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Lattice Semiconductor Enables Rapid Prototyping of Smart Connectivity Designs with ECP5 Versa Development Kit
Promotional Offer Now Available for New ECP5™ Versa Development Kit and Lattice Diamond® Software Click-to-Tweet ECP5 Versa development kit and Lattice Diamond software promotional offer now available for $99 for a limited time ECP5 family offers low power consumption, small form factor and low cost FPGAs for flexible connectivity to ASICs and ASSPs ECP5 devices are targeted for small cells, microservers, broadband access, and industrial video PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 1, 2015-- Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:LSCC), the l...

Lattice Semiconductor Expands USB Type-C Product Family
Additional Port Controllers Provide Designers With Cost-Optimized, Low-Power Solutions Click-to-Tweet Lattice’s new port controllers deliver space, cost and power efficient designs to support the latest USB Type-C interfaces, enabling designers to quickly develop next-generation products. The three new designs join Lattice’s existing USB Type-C port controllers to deliver a comprehensive product portfolio. These cost-effective USB Type-C port controllers deliver the critical functionalities that manufacturers need – a reversible connector, intelligent ...

Lattice Semiconductor to Present at Jefferies Semiconductors, Hardware & Communications Infrastructure Summit
PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 6, 2015-- Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:LSCC) today announced that it is scheduled to present at Jefferies Semiconductors, Hardware & Communications Infrastructure Summit taking place on Wednesday, August 26 at the Four Seasons in Chicago. During the conference, Joe Bedewi, Corporate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and Glen Hawk, Corporate Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, will be presenting. Presentation materials will be available on the investor relations section of the Company’s website at www.lscc.com. About Lattice Semiconductor L...

Lattice Releases World’s First superMHL Solutions for USB Type-C to Deliver 4K 60fps Video with Concurrent USB 3.1 Data
Click-to-Tweet The world’s first superMHL products to deliver 4K 60fps RGB/4:4:4 video with concurrent USB 3.1 Gen 1 or Gen 2 data over the new USB Type-C connector are now available. This transmitter and receiver pair can deliver and receive 4K 60fps over a single lane, enabling a PC experience with USB Type-C devices. PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 3, 2015-- Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:LSCC), the leading provider of customizable smart connectivity solutions, today announced the world’s first superMHL™ products for USB Type-C to deliver 4K 60fps R...

Lattice Semiconductor Reports Second Quarter 2015 Results
NEWS RELEASE For more information contact: Joe Bedewi Chief Financial Officer Lattice Semiconductor Corporation 503-268-8000 David Pasquale Global IR Partners 914-337-8801 lscc@globalirpartners.com   LATTICE SEMICONDUCTOR REPORTS SECOND QUARTER 2015 RESULTS Second Quarter 2015 Financial Highlights*: Revenue of $106.5 million on a GAAP basis and $109.4 million on a non-GAAP basis. Net loss of $35.6 million or $0.30 per basic and diluted share on a GAAP basis, compared to net loss of $8.6 million or $0.07 per basic and diluted share on a non-GAAP basis. GAAP results reflect $4.1 million in restructuring costs, $3.3 million in acquisition re...

Lattice Semiconductor Schedules Q2 2015 Conference Call
News Release For more information contact: Joe Bedewi Chief Financial Officer Lattice Semiconductor Corporation 503-268-8000 David Pasquale Global IR Partners 914-337-8801 lscc@globalirpartners.com LATTICE SEMICONDUCTOR SCHEDULES Q2 2015 CONFERENCE CALL PORTLAND, OR – July 21, 2015 – Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) today announced that it will hold a conference call on July 30, 2015 to discuss the Company’s financial results for the second quarter 2015 and business outlook. The dial-in number for the live audio call beginning on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time is 1-888-286-6281 or 1-706-643-3761 with conferen...

Huawei Boosts Smartphone 4G Reliability and Performance with Lattice Semiconductor Tunable Antenna Solution
Huawei’s Kirin 930 smartphone platform achieves automatic 4G RF optimization with the smart antenna switching functionality of the Lattice iCE40 LM FPGA Click-to-Tweet Lattice’s low latency tunable antenna controller allows Huawei’s Multi-Scenario Adaptive RF solution to automatically optimize 4G reception for various RF conditions. Lattice tunable antenna controller helps phone manufacturers achieve optimal reception quality when designing devices with metal exteriors. The iCE40 LM family delivers unsurpassed integration of important functions to enable...

ZTE Chooses Lattice Semiconductor for Feature Differentiation and Integration on Star 2 Smartphone
Phone giant uses smart programmability of iCE40 LM FPGA to implement key features in its latest flagship smartphone Click-to-Tweet ZTE adopts Lattice’s programmable platform to implement infrared remote control, breathing LED, and other sensor control functions. Lattice’s always-on sensor hub saves power while enabling background apps and sleep mode features. Lattice’s infrared solution provides better reliability and performance over software-based solution. iCE40 LM devices are highly integrated with built-in hardened IPs and LED driv...

Lattice Semiconductor Updates Key Design Tool Suites
Customers can upgrade to the newest software releases to remain on the forefront of innovation with low power, small size, low cost FPGAs Click-to-Tweet More devices from the new ECP5, iCE40 Ultra, and iCE40 UltraLite families now available with the standard license Lattice Synthesis Engine (LSE) and data updates potentially enable customer to achieve higher performance and lower cost solutions PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 16, 2015-- Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:LSCC), the leading provider of customizable smart connectivity solutions, today announce...

Lattice Semiconductor to Present at 12th Annual Craig-Hallum Institutional Investor Conference
News Release For more information contact: Joe Bedewi Chief Financial Officer Lattice Semiconductor Corporation 503-268-8000 David Pasquale Global IR Partners 914-337-8801 lscc@globalirpartners.com LATTICE SEMICONDUCTOR TO PRESENT AT 12th ANNUAL CRAIG-HALLUM INSTITUTIONAL INVESTOR CONFERENCE PORTLAND, OR – May 14, 2015 – Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) today announced that it is scheduled to present at Craig-Hallum Capital Group’s 12th Annual Institutional Investor Conference on Wednesday, May 27th at The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel. During the conference, Joe Bedewi, Corporate Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, will b...

The Lantronix 10-Minute Challenge!

With our legacy of the 30-minute challenge, where Lantronix would demonstrate adding network connectivity to serial devices, we’re upping the stakes. Here’s the 10-minute challenge for connecting your device to the Internet of Things!

The xPico Wi-Fi comes with not just network connectivity, but with Lantronix SmartSuite applications that make it easy to quickly deploy IoT enabled, mobile ready systems. It’s not just a serial port to TCP tunnel connection anymore, but a number of both network and serial port applications that you can choose from by just configuring the device.

Of course, the xPico Wi-Fi still has the serial port to TCP tunnel for transparently (or AES encrypted!) sending data from the end device to your server, without having to change any code on your device! Or you could choose to use familiar AT commands with Modem Emulation. If your application is more complicated, let the xPico Wi-Fi simplify your code and lower time to market by using the Mux, which is an API on the serial port that lets you manage multiple simultaneous network connections (and yes, built-in AJAX processing for dynamic web pages is there too). And with the Serial API you don’t have to manage sockets, the xPico Wi-Fi takes care of all the connectivity for you, just tell the xPico Wi-Fi where your data should go.

Maybe your device has a custom protocol for sending data that you can’t change. That’s where Monitor comes in, a simple logic engine that runs on the xPico Wi-Fi. Configure the Monitor to communicate with your device based on the device’s protocol, parse and filter the data, and present it so that you can extract it on a dynamic webpage.

So the 10-minute challenge is on. On this video, see how we take an off the shelf medical scale with only a serial port, and put the weight on a web page.

More information, including instructions and sample code, are available on the Lantronix Developer Wiki.

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With our legacy of the 30-minute challenge, where Lantronix would demonstrate adding network connectivity to serial devices, we’re upping the stakes. Here’s the 10-minute challenge for connecting your device to the Internet of Things! The xPico Wi-Fi comes with not just network connectivity, but with Lantronix SmartSuite applications that make it easy to quickly deploy... Read More

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InteropNet SDN Lab to Feature the SLC 8000

INTEROP Las Vegas 2015 / Lantronix - Booth 1058

SLC 8000 Advanced Modular Console Manager

Lantronix will be showcasing a live demonstration of its new SLC 8000 – advanced modular console manager – and other infrastructure management solutions at the upcoming Interop Las Vegas 2015 booth #1058. Designed to reduce deployment and management complexity and costs by providing secure, centralized out-of-band management to distributed IT equipment, the new SLC 8000 can be expanded from eight to 48 ports by customers in the field with ease while allowing them to mix and match RJ45 with USB console connections using 16-port I/O modules that are also individually available for purchase. This modular design makes the SLC 8000 the first of its kind, allowing users to simply add or swap modules to expand device port density and power supply, or introduce new interfaces while getting its advanced features and processing power. Learn more about SLC8000

InteropNet

INTEROPNetThe InteropNet SDN Lab will also showcase multiple SLC 8000 console managers throughout the show floor providing secure console access to equipment from vendors including Cisco, Big Switch, Ruckus, Infoblox, Interface Masters, and more with RJ45 and USB connections. Arrays of Lantronix Spiders will also be showcased delivering scalable KVM-over-IP access to various devices to demonstrate its simple cascading solution for real rack deployment scenarios, while the vSLM central management software aggregates these devices on a single browser.

The InteropNet SDN Lab is a collaborative lab environment on the Expo Floor that demonstrates interoperability of solutions from different vendors for Software-Defined Networking (SDN) systems and applications educating attendees on its principles, functions, and features. InteropNet tours around the expo floor and the labs are also offered throughout April 28th to 30th.

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Lantronix will be showcasing a live demonstration of its new SLC 8000 – advanced modular console manager – and other infrastructure management solutions at the upcoming Interop Las Vegas 2015 booth #1058. Designed to reduce deployment and management complexity and costs by providing secure, centralized out-of-band management to distributed IT equipment, the new SLC 8000... Read More

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xPico Wi-Fi @ Embedded World: Making IoT a Reality!

Embedded World Booth panoramic

Two years ago, Lantronix launched the first in the xPico product family at Embedded World, introducing the market to the most flexible, mobile ready Wi-Fi solution for IoT and M2M applications — all in an incredibly tiny footprint.

Lantronix xPico Wi-Fi compact form factor

Couple that with a greatly increased brand presence and pre/post show marketing, and customers and competitors alike are commenting that Lantronix is back, in a big way.

Flash forward two years and the xPico Wi-Fi is driving end-user applications and is in-market, helping make IoT a reality.

Today, in real time, we’re blogging from the show floor — and the excitement around xPico Wi-Fi, PremierWave and Lantronix in general is palpable. Visitors, partners, customers and the media have been able to watch the progression from idea to real world application.

The ZANO drone (powered by xPico Wi-Fi, and co-marketed by Lantronix) showcases our technology solutions in a finished product that has relevance across dozens of industries and government — from serious business applications to just plain cool consumer products. Speaking of cool, the ZANO drone is facing tough competition from the PremierWave-powered robot (could there be a “Lantronix robot wars” in the making?)

Demo of Torguing’s Zano Drone using Lantronix xPico Wi-Fi module  Demo of robot using Lantronix Premierwave EN Wi-Fi module

With thousands of design engineers milling about, we’ve been going a little deeper with demonstrations of how customers can rapidly provision (on the factory floor), integrate with the cloud and handheld devices, and deploy into market.

xPico Wi-Fi module demonstration  xPico Wi-Fi module demonstration

Lantronix IoT / M2M product showcase  Lantronix IoT / M2M product showcase

Embedded World continues to be a solid venue for building brand awareness throughout Europe, driving leads and customer meetings, and deepening relationships with strategic partners, media and analysts.   And keep your eyes peeled — with local (Lantronix) and media camera crews on site, we’ll be posting videos of the event on our YouTube channel and website shortly.

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Two years ago, Lantronix launched the first in the xPico product family at Embedded World, introducing the market to the most flexible, mobile ready Wi-Fi solution for IoT and M2M applications — all in an incredibly tiny footprint. Couple that with a greatly increased brand presence and pre/post show marketing, and customers and competitors alike... Read More

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xPico Wi-Fi Featured in EE Journal’s Fish Fry Podcast

Fry that fish!

Sizzle, sizzle… Fry that fish!

Well, not exactly. I’m actually not talking about this…

 

I’m talking about this…

Fish Fry podcast, hosted by EE Journal

This week, our Senior Product Line Manager Keith Chu appeared on the popular Fish Fry podcast, hosted by EE Journal. Keith talked about how our xPico Wi-Fi module was used in the ZANO drone – and the many design challenges overcome. He also discussed other applications that are ideally suited for xPico Wi-Fi.

Take a listen here: http://bit.ly/1DmLOFs

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Sizzle, sizzle… Fry that fish! Well, not exactly. I’m actually not talking about this…   I’m talking about this… This week, our Senior Product Line Manager Keith Chu appeared on the popular Fish Fry podcast, hosted by EE Journal. Keith talked about how our xPico Wi-Fi module was used in the ZANO drone – and... Read More

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xPico Wi-Fi Helped ZANO Drone Soar at CES!

In my blog post from December, I touched upon our new partnership with Torquing Group for an exciting new nano drone dubbed ZANO. With our xPico Wi-Fi module embedded inside, ZANO is able to avoid obstacles, hold its position and know exactly where it is in conjunction with your smart device, at all times.

At 2015 CES in Las Vegas, Lantronix and Torquing put ZANO on the map. As the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on consumer technology, CES year in and year out displays the next generation of exciting technology. This year it was ZANO’s turn to shine! The tiny drone garnered a massive amount of attention – from a multitude of media that received an up close and personal look at ZANO with xPico Wi-Fi inside.

The result of all this attention? Nearly 400,000,000 impressions in publications ranging from Mashable to USA Today to Popular Science!

ZANO on display at Digital Experience

ZANO on display at the media event Digital Experience on the eve of CES

Zano/xPico Wi-Fi Coverage during CES

Just a small sampling of the coverage that ZANO/xPico Wi-Fi garnered during CES

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In my blog post from December, I touched upon our new partnership with Torquing Group for an exciting new nano drone dubbed ZANO. With our xPico Wi-Fi module embedded inside, ZANO is able to avoid obstacles, hold its position and know exactly where it is in conjunction with your smart device, at all times. At... Read More

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Konica Minolta Taps xPrintServer to Enable Easy Mobile Printing

Going mobile can be advantageous for the business user – and there’s no reason why that can’t extend to printing! We’re pleased to announce that Konica Minolta has added our xPrintServer – Cloud Print Edition to its EnvisionIT portfolio to help users improve business productivity. With xPrintServer, Konica Minolta customers can now wirelessly and securely print documents from their Android and Google Cloud Print-ready devices to any Konica Minolta bizhub MFP without installing special software or apps. It really is that simple!

Konica MinoltaAdded Kevin Kern, senior VP of Marketing at Konica Minolta Business Solutions, “With businesses embracing BYOD, it’s imperative that users have access to mobile printing directly from the devices they use the most. Solutions such as the xPrintServer are designed to support the needs of today’s mobile users without sacrificing data security, ensuring that confidential information is protected.”

We couldn’t agree more. For additional details, see the article on Marketwired: “Konica Minolta Grows Mobile Print Solutions With Lantronix xPrintServer“.

xPrintServer Cloud Print Edition

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Going mobile can be advantageous for the business user – and there’s no reason why that can’t extend to printing! We’re pleased to announce that Konica Minolta has added our xPrintServer – Cloud Print Edition to its EnvisionIT portfolio to help users improve business productivity. With xPrintServer, Konica Minolta customers can now wirelessly and securely... Read More

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The ZANO Drone and xPico Wi-Fi: Taking “Selfies” to a New Height!

You may not have seen them yet, but if you look closely, drones are here. They’re everywhere. And it’s just the beginning. While the military has been using drones since the 1970s, it was arguably Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ December 2013 announcement of his company’s plan to offer 30 minute product deliveries via drones that brought them to the mainstream. Whether or not such a delivery service pans out is less important than the buzz (no pun intended) it created – as a kickstart for the drone industry.

