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Why the internet of things should be designed with efficiency in mind

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If you imagine 50 billion connected devices all consuming a few milliwatts of power, it adds up. With that in mind, we brought Oleg Logvinov, director, market development at ST Microelectronics and who currently serves on the IEEE Standards Association Corporate Advisory Group, on this week’s podcast to discuss strategies from the silicon up for making the internet of things more energy efficient.

Before Logvinov discusses both technologies and standards for cutting electricity usage and makes the case that even wired devices should consume less, Kevin Tofel and I talk about the previous week’s news including the August lock, the future of Bluetooth as a standard in the connected home, and Qualcomm’s planned buy of CSR. Stay tuned.

And don’t forget about Structure Connect, which kicks off later today in San Francisco.

Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Kevin Tofel and Rafi Haladjian, CEO of

  • The August smart lock versus the Kevo lock
  • Qualcomm’s big bet on bluetooth and BLE’s chance in the home
  • Thoughts on thread and mesh networks for the home
  • Why energy efficiency matters for IoT
  • Designing software that can pick the most efficient path to the cloud

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3 Responses to “Why the internet of things should be designed with efficiency in mind”

  1. Peter Fretty

    Agreed. The sheer volume of big data that will flow through this environment could be crippling. Fortunately, IoT’s growth goes in step with the top goals of big data according to a recent SAS survey — improving operation efficiency as well as the customer experience.

  2. The title of this story says it all. We need BOTH digital efficiency and power efficiency and here is why. Living in Arizona is seems like we are always fighting the heat and every additional kWh of electricity we use adds:

    1. More carbon to the air
    2. More waste heat since power plants waste 60% of every BTU of heat energy used,
    3. Many area of the State are still stuck with 7 meg DSL services and even trying to stream a Netflix movie at night can be a problem without a bunch of sensors pinging some web address, and;
    4. Since my current ISP meters my data use someone please explain to me how IOT is going to reduce my data use with another 10-20 devices using my data stream.

    And did I mention that currently over 30% of my bandwidth is being used to push advertising.

    I often wonder why we are even doing this IOT thing. At times I feel like we are developing this technology without a clear market for the product and where is the cost effective analysis is. To date I still have no idea how this technology is going to be a benefit to me. Its not a food, its not a product one buys to save money, its not a service I currently need, its not something my refrigerators electronic thermostat can’t handle more effectively, my public utility doesn’t need it to project load requirement and my heat pump [AC] on my home runs when the temperature exceeds 78 F.

    Someone please tell me WHY I need this IOT thing, LOL. .