Industrial IoT Spotlight

Erik Walenza: CEO, IoT ONE|Director, Startup Grind

The IIoT Spotlight Podcast shines a light on Industrial IoT solutions that are impacting businesses today. Every week, we interview an expert about IoT markets, technologies, or use cases. Our goal is to provide insight into the planning and implementation of IIoT systems, from new business models to technology architecture selection to data ownership and security. Our host, Erik Walenza has worked in China for 11 years and he is an active member of the Chinese innovation ecosystem. He is passionate about exploring the impact of digitalization in businesses, and through his position as Chair of the Technology and Innovation Committee in China he plays an active role in the exchange of best practices for innovation strategy and tech trends evolution in Asia, but also worldwide. Erik has interviewed over 100 CEOs and venture capitalists while building one of Shanghai’s largest entrepreneur networks. The IIoT Spotlight is produced by IoT ONE, IoT ONE is a specialized consultancy that researches digital landscapes and supports the development and implementation of digital transformation strategies in Asia and beyond. Don't forget to follow us on LinkedIn @iot-one or visit our website at www.iotone.com. You can also contact Erik directly at erik.walenza@iotone.com. read less
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Episodes

EP 202 - Navigating IoT Solutions: A Dive into Digi's Evolution and Future
22-03-2024
EP 202 - Navigating IoT Solutions: A Dive into Digi's Evolution and Future
In this podcast, Erik hosts Ron Konezny from Digi, a company with a long-standing history in providing reliable hardware but has evolved to become a solutions provider focusing on IoT. Ron details his journey from his initial steps in the wireless communications industry to his role in integrating technology and business models at Digi, aiming to transform it into a solutions provider with a significant portion of its revenue being recurring. They discuss how IoT has evolved, the importance of considering a holistic system rather than fragmented pieces, and the challenges of managing IoT solutions. Ron emphasizes the shift towards hardware-enabled recurring revenue models and the integration of software and services to create more resilient and adaptable solutions. The conversation covers the role of AI in refining IoT data analysis, the potential and limitations of technologies like 5G and LoRa, and the strategic movement towards offering more comprehensive IoT solutions that allow customers to focus on leveraging data insights. Additionally, Ron reflects on Digi's venture into vertical integration with SmartSense, offering a turnkey IoT solution for condition monitoring, underlining the importance of domain expertise in developing impactful IoT applications. 00:11 The Evolution of IoT and Digi's Journey 01:32 The Transformation from Hardware to Solutions Provider 02:29 Navigating the IoT Landscape: Challenges and Opportunities 04:30 The Role of Services in IoT Solutions 16:27 Exploring Use Cases and the Impact of IoT 31:53 The Future of IoT: Technologies and Trends 36:24 Digi's Strategic Focus and Vision for IoT
EP 201 - Tap, Pay, and Play: The NFC Forum's Guide to Contactless Technology
11-03-2024
EP 201 - Tap, Pay, and Play: The NFC Forum's Guide to Contactless Technology
In this episode of the Industrial IoT Spotlight podcast, Erik Walenza of IoT ONE hosts Mike McCamon from the NFC Forum to explore the future of NFC technology. We explore how IoT device manufacturers are collaborating to drive the rapid development of NFC standards and technical capabilities. These efforts led to the NFC Forum’s recent release of its next gen technology development roadmap, which includes power harvesting, range extension, device-to- device connectivity, multi-tap use cases, and digital product passports for sustainability. Mike shares his vision for the potential of NFC beyond payments, such as in access control for building and data sharing between IoT devices. He also shares critical challenges yet to overcome, such as the need for improved user experience and range to simplify the design process for OEMs.   Five elements of the NFC Forum's technology development roadmap: power harvesting, range extension, device-to-device connectivity, multi-tap use cases, and digital product passportsPotential applications of NFC technology beyond payment transactions, including access control, digital keys, and business card exchangesNFC's role in car connectivity and potential use in tracking high-value items through blockchain technologyDisruption of QR code-based payment systems by NFC technology in retail environments   About Mike McCamon   Mike McCamon is a seasoned technology executive with over 30 years of experience in the tech industry. He is currently the Executive Director of the NFC Forum, an industry association dedicated to advancing NFC, standards and use cases. Under his leadership, the NFC Forum has grown to include over 300 member companies from all over the world.  Demonstrating a wide range of skills and passions he has been both the inaugural executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group and later on the executive team that launched Water.org. He also led high-growth teams at Apple, Iomega, Intel and several startups. He is a frequent speaker and author on technology and social impact topics.   About the NFC Forum The NFC Forum, established in 2004, is a non-profit industry association comprised of leading mobile communications, semiconductor, and consumer electronics companies. Its mission is to advance the use of Near Field Communication technology by developing specifications, ensuring interoperability, and educating the market about NFC technology. The NFC Forum's global member companies share skills, technical expertise and industry knowledge to develop specifications and protocols for interoperable data exchange, device-independent service delivery, and device capability. Forum’s supporting certification program and user marks enhance and promote a consistent, reliable, seamless and secure NFC user experience. To learn more about joining the Forum, visit https://nfc-forum.org/
EP 188 - Decentralizing the Commercial Energy Landscape
12-09-2023
EP 188 - Decentralizing the Commercial Energy Landscape
In this week's episode, Erik is in conversation with Gareth Evans, the CEO and founder of VECKTA. VECKTA is dedicated to enabling businesses to embrace competitive energy solutions across their operations, providing them with access to affordable and environmentally friendly energy. With two decades of expertise in the energy and resource sectors, Gareth is a specialist in microgrid and distributed energy planning and design, construction, and monitoring   During this discussion, we delve into the future of the energy sector and strategies for implementing cost-effective energy solutions for businesses. We also examine the challenges associated with navigating technical and regulatory hurdles during the transition, as well as potential solutions for streamlining coordination. Gareth's mission revolves around empowering businesses and communities to access affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy, contributing to the global shift toward a more environmentally friendly energy future. Tune in and be part of the energy revolution! Key Discussion Points: ●      What is the purpose of VECKTA and what motivated Gareth to establish it? ●      Identifying the significant factors that support the business case for energy storage. ●      How does the VECKTA platform assist companies and businesses in monitoring their emissions scope?   If you are curious to know more about our guest, you can find him on: Company Website: https://www.veckta.com Company Podcast: https://www.veckta.com/renewable-rides-podcast/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gareth-evans-41015726