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Episode 34: Robin Ford on Open Systems, Preparing for Change & Trusting Your Instincts

Today’s guest is Co-founder and VP of business development at Global Cache. Global Cache makes connectivity products that let programmers like me control and automate pretty much anything using whatever software we like.

In an industry full of propriertary solutions, this is quite the unique approach. That’s why I am really looking forward to learning a lot today from Robin Ford.

Episode 33: Dr. Jonathan Butts & Billy Rios On Cyber Security, Public Safety & The Layers Of Defense

I have the honour of having two cyber security experts on the show today.

Dr Jonathan Butts is a retired Air Force officer who among many other roles served as Research Director at the Air Force Center for Cyberspace Research.

Billy Rios has held security positions with companies like Ernst & Young, Verisign and Microsoft. He probably had one of the coolest sounding job titles as Google’s Security Ninja.
Both Jonathan and Billy are currently Managing Partners at QED Secure Solutions, whose mission it is to advance Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection.

Highlights From This Episode

  • Anyone can purchase hardware or software and spend as much time as they can afford learning how it works
  • There are three layers of security, The Vendor, The Systems Integrator and The Technology Owner
  • All three parties need to work together to create a secure solution – it is a team game
  • One defensive strategy is identifying critical systems and segmenting them from other systems
  • The biggest security weaknesses are usually in the system configuration
  • Security exploits can include Terrorist Threats, Public Safety, Critical Data Breaches and Unauthorized Usage of Computing Cycles
  • The public safety aspect of the IoT may spur some regulations for security requirements
  • Using a third party IoT platform does not shift risk away from stakeholders
  • Raising awareness among Management and Leadership Stakeholders is the best way to make security a priority

Mentioned In This Episode

QED Secure Solutions, IBM, War Games, Microsoft, Google, Sochi Winter Games, Crestron, Defcon, BlackHat Conference, Department Of Homeland Security, Microsoft IoT, Amazon IoT, Ubuntu Core

Episode 32: Vangelis Mihalopoulos On Opportunites In Digital Signage and IoT Security

Vangelis Mihalopoulos has a background in software engineering, product marketing and startup investing. He is currently CEO and founder of yodeck. a digital signage management platform.

Highlights From This Episode

  • The Raspberry Pi is capable of displaying 1080p 60fps video
  • Video performance in a web browser is limited because the browser does not use hardware acceleration
  • Interactivity applications in digital signage are not all that popular yet
  • The most common environmental awareness applications involve detecting footfall
  • Digital Signage security has three aspects: security of the player, protecting sensitive content, preventing unauthorised logins
  • Organizations that display confidential content with digital signage usually opt for an on premises solution

Mentioned In This Episode

yodeck, Raspberry Pi Foundation, NEC, etcher, Chrome

Episode 31: Peter Krogh On Programmatic Curation, The Commoditization Of AI & The Innovator’s Dilemma

Peter Krogh is a photographer and author the DAM book, Digital Asset Management aka the bible on digital photography. His currently the Acting Director of Digital Strategy at History Factory where he integrates storytelling, web-based media publishing and digital preservation into a seamless user experience. I am really looking forward to hearing more about how he uses technology to tell stories and preserve the past.

Mentioned In This Episode

History Factory, Google AI, Adobe Light Room, Google Cloud Vision API, South By Southwest

Episode 30: Thomas Walter On Customising Video Displays With A Built-In Raspberry Pi

Thomas Walter is the Strategic Product Marketing Manager for NEC Display Solutions Europe where he also served as product manager for public display solutions. He’s also served as Product and Sales Manager for Sanyo Sales & Marketing Europe.

Highlights From This Episode

  • Open Modular Intelligence allows a product to be customised in ways a manufacturer cannot forsee.
  • The lifetime of a computing device is usually shorter than a displays. Modular solutions address this.
  • Digital Signage is the most common application of on board computing.
  • Operational benefits include device control for power saving and using sensors to adjust content based on the current environment.
  • OPS (Open Pluggable Specification) Slots allow third party computing power and video signal interfaces such as HD-BaseT in a standardised format.

Mentioned In This Episode

NEC, Raspberry Pi, SDVoE, ISE, Screenly, Yodeck

Resources

Display Trends Forum 2016 – NEC Teams Up With Raspberry Pi

KFC Case Study

NEC Open Modular Intelligence – OPS and Raspberry Pi

NEC’s Open Modular Intelligence (OMi) platform

NEC / Raspberry Pi Compute Module FAQ’s

Episode 29: Bruno Napoli On Not Selling Technology And The Dangers Of Smart Homes

Bruno Napoli has a background in the Home Cinema scene in Paris, France. Which over the years, evolved into luxury smart home integration. He is a columnist for Smart Integrations Mag and served as co-founder of Krika, a remote monitoring platform for integrated AV and smart home systems.

