Lab 651 Partners with Keystone Automation to Offer Practical Industrial Internet of Things Solutions
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About Keystone Automation
For over 30 years, Keystone has partnered with corporate engineers and system integrators to explore solutions for today’s difficult and diverse manufacturing problems.
From individual components to complete systems, we offer flexible solutions in areas of application including integration into production processes, quality assurance, machine safety, measurement, and code reading to name a few.
The keystone of our commitment to excellence is our strategic alliance with principals that have a proven reputation for manufacturing quality, state-of- the-art imaging and sensing products.
We boast a diverse portfolio of sensing and imaging products so that each client served will realize an optimal solution for their application.
About Lab 651
The founding partners of Lab 651 have been building new technology and connected products for decades in a variety of industries.
Their team has built mobile and web applications from startups to fortune 100 companies. Their solutions with remote systems provide rich mobile experiences and real-time insights into devices.
Particle’s full-stack Internet of Things (IoT) device platform allows us to securely and reliably connect an industrial sensor to your cell phone or web browser.
Particle devices are inherently secure due to an encrypted communications protocol and the limited attack vectors of a micro-controller.
The past month was a blur as our the team at Lab 651 was not only building connected products for our awesome clients, but I was also busy working with IoT Fuse to execute on our 1000+ person conference called IoT Fuse: Conference 2017, teaching the Internet of Things at the University of Saint Thomas and publishing the IoT Weekly News. Needless to say, it was a busy April!
However, with all of that going on I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Stephen Dupont, a highly respected expert in public relations, marketing communications, and branding. Stephen published a discussion we had on Harnessing the Power of the Internet of Things. He asked some really great questions during our conversation, which gave me the opportunity to expand on topics and where I see it's applications being applied as the Internet of Things evolve.
If you are curious on my perspective as to what is going on not only in the local market regarding making smart, connected products ( IoT ), but also some larger applications, I welcome you to check out our discussion and please contact Lab 651 if you are looking for resources to help your company and product evolve into this new connected world!
Founding Partner, Lab 651
Outside of running the mobile and web applications team at Lab 651, I teach a graduate level course on the Internet of Things at the University of Saint Thomas. I have had the opportunity to experience situations where I wished that I was omniscient; able to see, hear and know all in the classroom. Therefore, when Wildflower Schools came to us with the concept of being able to observe interactions between students, their teachers and the educational materials in the tradition of the Montessori approach, we jumped at the opportunity!
Based off a prototype developed by Nazmus Saquib and others at the MIT Media Lab, our team at Lab 651 worked with Wildflower Schools to build the physical trays, plastic enclosures, printed circuit boards, embedded software and mobile application to aggregate location data in the classroom and send it to an analytics platform. It was a great example of how Lab 651 has the engineering capability to create smart, connected products for our clients.
Wildflower Schools has posted an update on the project and will be sharing progress as the project moves forward. Building connected things is just the beginning of what is possible and we are excited at the opportunity to work with Wildflower Schools as they begin to capture data that will make a difference in the way students learn in the classroom. Connecting the Physical World to the Digital Universe is our focus at Lab 651.
Contact us to learn how we can help you with your IoT project!
Founding Partner, Lab 651
As the IoT industry was just starting to glom onto the term the "Internet of Things", I attended the very first IoT North America Conference in Milwaukee, WI in 2014. Like others, I had been doing "IoT" and working with connected devices outside of my day job for many years. In fact, myself and a good friend had been running the Arudino / Open Hardware group in Minnesota since 2011 called Arduino.MN.
Back then, the technology industry just hadn't put a name to the future state of these devices connected to the Internet and flooding the market over the next 5-10 years. Like Mobile Applications / VR / Big Data / Machine Learning / etc it was all conceptual. However, like others, I knew that this would be a game changer. The fact there was an Internet of Things conference just 5 hours down Interstate 94 was appealing to me. So, in May of 2014, we made a family trip (literally) with my wife, 2 kids and my in-laws taking a trip to Milwaukee where I could geek out on all this awesome new technology and they could experience the city of Milwaukee. It was a blast! The conference was a single track and an intimate setting of many thought leaders from some of the largest companies: IBM, GE, NXP, Schneider Electric. I took vacation time from the dulls of my day job and went to this entire conference on my own dime, not knowing what would come from it.
