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Patrick Burns

Patrick Burns
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CEO/Co-Founder Haystack Technologies, Internet of Things tech pioneer, dad, coach, martial artist, sometimes mountaineer & jazz pianist. New hobby: K-12 education reform.
The-Really-Hard-Thing-About-GPS-and-IoT

The Really Hard Thing About GPS and IoT

“All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.” - Baruch Spinoza TL;DR:Mobile IoT needs GPS GPS is traditionally not low power Getting GPS right with low power requires a tricky...

BlueBorne and The Billion Dollar IoT Device Discovery Opportunity

Last week, Armis Labs identified a new attack vector, dubbed "BlueBorne", that targets any device with Bluetooth capability. This includes mobile, desktop, and IoT — accounting for roughly 8.2 billion devices across Android,...
IoT Earthquake prediction

Can IoT Predict Earthquakes?

My seventh-grade son, Brendan, is basically familiar with what Dad does for a living — helping companies bring IoT products to market. He gets the basics of how the technology works...
Pick-an-LPWAN-that-will-survive

Shopping in the LPWAN Market? Choose an LPWAN That Will Survive.

I recently came across a new report, Survival of the Timeliest-Can Unlicensed LPWA beat NB-IoT?, with conclusions about the LPWAN market. Two things caught my eye: 1. There can be only one...
Indoor IoT and Outdoor IoT - They Need to Become the Same

Indoor IoT and Outdoor IoT – They Need to Become the Same

Two IoT Arenas Companies competing to sell you their wireless IoT connectivity technology can be thought of as competing in one of two separate “arenas”: an indoor arena or an outdoor arena. The Indoor...
Bluetooth for Geolocation? - A Tragic Misuse Shows Why this is a Bad Idea

Bluetooth for Geolocation? – A Tragic Misuse Shows Why this is a Bad Idea

In a recent, tragic case, a Bluetooth tracker that was advertised as having a wide area geolocation capability has failed to locate a lost Alzheimer’s patient after 17 days. 17 days...
5 Reasons Why Synchronization is Critical to IoT

5 Reasons Why Synchronization is Critical to IoT

Unless you're a networking nerd, synchronization is probably more familiar as a term used with wristwatches or iTunes than as an IoT term, but the future of the IoT may actually...