrial and manufacturing in the coming years? How do you work with unstructured information to build more convenient user interfaces?
In this episode, we talked to Cory O'Daniel, CEO and co-founder at Massdriver. Massdriver helps engineers deploy best-practice cloud architectures with integrated observability and security without being a DevOps expert. In this talk, we discussed the evolution of DevOps and cloud computing and why traditional DevOps practices don't work well for many start-ups today. We also explored the promise of generative AI to alien DevOps programming. Key Questions: What industries are mostly involved in DevOps programming? What are the improvements needed for DevOps nowadays? How do you see the democratization of access to AI evolve right now?
This week, we interviewed Francesco Sammartini, Managing Director of Advanced Microwave Engineering (AME). AME provides end-to-end active safety solutions based on proprietary technology that helps companies achieve the highest level of safety for workers while maintaining operational efficiency. In this episode, we discussed the transition from passive safety, or minimizing damage, to active safety focused on using intelligent systems to avoid dangers. We also explored the importance of a customer-centric approach in industrial environments to ensure that solutions that are designed for the needs of end-users and business processes. Key Questions: What to look forward to in an active safety transition for companies? What are the solutions offered to meet the needs of end-users in industrial environments? What do you look forward to in new technology development, especially in using intelligent systems for active safety?
This week, we interviewed Johan Stokking, CTO and co-founder of The Things Industries. The Things Industries is the industry renown expert that provides an integrated chain of LoRaWAN products and services to help companies start building secured end-to-end solutions for themselves and their customers. In this episode, we discussed the value proposition of LoRaWAN and why it has survived and thrived in the fiercely competitive connectivity ecosystem. We also explored the business project behind the pricing models and why simplicity and transparency are critical for operators of large device fleets. Key Questions: What is the development progress of LoRaWAN been since then? What are the factors that contributed to the success of LoRaWAN? How do you break down the capabilities and processes around the LoRaWAN platform? How do you come up with the pricing model for your business?
Our guest for this week is Shankar Somasundaram, founder and CEO of Asimily. Asimily is a medical IoT risk mediation platform that holistically secures mission-critical healthcare devices through inventory detection, cybersecurity management, and procurement to operation support. In this episode, we discussed the unique challenges in securing the healthcare environment, from heterogeneous device fleets to the broad attack landscape and complex regulations. We also explored the importance of integrating operations in IT that can impact medical device performance. Key Questions: What areas need focus for cybersecurity companies to address new threats in the market? How do you address the need to secure a hybrid and home healthcare environment? Where does the liability lie for cybersecurity issues in the healthcare industry?
This week, we interviewed Tarun Gupta, co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Skylo Technologies. Skylo provides cost-effective coverage from space across the world by building an ecosystem of satellite operators, cellular providers, and technology partners. We talked about IoT and consumer use cases for the satellite that matured today, as well as the trends that will continue to drive adoption in the coming years. We also explored the importance of simplicity as end-users begin to expect universal connectivity. Key Questions: When did the transition to having cost-effective satellite connectivity start to impact the market? What changes do you expect in switching from a 4G network to a satellite connection? What is the future of satellite technology for people who wants cost-effectiveness and simplicity in universal connectivity?
In this episode, we talked with Pat Clawson, chairman and CEO of Resurface Labs. Resurface Labs is a data-driven API security service that uses continuous API scanning to detect and respond to the attack in real-time. We talked about the growing importance of APIs in modern software architecture and the challenges companies face in managing hundreds or thousands of APIs. We also explored the unique challenges in API security, such as broken object-level authorization, API parameter tampering, session hacking, and other exploit types. Key Questions: ● What are the problems to solve in terms of API security service? ● Why are existing security systems, like Firewalls and API gateway, insufficient to defend the API network? ● What does the unknown zone leading to the attack surface indicate, as shown in the graph? (Please insert the link of the graph mentioned on the podcast) ● What are the focus areas in API security for modern software services?
In this episode, we talked with Stefan Schwab, CEO of Enlighted. Enlighted is a leading, human-centered prop-tech provider of IoT solutions for space optimization, building management, business productivity, and sustainability. In this talk, we discussed the two megatrends that are reshaping the office today, the need for a hybrid workforce and the drive for sustainable building operations. We also talked about the long tail of use cases that leverage sensor data to improve employee productivity, track assets, and improve visibility into operations. Key Questions: How do you balance the stakeholders' priorities with business sustainability? What are the focus areas in portfolio development for analytics tools? How would you help the company to entice employees to return to the office? What is the future of the workplace that excites you the most?
This week we interviewed Gabriel Rene, CEO of Verses. Verses is the company behind KOSM, the world's first network operating system for distributed intelligence. In this episode, we discussed the coming explosion of AI-based super-tools built on the converging maturation of AI, IoT, robotics, and AR, like ChatGPT. We also explored the challenges facing this technology development, ranging from the need to lay a strong rules-based foundation to build safe AI to engage with governments and integration with legacy business systems. Key Questions: ● How do we get the industry actively involved in creating solutions before the problem emerges? ● What is the future of society with a handful of systems developed by AI, Google, and entrepreneurs? ● What are the human, regulatory, and business challenges for AI super tools?