Well, it's now 2017 and the IoT has matured beyond anything that I could have imagined. This past week my co-founder, Rod and I taught a 4+ hour session on "IoT – Prototype to Production Workshop" at IoT North America to a group of industry professionals that like me in 2014, are looking to learn about how they can take this new technology and make it valuable to their business. Everyone in the workshop got hands on and worked with kits from our partners at both M2M DataSmart and Particle!
I've been fortunate enough to meet countless other professionals whom I can call friends in this industry to help advance what was started many, many years ago. In fact, well before 2011 the ideas of Ubiquitous Computing, Physical Devices and Calm Technology all had a huge influence on the direction of technology today. To that point, through passion from the IoT community in Minnesota and a number of key individuals, IoTFuse: Conference 2017 is now in its 3rd year and will be the largest Internet of Things conference the upper midwest has seen. Lab 651 will be there supporting the event and sharing our experience. We hope to see you on April 23rd!
If you have helped advance the Internet of Things in Minnesota, I thank you. We have a great community here and was so excited to have the opportunity to return to IoT North America this week to share not only what I have learned from others since 2014, but also to let the world know that Minnesota is leading in this next wave of computing.
Founding Partner, Lab 651
We are honored that Lab 651 was recognized as a leading technology company in the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Annual Update! Through our unique experience and skill sets at Lab 651, the Chamber recognized that Lab 651 is leading the pathway to building a smarter and more connected world.
As we see the world is becoming increasingly connected, Lab 651 works with businesses all over the state of Minnesota and beyond to use technology to build products that drive ROI. You need a team with a diverse set of skills to take advantage of technology to improve your business. Check out our work!
Additionally, as a way of supporting the community, we are thrilled to continue our support as a sponsor of the IoT Fuse:Conference 2017 on April 21st! IoT Fuse is the largest Internet of Things conference in the upper midwest and has grown to a community of more than 1500 members. Lab 651 hosts monthly meetings, hackathons and other events which help the IoT community.
We look forward to seeing you at IoT Fuse: Conference 2017 or a future Internet of Things event!
The Internet of Things
As we’ve been building connected products, or what is commonly now called the “Internet of Things” at Lab 651, I decided to spend some time reflecting on where I see the industry going in 2017. There’s obviously more to the story than the 3 items below, which I’ll be writing about in future posts, but these are some of the water cooler topics by the team at Lab 651. Enjoy!
In 2017 I see companies coming to the harsh realization that they can’t do it all. It’s safe to say that not one person, or god forbid one company is going to be an expert. Long are the days of anyone who can claim to be an “IoT Expert”. It’s like calling yourself and “Internet Expert”; it has no meaning or value. But you still see it. Samsung, Intel and Cisco among others are trying to position themselves as owning the entire ecosystem. Building IoT product takes a range of specialties. Everything from a hardware component supplier to a cloud infrastructure specialist. The smartest thing for a company that has a core competency in one area can do is to hone that competency and own it.
Only Send What You Need
You will continue to see data as a major theme in the Internet of Things. As you may have heard, “It’s all about the data, dummy!”. I would agree with that statement, but in 2017 the focus needs to turn to getting the RIGHT data. Collecting data just for sake of collecting data makes no sense. Systems at the endpoint need to be smarter and both do better analysis of what’s important or in many cases, filter out what is not needed. Extra data not only causes increased costs and lack of efficiency, but it can open up your system to data privacy issues. “Only send what you need” is the motto for IoT in 2017.
The Rise of The Machines
We all know that hardware is becoming a commodity. Moore’s Law has allowed the ability to pack an extraordinary amount of processing power into small spaces. So, while advancements in hardware will continue, the rate at which technology will advance will be much greater in the software and the capabilities that can be done with the high computing devices of today. One area that will continue to explode is Artificial Intelligence ( AI ). As IoT is pulling in larger amounts of data at higher and higher rates, humans will be insufficient to organize it. This is where Machine Learning and AI will be essential. Once these machines start to intelligently communicate with each other, the world of the IoT will blossom.
Founding Partner, Lab 651