Amazon’s PrimeAir delivery drone

Amazon’s PrimeAir delivery drone

xPico Wi-Fi / Zano Drone Teaser Video

Watch the Zano Drone Teaser Video

Speaking of kickstart, one of our newest customers – the Torquing Group – has incorporated our xPico Wi-Fi into its latest upcoming product launch: The ZANO drone. This new autonomous, intelligent, swarming nano drone takes selfies to a new height – enabling consumers to capture HD photos and video – all in a handheld form factor.

Product delivery and selfies aren’t the only reason to get excited about drones. The Airforce has been promoting its latest Bugbot Nano drone – one in a line of insect drones being explored by military and private sector companies alike.

As a provider of smart IoT solutions for the medical industry (among other verticals), we’re even more excited about the use of drones to save lives. In October of 2014, the Netherlands’ Delft University of Technology announced that graduate student Alec Momont had developed a prototype drone that delivers a defibrillator to a heart attack victim. To address the reality that the victim’s chance of survival decreases dramatically with each passing minute, this “ambulance drone” is guided by GPS to a mobile phone location within 4.6 square miles in under a minute. Once there, the drone uses live streaming audio and video to allow emergency personnel to provide instructions on how to use the defibrillator correctly, and transmit the patient’s vital signs. With more than 600,000 deaths in the U.S. alone from heart disease, medical emergency drones would be a welcome solution.

Example of an ambulance drone delivering a defibrillator to a patient in need of urgent care.

Example of an ambulance drone delivering a defibrillator to a patient in need of urgent care. (Image Credit: Alec Momont and Delft University of Technology)

If you’re heading to CES 2015 in Las Vegas next month, be sure to check us out – we’ll be partnering with Torquing Group to unveil the ZANO drone – a perfect example of how Lantronix’ smart connectivity and mobility solutions are enabling the Internet of Things.

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You may not have seen them yet, but if you look closely, drones are here. They’re everywhere. And it’s just the beginning. While the military has been using drones since the 1970s, it was arguably Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ December 2013 announcement of his company’s plan to offer 30 minute product deliveries via drones that brought... Read More

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xPrintServer Featured on ‘Today in iOS’ Podcast

xPrintServer Home Edition

xPrintServer recently hit the airwaves as the popular “Today in iOS” covered it in their weekly podcast. With more than 150,000 unique monthly visitors and about 30,000 unique downloads per episode, Today in iOS discusses a variety of topics related to iPhones and iPads.

The host raved about the simplicity of xPrintServer – he set it up in no time at all and said it was really a pleasure to use. The segment begins at the 46:08 mark – click here to listen: http://bit.ly/1z3jFPZ

Today in iOS

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xPrintServer recently hit the airwaves as the popular “Today in iOS” covered it in their weekly podcast. With more than 150,000 unique monthly visitors and about 30,000 unique downloads per episode, Today in iOS discusses a variety of topics related to iPhones and iPads. The host raved about the simplicity of xPrintServer – he set... Read More

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World’s Deepest Underwater Observatory Relies on SLB

Case Study in Baseline Magazine

Earlier this year we blogged about how our Secure Lantronix Branch (SLB) Office Manager was being used at Aloha Cabled Observatory (ACO) – the world’s deepest observatory at 3 miles below the sea surface – to securely manage remote servers and IT infrastructure equipment.

Baseline Logo

Well, Baseline Magazine thought the use case was so cool that they’ve written a great case study about it! “SLB allows the observatory to transmit data over a local network that includes fiber-optic cable, repeaters on the sea floor, computer modules that handle some processing under the surface of the sea, and addressable switches that control the traffic and process optical signals so they can travel over fiber-optic cable effectively.”

Check out the full article here: Baseline: Observatory Relies on Advanced Remote Monitoring.

ACO Ocean Camera

Photo courtesy of Aloha Cabled Observatory: The ACO camera takes live footage from the bottom of the ocean.

 

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Case Study in Baseline Magazine Earlier this year we blogged about how our Secure Lantronix Branch (SLB) Office Manager was being used at Aloha Cabled Observatory (ACO) – the world’s deepest observatory at 3 miles below the sea surface – to securely manage remote servers and IT infrastructure equipment. Well, Baseline Magazine thought the use... Read More

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#BeOurPal – September Photo Contest Winner!

We’re pleased to announce the first winner of the Print and Learn (PAL) program’s #BeOurPal Photo Contest – high school Spanish Teacher Elizabethe! She will receive a free xPrintServer Home Edition to help her be successful in a digital educational environment.

PAL-September-WinnerHer photo was randomly selected for the month of September and showcased a great use of technology in learning; she uses technology to create PowerPoint lessons for her Spanish students. Elizabethe says she will now use the xPrintServer Home Edition to print out educational Spanish games and worksheets that she finds on her iPad.

The PAL program helps to close the loop on the missing link for students and teachers who need to print from their mobile devices. Whether you’re in K-12 or higher education, the digital classroom is everywhere – so why not share how technology is in your educational day?

The #BeOurPAL photo contest invites parents, students and educators to submit a photo using technology in learning. The contest will select a monthly winner until June 2015 – so submit your photos now for a chance to be our next winner.

Photo ideas include:

  • Using an app to translate a language
  • Teaching a little one their shapes on a tablet or computer
  • Printing a world map to learn about geography
  • Using a mobile device in your classroom
  • Having your students research in the computer lab
  • Discovering a new art medium using the internet
  • Tutoring at home with a mobile device
  • Using technology to learn absolutely anything – be creative!

 

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We’re pleased to announce the first winner of the Print and Learn (PAL) program’s #BeOurPal Photo Contest – high school Spanish Teacher Elizabethe! She will receive a free xPrintServer Home Edition to help her be successful in a digital educational environment. Her photo was randomly selected for the month of September and showcased a great... Read More

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The Industry’s First Modular Console Manager Is Here!

This week at Interop, we’re pleased to announce the launch of the SLC™ 8000 advanced modular console manager. The newest addition to our IT infrastructure management solutions, the Lantronix SLC 8000 provides secure in-band and out-of-band management that allows IT personnel of any size enterprise to centrally manage, monitor and troubleshoot IT equipment.

SLC 8000

The end result? Reduced downtime and increased response efficiency so that IT incidents are resolved quickly and with minimal or no network disruption.

Its modular design makes the SLC 8000 the first of its kind, allowing users to simply add or swap modules to expand device port density and power supply, or introduce new interfaces such as USB.

To showcase all the cool features of the new SLC 8000, we have been providing live demonstrations at leading IT trade shows, starting with InterOp 2014 (NYC).

Lantronix live demo of the SLC 8000

Lantronix live demo of the SLC 8000

To support the product launch, we also recently shot a brief video of the product in its own words. Check it out:

http://youtu.be/NGjO6SJcRlo

For more about our full line of IT infrastructure management solutions: http://www.lantronix.com/it-management/

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This week at Interop, we’re pleased to announce the launch of the SLC™ 8000 advanced modular console manager. The newest addition to our IT infrastructure management solutions, the Lantronix SLC 8000 provides secure in-band and out-of-band management that allows IT personnel of any size enterprise to centrally manage, monitor and troubleshoot IT equipment. The end... Read More

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SLB and SLC Come to Life!

Ever wonder what would happen if our products came to life? Wonder no more! In a recent video shoot, both our SLB and SLC IT infrastructure management solutions get a voice so they can talk about their features and the many benefits they bring to the IT administrators who use them.

SLC: “With me doing the work virtually, you don’t have to call in the B team to go on site and compromise security … See my USB ports? Yup, got that, and I can upgrade your power supply too!”

SLB: “I’m your partner to monitor, manage and troubleshoot IT equipment. And best of all, we can do this from your server room. I do the traveling for you and you get all the glory!”

It’s a brave new world of IT products with personalities! We’ll be sure to share the final videos when ready – stay tuned.

Lantronix SLC/SLB Video Shoot - Image 1  Lantronix SLC/SLB Video Shoot - Image 2 

Lantronix SLC/SLB Video Shoot - Image 3

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Ever wonder what would happen if our products came to life? Wonder no more! In a recent video shoot, both our SLB and SLC IT infrastructure management solutions get a voice so they can talk about their features and the many benefits they bring to the IT administrators who use them. SLC: “With me doing... Read More

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Classroom Technology & Mobile Printing

We recently participated in Mediaplanet’s Classroom Technology campaign in which the technology and education industries united to promote the latest in learning and tech trends in an effort to raise education standards across the nation and even the globe.

USA Today - Classroom Technology

We are proud to have Lantronix and the xPrintServer featured alongside industry influencers, associations and public figures that share their personal awareness efforts and education accomplishments.

USA Today - Classroom Technology w/ Ad

The campaign was distributed through USA Today on Sept. 12th, 2014 and is published online at www.classroomtechnologynews.com. The 12 page Classroom Technology feature was distributed to over 1.5 million readers, as well as online. Thanks to the xPrintServer, you can even print out the story!

Don’t forget to check out our new PAL (Print-and-Learn) Campaign and Facebook site.

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We recently participated in Mediaplanet’s Classroom Technology campaign in which the technology and education industries united to promote the latest in learning and tech trends in an effort to raise education standards across the nation and even the globe. We are proud to have Lantronix and the xPrintServer featured alongside industry influencers, associations and public... Read More

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Lantronix Rallies Around Digital Classroom with Launch of Print and Learn (PAL) Program

According to the Center of Digital Education, K-12 schools in the U.S. will spend almost $10 billion on educational technology in 2014. In higher education, the National Retail Federation states that student spending for electronics (tablets, laptops, etc.) is up 20% from last year.

There’s no doubt that classrooms are going digital – yet even with the increase in tablets, Chromebooks and other mobile devices, there remains a strong need to print. But printing from these mobile devices can be a challenge – with software downloads and kludgy apps that may or may not be effective.

With this in mind, we have launched a new program called Print and Learn (PAL) to help schools maximize their existing resources to provide students with the tools they need to be successful in the digital environment. PAL closes the loop on the missing link for students and teachers who need to print from their mobile devices. The program consists of a 20% discount (using code: PAL20) on our xPrintServer, idea sharing on new Facebook page, a year-long photo contest and professional services. It is applicable to both K-12 and higher education. The National Parent Teacher Organization has even joined as an official sponsor.

So what are you waiting for? #BeOurPAL today!

PAL Photo Contest

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According to the Center of Digital Education, K-12 schools in the U.S. will spend almost $10 billion on educational technology in 2014. In higher education, the National Retail Federation states that student spending for electronics (tablets, laptops, etc.) is up 20% from last year. There’s no doubt that classrooms are going digital – yet even... Read More

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Partnering for Success: Lantronix and Cisco

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

—Isaac Newton

There are dozens of great quotes attributed to Newton, but the aforementioned quote is definitely one of my favorites.   As one of the most influential scientists of all time and as a key figure in the scientific revolution, Newton’s contributions have impacted all areas of our lives, especially technology.

Sir Isaac Newton QuoteOne of the critical success factors for any tech company is “strategic partnerships.” Nowhere is this more critical, and more relevant, than during a market transition – and that’s exactly what we’re seeing today regarding the explosive growth of the Internet of Things, or “IoT.”   You’ve seen the stats: “Over 50 billion devices will be connected by 2015!” or “There is already an average of 6 devices connected to a single person.”   They go on and on, but one thing is certain – the Internet of Things is happening. It’s not a matter of “IF,” it’s a matter of “When” and “Who” – as in “Who will come out on top.”   The surest way to come out on top is to partner with and stand on the shoulders of giants. And Cisco is one of those giants.

As a new Cisco Solution Partner, Lantronix can more quickly, easily, and cost effectively keep in lock-step with the most innovative technologies, gain deeper visibility into strategic market trends, and leverage sales and marketing opportunities through Cisco and across the entire IoT ecosystem.

Specifically, Lantronix will be working with Cisco and its partners and teams on IoT infrastructure solutions – providing the market with the “back bone” powering IoT – specifically our award-winning SLB and SLC families of IT Infrastructure Management solutions. With Lantronix and Cisco, no matter where you are located, you can connect to your equipment throughout the world, then diagnose and remediate problems remotely. Imagine the cost and time savings your business will realize when you no longer have to deploy labor forces to accomplish exactly what you can now do from a central data center. Even more—with Lantronix, you are not hampered by a down network. It simply makes no difference.

And who knows, Lantronix may soon be an IoT giant upon whose shoulders others may stand!

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“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” —Isaac Newton There are dozens of great quotes attributed to Newton, but the aforementioned quote is definitely one of my favorites.   As one of the most influential scientists of all time and as a key figure in the scientific revolution, Newton’s... Read More

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SLB Branch Office Manager Earns TweakTown’s “Best Features” Award!

Today more than ever, the need to keep IT equipment operational 24/7 is critical to the health of a company. Enterprises with distributed branch or satellite offices – such as those in retail, finance, insurance, healthcare, and food services industries – are presented with special challenges, as they need a centralized solution that can manage each location remotely. Our Secure Lantronix Branch (SLB) Office Manager is designed to do just that.

Recently TweakTown, one of the biggest technical media Web sites in the world, took an in depth look at SLB and liked what they saw! Reviewer Paul Alcorn tested SLB and provided his thoughts on each step of the process, from product specs to installation and management to the software interface – and finally his conclusion.

Here’s a snippet: “Lantronix SLB is simply outstanding. While covering a recent event in Seoul, South Korea, we could log in and manage our TweakTown lab in Kansas with no problems at all. When utilized in tandem with the SpiderDuo remote KVM/IP, we can expand the functionality of the SLB even further. The ease of use and superior functionality of the Lantronix SLB is backed by a five-year warranty, and wins our TweakTown Best Features Award.”

SLB earned a 94% rating from TweakTown. Check out the full review here.

SLB Product Summary Breakdownn - TweakTown

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Today more than ever, the need to keep IT equipment operational 24/7 is critical to the health of a company. Enterprises with distributed branch or satellite offices – such as those in retail, finance, insurance, healthcare, and food services industries – are presented with special challenges, as they need a centralized solution that can manage... Read More

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Remote Out-of-Band Access in the World’s Deepest Underwater Observatory

(thanks to by Brian Chee, Senior Contributing Editor, InfoWorld Test Center)

Imagine the world’s deepest observatory at 3 miles below the sea surface. Now think about what a challenge it would be to monitor equipment for such a remote location. This was the problem encountered by Aloha Cable Observatory (ACO), as they sought to replace an old power distribution unit (PDU) with a solution that would supply remote power management, control and configuration for critical seawater systems.

Enter SLB! The Secure Lantronix Branch (SLB) Office Manager from Lantronix was selected to securely manage remote servers and IT infrastructure equipment over the Internet and control devices that only had serial remote access. ACO technical staff deployed SLB to perform last-resort power reboots of various control computers in the power and control section of the dry land portion of ACO.

“We needed to replace a failing PDU that was too old to provide encrypted remote access – an issue that threatened to put us in violation of acceptable use policies,” said Brian Chee, IT specialist, University of Hawaii at Manoa. “The SLB solved that issue while supplying more control in less rack space since the SLB provides the functionality of three different devices in a single RU.”

SLB provided ACO with secure, remote out-of-band access while offering more flexibility and power control. If SLB can accomplish these feats 3 miles under the surface of the ocean, think about what it could do for your business!

SLB and Underwater Observatory 2014

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(thanks to by Brian Chee, Senior Contributing Editor, InfoWorld Test Center) Imagine the world’s deepest observatory at 3 miles below the sea surface. Now think about what a challenge it would be to monitor equipment for such a remote location. This was the problem encountered by Aloha Cable Observatory (ACO), as they sought to replace... Read More

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Sending data from Lantronix to Google Analytics

Google and Lantronix

The following is a copy of a guest post from Kurt Busch, CEO, and Mariano Goluboff, Principal Field Applications Engineer at Lantronix as originally posted on Google’s corporate blog at: http://analytics.blogspot.com/2014/03/sending-data-from-lantronix-to-google.html

Background

Google Analytics makes it easy to create custom dashboards to present data in the format that most helps to drive business processes. We’ve put together a solution that will make several of our devices (networking and remote access devices) easily configurable to enable delivery of end device data to Google Analytics. We use the Lantronix PremierWave family of devices to connect to an end device via a serial port like RS-232/485, or Ethernet, intelligently extract useful data, and send it to Google Analytics for use in M2M applications.