In this episode, we talked with James Malley, co-founder and CEO of Paccurate. Paccurate provides containerization technology to the supply chain community that reduces cost, waste, and carbon consumption. We discussed how trends toward higher product mix e-commerce and sustainability awareness impact packaging and shipping. We also explore how smart 3D packing APIs are used to upgrade existing WMS and TMS systems to reduce shipping and labor costs. Key Questions: ● How are decisions in packaging and shipping affected by sustainability? ● What does the solution process look like for smart 3D packing API? ● What is the interface look like for your customers in WMS and TMS systems? ● How do you calculate ROI for packaging solutions?
This week, our guest is Krzysztof Malicki, founder and CEO of TrustedTwin. TrustedTwin is an API-first solution for sharing real-time operation data with multiple partners powered by digital twins to build processes and enable services. In this episode, we discussed the technical and business challenges in collaborating with operational data, including ownership, access, and ledger tracking. We also talked about the importance of data sharing to enable new solutions in business models like device services and data federation for platform plays. Key Questions: ● What are the essential elements of sharing operation data with your partners? ● What are the functionalities of digital twin technology? ● What are the two main types of customers that are using the platform? ● What are the technical and legal challenges in operational data?
This week, we interviewed Nathan Clark, founder of Ganymede. Ganymede is the cloud-native data platform for life science companies focusing on integrating physical lab instruments with digital workflows. In this episode, we discussed the challenge of integrating and automating processes in life science research labs and manufacturing facilities. We also explored what the lab in the future will look like and how companies are leveraging the cloud today to improve productivity and guarantee compliance. Key Questions: ● What are the critical elements in automating the manufacturing process? ● What are the roles of the primary and secondary users in setting up the data infrastructure for the lab? ● How would you structure the tech stack, and where are you interfacing with other legacy systems and technologies ● How do people measure the objective benefits in the manufacturing and R&D side of the business?
Our guest for this week is Jared Huke, founder and CEO of Daito Design. Daito Design is a strategy, consulting, and design firm focused on creating impactful innovations for enterprises. In this episode, we talked about how user-centric design can improve the success of IoT solution deployment in the energy sector. We also explored the complex interactions between user experience, business design, technology development, and risk management. Key Questions: What is the landscape of digital projects in the energy sector from a user-centric perspective? How does the energy sector differ from other sectors in terms of interface? How do you align your business model to provide a user-centric design and functionality in IoT service?
This week, our guest is Malcolm Hawker, Chief Data Officer of Profisee. Profisee is a cloud-native master data management solution that helps enterprises solve data quality and governance issues. In this talk, we discussed the challenges related to data management, from integration between systems to standardizing workflows. We also explored how blockchain can impact data governance by making it easier to manage data sharing between supply chain partners. Key Questions: How do you segregate jobs to be done in data management? What are the distinct challenges for each platform and data set? How centralized does network data mover tend to be?
This week, we interviewed Ivo Rook, Chief Operating Officer and President of 1NCE. 1NCE is a leading provider of connectivity and software for IoT at a global flat rate. They offer fast, secure, and reliable cellular connectivity and services in more than 110 countries. In this episode, we discussed trends in IoT adoption and the telecommunications industry that enabled the 1NCE business model to grow rapidly in recent years. We also explored the non-technical challenges related to scaling IoT, like business case economics, servicing cost, supply chain, and the overall need for simplicity. Key Questions: What technological shifts are driving business demand for global IoT connectivity services today? What is the cost structure behind the total cost of customer deployment solutions for IoT device roaming? What are IoT device manufacturer, operator and user priorities and requirements for roaming services? How are telco operators partnering to deliver services for IoT devices globally?
This week, our guest is Dominik Obermaier, CTO of HiveMQ. HiveMQ helps companies connect devices to the internet by enabling fast, secure, efficient, scalable, and reliable bi-directional data movement between devices and the Cloud. In this talk, we dive deep into the IoT protocol landscape as we focus on MQTT and the surrounding standards in enabling software. We also explored the critical role of open standards and open-source software in an efficient and dynamic marketplace that promotes innovation. Key Questions: What is an IoT protocol, and how does it differ from a standard and connectivity technology? What are the different MQTT alternatives for communication with devices? How has the functionality of MQTT changed over time? How do you define the appropriate communication protocol for particular use cases?
In this episode, we spoke with Natali Tshuva, co-founder and CEO of Sternum. Sternum provides cybersecurity and data visibility throughout the product life-cycle process using embedded self-protection and monitoring solutions for resource-constrained devices. We discussed the cybersecurity threat landscape for IoT devices and why hacking a device is significantly easier than securing a device. We also explored the potential to unlock hidden data points from device operations to provide operational visibility and insights to operators and manufacturers. Key Questions: What are emerging challenges in the current IoT cybersecurity landscape? What device security capabilities are missing from traditional cybersecurity solutions? What is the decision process for manufacturers and operators in assessing cybersecurity partners? How can cybersecurity solutions be used to better understand device operations and user behavior?
This week, our guest is Justin Beals, CEO and co-founder at Strike Graph. Strike Graph is a compliance SAS solution that simplifies security certifications such as SOC 2, ISOO 27001, HIPAA, and PCI DSS compliance. In this episode, we discussed the importance of an effective compliance program for technology companies to meet customer requirements and reduce the time to close sales. We also explored the evolving landscape of security in compliance standards as regulators and companies seek to stay ahead of security threats. Key Questions: Can you describe the landscape of cybersecurity and compliance standards for technology companies? What is the significant difference in requirements between traditional internet-connected and IoT devices? What are the challenges technology providers, software providers, device manufacturers, or operators face based on their operating model?
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