View From The Peak
Welcome to the foremost industry blog covering current issues in Internet of Things (IOT) and Video & Audio. You’ll also find specific information on a wide range of other issues including hardware and software/firmware design; and video, mobile application and signal processing technologies. We cover a wide range of industries including security, cable/satellite, enterprise video, oil and gas, law enforcement, smartphone, defense and communications, among others.
One common approach to hiring an engineering services firm is to issue an RFP. The core idea is, you write up your requirements, and get several engineering design services firms to bid. Usually the assumption is that every compliant bid is equivalent on quality and features, and therefore the decision is made based on schedule and total cost. This isn’t a good idea.
One thing that is striking amongst different engineering cultures is the range of approaches to scheduling accuracy: How tolerant is the organization of schedule slips? And therefore how aggressive are engineering planners encouraged to be?
I’ve got a new article at Entrepreneur magazine: “The Internet of Things Will Have Arrived When You Don’t Even Notice It’s There”. For most devices, Internet connectivity just isn’t that compelling. Really: How much do I care about my hot […]
I was asked by ECN magazine to contribute an article about how SSL/TLS works: It doesn’t seem like too long ago when embedded devices were, by their very nature, somewhat immune to security treats. As we scatter embedded devices everywhere and […]
Our customer Pro1—the second largest thermostat vendor in North America—was featured in an article in the Boulder Daily Camera over the weekend: And thanks to a coordinated effort of businesses in Boulder County, Pro1 is looking to expand that market […]
I generally am not a fan of the lists-of-predictions articles that tend to come out at the beginning of a year, but when I was approached by SiliconANGLE to make some predictions about the Internet of Things in 2015, I couldn’t […]
In order to explain the history of how people consume entertainment video, we worked up the following infographic (click for the complete image): It’s also available as a PDF. Hope you enjoy it.
I’ve been working on a fun problem lately that involves estimating a scalar parameter from a set of repeated observations. It turns out that in certain circumstances, the presence of noise in the system can actually make the estimate more […]
I’ve got a new blog post up at EE Times, talking about how to build video devices for the Internet of Things: Video cameras are uniquely compelling sensors because vision is our dominant sense. Video is invaluable for applications such […]
Two friends—both evangelical acolytes of the Church of Apple—have been talking this week about the news that ApplePay and Google Wallet have been turned off by retailers who are backing a not-yet-released payment alternative called CurrentC. (And really, how dare […]