One of my clients had written their own realtime monitoring system for their industrial process, it works great except for the fact that it is only usable on the one PC and this is often not ideally located for the users. They needed a realtime distributed monitoring system.
I grew up in the seventies computers were big, very expensive and not for the masses, the home computer revolution had not yet begun. The most technologically advanced thing in the home was the TV remote control to select one of the four channels! The closest I had come to a computer was a teletype terminal at school hooked up to some magical box through the telephone handset. It was 1980, things were about to change!
One of my clients wanted to offer a simple low cost inspection system to one of their end users. A traditional low cost inspection system would cost several thousands of pounds, they were aiming at several hundred, what about using a tablet?
Did you know that when you walk in to many high street stores and shopping centres (malls) there is a good chance you are being anonymously counted? I previously worked for one of the pioneers in footfall counting SPSL, now part of Ipsos.
I have been dabbling in the 'Internet of Things' for a while and have finally decided to monitor some 'things' around home. I looked around at several off the shelf items as well as a few DIY type offerings (i.e. Open Energy Monitor) but found them to be to exclusive, to expensive, to power hungry, to big or just not quite right. As I want to monitor lots of things (not sure what yet, but have lots of ideas) cost is important and so decided to do my own DIY job!
I was recently asked to design a unit to replace a standard PLC that had reached the limitations of its capabilities. The PLC is part of a bespoke system for food package inspection that fits in to a production line.