The Business of IoT

APPROACHING an IoT Solution for those New to the Field

IoT is a hot topic, but is still a very new concept to most engineers, developers and businesspeople. If you are in manufacturing, transport, or smart cities, how would you approach exploring IoT as...Read more

Helping Sales Engineers and Account Managers Sell IoT Solutions

 $6 trillion will be spent on IoT Solutions over the next 5 years (Business Insider)   Account Managers and Sales Engineers in the technology industry are always on the lookout for the...Read more

Explaining the Architecture of the Internet of Things

“Ecosystem” is a term commonly used to describe the architecture of a system, including peripheral components such as the motherboard.  But what components, specifically, are included in the IoT...Read more

IoT, Fog Computing and Real-time Transportation Management

How can the Internet of Things assist in dramatically improving transport across the world? Let's take a look at fleet management, and how fog computing can reduce inefficiencies at scale. Challenges...Read more

Industrial Performance Optimization (IPO)

Let's talk about IPO: Industrial Performance Optimization.    In Industry, the general goal of IPO is to achieve optimal performance on the factory floor. Metrics are gathered and then...Read more

Letter to our customers, partners, and iot advocates

Dear relayr customers and partners,   Now that a fantastic and very exciting year has come to a close, I want to extend my sincerest thanks for your unwavering support, update you on all that...Read more

What is the Digital Ceiling?

Cisco coined the term Digital Ceiling as part of its ever-expanding push into the IoT market. The Digital Ceiling means to use the plenum—i.e., the space in the ceiling where the wiring, cabling and...Read more

5 Ways that Smart Shelves Benefit Retailers

Intel points out that “The shelf has been with us for at least a couple of thousand years, and probably longer.” So it’s time for an upgrade.   Retailers have used barcodes for many years to...Read more

IIoT and OEE in car manufacturing

  Industry Week defines OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) as “How much right-first-time product did this machine produce compared to what it should have produced in the allocated...Read more

IoT and Predictive vs Preventive Maintenance

Here we look at the difference between predictive and preventive maintenance and use an industrial case study to illustrate the point.   Predictive maintenance uses the condition of equipment to...Read more

How can we use IOT to make cities more energy efficient?

Here we provide some specific details of what one city is doing to become smart.  We look at Copenhagen, because they have gone further than most cities who have made this a goal.  The main...Read more

The Future For Building Managers is with IoT

IoT gives building managers the tools they need to make their buildings more secure, more comfortable, more efficient, and more competitive.  Here we explain how that works.   Smart Systems...Read more

Smart Cities - 3 unique examples from around the globe

Cities that are looking to become smart cities are generally targeting the same goals: improve quality of life, make their cities more competitive, reduce their carbon footprint, and make cities...Read more

IoT and Retrofitting - What Does it Mean for Buildings?

Deploying IoT into smart buildings will both pose logistical challenges for facilities managers and architects as well as provide opportunities for building owners and tenants from a comfort,...Read more

What The Transport Industry Needs to Prepare For

What you need to prepare for the year 2020.   IoT could have as great an impact on transportation as the invention of shipping containers and the advent of overnight delivery services by DHL,...Read more

The Importance of Digitizing For Factory Optimization

Industry Week says IoT is a game changer because it provides component level instead of batch level visibility.  That’s one use for IoT on the factory floor. The other is to use IoT to gather...Read more

Introducing Fog Computing for Enterprises

Fog Computing is also called Edge Computing because it pushes networking, storage, and computing to the edge of the cloud.   Business publications, like Forbes, and some tech media too, have...Read more

Why Manufacturing Companies Should Invest in Industry 4.0

  Here we give a summary of why it is important for manufacturers to adopt Industry 4.0.  We base much of this on an interview two German executives gave to McKinsey.    The...Read more

The Fast and Easy Way to Build and Deploy an IIoT Solution

  Accenture conducted a survey and discovered that 93% of C-Suite executives in industrial companies had not created plans to leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) in their companies. For the...Read more

How to Control a Network Connected Light Panel

Working from the Ceiling Down In contrast to the age-old advice - work from the ground up - in smart building automation the easiest place to start is at the top. Lighting is going through a...Read more

Can Smart Shelves Prevent Empty Shelves?

Omni-channel retailing has the potential to create incredible gains for retailers. However, optimizing multiple retail channels without first optimizing the supply chain and being able...Read more

Retail Optimization Begins with Smart Shelves

In our last article, we discussed Omni-Channel Retailing and how connecting all of the channels can benefit retailers. Because 93% of all purchases in the US are still made in brick and mortar...Read more

What is Omni-Channel Retailing?