What you need

To get started, grab the Pyserial module, and load it on your Lantronix PremierWave XC HSPA+. You’ll also want a device with a serial port that sends data you want to connect to Google Analytics. A digital scale like the 349KLX is a good choice.

Architecture overview

With the Measurement Protocol, part of Universal Analytics, it is now possible to connect data from more than web browsers to Analytics.

Lantronix integrated the Measurement Protocol by using an easy to deploy Python script. By being able to natively execute Python on PremierWave and xSenso devices, Lantronix makes it very easy to deploy intelligent applications leveraging Python’s ease of programming and extensive libraries.

The demonstration consists of a scale with an RS-232 output, connected to a Lantronix PremierWave XC HSPA+. The Python script running on the PremierWave XC HSPA+ parses the data from the scale, and sends the weight received to Google Analytics, where it can then be displayed.

The hardware setup is show in the picture below.

The technical details

The Python program demonstrated by Lantronix uses the Pyserial module to parse this data. The serial port is easily initialized with Pyserial:

class ser349klx:
# setup the serial port. Pass the device as '/dev/ttyS1' or '/dev/ttyS2' for
# serial port 1 and 2 (respectively) in PremierWave EN or XC HSPA+
def __init__(self, device, weight, ga):
  while True:
   try:
    serstat = True
    ser = serial.Serial(device,2400, interCharTimeout=0.2, timeout=1)
   except Exception:
    serstat = False
   if serstat:
    break
    
  self.ser = ser
  self.weight = weight
  self.ga = ga

The scale used constantly sends the current weight via the RS-232 port, with each value separated by a carriage return:

def receive_line(self):
  buffer = ''

  while True:
   buffer = buffer + self.ser.read(self.ser.inWaiting())
   if 'r' in buffer:
    lines = buffer.split('r')
    return lines[-2]

The code that finds a new weight is called from a loop, which then waits for 10 equal non-zero values to wait for the weight to settle before sending it to Google Analytics, as shown below:

# This runs a continuous loop listening for lines coming from the
# serial port and processing them.
def getData(self):
  count = 0
  prev = 0.0
  #print self.ser.interCharTimeout
  while True:
   time.sleep(0.1)
   try:
    val = self.receive_line()
    weight.value=float(val[-5:])*0.166
    if (prev == weight.value):
     count += 1
     if (count == 10) and (str(prev) != '0.0'):
      self.ga.send("{:.2f}".format(prev))
    else:
     count = 0
     prev = weight.value
   except Exception:
    pass

Since the Google Analytics Measurement Protocol uses standard HTTP requests to send data from devices other than web browsers, the ga.send method is easily implemented using the Python urllib and urllib2 modules, as seen below:

class gaConnect:
def __init__(self, tracking, mac):
  self.tracking = tracking
  self.mac = mac
 
 def send(self, data):
  values = { 'v' : '1',
     'tid' : self.tracking,
     'cid' : self.mac,
     't' : 'event',
     'ec' : 'scale',
     'ea' : 'weight',
     'el' : data }
 
 res = urllib2.urlopen(urllib2.Request("http://www.google-analytics.com/collect",
                                        urllib.urlencode(values)))

The last piece is to initialize get a Google Analytics connect object to connect to the user’s Analytics account:

ga = gaConnect("UA-XXXX-Y", dev.mac)

The MAC address of the PremierWave device is used to send unique information from each device.

Results

With these pieces put together, it’s quick and easy to get data from the device to Google Analytics, and then use the extensive custom reporting and modeling that is available to view the data. For example, see the screenshot below of real-time events:

Using Lantronix hardware, you can connect your serial devices or analog sensors to the network via Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or Cellular. Using Python and the Google Analytics Measurement Protocol, the data can be quickly and easily added to your custom Google Analytics reports and dashboards for use in business intelligence and reporting.

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Google and Lantronix The following is a copy of a guest post from Kurt Busch, CEO, and Mariano Goluboff, Principal Field Applications Engineer at Lantronix as originally posted on Google’s corporate blog at: http://analytics.blogspot.com/2014/03/sending-data-from-lantronix-to-google.html Background Google Analytics makes it easy to create custom dashboards to present data in the format that most helps to drive... Read More

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Lantronix + dweet + freeboard: Connecting a microcontroller’s serial port to the Internet of Things

XPico Wi-Fi Freescale Tower ModuleTalking to my customers, everybody is asking about the Internet of Things. There is so much information about the IoT, that it can be confusing to figure out how to solve your specific business problem with all the options available.

Where the rubber meets the road is putting hardware, software, and services together to get to a cogent solution. All while reducing costs and time to market, of course. So when I heard someone wanting to connect to Bug Labs’ dweet.io I was intrigued. Here’s a service that claims to make the sending of data very easy. I don’t even have to sign up for a free account, I can just start sending data from my device? Let’s try this out.

I took a Lantronix xPico Wi-Fi Freescale Tower System connected with a Kinetis microcontroller. The xPico Wi-Fi manages the TCP connection to the dweet.io server, so the microcontroller only needs to construct the message to be sent. The dweet.io platform accepts data with standard HTTP requests, so the microcontroller just sends the following data to the UART port, and the rest is taken care of by the xPico Wi-Fi.

GET /dweet/for/<uid>?potentiometer=<value> HTTP/1.1rn
Host: dweet.iorn
Connection: keep-alivern
Accept: */*rn
rn

The program running on the microcontroller sends new data any time that the potentiometer on the Kinetis Tower board changes. This video shows how it works:

http://youtu.be/xmrgD9j_iFA

Using freeboard.io, it couldn’t have been easier to view the information being posted. In literally 5 minutes, I had a dashboard that shows current and historical data:

Conclusion

There are many services and products to help get your device connected to the Cloud. Lantronix hardware and the software applications that run on it make it very easy to connect your device to the network. The dweet.io and freeboard.io services from Bug Labs can take the data from the device and make it actionable quickly.

Figuring out how to use the Internet of Things to your advantage doesn’t have to be complicated. We can help you design and implement a total solution of hardware, software, and services to meet your needs.

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Talking to my customers, everybody is asking about the Internet of Things. There is so much information about the IoT, that it can be confusing to figure out how to solve your specific business problem with all the options available. Where the rubber meets the road is putting hardware, software, and services together to get... Read More

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xPrintServer: On the Road, Online, On TV, and In Print

Launching a new product is never easy, and it can even be more challenging when the product is one of a kind. It takes creativity, out of the box thinking, lots of elbow grease, a little bit of luck and persistence.

Little more than a year after its launch, you’d be hard pressed to find an iPad or iPhone enthusiast who has not heard about xPrintServer. While this product line – and the market opportunity for networked mobile printing– is in many ways still in its infancy, xPrintServer is well positioned to capitalize on the need for a cost-effective and easy to deploy networked mobile printing solution as more and more businesses adopt iPads in the workplace.

Our latest marketing blitz hit the market back in early November 2012, in preparation for holiday gift guides and promotions.

Lantronix and the xPrintServer were featured in more than a dozen national morning show segments on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNBC and more – thanks to Steve Greenberg, author of Gadget Nation and host of the TV show “Invention Hunters.”  From Chicago, Minneapolis, and Washington, to New York, Seattle, and Houston, the gadget-shows were seen by mobile Apple device users nationwide!

Tech Guru Steve Greenburg showcases the Lantronix xPrintServer (WFAA - Dallas / Fort Worth)

Key to holiday marketing success are “holiday gift guides” – and xPrintServer proved to be a popular stocking stuffer this year.  From British Airways in-flight magazine (Business Life) to Electronic House’s Back to School Cool list to Cult of Mac’s iPad Lover’s Gift Guides, we appeared in more than a dozen magazine and online guides. The result was that in the December quarter, Lantronix recorded increased sales in our device management product category – most of the growth in sales due to the xPrintServer product’s growing popularity.

Holiday Gift Guides and xPrintServer

Following our success formula from last year, we once again leveraged CES and MacWorld as platforms for launching and promoting the xPrintServer.  Prior to the events, we demonstrated the xPrintServer (Office and Home editions) to more than 1,000 members of the U.S. and EMEA press.   To complement the resulting hundreds of pieces of press coverage and product reviews, we also hit the market with print and online ads, building momentum for the live events.   MacWorld, iPhoneLife, MacDirectory, iBusiness Magazine, Network World,  and more all featured one to two page print ads – distributed and mailed to more than 2 million iPad and iPhone enthusiasts – from on-site distribution at CES and MacWorld, to newsstands, airports and electronics stores nationwide.  Not to be outdone by the xPrintServer, our president and CEO Kurt Busch and the Lantronix M2M story made the cover and feature story in EEWeb’s latest Pulse Magazine.

i.Business Magazine + Legacy Series Special Edition

To complement the on and off line print ads, the Lantronix xPrintServer took to social media.  Our award-winning “I Can Print!” commercials have been aired on CNBC and Google’s online network of video sites, on YouTube, and even made it to a premier showing during Fashion Week in Toronto.  To further capture gadget and trend influencers, xPrintServer is being featured on the new OraTV channel – exposing the brand to more than 1 million viewers in March and April of 2013.   No online or social media effort would be complete without the endorsement of technology guru Leo Laporte (go to minute marker 16.00) and his team’s support of the xPrintServer, which was highlighted on several dozen TWiT.TV podcasts over the past six months.

OraTV and Leo Laporte / TWiT.TV feature xPrintServer

The marketing campaigns laid the groundwork for MacWorld – which many show registrants and exhibitors said should be called “Lantronix World”!   We were the official mobile print sponsor – you couldn’t enter or exit the show without seeing or hearing about the xPrintServer, thanks to some aggressive field sales and marketing, complete with Lantronix-branded “I Can Print!” gear.

MacWorld Photos

In addition to winning “Editor’s Choice” by The Mac Observer for the second year in a row, one of the most exciting aspects of MacWorld this year was the emphasis on Apple products serving the B2B market.  Our own chief technology architect, Dave Wagstaff, presented “Best Practices for Deploying Mobile Print Solutions in the Enterprise” to an audience of nearly 100 IT executives.

Kurt Busch accepts TMO's "Editors Choice" Award

As we move into 2013 and beyond, more of our focus will be on leveraging the brand awareness we’ve built to drive enterprise adoption of the xPrintServer family.   The upcoming iBusiness Magazine road shows  should prove to drive awareness and sales into the small business market.  iBusiness has been a big supporter of the xPrintServer, and given the excitement and interest from their audience, our new xPrintServer Office Edition was featured on the magazine’s holiday edition cover — with more than 500,000 copies distriuted at CES and MacWorld.   We will also be partnering with targeting publications such as CIO Magazine, Network World, InfoWorld, Control Design, and more, to continue direct marketing to key decision makers and influencers for all of Lantronix’ M2M products, services and solutions.

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Students Across the Country: “We Can Print!”

Since the launch of xPrintServer-Network Edition back in December, we’ve seen tremendous demand from educational institutions, school districts, students, parents, and educators themselves.  The rapid pace of iPad deployment in schools – from kindergarten (yes, kindergarten) through college and graduate school – has only been outstripped by the students’ ability to embrace any piece of new technology, especially the iPad.   [The Cult of Mac recently posted a great article about how iPads are transforming the classroom.]

Lantronix at Mater Dei's back-to-school week

Lantronix’ Dean Lazzara demos the xPrintServer during Mater Dei’s back-to-school week.

The Lantronix team has been actively working with schools to print-enable their campuses, in preparation for back-to-school initiatives.  Probably the most interesting insight we’ve gleaned so far is that these schools are a near perfect microcosm of large enterprises.  They boast a wide variety of user types (students, teachers, administrators, visitors) – some of who are friendly, some are hostile/hackers. But in the end, every student and parent with whom we’ve spoken has said the same thing – “Thank you for helping us print!”  Clearly the market is now catching up to the pain-point we’ve solved with the xPrintServer.

One of the schools with which we’ve most recently been working is Mater Dei High School in Orange County, California.  Last year, this leading national high school rolled out more than 2,000 iPads to the student body – one of the first schools in the country to build out a curriculum leveraging the iPad platform.  In addition to working to print-enable their campus for the coming school year, they’ve also been part of our new back-to-school marketing promotion – the goal of which is simple: Get the xPrintServer into the hands of students – one of the most coveted segments, given their powerful word-of-mouth opportunities and profile of being early adopters.

Whether schools use the iPad for engaging students, conducting online classes, or simply as replacements for text books, the fact is, iPads are changing the way we educate our children, and what better validation for our xPrintServer than to hear a student say, “My Dad just bought one of those for us so we can print, and it’s so cool!”

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Since the launch of xPrintServer-Network Edition back in December, we’ve seen tremendous demand from educational institutions, school districts, students, parents, and educators themselves.  The rapid pace of iPad deployment in schools – from kindergarten (yes, kindergarten) through college and graduate school – has only been outstripped by the students’ ability to embrace any piece of... Read More

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Lights, Camera, xPrintServer!

On Monday, March 19th, xPrintServer made its television debut – and we’re happy to report, the audience loved it.  Even the anchor and technology reporter cheered as the xPrintServer did exactly what it’s supposed to do – PRINT!

Earlier this year at CES, we had the pleasure of meeting Bruce Pechman, “The Muscleman of Technology.”  For anyone who hasn’t met or seen Bruce, he’s an incredibly enthusiastic, seasoned on-air talent with over 300 live TV appearances reviewing technology and healthcare products.  He appears regularly on Los Angeles superstation KTLA (10 million household reach) and “Good Morning San Diego.”  After providing a live demo of our xPrintServer for Bruce at CES, he invited us down for an on-air product review.

The day started early – 3am to be exact.  By 5:30am, we were ready for our close-up.  San Diego-based KUSI-TV was already in full swing, reporting the morning news, and Bruce was wide awake and ready to go (I don’t think this guy sleeps!).   Check out the entire video for Bruce’s review of the new iPad and the xPrintServer. (Click on “Bruce appears on KUSI-TV: The new Apple iPad” video 3/19/12)

The KUSI-TV studios in San Diego, CA.

The KUSI-TV studios in San Diego, CA.

Bruce Pechman and the xPrintServer

Bruce Pechman and the xPrintServer

Of course, we’re thrilled about the brand awareness and extended publicity reach afforded to us by a live television spot, but something that never gets old is watching the reaction from customers and the press when they see the product work.  Responses typically begin with disbelief that the xPrintServer is plug-and-print… followed by near jubilation at the mere fact you can print from your iPad or iPhone.   And finally, a “Wow – it’s THAT simple?!”    This is either a referendum on how poorly most products are made today – or a testament to how important it is to create and market a product that delivers on what the customer wants.  In our case, we’re happy to report it’s the latter.

xPrintServer: The pre-commercial teaser.

xPrintServer: The pre-commercial teaser.

Bruce Pechman and Mark Tullio

Bruce Pechman and Mark Tullio

Thanks again to Bruce and the KUSI-TV family for having invited Lantronix on the show, and look forward to working with them as we continue to build brand awareness for Lantronix, the xPrintServer, and other products to come.

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On Monday, March 19th, xPrintServer made its television debut – and we’re happy to report, the audience loved it.  Even the anchor and technology reporter cheered as the xPrintServer did exactly what it’s supposed to do – PRINT! Earlier this year at CES, we had the pleasure of meeting Bruce Pechman, “The Muscleman of Technology.” ... Read More

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Live from Macworld: Timing is Everything.

Coming to you live from the Macworld/MacIT show floor!  Last night more than 700 members of the press flooded the dedicated media event…. And our team must’ve done a demo for every one of them.  Some twice! (read article)   The reaction across the board has been remarkably consistent — the first response is “wow, it’s that easy!?”. Followed by “this is something every business needs…how could they not want an iOS network printing solution?”.

