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Collection: IOT

Making sense out of IoT

Gjest: Joakim Lindh

Technology Enthusiast


Med Vert: Silvija Seres

Silvija of #LØRN and Joakim Lindh, previously Business Development Manager of Internet of Things (IoT) at Webstep, explore the world of IoT, by talking about the interesting aspects of the IoT technology and look at concrete examples from Norway. Joakim previously worked at Texas Instruments where he supported some of the largest consumer technology companies worldwide with product definition, software development, and field deployment of wireless connectivity solutions. Working close to customers has given Joakim a great understanding of system development and the challenges introduced when implementing new technology. At Texas Instruments, Joakim also designed embedded software solutions, debugged complex wireless systems, wrote tutorials, spoken at conferences, and wrote technical collateral. In this episode, they look at what the "battle of standards" is, the many different ways of solving challenges and everyday problems with IoT.

Who are you and how did you become interested in IoT?
I have a background in embedded software programming and a Master of Science in Electronic Design, specifically RF Communication. Since then I have been working worldwide with companies to enable IoT products while I on my personal time have been trying to unlock the organisational and psychological impacts of the ongoing digitalisation.

What do you do at work?
I lead a team of skilled software engineers, focusing on embedded IoT products.

What are the main concepts of the IoT?
There are many, depending on the area being scoped. From an organisational perspective, a true disruption lay ahead when entering the world of IoT. CAPEX goes OPEX due to the continuous development (required for connected devices) which requires new innovative business models. From a technical perspective, there are three main technical components: - Nodes (Sensors, Actuators or static data carriers) - Gateways (Smart phones, proprietary hubs, Telco base stations) - Cloud (Data ingestion, Analytics, Storage, Action).

Why is it interesting?
The possibilities are endless. We have so many different ways of solving challenges and everyday problems with IoT.

What do you think are the most interesting controversies?
1) Everyone is talking about security, only a few does something about it. 2) Return of Investment is one of the main roadblocks - you simply don’t release a product and wait for cash flow. 3) Privacy. Who owns your IoT data?

Your own projects within IoT?
My focus has been more on testing IoT products and focusing on theory and keeping up with the latest reports.

Your other favorite examples of IoT internationally and nationally?
Airthings and Disruptive Technologies.

How do you explain the IoT?
It’s the digitalisation of the physical world. We have internet for people, we also have internet of things.

What do we do uniquely well in Norway from this?
We develop leading edge embedded chipsets enabling IoT. We create unique and disruptive IoT products. We innovative about smart cities.

A favorite IoT quote?
Thomas Edison: I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.

Most important points about IoT from our conversation?
IoT can be explained in an easy manner. However, the implications and organisational impacts are often forgotten. Everything needs to be thought through in detail while being able to execute to keep up with the market. Shortcuts are taken (security), so we as consumers must pay attention.

Dette LØRNER du:

Embedded software programming
The three main technical components

Anbefalt litteratur:

Stacey Higginbotham

From a technical perspective, there are three main technical components of IoT, "nodes" such as sensors, actuators, or static data bearers. Then you have  "gateways" that provide infrastructure technology such as smartphones, proprietary hubs or telco base stations. Finally "the cloud", for data ingestion, storage, and value creation

Joakim Lindh

Dette er IoT-foredragsholder

Webstep have expertise in high-end system development, integration, architecture and development of effective administrative management. They support over 200 customers across multiple industries and areas. They also ensure power supply, efficient airline booking, innovative mobile banking, and efficient cloud solutions. Additionally, Webstep turns data information into business value and develop digitized healthcare solutions and services for vital functions in the society. Among Webstep’s focus areas are IoT, Machine Learning, Data Science and robotisation.