Patrick Burns

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THE MYTH OF NB-IOT

I ran across an analyst piece on the future of LPWAN’s and it does a better-than-average job of providing some realism about the future of the cellular industry’s best hope at penetrating the LPWAN space: NB-IoT. LTE is a notoriously expensive and battery-unfriendly technology that may be OK for certain “M2M” IoT applications where mains power is …

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Haystack vs LoRaWAN

LORAWAN VS. HAYSTACK

Semtech’s LoRa technology is the most exciting radio technology in the IoT right now. The cellular industry is making bold promises about LTE-for-the-IoT that almost certainly will fail to live up to their promises, but widespread availability of the allegedly “low cost” LTE chips with “multi-year battery life” for IoT is years away so for the moment, LoRa gets …

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WHY POKEMON GO WILL MAKE YOU RETHINK THE INTERNET OF THINGS

Pokemon Go already looks like a pretty major technology shift. Commercially, it’s one of the most successful mobile games of all time, people are literally crashing into each other while playing, and the controversial headlines practically write themselves. But the technology industry impact of Pokemon Go goes beyond just gameplay. At its core, Pokemon does a good job of …

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THE INDOOR-OUTDOOR IOT

Thoughts on an IoT blind spot Two IoT Arenas Companies competing to sell you their wireless IoT connectivity technology can be thought of as competing in one of two separate “arenas”: an indoor arena or an outdoor arena. The indoor arena is typically dominated by low power, local area networking (LPLAN) technologies focusing on home automation. ZigBee, Z-Wave, and Control4 …

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HAYSTACK AND THE REAL-TIME INTERNET OF THINGS

We received quite a lot of positive feedback from our presentation on Low Power Wide Area Networks and today published a follow-up piece that explores our technology in greater detail from the perspective of real-time networking. Very briefly, many wireless IoT technologies are limited to some form of “beaconing” and are otherwise not very good at supporting queries in real-time. This …

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HAYSTACK & LPWAN PRESENTATION

We created a new presentation that dives into the opportunity with Haystack and Low Power Wide Area Networks like LoRa. About 70% geared towards business audiences, there is a “secret sauce” section in the middle that would appeal to the technical readers of this site.