Lantronix' Dean Lazzara provides live demo to Mac Observer

Lantronix’ Dean Lazzara provides live demo to Mac Observer

Lantronix' Dean Lazzara and Dave Wagstaff during MacIT

Lantronix’ Dean Lazzara and Dave Wagstaff during MacIT

Recent stories about Apple, Boston Scientific (read article) and GE (read article) echo this sentiment — they’re deploying iPads at breakneck speed, but are feeling the pain of how to manage it, and more importantly how to manage and satisfy their internal users’ needs, including printing.

Time will tell just how successful the xPrintServer will be.  But one thing is for sure – we’ve taken a leadership position in creating category awareness of iOS printing in the enterprise, highlighted the user pain, established ourselves as a market leader and evangelized an elegant solution.  Now comes the exciting part – leveraging marketing, sales and distribution to meet demand.

If Macworld, CES, and feedback from the field are any indication of what’s to come, we’ve got the right product, at the right time, for the right audience.

Timing is everything.

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Coming to you live from the Macworld/MacIT show floor!  Last night more than 700 members of the press flooded the dedicated media event…. And our team must’ve done a demo for every one of them.  Some twice! (read article)   The reaction across the board has been remarkably consistent — the first response is “wow,... Read More

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Machine to Machine: You Don’t Need to Know M2M to Know You Want a Smart Meter

As an engineer, I admit, I tend to get caught up in the “How”. How things work, that is. And in the world of M2M, there’s a LOT of “how” to sink my teeth into. But there’s also quite a bit of “why.” And the more powerful the argument for “why”, the more likely a new technology is to be adopted in the general population.

A recent study by Market Strategies International found Americans are attracted to M2M concepts that seek to make their lives easier, safer, or help them save money.

Lantronix_M2M_Global ConnectivityAmerican consumers found appeal in the primary M2M concepts
in this order:

  1. Home energy management
  2. Health monitoring
  3. Property security
  4. People/pet security
  5. Mobile banking/shopping

Despite the somewhat obvious nature of this information, it left me with that familiar question: “Why?” Why we do what we do at Lantronix, that is.

Over the last 12-18 months, we’ve focused heavily on the “whys” related to M2M. Because we’ve arrived at the conclusion that the “how” we do things (connecting machines) is simply a conduit for the reason WHY we do it: To make your life better by providing more information in context. To help you make smarter decisions with less time, less money, and less risk.

We’ve worked in the last 2 years with cities to improve traffic flow (which saves time and improves safety), we’ve worked with government contractors to use M2M to remove humans from dangerous flight missions—and every day, we’re working on concepts to make the average person’s life just that much easier. But there is so much more information, which if it could be “mined” or “harvested”, could fundamentally change the way companies and individuals conduct business; this is the basic promise of M2M – Getting the right information to the right people at the right time. The “why” is the opportunity which is very exciting, the ‘how’ is the hard part and the one Lantronix is attacking head-on.

M2M in 2011 is an exciting prospect—so stick around—because there’s a lot more answers to “why” coming your way…

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As an engineer, I admit, I tend to get caught up in the “How”. How things work, that is. And in the world of M2M, there’s a LOT of “how” to sink my teeth into. But there’s also quite a bit of “why.” And the more powerful the argument for “why”, the more likely a... Read More

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We’re Expanding in the Asia Pacific Region

For several years, M2M has been redefining how we interact with, and obtain information from machines in the western world. This growth has not been lost on the Asian market – which is fast becoming a hot spot for accelerated M2M activity.

I am happy to see businesses from around the world enter the Asian market. In my opinion, this is a signal of a strengthening and stabilizing market – and we’re a part of that uptick.

In an area of the world where until recently M2M applied mainly to telematics and security, we’re now seeing applications to cellular, smart grids, transportation. Bandwidth to handle everything is increasing and opportunities that bandwidth provides is endless.

Lantronix has been in Asia since 2002 and we’ve been expanding our bandwidth, too. This week we moved due to expansion of our team and the growing market. You can now find us at:

Unit 3112-13, 31/F, Tower 1,
Millennium City 1,
388 Kwun Tong Road,
Kwun Tong, Kowloon
Hong Kong

In the meantime, keep your eyes on the growth of M2M in Asia!

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For several years, M2M has been redefining how we interact with, and obtain information from machines in the western world. This growth has not been lost on the Asian market – which is fast becoming a hot spot for accelerated M2M activity. I am happy to see businesses from around the world enter the Asian... Read More

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Intelligent Communities of the Year – Paving the way for international business

Developing new International business relationships is considered to be very different in each country. Cultural differences, a variety of languages, local habits and/or specific slang seem to be human obstacles causing individuals to feel uncomfortable by nature when they first meet. No doubt this is a very true statement yet based on my experience it seems to be somewhat different when one comes from ‘The Netherlands’ in Europe. I find it most intriguing to conclude that there always seems to be this one powerful subject ‘the Dutch’ can use to instantly ‘break the ice’ in any conversation. It almost seems to create an immediate feeling of comfort and mind-share among individuals moving conversation to a very friendly level.

No rocket science in revealing the subject as clearly this is about the Capital of The Netherlands: Amsterdam. Windmills, Tulips, Cheese, Red Light District, Legal Cannabis, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Anne Frank, who wrote her world famous diary while in hiding in occupied Holland, etc.

Allow me to introduce you to a new, perhaps underestimated phenomenon in The Netherlands located no more than 70 miles South-East from Amsterdam: The city of Eindhoven.

Eindhoven, officially referred to as ‘Brain port’, is considered to be the Industrial heart of The Netherlands with its trend-setting center of innovation and technology, ranking 4th on the EU’s Lisbon index for innovation. It holds a strategic position as one of Western Europe’s leading technology centers and has been the base for the research and development facilities of companies such as Philips Electronics for over a century. A research campus housing 10,000 researchers convinced many global companies to establish development and production facilities in the area. 40% of all R&D activities in the Netherlands are taking place in the Eindhoven region. 25% of the jobs in the region are in technology and ICT.

Just recently, the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) named its 2011 Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year in the Hawaiian capital of Honolulu. The ICF’s Top Seven are communities that provide a model of economic and social development in the 21st Century using information and communications technology to power growth, address social challenges and preserve and promote culture.

Eindhoven has been selected by an independent jury of academics from a list of 21 contenders.
Of the other six Intelligent Communities in the world, there are three in the United States: Chattanooga, Tennessee; Dublin, Ohio and Riverside, California. Canada has two of the seven Intelligent Communities – Stratford and Windsor-Essex. Also, Issy-les-Moulineaux in France is one of the most intelligent regions in the world.

You can imagine my relief and excitement in adding ‘Eindhoven’ as a new additional subject when meeting new International business relationships! And if that doesn’t work: The legend of Hans Brinker who supposedly put his finger in the dyke to prevent a flood always does…

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Developing new International business relationships is considered to be different in each country. Cultural differences, a variety of languages, local habits and/or specific slang seem to be human obstacles causing individuals to feel uncomfortable by nature when they first meet. Eindhoven's announcement as an Intelligent Community of the Year will assist in creating these international relationships.

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Keep That Traffic Moving

Beijing is famous for its traffic. As are cities in the United States including Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York. Our governments and urban planners have yet to find a golden solution to keep traffic moving–if there is such a thing. Earlier this month I came across an article in ChinaDaily about a new concept for traffic flow designed by a university student named Li Xu. After witnessing his father losing a business deal due to being stuck in traffic, Xu designed an intersection that theorizes to keep traffic moving–even without lights. This concept interested me for a few reasons: First, necessity really is the mother of invention, isn’t it? Mr. Xu designed this concept after experiencing real consequences of city traffic. But more than that, I love seeing people employing new thinking about situations that many consider just status quo. After all, that’s very similar to what we do at Lantronix. In fact, our technology’s already been implemented to address traffic problems in Los Angeles. Together with Systems Integrated, we helped LA County improve the flow of traffic and save management costs by allowing lights to be remotely managed. You can read more about it on our website. Mr. Xu’s concept made me come to a conclusion about our work at Lantronix: One of the things I like best about our technology is it can immensely improve the status quo–often without full-on infrastructure overhauls. Kudos to Mr. Xu on his idea, though– we need more people like him out there thinking of ways to make the daily grind better for all of us.

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Beijing is famous for its traffic. As are cities in the United States including Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York. Our governments and urban planners have yet to find a golden solution to keep traffic moving–if there is such a thing. Earlier this month I came across an article in ChinaDaily about a new concept... Read More

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IT, Meet OT

As I continually meet with customers and engage with industry analysts, it is becoming more apparent the benefits of M2M communications are starting to accelerate. This is a welcome realization for those of us who have been anxiously anticipating this day. M2M technology has already enabled smart grid applications, built management systems, and improved industrial process controls — but always as standalone solutions and systems commonly referred to as Operations Technology, or OT. Often, OT systems are not well integrated with the other business or Information Technology (IT) systems.

Operations Technology Has Taken Us Far
When we sit back and look at the impact of OT Systems, we see a profound impact of these systems. OT is the backbone of businesses that use automated machinery to produce food products, monitor environmental systems in data centers, power robotic welding machines on assembly lines, deliver fuel, and monitor our safety. M2M technology is the core foundation that captures and delivers the operational data within individual machines, equipment and devices—and allows this data to be distributed to people and systems for effective management.

Now Let’s Take Things Even Farther
As we build the enabling technology for M2M communications, our customer engagements become more exciting. Today, we can demonstrate what happens when an OT system is connected with an IT system. The benefits of OT are deepened with a business context placed around the data. An unbridled creativity is unleashed with the possibility of having accurate, real time information access with a company’s OT system tied into its IT systems. At one recent customer meeting, we demonstrated the effectiveness of using M2M technology to access real time data of fuel tanks and tie that into the company’s fleet tracking systems, inventory forecasting system, and finance systems. Armed with this information, the customer can now develop strategic initiatives that were previously out of reach for them due to cost and complexity.

Tying OT and IT Enable Amazing Business Potential
The strategic benefits for companies that embark on this effort have significant operational payback. Our customer engagements are validating these research findings. And it’s time to get on board to learn more. Gartner Research has put forth research showing the strategic benefits of tying together IT and OT closely together—I encourage you to read for yourself.

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As I continually meet with customers and engage with industry analysts, it is becoming more apparent the benefits of M2M communications are starting to accelerate. This is a welcome realization for those of us who have been anxiously anticipating this day. M2M technology has already enabled smart grid applications, built management systems, and improved industrial... Read More

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Getting Lost in Alphabet Soup

IEEE802.11n is Everywhere

IEEE802.11n is really picking up steam since being ratified a little over a year ago, with products showing up not only commercially but even in products sold at retailers like Wal-Mart and Amazon. There is a lot to this standard (over 500 pages of documentation alone!) – including potential for higher throughput and better interoperability due to the extended review period, early products, and extensive testing.

Not All Devices Are Equal

However- not all 802.11n devices and equipment are created equal. While the standard allows for operating on either of two unique RF bands (2.5GHz and 5 GHz)–it is not mandatory–so a lot of equipment is ‘single-band’. Be sure to read the fine print and know what you’re buying. In real-world installations, customers are finding that the existing 2.45GHz band has become congested; so being able to operate at the less-crowded 5GHz and segregate traffic between the two bands is a key success factor. Combining this capability with antenna diversity makes signal integrity and reliability better. Antenna diversity allows the device to select the best antenna to maximize signal strength. (A quick plug: Lantronix’ PremierWave EN is one product that supports dual-band 802.11n allowing the attached equipment to communicate on either band. It also incorporates Antenna Diversity). IEEE802.11r is another interesting member of the alphabet soup. Look for that in an upcoming blog!

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IEEE802.11n is Everywhere IEEE802.11n is really picking up steam since being ratified a little over a year ago, with products showing up not only commercially but even in products sold at retailers like Wal-Mart and Amazon. There is a lot to this standard (over 500 pages of documentation alone!) – including potential for higher throughput... Read More

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M2M Device Connectivity in Health Care: Stat

At the close of 2010, approximately 1.5 million medical devices across 10,000 different categories were in use around the world according to the World Health Organization. By 2015, the global medical device market will approach $300 billion (Espicom, 2010), with machine to machine (M2M) revenues predicted to increase at a rate of 17% annually through 2014 (Harbor Research, 2010). This begs the question, how many medical devices are currently connected?

There’s no easy answer to that question. Given the variations in different health care environments – like hospitals versus a patient’s home, for one – tracking estimates of connected devices quickly becomes overwhelming. We do know that in the hospital environment for starters, there are numerous opportunities for M2M connectivity. According to IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise) in 2007, “for every connected IT device in the hospital, there are 4 patient care devices that are not connected.” Pair this with the fact that in the U.S. alone, there are 5,795 hospitals with 944,277 staffed beds (American Hospital Association), and it’s easy to understand why health care is forecasted to be one of the fastest growing M2M vertical markets through 2015.

A variety of factors are contributing to the acceleration of medical device connectivity:

  • Connected medical devices provide for safer patient care. Mistakes are less prevalent thanks to easy access to accurate information.
  • “Smarter” devices offer immediate gains in efficiency and productivity. With a shortage of qualified care professionals like nurses, this makes quite an impact.
  • More chronic care patients are also being monitored from home. As new wireless technologies proliferate both inside and outside of hospitals, IT groups have more options in how to connect new or existing devices. This makes it possible to extend quality care outside of the hospital – and also to support more patients.
  • Meaningful use legislation whereby hospitals are reimbursed at better rates for implementing and utilizing electronic medical records (EMRs). This has created significant momentum in connectivity for both hospitals and device manufacturers.

This confluence of factors is pushing the increased use of connectivity solutions in an industry considered behind those such as financial services and retail.

Lantronix recently co-sponsored a whitepaper with HIMSS (Healthcare Information Management Systems Society) to gauge EMR connectivity progress across 825 U.S. hospitals surveyed. Only one-third of those hospitals surveyed indicated that an interface was present between their devices and EMRs. While progress is being made, there is much work to be done. At the recent HIMSS annual conference attended by over 35,000 health care professionals in Orlando, Florida, meaningful use and connectivity efforts were discussed extensively. This is an area where we are seeing not just significant growth, but new and exciting improvements that have the potential to change how care is delivered for years to come!

White paper with HIMSS

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At the close of 2010, approximately 1.5 million medical devices across 10,000 different categories were in use around the world according to the World Health Organization. By 2015, the global medical device market will approach $300 billion (Espicom, 2010), with machine to machine (M2M) revenues predicted to increase at a rate of 17% annually through... Read More

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Going Back-to-School at Embedded World
EmbeddedWorld 2011 - Student Day at LTRX booth

EmbeddedWorld 2011 – Student Day at the Lantronix booth

Throughout the late ‘80s and ‘90s, if you wanted to be taken seriously as a technology provider, you had to exhibit at all the top shows.  It’s no secret that over the past decade, technology trade shows and events in the U.S. have fallen out of favor with marketers. The time and costs associated with exhibiting heavily outweighed the return on investment.  This isn’t necessarily the case in the rest of the world – especially in the EMEA and APAC regions – where trade shows often play a critical role in furthering strategic partnerships, building brand awareness, driving press coverage, and pushing leads through the funnel.

Last week I had the privilege to attend and exhibit our products and services at the annual Embedded World 2011 event in Nurnberg, Germany.  With an estimated record attendance of 250,000 attendees, the show was and will continue to be a “must-have” for Lantronix marketing efforts.

What was of particular interest was the final day of the show – Student Day – where more than one thousand students from around Europe were provided free admission.  Throughout my conversations with several dozen engineering students, I was surprised to hear almost unanimously the lack of support they and their universities received from technology companies.   In the days before the Internet, high tech marketers often implemented “University Programs” – in effect, seeding the market with their products in hopes that after graduation, a new pool of talent would hit the market, already well-versed in their company’s products and technology.  The Internet, coupled with the proliferation of wireless devices (iPads, smartphones) has led to a reliance by technology manufacturers on the newest distribution mediums.  This, in turn, has created a void – and an opportunity for companies such as Lantronix, as these students are our future customers, partners, investors, and employees.  By providing access to our products and related development kits in the actual classroom, we can nurture these future evangelists for the long term.

