Embedded World 2019: enabling visual intelligence

Embedded World 2019

A lively start to Embedded World! We saw a lot of interest in our latest visual intelligence systems, including the VIA Mobile360 D700 Drive Recorder that we demonstrated for the first time at the show.

The device enhances fleet management and driver safety and efficiency by recording each trip using its dual 1080p front dash and interior cameras and enabling real-time route tracking and monitoring via a cloud portal through its 4G wireless, Wi-Fi, and GPS support. Continue reading Embedded World 2019: enabling visual intelligence

Embedded World 2019: making final preparations

final preparations

No signs of 5G at Embedded World. Not a single poster heralding the impending arrival of the next big connectivity revolution. Not even a single dodgy benchmark showing amazing performance speeds.

This comes as no big surprise given that the technology will be rolled out in consumer smart phones first. But I’m sure it will make an appearance at next year’s event as the main applications for 5G will be found in large-scale industrial and smart city deployments in which the embedded industry’s experience and expertise in implementing complex, large-scale projects requiring the integration of diverse communications and computing technologies will come into play. Continue reading Embedded World 2019: making final preparations

Leadership Lessons from Confucius: tuning your pitch

tuning your pitch

子曰:「君子喻於義,小人喻於利。」
Confucius said: “A leader is concerned about what is right; a petty person is concerned about what is in his own interest.”

When you’re preparing a proposal, take some time to understand the needs and motivations of the person you’re going to pitch it to.

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Embedded World 2019: a beautiful sunny afternoon in Nuremberg

Nuremberg

A beautiful sunny afternoon in Nuremberg. I’d forgotten that the shops close on Sundays in Germany. A healthy antidote to the 24/7 always-on lifestyle that we are supposed to follow these days.

I’d forgotten too how soft the mattresses and pillows are in the hotels in Germany (or at least the ones I usually stay in). I hope that my back is up to dealing with them, not to mention the long hours standing at the VIA booth at Embedded World. At least the show lasts only three days. I still have nightmares about spending seven and on at least one occasion eight days working on our stand at CeBIT. So much for the good old days! Continue reading Embedded World 2019: a beautiful sunny afternoon in Nuremberg

VIA at Embedded World 2019: new VPai smart lock

One of the most exciting new products we will be launching at at Embedded World 2019 is the VPai Smart Lock Turnkey Platform aimed at the rapidly-growing smart security device market. Germany. This versatile system features a connected wide-angle camera and offers multiple levels of access authentication in a single, securely-designed device that can be connected to Cloud management services. It can be used in either residential or commercial buildings, and provides multiple customization options to meet specific installation requirements.

VPai Smart Lock features a durable aluminum enclosure that houses a high-quality wide-angle HD camera with night vision capabilities and PIR motion detection, two-way audio for remote calling, a fingerprint recognition module, an NFC card reader, a 12-key touch pad, a 2.7” TFT display, and a tamper switch that triggers an automated alarm when it detects an attemp to dismantle it.  Other features include Wi-Fi connectivity, two Li-Ion batteries, and the lock motor. Continue reading VIA at Embedded World 2019: new VPai smart lock

Analects of Confucius Book 3: overview

The Analects of Confucius Book 3 features some quite astonishing tirades from Confucius against the Three Families, the real power behind the throne of his home state of Lu, for what he saw as their shameless violations of the ancient ritual ceremonies and proprieties that he believed were essential for a civilized society. Continue reading Analects of Confucius Book 3: overview

Leadership Lessons from Confucius: the golden rule

golden rule

子曰:「參乎!吾道一以貫之。」曾子曰:「唯。」子出。門人問曰:「何謂也?」曾子曰:「夫子之道,忠恕而已矣。」
Confucius said: “Shen, my way is woven into a single thread.” Zengzi replied: “Indeed.” After Confucius had left, the other followers asked: “What did he mean?” Zengzi said: “The way of the Master is based on loyalty and reciprocity; that and nothing more.” (1) (2)

Do you have a Golden Rule that you follow: a core ethical principle that guides all your actions? For Confucius, this could be boiled down to reciprocity. As he explains in Chapter 14 of Book 15 of the Analects, this means: “Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.” In other words, put yourself in other people’s shoes before you say or do something to them.

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Duke Ding of Lu

Duke Ding (魯定公) was the predecessor of Duke Ai (哀公) as the ruler of Lu, and reigned from around 509 to 495 BCE. Although responsible for elevating Confucius to his highest official position as Minister of Justice (大司寇) of Lu, the duke was ultimately at least indirectly responsible for Confucius’s decision to go into exile because of his inability to control the Three Families, who were the de facto rulers of the state. Indeed, Duke Ding was said to be so weak that he was the kind of ruler who “held the blade of the sword and offered the handle to his enemies.” Continue reading Duke Ding of Lu

Taking buildings into the 21st century

Taking buildings into the 21st century

Taking buildings into the 21st century is  easier than ever before as a result of a new generation of IoT and Edge AI systems that bring sensors, cameras and control mechanisms together in a truly intelligent management ecosystem. This technology is not exclusive to the latest hyper-modern new builds; it’s just as applicable to any commercial, industrial or residential building because of the many advantages it affords, including reduced energy consumption, predictive maintenance alerts, increased security, greater occupant comfort and safety, and the more efficient utilization of building assets and services. All these drive costs done and less systems downtime (fewer complaints from building residents), thus an excellent ROI.

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