Fighting a Fragmented Embedded and IoT Market

first_imgAfter attending Embedded World last month in Germany it was clearer to me than ever before – the embedded PC industry is not dissimilar to the desktop computer PC industry 30 years ago. When Dell entered the PC market back in 1984 and in the years shortly following, there were 430 PC companies who were each trying to compete based on some level of unique customization they could offer. Dell turned all this upside down with their direct configure to order model.Today there are 3 PC companies making up 60 percewent of the share. Why? Because scale matters, and because customers realized that price, reliability, and availability trumped customization. Early on in the PC industry often times individual teams within a company were purchasing and managing their own computing – and each business owner had unique requirements. When IT departments came into the picture they valued consistent, easy security and manageability which was another reason why they wanted to standardize their IT infrastructure with a single or maybe a few PC providers.At Embedded World there were over 300 unique embedded PC providers showing off their broad portfolios and touting their customization capabilities. In one case I had a vendor offer me a catalog of their ‘IoT’ PC solutions which was 250 pages long (really). As jaw dropping as that was, it was nothing compared to when the salesman continued to say “but wait… you should also take our Industrial PC catalog” which was another 250 pages! From my assessment, this industry sees this a normal. Vendors really act more as Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs) creating a custom solution (4 USBs, 3 VGA ports, 2 PCI expansion slot, 8 GB of RAM, and a partridge in a pear tree) and then they put that in a catalog, and try to sell it to as many other customers as possible since they have already invested in the engineering.The challenge with this model as it converges with the new IoT market is when you value customization over everything else, you end up with many challenges when you try to scale. First you have the challenge of availability, just because a product is in a catalog does not mean you can actually buy it. Often times it can take 12-18 weeks to get the product with minimum order quantities (MOQs) of thousands which does not give you very much flexibility if you are integrating this into your broader solution. The next challenge is reliability, because when you are offering hundreds of custom systems you can only spend one hundredth of the time testing the ruggedness of that particular system. You also do not have the volumes to guarantee the availability of all the components in the system, which means you might have to switch a component in the middle of a production lifecycle. To the end customer this means you get a new shipment of 1,000 plus units in (because you had to buy that many) and you go to load your image and some of the drivers are different causing a pretty significant engineering lift to go back and test everything.Dell stood out at Embedded World. Not only were we the only leading IT provider present at the show, but when you came into our booth the story was pretty simple. Here are our four edge computing products, which we can configure differently based on your core use case needs. We offer the highly configurable Edge Gateway 5000 which is our scalable workhorse and the small and mighty Edge Gateway 3000  which is design to have uncompromised connectivity for mobile/remote use cases and tailored I/O. In addition we offer the highly configurable Embedded Box PC 5000 with I/O and storage expansion slots and the Embedded Box PC 3000 with a smaller footprint, tailored I/O, and lesser compute. That is it!We realize we will not be able to address every use case because certainly some of them like connected cars for example will require very specific embedded PC specs. Our bet is that many of the use cases requirements will converge though. The real difference is you can order in quantities or 1 or 1,000s, get them in weeks not months, and trust that the five year product life includes no component changes because of our scale. On top of that we ensure that you can have a consistent security and manageability solution across all the products. It is because of this different approach to the Embedded PC market that Frost and Sullivan recently awarded Dell for our embedded PC “Competitive Strategy Innovation and Leadership.”On top of our core product offering of four systems we also work with contract manufacturers to develop custom enclosures, data acquisition cards, etc. where customers have specific requirements. A great example of this is the solution Dell EMC OEM Solutions and Sanmina put together for The Weir Group which we showcased in our Embedded World Booth. In this case Weir wanted to complete predictive maintenance of remote mining equipment and needed the solution to withstand an even more extreme environment, so we developed an explosion proof enclosure which also housed additional I/O to connect to their equipment.It will be interesting to see how the market and conferences like Embedded World change over the coming years. I believe we already began to see a shift at this year’s show with many embedded PC providers attempting to start differentiating through software instead of customization of the hardware. This will be just the beginning as IoT and embedded markets converge and the IoT customers demand significant enterprise level scale.What is your opinion? Do you think the embedded PC market will begin to consolidate as customer demand more scalability of solutions, or do you think the use cases will continue to demand broad customization?last_img read more