Case-in-point: I had the opportunity to meet Georg Ottinger, an Austrian grad student, who recently took second prize in our XPort Pro contest for his creation of the OggStreamer, a unique audio-streaming device based on XPort Pro. His enthusiasm around the industry was so inspiring that Lantronix agreed to “sponsor” his research by providing him and his colleagues with up to 10 free XPort Pros for research, development and prototyping.  Covered in the Austrian press, we are thrilled to be working with Georg. If you understand German, check out the below links to learn more about Georg and Lantronix:

Tüftler gewinnt Preis aus dem Silicon Valley:

http://www.nachrichten.at/oberoesterreich/salzkammergut/art71,548528

Netzwerken, experimentieren und sogar Preise einheimsen:

http://www.lantronix.com/wp-content/uploads/TIV_06_TIV_21v72_big.jpg

 

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Throughout the late ‘80s and ‘90s, if you wanted to be taken seriously as a technology provider, you had to exhibit at all the top shows.  It’s no secret that over the past decade, technology trade shows and events in the U.S. have fallen out of favor with marketers. The time and costs associated with... Read More

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Connect Smart. Do More.

Our new tagline, or positioning statement, has been extremely well received by customers, the press, and partners.  Most of the time, the response is “Hey, that’s catchy!”  Yes, one of our criteria was hitting on something that would be memorable.  But an effective positioning statement is much more than an exercise in catchy-creativity.  It’s a matter of being strategic, and effective.  In this case, effective positioning means it’s ultimately going to help drive growth (sales).

That said, what is “positioning”?   It’s a strategy.  It’s not about your product, or your service, or even your company.  It’s about your “position” in the mind of your prospect – whether it be a prospective customer, partner, investor, or employee.  And for any company to successfully position itself, there are a few rules of the road –the new position must be:

  1. Believable – the claim is realistic;
  2. Defendable – it matches our capabilities and we have proof points to support it;
  3. Ownable – nobody in the market currently owns that position;
  4. Actionable – it’s aligned with your business strategy and objectives;
  5. Distinctive – it can help you cut through the clutter.

As we enter calendar 2011, a key driver in achieving our growth objectives and increasing shareholder value is our refined positioning – built upon a strategic, coherent, FOCUSED messaging platform and strategy.  In short – delivering the right message, to the right audience, at the right time.  It’s only through consistency and frequency of message that you can build brand awareness and ultimately brand preference and purchase.

Our new tagline – Connect Smart. Do More. – sums up our value proposition to the market.  Above and beyond any of our competition, we provide “smart connectivity.  Lantronix solutions let you do more.  And “do more” is the reason you should care about smart connectivity.

Lofty?  Perhaps.  But the best brands don’t aim for tomorrow or next week.  They look years out, establish their end state vision, and march toward it.  Our customers have asked for connectivity solutions that go beyond mere connectivity, and beyond just M2M.   They want solutions, not just products, that make new revenue streams possible, save money, and allow them to allocate resources more effectively.  And that’s our value-add – with Lantronix, you can connect smart, and do more.

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Our new tagline, or positioning statement, has been extremely well received by customers, the press, and partners.  Most of the time, the response is “Hey, that’s catchy!”  Yes, one of our criteria was hitting on something that would be memorable.  But an effective positioning statement is much more than an exercise in catchy-creativity.  It’s a... Read More

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Adding Connectivity…

In February 2010, an Ericsson Executive predicted that in 20 years, 50 billion devices will be connected to networks.  In a world of ‘only’ 7 billion people this may seem farfetched but adoption rates of network connectivity are accelerating.  We see evidence of this not only in the commercial and industrial market segments but also in consumer products.  For example, network connectivity is becoming more common place on televisions and video game systems.  Thanks to the ubiquitous IEEE802.11 wireless standards, unlikely ‘networkers’ are blissfully connected, even great Aunt Thelma in Poughkeepsie!

With such a groundswell around Networking, what is the best approach for a manufacturer to add this important feature?  It depends.  There are many factors that go into selecting the right approach to adding connectivity.  One of the first areas to explore is whether the expertise exists internally to design, develop, troubleshoot, certify, and support networking hardware and software.  If not, is there a relationship with a company who does?  Is it affordable? For example, a project to add IEEE802.11 wireless ability from scratch (component level) to a product being shipped worldwide can easily cost 500,000USD.  What if you need multiple physical interfaces?  For example, 802.11, cellular, and wired Ethernet; the costs multiply.  And then appropriate staff has to be added or trained to take all of the inevitable support calls this technology generates (Aunt Thelma doesn’t know what an IP address is; who’s she going to call?).  Another important decision metric is time to market.  How long can you wait to add this functionality?  Adding a year or more to a project to create a networking solution from scratch may be prohibitive.  Depending on the ramp rate and volumes of the new product, millions of dollars could be lost and a competitive edge could be forfeited to another company.

Many have found that by implementing a turnkey networking solution, they can mitigate the costs and risks associated with doing it all themselves.  Companies like Lantronix have been providing complete networking solutions for many years.  The sensibility of this approach is underscored by the fact that just one product, the XPort, is designed into well over 2 million devices!  All of the hardware and software, including a rich networking suite are included and ready to go.  Some developers have added embedded networking to a prototype in just a few hours!

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In February 2010, an Ericsson Executive predicted that in 20 years, 50 billion devices will be connected to networks.  In a world of ‘only’ 7 billion people this may seem farfetched but adoption rates of network connectivity are accelerating.  We see evidence of this not only in the commercial and industrial market segments but also... Read More

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100% Chance of Clouds

Cloud Computing is very compelling and definitely here to stay.  It eliminates costly, upfront capital investments in hardware, expensive maintenance contracts, and in some cases (like Amazon’s elastic cloud EC2) the upfront costs of operating systems and applications.  As a company’s needs expand, virtual servers can be added and storage increased with a few keystrokes.  And you only pay for what you use, when you use it.

Cloud computing is not completely silver-lined.  The very nature of being in the cloud means these compute resources are outside trying to look in.  Without setting up elaborate VPN capabilities with its subsequent complexities, it is difficult to impossible for a cloud resource to reach in behind a firewall to get to a device and it’s goldmine of information.

Lantronix’ AccessMyDevice.com with its underlying VIP access technology brings this powerful capability to Cloud computing.  Hitherto (always wanted to use that word in a blog), most SaaS or Cloud applications are relegated to “don’t call me, I’ll call you” status.  Traditionally, a user behind a firewall has to bring up a remote desktop client or a browser and go to the cloud, login and proceed to work.  With AccessMyDevice, cloud applications, including SaaS apps can not only reach out and mine remote devices for information, this data can then be stored in Cloud-based databases where it can be further processed or kept for later retrieval.  The cloud computer can also control these ‘edge’ devices as if it were a server right on the premises.  All of our new products include VIP access technology and therefore can easily be part of this scenario.  As we continue to work with microprocessor and other device vendors to add this capability natively, it becomes very clear that Lantronix is extending the power of Cloud Computing to devices.

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Cloud Computing is very compelling and definitely here to stay.  It eliminates costly, upfront capital investments in hardware, expensive maintenance contracts, and in some cases (like Amazon’s elastic cloud EC2) the upfront costs of operating systems and applications.  As a company’s needs expand, virtual servers can be added and storage increased with a few keystrokes.  And... Read More

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Saturday Night WiFi Fever

iPhone Disco Suit

Having trouble getting attention at the local disco?  Want to make sure the cameraman pans to you at the next ballgame?  Well then, you really want to check out the iPhone-Lantronix suit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZSldyNCI10

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luOeJdosct4&feature=related

You may have noticed that the clever inventor used the Lantronix MatchPort WiFi solution to quickly add 802.11 connectivity between his suit and iPhone.  We see a lot of very unique applications of our products and this is certainly at the top of the list.  When you have a great idea for a product, the last thing you want to do is spend a lot of time trying to figure out network connectivity.  There is much to learn and implement if you try and do it from scratch.  This is where Lantronix saves the day no matter what kind of product you are creating.  Many have been able to integrate Lantronix network connectivity in less than 30 minutes.  More time on the dance floor!  Is that cool or what?

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iPhone and Lantronix-controlled LED Suit

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An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Go-to-My-Device

If you’ve spent any time in corporate America, especially in the technology industry, you’ve most likely heard of, if not used Citrix’ Go-to-My-PC or LogMeIn’s similar service.  Neither are the only game in town, but when a consumer needs to remotely access their PC or Mac, Go-to-My-PC is a proven solution.  But  what about the underserved and yet untapped market of business users looking to greatly reduce costs and streamline operations by network-enabling and accessing enterprise systems and devices?  To address these M2M needs, we’ve launched AccessMyDevice.com.

What is it?  AcessMyDevice.com is an Internet-based service that enables secure remote access behind firewalls to virtually any device from a web-browser or mobile device.  Very similar to the software models of Go-to-My-PC and LogMeIn, but with very important differences.

Unlike these software-based solutions, AccessMyDevice provides secure 24/7 browser-based access to virtually any machine, device, server, PC, laptop, and more – even devices and old servers not designed with networking capability.  This even includes devices located behind firewalls, regardless of operating system (Linux, Windows, Mac, or any device with KVM support). 

AccessMyDevice: BIOS-level (Boot screen, installer, and main BIOS screen) and Windows-based Screen Shots

Two of the most important differentiators are access to all systems at the BIOS-level (see screen shot images), and the ability to conduct a full system restore remotely.   Thanks to our patented technology and use of the SpiderDuo with VIP Access, users aren’t limited by a software-based solution residing at the operating system layer.  This is especially critical if your system crashes – with our solution, it doesn’t matter, you can still access it and resolve issues quickly and easily.

If it’s so easy, why isn’t everyone using it?   Our hope is, they soon will be!  Several of our existing customers are already reaping the benefits of the AccessMyDevice.com service, and with our upcoming nationwide launch in late September, we anticipate adoption to grow every day.   Device connectivity and true M2M communications are an idea whose time has come.

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If you’ve spent any time in corporate America, especially in the technology industry, you’ve most likely heard of, if not used Citrix’ Go-to-My-PC or LogMeIn’s similar service.  Neither are the only game in town, but when a consumer needs to remotely access their PC or Mac, Go-to-My-PC is a proven solution.  But  what about the... Read More

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Our Brand Promise: Device Connectivity Made EASY

No, we aren’t just taking a page from Staples.  But their “easy button” was pretty cool.

Why are we talking about Staples, and what is a brand promise?  As the device connectivity market continues to explode, it’s more important than ever for us here at Lantronix to clearly define our brand promise.  And a brand promise is just that – what you promise you’ll deliver to your customers (and partners, and employees, and investors…) – what they’ll get, see, hear and feel – every time they interact with you and your products.  Not only must you deliver on the promise you’re making, but it has to be important to the customer and differentiate you from the competition at the same time.

An easier way to think about brand promise is to simply look at some of the best brands out there – When you buy anything from Apple, what do you expect? (Outstanding user experience right out of the box, with slick technology).  When you walk into Nordstrom, what do you expect? (Customer intimacy and personal attention).  How about DellWalmart? Nike? Google?  Well, you get the idea.  But before any of these brands defined their promise and positioning, they asked themselves:  Is this realistic?  Is this position ownable?  Defendable?  Believable?  Can we deliver on this strategy, and the brand promise that comes with it?

The answer for our own promise is a resounding YES.  For starters, we asked our customers!  Over the past few months, we’ve researched why customers choose Lantronix (and even more importantly, whey they don’t) and how our products perform once deployed across businesses, geographies, and industries.  We also took a look at our competition and their value proposition and positioning.  The analysis was clear – across the board, Lantronix wins because we make everything about device networking easy:

  1. Easy to Choose – It’s easy to choose Lantronix as the best solution for device connectivity.  We offer a full suite of cost-effective products and solutions to fit any need, and have more than 20 years experience in device connectivity across dozens of verticals.
  2.  Easy to Buy – Our global network of strategic partners, VARs, distributors and direct sales makes it quick and easy to buy our products.
  3.  Easy to Implement – We’ve designed our products to be ready-to-use right out of the box, designed for rapid implementation.
  4.  Easy to Secure – Customer-tested, leading edge secure encryption technology ensures your data will remain confidential.
  5.  Easy to Use and Support – If our customer-driven design and usability testing haven’t addressed all of our customers’ concerns, they can email or call for 24×7 support.

Ambitious?  Yes.  But we’ve been building toward this brand promise – from new internal systems and processes, to our culture and mind-set, to our new “30 Minute Challenge” campaign – where we walk into a potential customer site and in 30 minutes network enable any device.  Bottom line is, we’re continually fine tuning our business to make everything about your experience with Lantronix EASY.  The next part is easier (pun intended) – leveraging marketing and sales to get the word out and scale the business.   All we ask of our customers, partners, investors, and employees is to let us know how we’re doing.  We’re listening.

Related blogs and links:

  • Forbes – “CMOs: Make A Connection Between Brand Promise And Purpose”

http://www.forbes.com/2010/04/30/iceland-cisco-aflac-basf-branding-ellen-page-cmo-network-allen-adamson.html

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No, we aren’t just taking a page from Staples.  But their “easy button” was pretty cool. Why are we talking about Staples, and what is a brand promise?  As the device connectivity market continues to explode, it’s more important than ever for us here at Lantronix to clearly define our brand promise.  And a brand... Read More

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The Enterprise App Store: A Megaphone for Voice-of-Customer

Given the success of the App Store model (thanks of course to Apple); it’s only a matter of time before the “Enterprise App Store” becomes almost as common place as the consumer version.   And at Lantronix, we believe this will be an incredible vehicle for communicating the voice of OUR customers to the market.

Over the past few months we’ve been working with customers and our internal developers to build out a customer-driven enterprise app store.  What better way to highlight the unique applications for Lantronix’ technology than to develop and promote a community of enthusiasts who are leveraging our products to build secure, easy-to-use, business-critical applications for their specific vertical markets?   Through conversations and research with our customers, we’ve learned a key differentiator for why they choose Lantronix is the fact that we make everything about device networking EASY – including ease of development, ease of reaching remote equipment using ManageLinx VIP Access and fast time to market with turnkey solutions.  While often our products are used right out of the box, some want a special feature added or want to completely modify the functionality; the App store is a fantastic way to address this important need.  The sharing of customers’ creativity and successes will reduce our customers’ development time and costs, and further accelerate their time-to-market.

Think you’ve got an app, or even just an idea for one?  Shoot us an email today at appstore@lantronix.com, and who knows, maybe you’ll be featured in our upcoming launch.

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Given the success of the App Store model (thanks of course to Apple); it’s only a matter of time before the “Enterprise App Store” becomes almost as common place as the consumer version.   And at Lantronix, we believe this will be an incredible vehicle for communicating the voice of OUR customers to the market. Over... Read More

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Can hackers attack your body?

Maybe I’m dating myself when I reference this show – But The Six Million Dollar Man was a hugely popular television show in the ‘70’s that chronicled the life of a man who was in a severe crash and needed major body reconstruction to survive. The man was ‘rebuilt’ to feature numerous ‘bionic’ implants and body parts that gave him superhuman strength, speed and vision. While this seemed far-fetched and science fiction 30+ years ago, this is quickly becoming a reality as more advancements in the medical field are yielding new machine-to-human interfaces. Think of the Cochlear “Bionic Ear” Implant – currently implanted and improving hearing in more than 110,000 people worldwide. DARPA is also aggressively advancing this market with its “Revolutionizing Prosthetics” investment initiative. Many of these new devices are being deployed with networking technology to provide enhanced monitoring and control features.  We are even seeing how entertainment adaptations are changing!  Movies continue to evolve their representations of human-machine integration – from earlier adaptations such as Robocop and the Terminator, through the likes of iRobot and The Matrix, robots are becoming more and more human-like.

It’s easy to get caught up in the fantasy world created by the latest movies that seem to be very telling of the time and the beliefs of what our futures hold. One may ask, what does this mean to us today? What considerations need to be given to these new machine-to-human interfaces in the medical field? These advances are all created to improve and extend a person’s life in meaningful and fulfilling ways. One is the immediate reality that the more we leverage computer technology within our body, we may expose ourselves to hackers. Check out this list of ten everyday items you might not have considered as new areas where we are vulnerable to attack from computer hackers.

