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Posted on July 24th, 2015

IoT meetup NYC  #iotNY  @lindadrabik

07/23/2015 @ Cardozo Law School room 206, 55 Fifth Ave, NY

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The meetup had two speakers and three presentations by IoT hackathon award winners

In the first presentation Andrey Katsman @Canary (a home security system) spoke about the differences between most programming and software development for IoT. The three main differences he highlighted were

  1. specific to hardware
  2. better performance
  3. greater robustness

One of the key differences is the need for precision especially in coordinating the timing of the program to the timing of actions to be performed in the physical world. This is especially important for safety (self-driving vehicles).

Andrey recommended several ways to minimize errors. These include

  1. unit tests
  2. statistical analysis, be as scientific as possible
  3. analyze the math (e.g. roundoff errors)
  4. collect data and visualize it
  5. chart how the logic should behave
  6. study your data sheets,

He next talked about precise timing

  1. real time means done exactly as expected
  2. hard real time is the goal
  3. soft real time means we are close enough to satisfy the task (just good enough)
  4. goal is deterministic control of all peripherals

and how do we get there

  1. use lower level language (compilers try to optimize the code  & garbage collector can cause problems)
  2. be mindful of how hardware is called
    1. delay of a sensor reporting results – problems with blocking & time delay
    2. memory mapping – compiler needs to know about it
    3. know the limitations about your processor – e.g. how are threads handled especially on a single core processor
    4. make sure your processor can handle the network
    5. plan for firewalls
    6. plan for encryption.

He then talked about how low level drivers can be tricky – unexpected behavior since it might be trying to optimize specific targets that may or may not be consistent with your assumptions such as how they are initialized,

Next, Sanjay Sarma @ MIT spoke via speaker phone on the ongoing challenges facing IoT.

He noted that historically the most successfully technologies were eventually dominated by a single technology (e.g. packets to create the internet, internal combustion engines, AC current). But IoT has many ways to connect thing (e.g. Zigbee, Wifi,…) and networks such as those in cars are not secure and idiosyncratic. Standardization and protocols will make security better. He proposes creating everything as an avatar in the virtual world. In a world with massively pervasive sensors, anything you buy will also include an avatar in the virtual world.

The evening was concluded by three lighting talks

Goodsleep talked about monitoring the humidity, temp, light, accelerometer, sound, VOC in the bedroom to assist in getting a good night’s sleep.

Microexpression talked about using a state machine to map text to Morse code

TeamImpact talked about sensors to save lives and better understand the effects of head trauma. They use accelerometers to measure head impacts which can be compared to historical trends, benchmarked against ones cohort and epidemiologically studied.

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