Michael Arden & More Will Star in Paper Mill’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame

first_imgPatrick Page, Michael Arden, Ciara Renee, Andrew Samonsky & Erik Liberman(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Comments Complete casting is now set for the Paper Mill Playhouse production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Michael Arden, Patrick Page, Ciara Renée and more will reprise their performance from last year’s run at California’s La Jolla Playhouse. Performances will begin at the New Jersey venue on March 4 and run through April 5. Opening night is set for March 15.Arden, who takes on the titular role of Quasimodo, has appeared on Broadway in The Times They Are A-Changin’ and Big River, as well as Bare, Swimming in the Shallows and It’s Only Life off-Broadway. Page, who will play Dom Claude Frollo, most recently appeared on Broadway in Casa Valentina, as well as A Time to Kill Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Cyrano de Bergerac, A Man for All Seasons, The Lion King and Julius Caesar. Renée made her Broadway debut in Big Fish before going on to star as the Leading Player in Pippin. She takes on the role of Esmerelda.Also joining the cast are Andrew Samonsky (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Scandalous) as Captain Phoebus de Martin and Erik Liberman (Lovemusik) as Clopin Trouillefou. The ensemble will consist of Julian Decker, Mary Joe Duggan, Ian Patrick Gibb, Beth Kirkpatrick, Samantha Massell, Neal Mayer, Nora Menken, William Michals, Anise Ritchie, Vincent Rodriguez III, Richard Ruiz, Joseph J. Simeone, Jeremy Stolle and Dashaun Young.Based on the novel by Victor Hugo and featuring music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, a book by Peter Parnell and directed by Scott Schwartz, the musical is a darker take on Disney’s 1996 film and Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel about Quasimodo, a deformed bell ringer at the Notre Dame cathedral, and his unlikely relationship with the gypsy Esmeralda.The production features set design by Alexander Dodge, costumes by Alejo Vietti, lighting design by Howell Binkley and sound design by Gareth Owen.last_img read more

Video: Spearfishing Catalina Island

first_imgClips of the WeekWe got to hang out with some of these extreme fishermen last year off the coast of Los Angeles at Catalina Island, one of the most beautiful and remote yet easily accessible get-aways that you don’t need a passport for. This sport combines kayaking, diving, sometimes free-diving, and spearfishing for one of the coolest foraging experiences ever.last_img

Ellis needs change in hospital management

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionHaving seen negative and positive reports about experiences at Ellis Hospital, I had the misfortune of visiting a cousin who had spent over 20 days at this facility. My first contact was in the Ellis Hospital E-wing, which I was told is an intensive-care-type Unit. My cousin was treated rather poorly, from not getting proper nutritional support to obtaining no food at all. Attempting to remedy the no food situation on a particular day, I was told. “We have had an emergency and were very busy.” This is while all staff were making rounds with the doctor and plenty of people around to do something. But none took the extra step to proceed.He was then transferred to A-wing, sixth floor. Sorry to say the experience was no better. The staff is very friendly and is trying to help everyone. However on Feb 11, breakfast was not delivered until 11:30 a.m. This would be OK if he had to fast or have tests preformed. But that wasn’t the case. We questioned the staff why no food and they contacted the Dietary Department. The answer was food staff is very busy. They were so busy that breakfast never came up to this patient until 11:30 a.m. and lunch was sent up at 12:30 p.m.?Having been a director of a couple of departments at a hospital in Amsterdam for the better part of 40 years, I believe I have a working knowledge of what’s acceptable and what’s not in a hospital environment. This is totally unacceptable. No one even came up with crackers or a dish of ice cream.In the past, being biased as a former hospital manager, I took the negative writings about Ellis as just an unfortunate incident. But when so many of these incidents occur and are reported, a trend emerges. This trend is that Ellis needs to shake up management and staff to pull out of this downward spiral.Robert G. NicolellaRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Car hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Brave new world: Could pandemic lead to positive change?