Of all the everyday items on the list, from your car to cell phone to home printer to your refrigerator, the one that caught our attention the most was the human body. Computers are now helping the disable walk or speak, among many other everyday tasks, making our idea of ‘bionic’ humans a reality. There are numerous Americans with pacemakers, which can potentially be hacked, as it leverages Bluetooth technology and can be connected to the Internet.

We’re curious, what are your thoughts?

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Maybe I’m dating myself when I reference this show – But The Six Million Dollar Man was a hugely popular television show in the ‘70’s that chronicled the life of a man who was in a severe crash and needed major body reconstruction to survive. The man was ‘rebuilt’ to feature numerous ‘bionic’ implants and... Read More

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“It’s my data, and I’ll cry if you lose it.”

A lot of personal data is gathered on each and every one of us, and it is routinely traded, sold and otherwise shared.  There isn’t a lot we can do to stop it but it would sure be comforting to know that when personal information is transmitted, it is done in a secure fashion. This transmission can take place over a wireless or wirelan network, or in person. In the medical space, government rules like the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules demand that your private medical information be kept private.

To that end, here at Lantronix we have spent a lot of time including methods to make it easy for people implementing our products to send data securely using well- established encryption and authentication standards such as FIPS197 (AES), IPsec and higher level protocols like SSL and SSH.  Wireless adds another level of concern but we have spent man-years implementing the latest security methodologies to keep your data safe – even over the air.

As your personal information is placed on a network, it’s nice to know that some nefarious individual cannot decipher the data stream due to solid data security practices that have been put in place.

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A lot of personal data is gathered on each and every one of us, and it is routinely traded, sold and otherwise shared.  There isn’t a lot we can do to stop it but it would sure be comforting to know that when personal information is transmitted, it is done in a secure fashion. This... Read More

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IBM’s $100 Million Healthcare Initiative: Paving the Path for Medical Device Connectivity

This morning, IBM announced a $100 million, three-year healthcare initiative, by which IBM will enlist researchers – some of whom helped develop microchips for electronic diagnostic testing – to develop technologies for healthcare providers.

According to an IBM spokesperson, “Improving the quality of healthcare requires more than just digitizing health data – Enabling greater coordination between care providers and transforming data into clinical decision intelligence could improve patient outcomes and help lower costs of health care today.”

That’s exactly where Lantronix fits in the picture – medical device networking and systems to not just deliver data, but to deliver value-added, actionable data, to any device, anywhere, anytime – empowering healthcare providers to make decisions and provide better patient care through data.

The IBM investment is just the tip of the iceberg. We’re seeing increased market activity and inbound inquiries to use our networking technology for connecting medical devices to Health Information Technology Systems (HITs) – primarily to address initiatives for improving healthcare in hospitals and in-home healthcare.  But we’re also seeing something even more exciting – the need for adoption of technology alternatives to accommodate new and evolving business models for the efficient delivery of healthcare services.  These new revenue opportunities for healthcare providers, coupled with the ability to reduce costs and improve efficiencies, are all pointing toward what we’re all hoping for – improved patient care.

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This morning, IBM announced a $100 million, three-year healthcare initiative, by which IBM will enlist researchers – some of whom helped develop microchips for electronic diagnostic testing – to develop technologies for healthcare providers. According to an IBM spokesperson, “Improving the quality of healthcare requires more than just digitizing health data – Enabling greater coordination... Read More

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iPhones (and Lantronix) help deliver babies?

Yes www.airstriptech.com “has an app for that”.  Airstrip OB delivers the expectant mother’s vital signs to the doctor’s iPhone no matter where he or she is.  This really helps to alleviate anxiety when the doctor cannot be with the expectant parents.  According to Dr. Tomás Marimón, obstetrician/gynecologist affiliated with Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami, Florida, “If I have a patient in active labor, I am monitoring her via my mobile phone every 15 or 20 minutes. The permanent monitoring, for example, of the patient’s frequency and intensity of the contractions as well as nursing notes, allows me to predict certain situations that may arise and proceed accordingly. It’s fantastic”.  You can read the whole story here:  http://hcaeastflorida.ballywhointeractive.com/tag/airstrip-ob/

And how does information get from the medical devices to the hospital network so it can be sent to an iPhone?  In many installations, Lantronix devices including the XPort, MatchPort and EDS are used.  Our solutions include innovative hardware and software technologies that make this important data available securely for cutting edge applications like this one.

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Yes www.airstriptech.com “has an app for that”.  Airstrip OB delivers the expectant mother’s vital signs to the doctor’s iPhone no matter where he or she is.  This really helps to alleviate anxiety when the doctor cannot be with the expectant parents.  According to Dr. Tomás Marimón, obstetrician/gynecologist affiliated with Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami,... Read More

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M2M: Renewed focus on machines communicating

Recently, buzzwords ‘M2M’ (machine-to-machine) and ‘Internet of Things’ have gotten increased attention, thanks to predominate media coverage from the likes of The New York Times and Read Write Web, and vocal support from large companies, including Verizon, AT&T and Cisco.

The concept is not new, it’s simply reached primetime. The “Machine” in M2M and the “Things” in the Internet of Things are the billions of devices that are currently deployed in hospitals, factories, power generation plants, businesses, stores, vehicles and others worldwide.

The growth is also seen with recent stats from Berg Research, which estimates that the number of wireless M2M connections will grow at an annual rate of 25.6 percent to reach 187.1 million connections in 2014. Network connectivity is being expanded with new technologies such as IEEE 802.11n, ensuring data safety with improved security protocols and improved business models enabled by lowering the cost of network access. This synergistic effect is now playing a key role in allowing devices to be connected to the Internet, to truly reap the rewards of M2M communications.

But the sheer volume of potential devices for connectivity isn’t the exciting part.  Nor is it the adding of ‘intelligence’ to these devices so they can be remotely managed and controlled. Most exciting, and important, is the end-result – the customer and end-user benefits derived from the secure transmission of vital information across networks for collection, analysis and decision-making.

For example, hospitals can now network-connect infusion pumps, which send information back to the hospital IT system, with pharmaceutical information validating the correct dosage levels for a particular patient. Consider industrial applications, where a technician can check on the status of a robotic welding machine no matter where in the world the equipment is located.

Whether we refer to it as M2M or the Internet of Things, or whether the solution calls for new levels of patient safety or keeping a factory floor running smoothly, high product quality and innovation support and drive the market’s renewed focus on network connectivity.

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Recently, buzzwords ‘M2M’ (machine-to-machine) and ‘Internet of Things’ have gotten increased attention, thanks to predominate media coverage from the likes of The New York Times and Read Write Web, and vocal support from large companies, including Verizon, AT&T and Cisco. The concept is not new, it’s simply reached primetime. The “Machine” in M2M and the... Read More

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“Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants, so long as it is black”

OK, so maybe Henry Ford wasn’t necessarily being customer-centric at the time of this quote, but he was a true pioneer and visionary when it came to providing products (mass produced, cost-effective automobiles) designed to solve the needs (mobility) of the end-user customer (the “masses”).

At Lantronix, one of our guiding principles is to always ask “how does this impact the customer?” We start with the end goal in mind, and work backwards to deliver it. This means it’s not about the specific products or technology platforms or industry standards – it’s about the value our solutions provide. Sometimes, even our customers surprise us!

Nowhere is this more apparent than with our latest customer, Perinata.  Most new ventures have to leverage their limited resources to secure a foothold locally, then expand geographically over time. With ManageLinx behind the scenes, Perinata was able to quickly and inexpensively launch an entirely new IT services business model, providing for the monitoring, managing and controlling of remote devices via an Internet browser. This accelerated Perinata’s go-to-market plan by lowering its initial investment costs and providing immediate global reach and access. The result? A groundbreaking remote services and support model driven by a simple pay-as-you-go subscription service.

Whether it’s a new customer like Perinata, or the hundreds of innovative submissions we’re receiving for our Xport Pro Design Contest, one thing is certain – it’s the CUSTOMER that ultimately guides our product development, market direction and vision. One company at a time, we hope to bring connectivity to business-critical information anytime, anywhere. We’ll even let you have it in a color other than black!

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OK, so maybe Henry Ford wasn’t necessarily being customer-centric at the time of this quote, but he was a true pioneer and visionary when it came to providing products (mass produced, cost-effective automobiles) designed to solve the needs (mobility) of the end-user customer (the “masses”). At Lantronix, one of our guiding principles is to always... Read More

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“I wish I could go to the doctor’s office more”

These are words you never hear. Unfortunately, it seems the older someone gets, the more frequent the visits are. Wouldn’t it be nice if routine checks of vital signs and other electronically monitored conditions could be done from the comfort of home? For years, some medical device manufacturers have created ways to monitor products like pacemakers remotely (via telephone lines) but these systems were often very unique, expensive and difficult to configure, deploy and use.

Telemedicine is a rapidly advancing science and on the horizon are medical device aggregators for in-home use that are standards-based. They promise to be easy to install and use, while also able to communicate with a wide variety of diagnostic medical equipment. They leverage communications standards like Zigbee, Bluetooth and wireless. From a software perspective, they will rely on emerging standards such as IEEE11073. The Continua Health Alliance is an interesting organization which is promoting these goals: http://www.continuaalliance.org/

Of course, still to be solved is how this equipment will be paid for and who will be doing the monitoring, diagnostics and consultation for all of this incoming information. We will see how that all sorts out in the future, but the promises of telemedicine are very compelling.

A future with fewer trips to the doctor sounds good, doesn’t it?

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These are words you never hear. Unfortunately, it seems the older someone gets, the more frequent the visits are. Wouldn’t it be nice if routine checks of vital signs and other electronically monitored conditions could be done from the comfort of home? For years, some medical device manufacturers have created ways to monitor products like... Read More

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Pervasiveness of Networking

The customer is always right.  At Lantronix, we still stick by this old adage.  And nowhere is this more evident than with our just-released, newest member of the MatchPort family, MatchPort NR.

Several years ago we introduced a wireless networking module designed for enterprise class WiFi networking.  MatchPort b/g was born – enabling wireless network connectivity ideally suited for medical, industrial and energy markets.

Most recently, we’re finding that our customers are selling their equipment in areas that may also prefer to have a wired connection. Here comes MatchPort NR!

MatchPort NR

So what’s the big deal?  With the latest addition to our MatchPort family, customers can now design for wired or wireless solutions with a simple module-swap.  It’s that easy.  The pin-for-pin and form factor compatibility makes the transition seamless, greatly reducing development time and reducing cost and time-to-market.

With networking being so pervasive in hospitals, enterprises, business and industrial settings, it’s more necessary than ever to provide technologically sound, secure, and easy-to-implement networking solution for our customers.   After all, the customer is always right, and Lantronix will be there to support them along the way.

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The customer is always right.  At Lantronix, we still stick by this old adage.  And nowhere is this more evident than with our just-released, newest member of the MatchPort family, MatchPort NR. Several years ago we introduced a wireless networking module designed for enterprise class WiFi networking.  MatchPort b/g was born – enabling wireless network... Read More

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Can you connect your…car?

The recent announcement that GM and Google are linking to create services for the new plug-in Chevy Volt, along with Ford’s choice of Microsoft’s Hohm tool for its electric vehicles, are bold showings that the auto industry recognizes the power of the Internet. And Research in Motion’s recent acquisition of QNX, which provides some of the technology for GM’s OnStar, indicates future integration of smartphones with in-vehicle audio and infotainment systems.

Thousands of companies are working on hardware and software for connecting vehicles to the Internet, to manage energy, improve communications and enhance the overall experience. GigaOm Pro even issued a report, “IT Opportunities in Electric Vehicle Management,” exploring the opportunities for IT companies to solve a variety of challenges for utilities, automakers, consumers and others in the Electric Vehicle (EV) ecosystem.

Keeping EVs in the pole position will require an infrastructure sophisticated enough to monitor, analyze and control vehicle charging, among other tasks. Whether you’re in the car or Internet business, or just a buyer, it’s a good bet this rapid automobile technology evolution will play a role in your family sooner than later.

The list of uses for networking in the automotive / telemetry space is long and we are working on a number of applications to wirelessly communicate vehicle diagnostic data captured video from buses and commercial vehicles, even download entertainment media while your car sits in the driveway.

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The recent announcement that GM and Google are linking to create services for the new plug-in Chevy Volt, along with Ford’s choice of Microsoft’s Hohm tool for its electric vehicles, are bold showings that the auto industry recognizes the power of the Internet. And Research in Motion’s recent acquisition of QNX, which provides some of... Read More

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We can connect anything to the Internet. Even your cat.

According to top business technology blog Mashable, Sony Computer Science Laboratories (CSL) has developed the latest ‘crave’ in liveblogging devices: One for your favorite furry four-legged animal. Yes, now your cat can send live messages to the world using Twitter: http://mashable.com/2010/06/01/cats-tweet-with-liveblogging-device/

While you may think the idea is absurd, it does have relevance. Today’s technology can connect almost anything to the Web. You might have read about the bicycle, mattress and washing machine people have networked in the past year, because the owners of these items have been written about in the press.  Being at the core of network connectivity we follow these innovations closely.  What’s next?

We’ve discussed the concept of network connectivity on this blog. We’ll focus on the topic this month, discussing our thoughts on the latest innovations in enabling technologies. We’ll highlight ways our network connectivity solutions are helping our customers achieve their business goals.

Tell us what you would like to learn about this month – and what would make your life better if it was networked.

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According to top business technology blog Mashable, Sony Computer Science Laboratories (CSL) has developed the latest ‘crave’ in liveblogging devices: One for your favorite furry four-legged animal. Yes, now your cat can send live messages to the world using Twitter: http://mashable.com/2010/06/01/cats-tweet-with-liveblogging-device/ While you may think the idea is absurd, it does have relevance. Today’s technology... Read More

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Spider population growing fast!

We recently discussed our German-based customer netdirekt and the new business model they have created with our Lantronix Spider (KVM-over-IP) product. I’m excited to announce another company that has found success with our Spiders, XLHost.

XLHost provides a dedicated server and virtual private server hosting service to small businesses, enterprises and resellers. A key component of the company is its commitment to superior customer service. According to the company’s website, ‘XLHost’s commitment to quality, combined with our No Compromises network and datacenter ensures that your hosting experience will be as trouble free as possible.’

A part of this data center hosting experience is allowing customers to remotely access, monitor and repair their servers. Prior to Lantronix, XLHost was using a pricey, 24 port device for its KVM-IP solution. The problem was that even though the switch had 24 ports, only four users were able to use it at any given time. This ends up devaluing the solution. XLHost needed a single-port solution at a lower price point that still provided uncompromised levels of security.

The solution? Lantronix’ Spider!

XLHost customers can now request a dedicated Lantronix Spider for their hosted servers, allowing their IT administrators to remotely perform tasks. These can include routine maintenance, server reboot and virtual media, which saves the customer and XLHost time and money. In addition to continue offering first class support, XLHost has generated a new revenue stream by charging a monthly service fee for Spider access.

We love seeing our products in action, not only supporting secure remote access via KVM but also create new business models as well. It’s rewarding to see the outcome.

Tell us, what has your Spider done for you lately?

Spider Family

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We recently discussed our German-based customer netdirekt and the new business model they have created with our Lantronix Spider (KVM-over-IP) product. I’m excited to announce another company that has found success with our Spiders, XLHost. XLHost provides a dedicated server and virtual private server hosting service to small businesses, enterprises and resellers. A key component... Read More

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Phi, your face and Lantronix products

Divina proportion

Have you ever heard of the “Golden Ratio”?  It’s the name given when the ratio between two dimensions equals approximately 1.618 (or for you mathematicians  The Golden Ratio math problem) . Example: a rectangle that is 3 inches by 4.85 inches (don’t 3 x 5 cards just seem perfect?).  More recently it has been represented by the 21st letter of the Greek alphabet phi, ϕ (sounds like fi in “fee-fi-fo-fum”). For over 2000 years, people have been fascinated by this ratio; it shows up in nature, including plants and according to Luca Pacioli back in the 15th century, the human face.  It is generally thought to be a very aesthetically appealing ratio and has been used in architecture and art for centuries.  Some of Lantronix’ good-looking products are close to the golden ratio.  Coincidence?

