Mix predictive maintenance with IoT and rule public transport

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 29 Aug, 2017

When you take a train, you expect it to drop you off on time and without being squashed like a sardine in a can. This doesn’t sound like very much to ask, yet it is. The public transport sector struggles to have their trains, buses and ferries run on time, prevent breakdowns and accidents while keeping travelers well informed and satisfied. Many of these problems could be avoided by better maintenance. Sadly, maintenance done right takes time and money, and maintenance done wrong takes more time, more money and sometimes it even takes lives. If only there was a way to tailor your reparations and speed up downtime. Oh wait. There is. Welcome to the era of the Internet of Things.

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Topics: IoT

How to fool visual recognition tools (and how to foolproof them)

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 15 Aug, 2017

Robots and autonomously operating devices are scary. They’ll probably outsmart us eventually and take over the world. When this happens, mankind is doomed, as you don’t argue with out-of-control monsters with superior reasoning skills. Luckily for us, this is not A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick, but real life. And although future machines will be far superior in many tasks, we’re still a long way from developing such creatures (if we ever will). But that doesn’t mean we don’t have issues. When it comes to device safety, it’s still our fellow human beings that form the biggest threat. People with bad online intentions (A.K.A black hat hackers) keep on finding new ways of sabotaging autonomously operating devices that were developed to make our lives better, easier and safer. How do they do it? And more importantly: can you stop them?

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Topics: IoT, API

2017 and beyond: the era of the API- column by Ruben van der Zwan

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 8 Dec, 2016

2016 gave us a fine taste of what the future of IT will look like. The IoT market exploded, Tesla -expectedly- continued to keep competition at arm’s length and more and more companies went mobile. Yet, 2017 holds more than that. Trends and technological developments will not just be confirmed; they will explode. We want more, and we all know the sky is no longer our limit. The latter is mainly due to the rise of the API; the force behind practically all innovations. In this blog, I will tell you about them and draw you an image of the upcoming years. A great time for IT and for anyone who dares to join in.

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Topics: IoT, API

Introducing the Internet of Things

Posted by René Wiersma on 15 Nov, 2016

The term “Internet of Things” is an umbrella keyword for all applications related to the extension of the internet and the web into the physical world. This extension is realized through spatially distributed devices with embedded identification, sensing and actuation capabilities (1). In simpler words, IoT is a global network of machines and devices capable of interacting with each other through online applications.

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Topics: IoT