Highlights From This Episode

  • Custom Installers may resist remote network monitoring because they are forced to use the network – they’d rather be doing AV.
  • Even if the value proposition is clear, the market may still not adopt it – this is the life of an entrepreneur.
  • End users should be informed that is their responsibility to keep network devices up to date – or offered a service contract.
  • Start the conversation with service and maintenance instead of features
  • Communicate to the customer that you will be there for them and you are not a sales sniper (one shot, one kill, next customer).
  • Residential installers should team up with IT companies to service the network.
  • Controlling home systems has safety repercussions that are often overlooked.

Mentioned In This Episode

Krika, Kaleidescape, CEPro, ihiji, Domotz, Oversee, Snap AV, Backpack, Packedge, Control4, Crestron

Episode 28: Matt Dodd On The Difference Between Presenting and Training

Matt Dodd has an extended background in training and has served on the board of Cedia and as Director of Education.

He was Co-founder of smart home and residential integration company thinkingbrinks and is currently Managing Director of Clavia – a coaching and training development company that creates e-learning videos and explainer animations for the AV industry.

Highlights From This Episode

  • There is a big difference between presenting and training.
  • Training should be planned in a similar way to an AV system.
  • Ongoing testing and evaluation is the only way to be sure a training has reached it’s objective.
  • A one hour training seminar at a trade show is difficult to evaluate and execute on. That may be why the value of online training is growing.

Mentioned In This Episode

Clavia, Cedia, Dave Schoenbeck, Paul Harris, Avixa, SDVoE, Justin Kennington, TPLink, Nest

Episode 27: BYU OIT AV Services On Raspberry Pi’s, Open Source, Big Data & Security

Today’s episode is a little different. Instead of interviewing a person, we review a University project that is changing it’s traditional control systems to Raspberry Pi’s and Raspberry Pi Touchscreens. Joining us from the Brigham Young University OIT AV Services team to discuss this project are Daniel Wells: Director of AV Engineering, Brad Streeter: Chief Engineer and Joe Blodgett: Primary Developer of the open source AV control and management solution.

The project can be found here:
https://github.com/byuoitav

Highlights

  • You can’t know what kind of interfaces the customer will need. Giving them an API gives them the freedom to adapt the system as their needs change.
  • Active learning classrooms can have up to 10 displays. Because commodity hardware is so affordable, BYU is able to deploy a touchscreen control systems for almost every video display.
  • Microservers running in a Docker container could be an interesting way to create cross platform device drivers.
  • The SALT stack can be used to manage policies and security updates on Linux devices.
  • The ELK stack can be used to store and visualise data.

Mentions

Daniel Wells, Brad Streeter, Joe Blodgett, BYU, Raspberry Pi, Sony, Epson, ELK, Aurora Reax, C#, .net, Node.js, Golang, Docker, SALT, Linux, JWT, CCUMC, University Of Utah

Episode 26: Andrew Page on Raspberry Pi’s, Sourcing AV From Alibaba, Virtual Reality and Continuous Deployment in AV Systems

Andrew Page has been working at Cornell University for over 16 years and currently Manager of Integrated Audio and Video Engineering.

He has experience designing and delivering for unified communications, digital signage, video conferencing, web conferencing, content delivery networks, webcasting, and video platform services as well as cloud based solutions.

Highlights From This Episode

  • AV Control with a Raspberry Pi, Raspberry Pi Touchscreen, HTML5 and NodeRED
  • Ordering Matrix Switchers from Alibaba
  • Deciding between Contract Manufacturing and Established AV manufacturers
  • How to Manage and Scale software defined systems
  • Enterprise monitoring of AV systems

Mentioned In This Episode

Cornell University, Glyph Technologies, Cisco, Zoom, NodeRED, Javascript, Node.js, NPM, Kramer, PJLink, Amazon Alexa, Revit, Blender, Unreal Engine, David Bianchiardi, Raspberry Pi Foundation, Chromium, Angular, Alibaba, Amazon Alexa, Colin Birney

Episode 25: Mike Adams on Standardized User Experience, Professional USB and Meeting Rooms As A Service

Mike Adams got his start as a Sales and Support Consultant for Apple, and has held several marketing and management positions for AV manufacturers like Polycom and integration companies such as Videonations and Vega Global. He’s also served as a startup mentor and is currently EMEA channel manager at Zoom.

Zoom is a software defined video collaboration solution in use by over 1,000,000 companies and millions of users including myself and this podcast. All of our remote interviews are recorded with Zoom and I also use it to host webinars and collaborate with customers and my development team.

Highlights From This Episode

  • Why USB has a place in professional installations
  • Software Defined Systems create recurring revenue for integrators and have a long (30 year!) refresh cycle
  • A few business model approaches to structuring Meeting Rooms As A Service
  • How to use commodity hardware as a closed appliance
  • Why hardware based system cannot compete with software

Mentioned In This Episode

Zoom, Polycom, Videonations, Vega Global, Crestron, Cisco, Simple MDM