For more on this fun subject: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Golden_ratio&printable=yes

For a calculator: http://www.mathopenref.com/rectanglegolden.html

Parthenon Golden Ratio

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PayPal in your car?

Earlier this week, PayPal President Scott Thompson took a bold stance during a conversation with Mathew Ingram from GigaOm: “Anything that is at the end of a network should have payment ability.”

He discusses how network connectivity is in our future, going as far as connecting things inside your car. This added layer of intelligence, security and encryption of devices in the car will mean more advanced capabilities. According to Thompson, “Companies are building automation into cars, so that when you pull into a parking spot and you park for 62 minutes, you pay for that 62 minutes,” he said. “Why can’t the car authenticate you when you’re dispensing fuel? Why can’t it authenticate you when you go through a toll booth?”

His bold vision is not that far off. We are excided about the future of network connectivity and the types of devices that can gain an extra level of intelligence to handle authentication and payments. Our lifeblood has been about supporting any device, whether it is commercial, industrial or medical, and embedding the necessary technological equipment to bring these devices to ‘life’.

PayPal has a vision of bringing secure payment systems to any device, which mirrors Lantronix’ vision of adding the necessary Internet connectivity to these devices to support visions of companies like PayPal.

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Earlier this week, PayPal President Scott Thompson took a bold stance during a conversation with Mathew Ingram from GigaOm: “Anything that is at the end of a network should have payment ability.” He discusses how network connectivity is in our future, going as far as connecting things inside your car. This added layer of intelligence,... Read More

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Don’t miss your chance to win! Enter the XPort Pro Design Contest

Don’t miss your chance to participate in this year’s XPort® Pro Design Contest. There is still time to enter for a chance to win substantial cash prizes. To date, we’ve received 56 inspiring entries that continue to demonstrate the endless applications for network-enabled devices. Every day, novel ideas are submitted. We hope to see your entry soon!

Some interesting entries that we’ve received so far include a networked BBQ, egg incubator, medicine dispensing machine, home energy usage monitor and a sensor for a mailbox, to name a few. We are happy to have recent submissions for Best Student Linux Design as a result of our free evaluation kit announcement at ESC Silicon Valley for students.

As a reminder, Lantronix will award the following prizes:

•    $6,000 USD – First Place
•    $3,000 USD – Second Place
•    $3,000 USD – Best Student Linux Design.

Winners will be selected by a panel of experts, including Bill Wong, technology editor for Electronic Design, and Margery Conner, technical editor for EDN.

So don’t delay, entries are due to Lantronix on or before August 6, 2010 and winners will be announced at ESC Boston, September 20-23 at the Hynes Convention Center. Just for submitting your entry, you’ll get a free tee shirt; everyone’s a winner!

For more details on how to enter and receive a discounted XPort Pro and evaluation kit, please visit http://www.lantronix.com/info/xportpro/designcontest/.

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Don’t miss your chance to participate in this year’s XPort® Pro Design Contest. There is still time to enter for a chance to win substantial cash prizes. To date, we’ve received 56 inspiring entries that continue to demonstrate the endless applications for network-enabled devices. Every day, novel ideas are submitted. We hope to see your... Read More

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Lantronix Helps Fortify the Military

For us, it’s rewarding to see our products add value for our customers. It becomes especially noteworthy when our products are used in mission-critical deployments. The work Lantronix has done with General Dynamics is a great recent example of this.

Our Lantronix Console Managers (SLCs) were provided to General Dynamics C4 Systems, which develops and integrates secure communication and information systems and technology for defense, government and select commercial customers in the United States and abroad.

The SLCs are used for the U.S. Marine Corps’ next-generation Tactical Data Network (TDN)-Data Distribution System-Modular (DDS-M), a scalable IP communications and networking system. This system connects Marines to tactical networks, no matter where in the world they are deployed. It’s imperative the TDN-DDS-M system is properly running and if something is not working properly, remote access and management is crucial.

When our products play a crucial role in the remote troubleshooting process, it’s both exciting and gratifying to see!

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For us, it’s rewarding to see our products add value for our customers. It becomes especially noteworthy when our products are used in mission-critical deployments. The work Lantronix has done with General Dynamics is a great recent example of this. Our Lantronix Console Managers (SLCs) were provided to General Dynamics C4 Systems, which develops and... Read More

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Extracting Intelligence from Smart Meters

ABI Research estimates that the total installed base of smart electricity meters that are capable of two-way communications will rise from roughly 76 million smart meters in 2009, to approximately 212 million smart meters by 2015.

That’s quite a number, especially for the smart meter market. You might be thinking ‘What is a smart meter and what makes it so smart?’

According to Digital Home, a smart meter looks similar to a traditional electricity meter, except for its ability to communicate. Smart meters record how much electricity is used by the day, hour and minute, and the information is communicated automatically through a variety of different communications technologies that optimize cost and ease of connectivity. Depending on how it’s equipped, the meter can also be the connection vehicle to control devices within a home or business, even switching on and off power to energy-consuming appliances. Water heaters, air conditioners and pool filters are typical large energy-consuming appliances that are targeted.

Networking these smart meters brings out their true business value. As the US rolls out deployment of a ‘smart grid’, the remote access component of smart meters validates their importance. Electric utilities are now measuring real-time usage of electric demand and this accurate real time data from the meters is used to measure their capacity to deliver energy. Equipped with control capabilities, utilities can offer price breaks to consumers who volunteer their energy hungry appliances to be shut off remotely during peak energy times of the day or evening. The utility can more efficiently match demand with capacity when equipped with smart meters and the network that interconnects them.

Sure, smart meters are being deployed worldwide; however, it is the network that brings out their true value.

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ABI Research estimates that the total installed base of smart electricity meters that are capable of two-way communications will rise from roughly 76 million smart meters in 2009, to approximately 212 million smart meters by 2015. That’s quite a number, especially for the smart meter market. You might be thinking ‘What is a smart meter... Read More

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Your laundry and higher math

I thought it would be simple to figure out the optimum time to do the laundry based on the cost of energy. First stop was to the Edison website to download the rate and tariff schedule. Opening up the document, beads of sweat broke out as I reviewed the incredibly complex, multi-layered rate schedule that spans 8 pages. Would I need a Calculus refresher course? Acronyms abound: Trans, Distribtn, NSGC, NDC, PPPC, CIA, DWRBC, PUCRF, URG, DWR and don’t forget On-Peak and Off-peak rates for Summer versus Winter, level I and level II, and of course Single-Family and Multi-Family residence rate schedules (somehow it matters whether I share a wall with my neighbor or not)!

Wow, now I understand at least one reason for having a smart meter. These meters take the power-consumption information and via some form of network (i.e. – Ethernet, 802.11, Zigbee, power line carrier, etc), send that information back to the utility company where they can apply higher math to it. In all seriousness, this is wonderful technology.

Knowledge is power; if we, as consumers, can get to this data in an easy and informative way via the Web, our energy consumption behavior will change (studies show that people who are aware of their energy consumption on a regular basis tend to conserve more energy). If I had a smart meter, a good tool to visually see usage patterns, and a good view into rate schedules I could finally figure out the optimum time to do laundry!

Let’s take this a step farther; what if your washer and dryer (any energy hungry appliance) were part of this network? Now, your appliances can let you know when the optimum time is, going as far as even starting the wash automatically. Meet the smart grid utopia. The more transparent and less interfering this is, the better.

More progressive areas are implementing pieces of this now.  Are you participating? It would be great to hear how smart meters and networked appliances are working for you.

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I thought it would be simple to figure out the optimum time to do the laundry based on the cost of energy. First stop was to the Edison website to download the rate and tariff schedule. Opening up the document, beads of sweat broke out as I reviewed the incredibly complex, multi-layered rate schedule that... Read More

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Patient monitoring in the 21st century

Jupiter Research recently issued a report, titled “Mobile Healthcare Opportunities: Monitoring, Applications & mHealth Strategies 2010-2014”, in which the research firm noted that global revenues from remote patient monitoring via mobile networks will reach $1.9 billion by 2014.

Anthony Cox was the senior analyst for the report and his findings mirror what Lantronix is hearing from its customers. As technology advances continue to grow, we’re seeing what the future of patient monitoring devices can look like.

The May issue of Healthcare Purchasing News had a feature story that looked at the exact topic, exploring the evolving technologies of the patient monitoring sector. The author, Julie Williamson, noted that ‘Not only are hospitals adopting state-of-the-art solutions that are mobile, flexible and able to be integrated into existing information systems, they are also looking to improve efficiencies and enhance care decision-making at the bedside and beyond.’

Along with technology that enables these devices to be connected to a hospital’s network, advances have been made in the securing of data across wired and wireless networks. The 802.11n standard with its provision for leveraging the 5GHz ISM band is enabling the traffic from patient monitoring systems and other medical devices to run on a less-crowded frequency. This helps free up wireless traffic on traditional networks and gives the in-house IT staff additional equipment segmentation.

Julie also notes, “today’s monitors are pushing beyond their past capabilities and offering a number of ‘smart’ features that can increase accuracy and reliability, improve caregiver communication and minimize false alarms, and, above all, allow caregivers to detect potential problems or warning signs earlier.”

It’s exciting to be a part of this revolution in healthcare.

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Jupiter Research recently issued a report, titled “Mobile Healthcare Opportunities: Monitoring, Applications & mHealth Strategies 2010-2014”, in which the research firm noted that global revenues from remote patient monitoring via mobile networks will reach $1.9 billion by 2014. Anthony Cox was the senior analyst for the report and his findings mirror what Lantronix is hearing... Read More

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Wireless, wireless everywhere!

A recent Automation World article pointed out what we’ve been seeing internally and with our customers for a while: The world is going wireless. In everyday life we’ve experienced it with laptops, netbooks, iPads and smartphones. Wireless technology is expanding into many more areas of our lives, both personal and professional. Use of 802.11 in embedded devices and machines is on the rise.

Wireless connectivity can help you control your home entertainment system from your iPhone while eating dinner across town. It can help your doctor monitor the infusion pump used following a recent surgery. The concept of the ‘Internet of Things’ is becoming more prevalent, as everyday items are now ‘alive’ with the ability to communicate data across wireless networks.

The Automation World article points out that wireless communications are now being used extensively in the industrial sector, thanks to lower prices and huge technical advancements. Specially, the 802.11n standard, which brings many benefits including dual band operation (2.4GHz & 5GHz) and higher throughput.  This speed improvement is aided by MIMO (multiple-input, multiple-output) which allows multiple, bidirectional, simultaneous streams of wireless data. (Say that 10 times fast!)

Dual-band implementations of 802.11n allow the implementer to segment traffic between the 2 frequency bands. This helps improves operations where the 2.4GHz band is saturated (like the local Starbucks)!

Of course, a wireless world doesn’t happen over night and caution must be taken to ensure implementations are well thought out. However, with proper research and recent tech advances, we’re seeing wireless adoption accelerating rapidly.

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A recent Automation World article pointed out what we’ve been seeing internally and with our customers for a while: The world is going wireless. In everyday life we’ve experienced it with laptops, netbooks, iPads and smartphones. Wireless technology is expanding into many more areas of our lives, both personal and professional. Use of 802.11 in... Read More

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XPort Pro’s newest home: BlueWave Security

Our XPort Pro has been getting quite a bit of attention lately, recently winning EDN’s Innovation Award and now, finding a home in BlueWave Security. World's smallest Linux networking computer

Lantronix has worked with BlueWave for several years on its IP-based security solutions. BlueWave has been in business for about five years, with a vision to change the landscape of device access controllers. These controllers were not initially created to be network devices, but BlueWave is seeking to change that.

We started the relationship by putting our XPort and WiPort modules into BlueWave’s single access control controller to add Ethernet and wireless connectivity. As BlueWave has grown, so has the market, and to maintain a competitive advantage, we started talking to the company about the future. BlueWave wanted to reduce development costs, speed time-to-market with its products and improve customer satisfaction. These factors play an important role in the development of BlueWave’s next-generation product line and ultimate corporate strategy.

Lantronix announced XPort Pro in November. Its small size and huge memory and processing power make it an ideal module for businesses like BlueWave, looking to add connectivity and remotely access equipment. XPort Pro was an ideal fit for BlueWave, as CEO and founder Mance Harmon noted, “Our next generation security product line will extend our competitive advantage, lower cost of ownership and improve ease of use for our customers. XPort Pro with VIP Access(TM) gives us future-proof networking capability and improved technical support and product management options by allowing us to securely access our security panels behind firewalls.”

Watch this space for more exciting product news form BlueWave and Lantronix!

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Our XPort Pro has been getting quite a bit of attention lately, recently winning EDN’s Innovation Award and now, finding a home in BlueWave Security. Lantronix has worked with BlueWave for several years on its IP-based security solutions. BlueWave has been in business for about five years, with a vision to change the landscape of... Read More

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ESC 2010 recap

Learn today. Design tomorrow. ESC

The biggest highlight from the this year’s ESC Silicon Valley show is to hear first hand from both vendors and customers that their businesses are really starting to pick up.  While an uptick is certainly welcomed, demand has caught some of the silicon vendors by surprise and lead times on many parts have been pushed out.  One company is quoting 23 weeks for availability on a popular processor!

The show in San Jose is still largely dominated by the bigger Silicon vendors, and the tool and operating system suppliers.  One of these companies, Mentor Graphics, was demonstrating a very interesting product, Inflexion UI.  If you have ever wondered how to create a rich, interesting graphical user interface for an embedded device, this tool fits the bill.  They have added support for Android and the presentation of this was quite impressive.  Whitepapers and videos here:

http://www.mentor.com/products/embedded_software/inflexion-ui/

Not everyone can afford a $40,000 logic analyzer with software protocol decoders.  CWAV was demonstrating very affordable solutions (starting at $149) that use your own PC for compute and display of logic level information and include i2c, SPI, and other bus decoders.  Other products allow mixed signal (analog and digital) debugging.  These are perfect for ‘midnight engineers’.

Embedded 802.11 wireless is definitely here to stay. Dualband (2.4 and 5 GHz), single-stream (one transmitter, one receiver – not MIMO) solution are beginning to be introduced including our own PremierWave EN.  Zigbee is still going strong but had less of an ‘in your face’ presence as previous shows.

All in all it was an encouraging show and we enjoyed reconnecting with many of our customers, partners, vendors and even a few blog groupies!

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The biggest highlight from the this year’s ESC Silicon Valley show is to hear first hand from both vendors and customers that their businesses are really starting to pick up.  While an uptick is certainly welcomed, demand has caught some of the silicon vendors by surprise and lead times on many parts have been pushed... Read More

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A Passion For Electronics

Growing up in the 60s and 70s, it was easy to feed an interest in electronics.  In those days it still held great mystique, yet for the hobbyist, resources were abundant – library shelves filled with books, stores all over town where parts could be purchased, and several monthly magazines packed with content. Even rags like Popular Mechanics ran project articles complete with schematics.  Electronics courses and instructors in junior high and high school introduced students to electronics in a hands-on way, and for avid hobbyists like myself, helped fan the flame of interest.
Sadly, much of this encouragement is gone.  Could this be contributing to the decline in US university engineering enrollment in recent years?
No matter where you live in the world, if you have a passion for electronics, please share it with your kids and take the opportunity to share your interests at local schools and other forums.  It’s an enjoyable hobby and makes a rewarding career path.  Oh, and thanks to the teams at Circuit Cellar, Elektor, Nuts and Volts, and other publications that keep the candle burning, with informative and fun electronics projects and education.
I look forward to hearing your story and thoughts on this.

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Growing up in the 60s and 70s, it was easy to feed an interest in electronics.  In those days it still held great mystique, yet for the hobbyist, resources were abundant – library shelves filled with books, stores all over town where parts could be purchased, and several monthly magazines packed with content. Even rags... Read More

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ESC brings motor controls, medical data debate front and center

As the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in San Jose enters into its third day, a few hot topics have come front and center with both attendees and exhibitors.