first_imgTopics : Major social advances have often emerged from the depths of disaster: the Black Death brought an end to serfdom, and Britain’s welfare state emerged from the ruins of World War II.As the coronavirus outbreak took hold, many governments brought in policies previously dismissed as “utopian”, such as backing wages or housing the homeless.But as emergency measures are eased, and the world tries to get back a semblance of normality, there is debate about which, if any, could — or should — be kept. ‘Magic money’ In the United States, 30 million people have already lost their jobs because of the pandemic’s economic impact.To keep the economy afloat, President Donald Trump’s Republican administration has included direct cash payments of up to $3,000 per family in its stimulus package.Oxford University historian Timothy Garton Ash noted that a concept like basic universal income was considered “radical, if not utopian” not so long ago.But a recent study from his university indicated that 71 percent of Europeans now supported the idea.Doctors and nurses on the frontline of tackling the global pandemic have campaigned for years to get pay rises and more resources.In France, President Emmanuel Macron initially said there was no “magic money” for the sector but later promised more investment.In Britain, the state-run National Health Service has been hit by a decade of cuts in funding and staffing following the 2008 financial crisis.But Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose Conservative party has been accused of wanting to privatize the free service, has become one of its staunchest defenders.He was treated at an NHS hospital for COVID-19 and credits its doctors with saving his life. But Mark Harrison, a professor of economic history at Warwick University, said even that has policy implications.”The simple story of the PM who got saved by the NHS is very powerful, it will be hard for the Conservatives to try to go back on that type of commitment.”Elsewhere, the British government moved to house homeless people in empty hotels and hostels, because of the risk of them contracting the virus.Ministers have said some 5,400 people or 90 percent of those who usually sleep on the streets and are known to local authorities have been housed.The charity Crisis puts the total number of homeless at 170,000, and said many more were on the verge of being evicted from rented accommodation because of the outbreak.But Jasmine Basran, from Crisis, called the government’s response “incredible”.”It shows what is possible if there’s political will,” she said. In Britain, as elsewhere, the crisis has shone a light on the plight of underpaid delivery drivers, teachers, nurses and other key workers who have been vital to the response.The government has stepped in to guarantee salaries of the five million self-employed because of fears that without statutory sick pay they would continue to work while ill.Finance minister Rishi Sunak has already begun talking about scaling back the measures, which back 80 percent of someone’s average monthly salary up to £2,500 ($3,100, 2,850 euros).But David Napier, professor of medical anthropology at University College London, said withdrawal could prove problematic given the imbalances the virus has highlighted.center_img “The strong have been depending on the weak for their survival,” he told AFP. Goodwill limit As the full impact of the crisis becomes known, there are calls for the government to guide industrial policy, similar to the Marshall Plan for reconstruction after World War II.The director of the International Energy Agency, Fatih Birol, has urged world leaders to prioritize green energy as they try to kick-start their economies.Germany has made state aid conditional on firms pledging climate targets and France has said a seven-billion-euro bailout of Air France is dependent on a cut in short-haul flights and emissions.But business leaders are resisting attempts to introduce initiatives to cut waste and the use of plastic.For Warwick professor Harrison, the crisis “has the potential to change people’s perceptions” for the better over the long term.But Sankalp Chaturvedi, a professor of organizational behavior and leadership at Imperial College Business School in London, said goodwill would only go so far.”This generosity will come with higher taxes,” he said, predicting that short-term help would lead to anxiety and frustration.last_img read more

