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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.

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Using OPENDNS on a Mikrotik

At the office we use a Mikrotik which is connected via fibre to Cool Ideas.  We use OpenDNS as a Information Security tool.  It prevents ransomware and bots from becoming major incidents within the office.

The router is scheduled to do a daily update via script of the OpenDNS settings.  Below is the example:

:local opendnsuser "user@domain.co.za";
:local opendnspass "itsprivate";
:local opendnshost "office";

:log info "OpenDNS Update";
:local url "https://updates.opendns.com/nic/update";
/tool fetch url=($url . "\3Fhostname=$opendnshost") user=("$opendnsuser") password=("$opendnspass") mode=https dst-path=opendnsupdate.txt
:local opendnsresult [/file get opendnsupdate.txt contents];
:log info "OpenDNS: Host $opendnshost - $opendnsresult";

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…

On board PowaINFRA gateway deployment

DS has an on board version of the PowaINFRA gateway that can be deployed on a vehicle. The gateway is powered by the 12V of the vehicle and typically installed under the dash. Additionally, the gateway has an extra sensor and metric ability of using Geo-location. The on board PowaINFRA gateway has the same capabilities as the standard PowaINFRA gateway and is compatible with the sensors in the PowaINFRA range.


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