How to Make the Last Foot of IoT Networks Plug n' Play

July 11, 2019 Brandon Lewis

Everyone involved in the IoT always talks about making sensor nodes more intelligent, but how do you actually achieve that in practice? More importantly, how do you achieve that in a scalable way that enables fluid communications from operational technologies back into the enterprise domain?
The PICMG standards organization, producers of popular embedded hardware specifications such as COM Express, is working on a small, postage stamp-sized standard that will allow small microcontrollers to be connected directly to sensors, quickly and easily. More importantly, however, on the software side they have also been working on a network architecture and data model that allows information to flow into analytics and business process systems on the backend.
PICMG CTO Doug Sandy explains what the standards body is doing at the last foot of the network, using a demo that shows how binary time-series data from an analog sensor is communicated over a serial interface, converted into JSON format, and transported to the enterprise via Ethernet.
Besides making the last foot of IoT networks plug n' play, Doug provides a sneak peak of COM HPC.
Tune in to find out more.

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Brandon Lewis

Brandon Lewis, Editor-in-Chief of Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for guiding the property's content strategy, editorial direction, and engineering community engagement, which includes IoT Design, Automotive Embedded Systems, the Power Page, Industrial AI & Machine Learning, and other publications. As an experienced technical journalist, editor, and reporter with an aptitude for identifying key technologies, products, and market trends in the embedded technology sector, he enjoys covering topics that range from development kits and tools to cyber security and technology business models. Brandon received a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University, where he graduated cum laude. He can be reached by email at

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