Dreifa Energy secures first PSV for LNG conversion

first_imgImage courtesy of Dreifa EnergyDreifa Energy signed a deal to acquire the platform supply vessel Blue Betria from Blue Star Line in order to convert the vessel into an LNG floating regasification unit (FRU).Dreifa Energy was formed in 2016, by Flex LNG co-founders, Jostein Ueland and Trym Tveitnes that left Flex LNG in 2016 and teamed up with a third colleague Henrik Austgulen in the new company.The company is looking to develop mid-scale floating regasification terminals for LNG imports. The concept consists of regasification equipment and related utilities on a suited floating structure operating in combination with a standard LNG carrier providing floating storage.Image courtesy of Dreifa EnergyThe large deck space on Blue Betria makes it a suitable vessel for an FRU conversion Dreifa Energy said in its statement. The vessel, built in 1983, was extensively upgraded in 2015 and is currently trading in the North Sea.Dreifa Energy added it intends to provide the solution to prospective LNG importers targeting initial throughput of up to 1.5 mtpa.The company aims to build, own and operate a fleet of FRUs, noting a strong interest for the solution as it is working “to mature several LNG import projects around the world together with various partners.”Final investment decision for the first FRU conversion is expected by the end of 2017. Dreifa Energy has previously developed an outline conversion specification and commenced discussions with potential equipment suppliers and yards, and already started basic engineering.last_img read more

NWEA Supporting Partner of Offshore Energy

Offshore Energy is pleased to welcome the Netherlands Wind Energy Energy Association (NWEA) as supporting partner to the exhibition and conference.“Offshore wind plays a major role at Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference. In the midst of the energy transition, in which offshore wind will be vital, creating partnerships and learning from best practices is necessary. This is why we are so pleased to welcome NWEA a supporting partner,” said Philip Mulder, Business Development Manager at Offshore Energy.The Netherlands Wind Energy Association (NWEA) is the Dutch sector association uniting the wind sector in the Netherlands and working to increase and accelerate sustainable wind energy on land and at sea.Offshore Energy 2018Offshore Energy attracts a global audience of offshore energy professionals and features an exhibition where over 600 companies will showcase their products and services. Offshore Energy covers both the exploration and production of the conventional energy resources, oil & gas, and the renewable part of the energy mix such as offshore wind and marine energy. It is the place to find out where the future of energy is heading. Regarding wind OEEC which features the Offshore Wind Event and several thematic sessions catered to offshore wind professionals alongside the many exhibiting offshore wind companies read more

BCEF awards almost $7,500 in grants

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — At its December meeting, the Batesville Community Education Foundation awarded nearly $7,500 in grants.The Foundation says this cycle was the most competitive cycle since its inception.The foundation awarded grants in all 3 area of focus, academics, arts, and athletics.Outdoor Basketball Goals at BMS:  With $1300 in grant money from BCEF, a group of BMS teachers is working toward bringing outdoor basketball goals back for their students. While the students currently have outside time if the weather permits, the previous basketball goals had to be removed as part of the BIS expansion.  As part of the Healthy Schools Initiative, the teachers hope to get enough money to install basketball goals for the students to use to stay active during outdoor break times.Scientific Calculators for Middle Schoolers:  Twenty-five scientific calculators will become a permanent part of the BMS Math department, thanks to a $1100 grant from BCEF. With fewer students at this age owning their own scientific calculators, providing them at school will allow the teachers to provide instruction for general math use and testing now instead of having to delay this until high school.Partnership with Music Boosters Brings New BMS Marching Drums:  BCEF provided $1,000 to BMS toward the purchase of new marching drums. The previous drums were hand-me-downs from BHS and were too heavy for the smaller drummers.  The Batesville Music Boosters have offered to pay the remaining cost so BMS drummers can concentrate on performing the music instead of wrestling with the weight of bulky oversized drums.Expansion of Movement Lab and Calming Rooms at BPS:  Three rooms at BPS will be modified to meet the multi-faceted needs of young learners.  With a $1500 grant from BCEF, these rooms will receive more supplies so that an expanding number of students can be reached. The Minds in Motion Lab uses physical movement to improve mental organization skills. For some students struggling with emotional needs, time spent in the more fully equipped calming rooms will provide a safe environment to allow them to have a mental and emotional break so they can return to the classrooms ready to learn.Innovative Stand-Up Desks Coming to BMS: In order to provide a flexible learning environment for students who prefer to stand during learning, BCEF has awarded a grant of just over $2500 to the Batesville Middle School to purchase 12 stand-up desks. One reading/language arts classroom and one math classroom per grade level will each get two stand-up desks. Studies show that providing a standing option can increase student engagement, memory capability, health, and overall functioning during academic periods.last_img read more

