From smart buildings to retail, Intel Internet of Things solutions brought app-ready IoT platforms to key vertical markets at the Embedded World 2015 Conference in Nuremberg, Germany, last week. At this year’s event, Intel demonstrated first-hand how developers can quickly step on a path to IoT.
From compelling tech talks to popular booth demos, Intel conveyed a clear message that IoT is here to stay. At the same time, Intel is reaching back to its developer roots, with projects that cut across technology and tools applicable to both hardware and software developers while tapping into the broadening Intel IoT ecosystem.
Tech Talks: Women of Intel Shine at Embedded World 2015
As part of the growing Women at Intel movement, Intel sponsored a “Spend Time with Female Engineers from Intel” event featuring Divya Mahesh and Beatris Rusu. The two held six 15-minute sessions followed by Q&A.
Intel also co-hosted a women’s networking reception with Wind River, featuring a female engineers meet and greet. Earlier this year, the company announced a $300 million investment for the recruitment and training of women and other underrepresented groups in technology and has made diversity in the workforce a top priority. For Intel Software Project Leader Divya Mahesh, that begins with role modeling.
“When a girl looks for a profession, she’s looking for a role model. She has that in actresses, in models, but it’s difficult to find a female technical role model,” said Mahesh, who has been with the company for 11 years. “Girls need to have technical female role models who say, “this is a thing you can do’.”
“Girls need to have technical female role models who say, ‘this is a thing you can do’.” -Divya Mahesh
The growing Women at Intel movement isn’t just talk. It was evident to anyone who walked through the Intel IoT demos and saw women engineers hard at work, finding innovative ways to explain how the larger Intel ecosystem is working collaboratively to push the Internet of Things forward.
Delicious Demo: Industrial Control Chocolate Factory
Chocolate served as both a draw and a teaching tool for explaining the Intel IoT Integrated Manufacturing Architecture to booth visitors. The demo combined technologies such as the Intel® Industrial Solutions System Consolidation Series, virtual machines running on Intel® Xeon® processor-based factory servers, and open source middleware technologies to lower the cost of developing IoT manufacturing systems.
The tasty demo showed how the aforementioned technologies work together to collect, share, and analyze data to achieve new levels of business intelligence, while modeling a real-world factory process that delivered tiny chocolate bars to booth attendees’ waiting hands.
Built to Last: Smart Buildings Offer a Safer Way to Live
The Building Automation Systems Monitoring Control demo used Intel technology to illustrate how real-time monitoring and control of building systems creates a highly liveable, workable, and human-oriented space. Systems that were once independent can now work together to enable efficiencies, ease of use, responsiveness, and streamlined functionality.
This fun demo showed the domino effect of a heat-triggered sensor that can quickly respond to emergencies by alerting residents, triggering flashing exit lights, sending elevators to the bottom floor, turning off HVAC systems, and thrusting open doors for quick exit.
Picture Perfect: Using Smart Cameras for More than Traffic Cams
The Smart IoT Camera demo used an Intel® Atom™ processor-based platform featuring an IP Camera to run traffic analytics for transportation and security. However, as Intel’s D. John Oliver pointed out, there’s a huge opportunity for retail with the cameras as well.
With the heat mapping feature, retailers can turn on the privacy option so customers have anonymity, and then focus on what really matters—where customers are congregating. Oliver set up heat cameras around the Intel IoT booth to demonstrate the point.
“What we’re showing is where the traffic patterns are,” said Oliver, “and that gives people the ability to know, “hey, let me move my products to where the traffic is, the products I want to move, or the products with the higher margin’.”
Ready to Connect: IoT Dev Kit Puts the Key to IoT in Developers’ Hands
The IoT Development Kit, Developer Studio, and System Technologies demo provided a hands-on overview of a complete Intel software development solution for the Internet of Things. The demo covered all phases of the development cycle—and layers of the software stack—from the low-level UEFI-based firmware, to the OS, device drivers, applications, and HTML5-based runtime solutions.
Collaboration: The Secret Behind a Successful IoT Deployment
Intel Product Marketing Engineer Carmen Enns described how Intel has created a gateway, hardware, software ecosystem that works together to strengthen IoT. She also touted the benefits of being able to tap into the growing relationships between Intel partners in the IoT ecosystem.
“We sell not only the silicon, but a software stack, as well as the security piece to go with that.”Enns said. “The idea is that this is a whole component to go with the Internet of Things,” she said pointing to a row of Intel IoT gateways.
“The idea is that these are really a component of the internet of things. So these gather a lot of sensor information, and can control a lot of different systems, and that goes into the cloud where you can do more processing.”
She went on to highlight many of the software providers and ecosystem partners currently working with Intel. “They are developing applications and providing Intel PC security for essentially whole systems of things for the Internet of Things.”
To learn more about Intel’s IoT Solutions, visit the Internet of Things portal.