  Multi-channel retailing or Omni-channel retailing is the use of a variety of channels in a customer's shopping experience, including research before a purchase. Such channels include: Brick...Read more

Proto IoT Guide

We've put together a quick guide to get you started with our new, open-source Proto IoT Android app for fast Internet of Things protoyping.   When you first start the Proto...Read more

Introducing Proto IoT for Android

Welcome to Proto IoT, an open-source Android app for fast Internet of Things prototyping. Access sensor data easily and securely from anywhere with an internet connection. Add interactions and...Read more

How relayr powers Cisco’s Digital Ceiling

On February 18th, Cisco announced their exciting new Digital Ceiling ecosystem at Cisco Live Berlin. relayr is excited to be a founding software partner on this new initiative! The Cisco Digital...Read more

Unleashing Your Data from the Digital Ceiling with relayr

relayr is excited to be the first software partner in Cisco’s newly announced Digital Ceiling Ecosystem. With the digital revolution and widespread migration to network-powered smart LED systems...Read more

How to Make your Employees Digital Experts

...and increase the benefits of networking for them and for your organisation.   By empowering them to engage their online network you can kickstart the digital transformation of your...Read more

Intel Edison and the relayr Cloud

The Intel Edison is a tiny board-computer with a dual core, integrating WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 1 GB DDR and 4 GB flash memory. The 40 multiplexed GPIO pins and open source hardware allow rapid relayr...Read more

How to create a Virtual Device

Have you ever had an idea for a project, but never started it because you didn't have the necessary hardware on hand? With Virtual Devices we want to solve this problem. In this tutorial we will...Read more

Node.JS in relayr and ECMAScript6

For about a year now, we have transitioned and refactored most of our Node.js code base to ECMAScript6 from ES5.   What is EcmaScript you ask? ECMAScript is a subset of JavaScript. JavaScript is...Read more

Connecting the Bosch Cross Domain Development Kit

The Cross Domain Development Kit from Bosch is a prototyping platform from Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions for the Internet of Things - it is packed with state-of-the-art sensors and comes...Read more

The IoT candle Software Tutorial

If your family is across the city, country or world this holiday season, you can keep track of one another (and when your candles are lit) on this interactive map.   There are two parts to this...Read more

The IoT candle Hardware Tutorial

This simple holiday project exemplifies how easy getting into the Internet of Things can be. With some inexpensive sensors and basic programming, we connected flame sensors to the internet and were...Read more

Art Meets Technology at openBerlin

Cisco's openBerlin Innovation Center is more than a state-of-the-art facility for development of technology. Cisco has teamed up relayr, and other partners, to make this facility into a collaborative...Read more

Adding External Sensors to the Weather Station

We recently introduced a simple weather station that measures humidity, temperature and light from a waterproof container. In this post we’d like to make things more interesting by adding external...Read more

Connecting a Raspberry Pi to the Cloud

This is an easy to make demo project that shows how to connect a simple sensor attached to a Raspberry Pi to the relayr cloud. It uses a digital temperature sensor, the very popular DS18B20, and two...Read more

Smart Weather Station Tutorial

Last week we gave you a little glimpse into the first stage of building a weather station - making your sensors waterproof so you can use them outside. Now we would like to provide some more...Read more

Eclipse Open Source IoT Projects to Watch

In the last years, the Eclipse Foundation is doubling down on their IoT efforts. They host some very interesting open-source projects, that are worth following.   The attraction for developers,...Read more

How To Waterproof a Sensor

We've started working on a weather station project and would like to give you a glimpse into the first step of building it - making your sensors waterproof!   Once a sensor is waterproof you are...Read more

MQTT Tutorial

Seeing your data in the dashboard is nice, but sometimes you need something different. If you have worked on other tutorials or developed with the cloud you probably noticed that we mainly use the...Read more

Retrofitting – Smart Buildings and Smart Cities

Retrofitting older buildings is a concept that city planners and managers are increasingly embracing as they face shrinking budgets, growing accountability, and aging or outdated infrastructure....Read more

What is BACnet?

Long, long before the Internet of Things was controlling your house, there were intranets of things controlling large office buildings.   BACnet (Building Automation and Control Network) is a...Read more

A Smart Office Monitoring System

A little teaser for a relayr project currently in the works, for all of you out there who love coffee and just hate wasting time.   Picture this: You wake up dizzy and tired following a rough...Read more

IoT and Your Existing Infrastructure - Is Retrofitting the Best Option?

The Internet of Things (IoT) and the groundswell movement to enable communication with every object, large and small, is top of mind in businesses and governments everywhere. When this topic comes...Read more

Node.js Debian Packager

One of our engineers developed an open source project node-deb to help with our deployments. Let's take a closer look!     Our Painpoints We're too lean for a proper ops team, and even our...Read more

Cisco openBerlin Grand Opening!

The Grand Opening of Cisco’s newest cutting edge, state of the art collaboration IoE Innovation Center: openBerlin was a resounding success!       The openBerlin IoE Innovation Center,...Read more

The Java SDK: Classes & Functions

The Java SDK provides you with programmatic access points to the relayr API and allows you to use the relayr Cloud Platform to receive sensor data, manage devices, groups and other entities.  ...Read more

5 Reasons You Need a RePhone Phone

Meet RePhone, a new kind of smart phone   Not your average mobile device, RePhone is an open source, modular kit. You can use it to build various kinds of connected, mobile things - the...Read more

The Business Value in IOT is All About that Data

The explosive growth in the Internet of Things is just beginning to gain momentum, and won't be slowing down in the foreseeable future.  In fact, Gartner's predictions show a 412%...Read more

Developers and Engineers

DevNet coding camp Calgary: the drive for modernization in Alberta

Introduction relayr was invited by Cisco DevNet to participate in the Automation Coding Bootcamp in Calgary, Alberta (Canada) that took place between Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th of January...Read more

Good documentation: More than just a common courtesy

This week we launched version 2.0 of the relayr Documentation Center. The site was in desperate need of an overhaul: the design didn’t match our branding guidelines, the content was purely...Read more