The Future is Here....M2M, the Machines are Taking Over!

This white paper discusses the surprisingly complex hardware and software design considerations that engineers must take into account when designing products. Specific topics include; environment (indoor, outdoor, cold, heat, rain, snow, wind), mechanical form factor (size, weight, ), power source (AC, DC, solar, battery), network communications (cellular, , 802.11abgn, , and Ethernet), interface to sensors (,/, Digital I/O, 1-wire Interface, , ZigBee, Bluetooth), and embedded computer board requirements ( type, processor speed, operating system, data storage).

This paper also covers how to get to market on time while still meeting system target cost. An example reference application for measuring/sensing power and temperature and transmitting the data to a remote server is shown using off-the-shelf hardware.

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