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IoT Fuse 2019

April 23-25, 2019

Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, MN
Booth 202 - Platinum Sponsor

IoT Fuse 2019 Workshop Series
April 23-24, 2019
University of St. Thomas - Minneapolis Campus
Minneapolis, MN
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Voice Control for Industrial Applications
Presented by:
Cameron Haegle, Sales Applications Engineer; Digi International
Tuesday April 23, 2019
8:00am - 10:00am CDT

University of St. Thomas – Minneapolis Campus
46 S. 11th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Room 421

How This Fits Into IoT 
Over the recent two years, voice control has emerged as perhaps the most enticing new way to interact with the internet.  Building off of the concept of, “The World is Not a Desktop,” discussed in previous IoT Fuse Conferences, what was once a dream of interacting and manipulating industrial, agricultural, or business operations through voice commands is now within immediate reach through simple, easy to access tools. 

What Attendees Do
Using a Digi XBee3® Category M Cellular device, we are going to use some MicroPython code to enable your own Amazon Echo Alexa-enabled thermostat.  This could be applied to any home smart hub, but for the purpose of the class this would be using an Echo. 

Learning Objectives 
Understand and get exposed to MicroPython, a wonderful IoT language!
See how to build a cellular-enabled voice-controlled IoT device, which could extend into a myriad of industrial applications.
Brief discussion on why one may select Category M as opposed to other cellular protocols. 

What Attendees Bring 
Preferably a Windows Laptop to make things easier, but we can accommodate Mac/Linux if needed. We will provide everything else.  You should make sure you have administrative rights on the laptop or at least the ability to plug in and add a new device to the system.  Basically you are going to be adding a new USB-based serial port to the environment. 

Attendee Preparation Work (Downloads, Reading) 

Knowledge Required 
We are not going to be actively doing any programming, everything will be set up in chunks so you should be able to be able to put everything together.  Having pre-knowledge in python will be helpful so you can move quicker, but there will be no serious development work, just showing attendees how to, “put the bricks together,” so that it works.
Pre-class Set-up 
Just check out our notes about laptop type above and ensure that you have the capability to add a device through the USB serial port.
What Attendees Receive 
Participant would walk away with a Digi XBee3® Cellular LTE-M/NB-IoT Development Kit with 30MB of data or six months of service.


“Oh, it’s time to eat my cheese.”  
Why IoT is transforming user experience from situational awareness to behavioral performance. 

Presented by: Scott Nelson, Chief Product Officer; Digi International
Tuesday, April 25
11:00 am - 11:30 am
MCC Room #205

Innovation, as Peter Drucker taught, is an economic effect created by changes in customer behavior and disruption occurs when that customer behavior changes faster than businesses can adapt. IoT technology is widely recognized as a disruptor. Businesses that haven’t realized that have already “lost their cheese.” 

But technology-centric businesses often lose sight of where true impact lies for users. This could be fatal with IoT because its value is not just situational awareness, but behavioral optimization for machine and human workflows. IoT applications are transforming user experience from informational to behavioral in industries from banking to retail, healthcare and manufacturing, and in doing so, they close the loop on behavioral-driven outcomes.


 5G Communications: Better, Stronger, Faster 
Presented by: Harald Remmert, Director of Engineering; Digi International
Thursday, April 25
3:15 pm – 3:45 pm
MCC Room #202
All Industries

Don’t take a wrong turn on your LTE path. The IoT not only means more devices will be connected, but also that more devices will be better connected. Next-generation improvements include higher speeds, lower cost, lower latency and lower power requirements – all driving more efficient, more effective and more profitable business solutions. At this session, we will discuss where to start, which LTE path gives you the best results for your application, and how to analyze the trade-offs in order to get better connected. You’ll also see some real-world applications at work.

Key Concepts: CAT 1, CAT M, CAT 6, CAT “X”, NB IOT, Next Gen
• Review the two paths of LTE and the future of IoT with 5G