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Digital I/O for sensors

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uBlock Origin

uBlock Origin (or uBlock₀) is not an ad blocker; it's a general-purpose blocker. uBlock₀ blocks ads through its support of the Adblock Plus filter syntax. uBlock₀ extends the syntax and is designed to work with custom rules and filters. Furthermore, advanced mode allows uBlock₀ to work in default-deny mode, which mode will cause all 3rd-party network requests to be blocked by default, unless allowed by the user.
That said, it's important to note that using a blocker is NOTtheft. Don't fall for this creepy idea. The ultimate logical consequence of blocking = theft is the criminalisation of the inalienable right to privacy.
Ads, "unintrusive" or not, are just the visible portions of privacy-invading apparatus entering your browser when you visit most sites nowadays. uBlock₀'s main goal is to help users neutralize such privacy-invading apparatus — in a way that welcomes those users who don't wish to use more technical, involved means (such as µMatrix).

Roundup Of Internet Of Things Forecasts And Market Estimates, 2016

2016’s series of Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) forecasts reflect a growing focus on driving results using sensor-based data and creating analytically rich data sets. What emerges is a glimpse into where IoT and IIoT can deliver the most value, and that’s in solving complex logistics, manufacturing, services, and supply chain problems.  

Read the article here.

18,000 water-saving devices installed across CoCT metro

The City of Cape Town has installed in excess of 18,000 water-saving devices across the metro.  Read about it here,

The 5 myths of the Internet of Mystical Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) has created a storm of assumptions and myths. Many news articles regurgitate old themes and hyped up terms by doing a cut and paste of the term IoT into an article. In this article we will address these myths.
1.     Everything with an IP address is IoT
Shock and horror. A significant number of IoT devices do not have an IP address. They use an alternative networking protocol such as Lorawan or Sigfox where communications do not rely on a protocol designed in the 1970’s as a Do It Yourself (DIY) project for an island’s university. It is “things”, not everything!
2.     Data centres will be filled with huge quantities of IoT data.
IoT operates at a low bit rate. They complete their tasks within a couple of seconds at this low bit rate. It a Point of Sale (POS) ran at the same bit rate it would take 3 minutes for a payment. A video surveillance camera will use the same amount of data in 1 hour as an IoT sensor will use in it’s lifetime of over 20…

Postscapes: IoT resources

Postscapes which you can access here is a web site that provides a number of useful IoT resources.

Download the Systems monitoring for Dummies Book

Download a copy of Systems Monitoring for Dummies here (provided by Solarwinds)

Where legacy operations management comes up short

Digitisation – the ‘power’ of IoT

DS showcased the Powalert sensor at the MyBroadband conference on the 26th October 2017. IoT is the incremental next step into the optimised use of technology that was made prevalent by smart phone technology. The cost efficiencies of smart phone technologies have resulted in the deployment of a number of other generic devices that use low powered network connections as an alternative. These are the class of devices known as IoT, the Internet of Things, which were previously not networked. The PowaINFRA range is a true IoT solution.  Powalert is a product in the PowerINFRA range. This solution expands the digital world to buildings and infrastructure that were previously mostly accessed by requiring physical connections. The Powalert sensor, using IoT technology, provides the ability to determine power related failures within telecommunications. A last mile provider typically has multiple customers using leased lines. When an outage occurs at the customer premises, the…

How IoT is transforming healthcare – 5 new technologies that help make hospitals more human

Top 5 IoT tech your hospital should be using today

Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are now starting to make an impact in healthcare. Central to these technologies are goals to improve patients’ experiences in hospitals, and to make electronic health data and insights more readily available across the care continuum to enable a holistic patient diagnosis.

Read about these technologies here.

Humans make mistakes

Introduction to OPTOSS  Problem: Lack of training, knowledge and expertise at the time and place needed in required quantities contributes to more than 60% chance of complex system breakdowns due to human error or malicious actions. This is number one root cause of all industrial incidents, resulting in huge loss of value, property and in extreme cases loss of human life.
Solution: Not recognising faults in time is not an option for OPTNET! Our product, OPTOSS, closes the gap of human inefficiencies, which are the main contributing factor in incidents and lost revenue in many industries.

Read more about OPTOSS here.

Demonstration of Powalert at MyBroadband conference on 26th October 2017

DS will be demonstrating the new patented Powalert at the MyBroadband conference on Thursday 26th October 2017. 
Poweralert is a groundbreaking IoT technology sensor.

Comparison of Low-Power Wide-Area Network Technologies

IoT range test in Cape Town, South Africa

Joiin us at the MyBroadband confernce on 26th October 2017

It’s more than just reading the temperature

One of the common applications of IoT is temperature probes but the solution is more than just reading the temperature.
Read the full article here.

IoT as a firestorm canary

Firestorms are a worldwide problem where the majority of monitoring and reporting requirements are sourced from either satellite imaging or visual sightings. In some cases, long range terrestrial video surveillance is deployed.
Read the full article here.

Taking the heat - IoT with data centres

DS has updated its Powatherm sensor to include backend portal integration into a heatmap. The Powatherm sensor is a ground breaking IoT based sensor that brings cost effective thermal metrics to the data centre. It facilitates the deployment of hundreds of sensors into a data centre that improves reporting and monitoring of facilities.
Read the full article here.

Powalert IoT sensor to be launched at MyBroadband 2017 conference

Read our press release for the MyBroadband Conference 2017 where we will launch the Powalert here.

The IoT’s impact on storage

The internet of things will have a huge impact on storage – the sheer volume of data, the radically different types of data created, and the storage needed, from flash to object to cloud.  Read about the IoT's impact on storage here.

Understanding Data Centre Temperature Guidelines

Read about understanding data centre temperature guidelines here.

The Hours of WannaCry from the Cisco Umbrella Blog

In the span of just 10 days, two large-scale, wormable attacks grabbed international headlines. First, a phishing campaign posing as a Google Docs sharing request gained access to Google accounts then spread across its victim’s contacts, and now, a ransomware campaign with a bite, named WannaCry, autonomously infected vulnerable systems leveraging an exploit leaked on the internet. In the early minutes of the attack, we worked with our Talos counterparts to analyse the behaviour of WannaCry and protect our customers. We were also particularly proud to see that our Investigate product helped MalwareTech reduce WannaCry’s impact. In this post, we hope to give you a retrospective analysis of what we’ve observed during the first critical hours of the event. 
Read more here.

The #WannaCry Anatomy

Access an infographic of the #WannaCry anatomy here.