Voula Young, age 81

first_imgVoula Young, age 81 of Harrison, OH passed away at The Wellington at North Bend Crossing on Sunday, April 9, 2017. She was born on March 13, 1936 in Cincinnati, OH and was the daughter of the late Nicholas & Margaret (Kurlas) Lambros.Voula graduated from William Henry Harrison High School in 1954 and received her Master’s Degree from Miami University. She married Gerald Floyd “Sadie” Young in 1957 in New York City, NY and he preceded her in death. Voula taught 4th grade for Southwest Local School at Crosby Elementary for many years. She was a member of the Holy Trinity St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the Red Hat Society, Harrison Alumni Assoc. and the retired Teachers Club of SW Local Schools.Voula is survived by her sons Thomas Young (Patricia) of Okeana, OH; Nicholas Young of W. Harrison, IN & Peter Young of Harrison, OH. She will also be missed by her grandchildren Gerald Young (Alex) and Sara Young, her great grandchildren Nolan Young and Annabelle Lewis along with her sisters Marilou Bennett of Batesville, IN and Jo Ann Perdikakis (Gus) of Landen, OH.Visitation will be Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 6pm – 8pm at Jackman Kercheval Meyers Funeral Home and also on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 9am until time of services at 10:00am at Holy Trinity St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 7000 Winton Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45224 with Rev. Fr. Mark Emroll officiating. Burial will follow services at Arlington Memorial Gardens.Memorials are suggested to Crossroads Hospice or the church c/o Jackman Kercheval Meyers Funeral Home, P.O. Box 513, Harrison, OH 45030.last_img read more

Randall Joseph Mullins

first_imgRandall Joseph Mullins of Batesville, Indiana passed away on Monday, November 12, 2018 at UC Medical Center in Cincinnati.  The son of Charles and Janice (nee: Boyle) Mullins was born on May 22, 1954 in Connersville, Indiana.Randy graduated in 1972 from Brookville High School and attended college.  He married Debbie McClain on August 7, 1982 in Greensburg, Indiana.  He worked in the Sales and Marketing department of WRBI Radio in Batesville for the last 20 years.  Randy was an accomplished musician and was inducted into the Southeastern Indiana Musician’s Association Hall of Fame in 2017.Randy was a member of the Batesville Christian Church where he took an active role serving God and teaching others.  He enjoyed music, playing guitar, singing, reading, movies and making jokes.  Most importantly, he loved spending time with his family.Randy will be loved forever by his wife, Debbie, his son, Bryce (Shannon nee: Kramer) Mullins of Batesville, his daughter Kelly (Rob) Bulmer, of Brookville, his five grandchildren, Jake, Max, Josie, Katryna and Lily along with his siblings, Chris Calhoun and Judy Stang.Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 5pm-8pm at Batesville Christian Church in Batesville, IN followed by a Celebration of Life on Friday, November 16, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Mark Bond and Steve Yeaton will be leading the service. Burial to follow in St. John UCC Cemetery in Batesville.Memorials may be given in Randy’s name to the Batesville Christian Church.  Meyers Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more