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Tema: IOT

#0137: Intelligent IoT services empower individuals and companies

Gjest: Paul Houghton

Director, Wizardry and Development of Futurice

Med Vert Silvija Seres

In this episode of #LØRN, Silvija talks to the Director of Wizardry and Development in Futurice, Paul Houghton, about what IoT is and what the key concepts in this technology are, and how one can implement machine learning in the Internet of Things. Paul's work includes exploring emerging technologies to find out how they can help companies create better experiences for their customers. With more than 20 years of experience in diverse development and tech leadership, Paul is also focused on mobile services, and some of his most recent works include UX-driven IoT, electronic and 3D printing prototypes, indoor location, peer networking, and the business and technology of mobile software applications for Nokia, Android, Blackberry and iPhone platforms.
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Who are you and how did you become interested in IoT?
American Electrical Engineer, MBA, MsC Industrial Engineering and Management, serial entrepreneur - mostly working with software, mobile and emerging technologies. About 6 or 7 years ago I was bored with mobile. At the same time, I saw the need for alternative applications of technology to help people, in particular the disabled. I could see new possibilities such as IoT hardware and 3D printing combined to assist with new, spatial and physical experiences and more customized, individually tailored delivery of service intelligence.

What do you do at work?
Exploring emerging technologies to find how they can help companies create better experiences for their customers, creating consulting and training packages and demonstrations around that sometimes in associated with university researchers, and creating tools and approaches for rapidly testing IoT embedded knowledge services with 3D printed snap-together functional parts.

What are the key concepts in IoT?
- Single board computer (raspberry pi, Arduino, etc) - WIFI, Bluetooth, etc. - networking - Industrial IoT (often involves “M2M”/machine-to-machine, using the above two in factories and other machine/business cases) to add capabilities the company values - Consumer IoT. Using these technologies to enhance user experience.

Why is it exciting?
It is chaos. The market is not yet set, so there are many unmet needs and possibilities to do things better.

What do you think are the most interesting controversies?
“Who owns the data” or “who owns the customer” seems to be a misunderstanding from notions of property.

Your own projects within IoT?
- http://iadesignkit.com/ - http://iotservicekit.orghttp://vor.space - https://pelablocks.org/ 

You other favourite examples of IoT internationally and nationally?
- Raspberry Pi 4 - Seeed Studio - AWS Lambda - Google Firebase - HY5

How do you usually explain IoT?
It is now cheap (a few tens of a Krone per unit of hardware) to add intelligence and networking to any physical object. The challenge is: should we? In which cases, and how, is the result significantly better for the end user.

What do we do uniquely well in Norway from this?
Norway is a leader in software and open systems. There are cultural values, heart and a wider understanding of the disciplines of other team members from good education which each Norwegian also brings to the team.

A favorite IoT quote?
“There is no cloud - only your data on someone else’s computer”.

Most important points about IoT from our conversation?
Don’t just buy something short term - networked services are both opportunities and traps which need to function well and help them for people to accept them once the novelty wears off.


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This is what you will learn:

Sensor data
Machine learning
Raspberry pi
Industrial IoT

IoT is a fancy new term for what was previously called different things such as "built-in computing". What's new now is that the price has dropped significantly, the products are much easier and cheaper to make, and now radio is included to connect the embedded software with a wider ecosystem such as cloud services or nearby phones.

- Paul Houghton

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This is Futurice

Futurice is a digital innovation and engineering company with Finnish roots. Their core business is developing and designing digital services and products. In addition, Futurice helps its clients to become future capable by transforming company cultures, co-creating digital strategies, and turning tech into business. Futurice's purpose is "to catalyze progress by building and learning together." It was founded in 2000 and by 2019 employed more than 500 professionals. In 2012 and 2013, Futurice was chosen by the Great Place to Work Institute as the best place to work in both Finland and in Europe.