As a panel of medical electronics experts discussed, there are a variety of challenges in regard to the management of patient data and the need for wireless connectivity to transmit this data. According to the panel and an article from EE Times, ‘Key challenges in the fast-changing medical electronics market are figuring out how to aggregate and manage real-time imagery and other medical data, how to mesh divergent technologies like electronic, mechanical and biological devices and then figure out a way to transmit the date wirelessly without running down the battery.’

The good news is that the embedded industry is working hard to develop silicon and low-power embedded processors, to help medical design engineers who are designing devices with the above challenges in mind. Development kits and new technologies, like the XPort Pro from Lantronix, are already in the works to help companies bring products to market faster. We expect this debate to continue, as more advances for medical device technology are expected throughout this year.

Another subject of interest, as noted by Bill Schweber at EE Times, is motion control and motors. Rather than simulated products, ESC exhibitors showed real-life, tangible products that support a variety of motor types. Bill points to an example of Texas Instruments, who demoed “an array of motor-control solutions ranging from basic, low-level controller to a sophisticated, multilevel, fully networked approach, each with its own set of capabilities and costs.”

As the ACE Awards also awarded PCBMotor ‘Editor’s Choice’ this year, it’s no wonder that this topic was getting a lot of foot traffic during the show.

I’ll be back later this week with my own thoughts from the show. Anything I missed that you’re seeing?

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As the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in San Jose enters into its third day, a few hot topics have come front and center with both attendees and exhibitors. As a panel of medical electronics experts discussed, there are a variety of challenges in regard to the management of patient data and the need for wireless... Read More

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Live at ESC Silicon Valley: PremierWave EN!

This week kicks off the Embedded Systems Conference at Silicon Valley. Lantronix will be there in the Symmetry Booth, discussing the latest in embedded trends and also demoing our newest product: PremierWave EN.

PremierWave EN is an embedded wireless device server that provides high-quality wireless connectivity for securely transmitting medical, financial, customer or other vital information across corporate networks. The module enables seamless device connectivity, like patient monitors and infusion pumps, over a network wirelessly. The embedded device server is designed to operate using 802.11abgn standards and is built on Linux, includes IPv6 and provides enterprise level security.

A prime use-case example for PremierWave would be in a hospital environment. As the 2.4GHz band becomes more congested, hospitals and other mission critical applications are targeting the new 5GHz spectrum. This allows vital equipment to communicate on a less crowded frequency to ensure the seamless delivery of data. Since PremierWave works with all standards, hospitals and medical equipment OEMs can design wireless connectivity into equipment, and now have a reliable module to turn to.

As businesses continually look for ways to improve efficiency and lower operating costs, Lantronix is pushing to be at the forefront, providing innovative product solutions to assist companies with their goals.

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This week kicks off the Embedded Systems Conference at Silicon Valley. Lantronix will be there in the Symmetry Booth, discussing the latest in embedded trends and also demoing our newest product: PremierWave EN. PremierWave EN is an embedded wireless device server that provides high-quality wireless connectivity for securely transmitting medical, financial, customer or other vital... Read More

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Embedded Systems Conference “ESC” – San Jose

ESC San Jose is finally here, and it promises to be a great event. I’m looking forward to trolling the show floor and conferences in search of new and exciting technology. The fervor around WiFi and other complementary wireless technologies continues to build. Several of the chip manufacturers have announced alliances or acquisitions in this area and it will be good to understand where they are headed. I personally am enthralled with energy harvesting technology and hope there will be some new advancements being presented in this area. The new Connected Devices Pavilion will be a nice showcase validating the expanding ‘Internet of Things’.

Lantronix has some cool new things to talk about too, but you will just have to stop by and find out! We are in both #1943 with our great partners at Symmetry Electronics. I look forward to seeing you there!

ESC Scilicon Valley: April 26-29, 2010

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ESC San Jose is finally here, and it promises to be a great event. I’m looking forward to trolling the show floor and conferences in search of new and exciting technology. The fervor around WiFi and other complementary wireless technologies continues to build. Several of the chip manufacturers have announced alliances or acquisitions in this... Read More

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DASH7 – New Standard in Wireless

We’ve discussed the topic before but every day we’re seeing more and more proof that connectivity from any device to any network truly is the future. The topic of ‘Internet of Things’ has seen increased press attention and wireless networking is become more prevalent.

The latest is a new wireless sensor networking standard DASH7. According to ReadWriteWeb, ‘It’s ideal for large area sensor networking or supporting reliable communication with things on the move.’ The idea is that a consumer’s mobile world gets increasingly smarter, with mobile payments, ticketing and the ability to access a building – effectively anything that allows your phone to communicate with other devices.

Wouldn’t it be interesting if these other devices were also connected to a network that could be remotely controlled?  The wealth of knowledge shared and learned from a world of connected devices would help increase efficiencies of a variety of businesses.

Richard MacManus at ReadWriteWeb has additional thoughts for use-cases of DASH7, specifically in the mobile application space. Definitely a recommended read.

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We’ve discussed the topic before but every day we’re seeing more and more proof that connectivity from any device to any network truly is the future. The topic of ‘Internet of Things’ has seen increased press attention and wireless networking is become more prevalent. The latest is a new wireless sensor networking standard DASH7. According... Read More

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The ‘Remote Access’ Market

In the beginning, PCs were used to draft documents, handle applications and of course, entertain the user. As the technology evolved and became more complex, so did the troubleshooting and diagnostics of these machines. Your choices were either to unplug everything connected and bring it to your local repair store or have the ease but added expense of having a technician travel to your location and start the on-site diagnostic process. Now, the market for remote desktop solutions has made it easier and more efficient to troubleshoot PCs.

This market has evolved even further to include secure connectivity to machines, which can mean new business models and revenue streams for companies. The technology has evolved and matured to a much larger market of machines, devices and equipment, beyond just a PC. Vertical industries, like medical, security, energy and industrial are able to implement strategies for this technology, to better support customers and employees, and expand their go-to-market models. It’s a booming industry, with proof and demand seen with LogMeIn’s 2009 IPO.

Another example is Ncell Systems. The company is using remote access tools to offer a service to its customers. Ncell can proactively watch what is going on at customer locations and quickly troubleshoot issues, connecting to multiple devices at once. This new ‘service’ offered by Ncell will better serve customers and empowers Ncell to boost its own product offerings.

Have you experienced positive results from this new ‘remote access’ market? We’d love to hear about it in our comments section.

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In the beginning, PCs were used to draft documents, handle applications and of course, entertain the user. As the technology evolved and became more complex, so did the troubleshooting and diagnostics of these machines. Your choices were either to unplug everything connected and bring it to your local repair store or have the ease but... Read More

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iPad Spurs Innovation in Remote Wireless Access

There has been a lot of fanfare around the iPad launch and you can’t help but be amazed by the advances made in the past few years in products with wireless connectivity. I had a chance to play with an iPad and it is an impressive piece of equipment. It was only a few years ago when Apple launched its iPhone, which consumers are now using to remote control a multitude of other devices. One article in Business Insider profiled 25 things you can remote control, including household appliances, computers, security systems and entertainment equipment. We are excited about this increasingly ‘connected’ world, as we see a host of new opportunities for our technology.

As mentioned in a recent M2M article, “Connected devices are reaching into markets far beyond the industry verticals where they first found fertile ground. A number of factors influence this growing demand, including a steady upward trend in Internet usage, particularly among the primary wage-earning Baby Boomer segment.”

However, this presents new challenges to managers that need to ensure they provide secure access to confidential data for people who are increasingly mobile and outside the corporate network.

Wireless access offers a lot of benefits and flexibility to organizations, but businesses must weigh the pros and cons. Companies must ensure they address the new security and management concerns that come with wireless access.

The world in which consumers can connect and access virtually any device over the network is upon us!  What will be next?

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There has been a lot of fanfare around the iPad launch and you can’t help but be amazed by the advances made in the past few years in products with wireless connectivity. I had a chance to play with an iPad and it is an impressive piece of equipment. It was only a few years... Read More

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Ncell Seeks to Modernize Manufacturing Automation

As a provider of manufacturing automation solutions for the precision metalworking industry, Ncell Systems is consistently traveling to customers’ sites to monitor and maintain their systems. A typical project can involve equipment from several manufacturers with five or six different IP devices and Ncell is responsible for the upkeep of each.

However, it can get costly to visit each individual site to troubleshoot and fix problems, as truck rolls can waste both Ncell’s and the customer’s time and money. In addition, a small company with expensive automation equipment often can’t afford on-site monitoring and troubleshooting, despite a revenue-dependency on that equipment.

Given this challenge, Ncell started searching for ways to provide these ‘managed services’ to their customers remotely and effectively. This search led them to Lantronix and our ManageLinx application. The ManageLinx Remote Access solution provides secure access to any IP-enabled equipment, even behind firewalls.

ManageLinx allows Ncell to remotely and proactively watch what is happening at customer sites, connecting to several devices at one time and simplifying implementation from the customer’s standpoint. The added bonus is that Ncell can offer ManageLinx as a service, including it as part of the common package sold to the entire customer base.

The ‘managed service’ industry, as exampled by Ncell and ManageLinx, is proving to be an exploding market, especially as businesses are looking to do more with less and reduce overhead costs.

We’d like to hear your thoughts. Have you experienced a need for a service similar to what ManageLinx and Ncell are providing?

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As a provider of manufacturing automation solutions for the precision metalworking industry, Ncell Systems is consistently traveling to customers’ sites to monitor and maintain their systems. A typical project can involve equipment from several manufacturers with five or six different IP devices and Ncell is responsible for the upkeep of each. However, it can get... Read More

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Where is Wireless Headed?

An article from IT World Canada a few weeks back revealed predictions from Ericsson, saying that ‘in 20 years, 50 billion devices will be connected to networks, many of them wirelessly’. “When you walk around, you encounter various non-computing devices, such as door openers, soap dispensers, security cameras and thermostats,” said Dragan Nerandzic, chief technology officer of Ericcson Canada Inc. “All microprocessors that are not connected today will be connected in the future,” Nerandzic said in a speech Friday at the Toronto Board of Trade. “As a consequence, the number of connections will be in the tens of billions.”

This vision was repeated by Ericcson CEO, Hans Vestberg this week in a story by Fortune. We see this connectivity “explosion” happening as we speak and shares a similar vision with Nerandzic, Vestberg and Ericsson. The idea of an Internet of Things is quickly becoming a reality. Lantronix is working on ways to combine connectivity with computing power, giving our customers a single platform to handle all tasks. We also are working on interesting ways for devices to not only connect but to share information for real-time results.  Based on the strong demand for our wireless products, it is clear that the previous hesitancy around wireless has been solved with much improved security and authentication combined with excellent bandwidth and added spectrum.

 

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An article from IT World Canada a few weeks back revealed predictions from Ericsson, saying that ‘in 20 years, 50 billion devices will be connected to networks, many of them wirelessly’. “When you walk around, you encounter various non-computing devices, such as door openers, soap dispensers, security cameras and thermostats,” said Dragan Nerandzic, chief technology... Read More

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ISC West: Observations and Trends

Security was all the rage in Las Vegas the past few days, and not just airport security. Attendance was strong at this year’s ISC West. Besides the multitude of corporate announcements from the 916 booths at the show, including us! The Lantronix team witnessed a variety of important trends and movements at the show.

As Samuel Pfeifle from Security Systems News pointed out, a major announcement came from Reed Exhibitions, owners of the ISC West event. The Fall 2010 counterpart, ISC East, is being transformed for 2010 and will now be known as ISC Solutions. The focus will be healthcare, retail, education/campus and government verticals, and will deep dive into applications rather than solely look at products.

For Lantronix, this revamping reflects our view of the customer needs as well. At the show, it was good to see and meet existing and new potential customers. These formative interactions showed there was no shortage of creative application of our technology to solve critical market needs. We look forward to incorporating these customer driven suggestions into our future products.

Applications and real-life use cases are a vital part of Lantronix’ strategy and we love hearing what our customers are doing with our products.

Did you attend the show? What were your thoughts from ISC West?

ISC West

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Security was all the rage in Las Vegas the past few days, and not just airport security. Attendance was strong at this year’s ISC West. Besides the multitude of corporate announcements from the 916 booths at the show, including us! The Lantronix team witnessed a variety of important trends and movements at the show. As... Read More

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Introducing EDS1100/2100

At ISC West this week, we released a new product, the EDS1100/2100, to expand our product portfolio of secure device servers. While the team here is very excited about this, you’re probably wondering, what does this mean to me?

These new device servers can connect virtually any device to the Internet and boost security for data transmitted over the network, properly securing patient records, financial and customer information.

A real-life example can be found in the healthcare industry. As hospitals are moving to electronic media records and device information gathering, it’s important that doctors and nurses have secure access to those files whenever they need them, no matter where they are in the hospital. Our device servers can be used within the hospital to connect any machine to the network and peace of mind that their records and data are completely secure.

If you’re attending ISC West, come visit us at booth #7055 to learn more.

EDS1100/2100

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At ISC West this week, we released a new product, the EDS1100/2100, to expand our product portfolio of secure device servers. While the team here is very excited about this, you’re probably wondering, what does this mean to me? These new device servers can connect virtually any device to the Internet and boost security for... Read More

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New Security Technology is Effective When Networked

This week ushers in ISC West, which brings not only a host of product news from companies but also provides a variety of interesting trends in the security industry.

One trend is in the refinement of detection sensors. New “smart sensors”, which are used to recreate the human senses to hear better, have enhanced sight and have an uncanny sense of smell. An example would be smoke detectors warning when unusual activities are occurring. Smoke detectors that can pinpoint the source of the smoke, IP cameras that can detect motion and automatically zoom in, and listening devices that can tune out background noise are all part of the new “body” of security that is being demonstrated at ISC West.

What makes these sensors come to life is the network connections and topology that acts like a central nervous system. Wired or wireless, connecting the sensors to the ‘person’ (or the brain) who takes action becomes more critical when security is dependent on them.

Security should be top-of-mind at all times in corporate environments. New technology introductions continue to address safety concerns.

The Lantronix team is headed off to ISC West and I personally am looking forward to exploring this topic more at the show.

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This week ushers in ISC West, which brings not only a host of product news from companies but also provides a variety of interesting trends in the security industry. One trend is in the refinement of detection sensors. New “smart sensors”, which are used to recreate the human senses to hear better, have enhanced sight... Read More

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Lantronix and Renesas: A Highly Secure Relationship!

As a global company with a promise to connect anything to the Internet, no matter where in the world you are, it’s important for us to evangelize the relationships we have with customers all over the world.

Renesas Technology Corp., based in Tokyo, Japan, has been working with us to provide our VIP Access technology running on their 32-bit SuperH processors. The SuperH Family is widely used in industrial and operational devices and the need to remotely provide maintenance for these devices is extremely high. Who wouldn’t want to troubleshoot issues via a secure network when the alternative is trucking all the way to a site to do it in person?

Renesas’ customers are already seeing the benefit of the partnership, as highly secure, easy-to-use, remote access and management of equipment behind firewalls provides both technical and business benefits. These include reduced costs, reduced downtime of personnel and devices, and increased safety and security on data transferred between machines.

Nissin Systems in Japan is our distribution partner and we’re extremely excited to see the success of our ManageLinx and VIP Access technology worldwide, and look forward to continuing our work with both partners.

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As a global company with a promise to connect anything to the Internet, no matter where in the world you are, it’s important for us to evangelize the relationships we have with customers all over the world. Renesas Technology Corp., based in Tokyo, Japan, has been working with us to provide our VIP Access technology... Read More

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Honk If You Love XPort Pro

Well actually “Vote if you love XPort Pro”.  As the world’s smallest Linux networking computer, the XPort Pro is attracting a lot of attention.  In fact, EDN magazine has declared it a finalist for their 20th annual Innovation Awards.  If you like it too, please cast your vote. The deadline is Friday the 19th — click here and select “Vote Now” over on the right.   The XPort Pro is in Category 14.  Thanks for your support!

IMG_xport-pro

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Well actually “Vote if you love XPort Pro”.  As the world’s smallest Linux networking computer, the XPort Pro is attracting a lot of attention.  In fact, EDN magazine has declared it a finalist for their 20th annual Innovation Awards.  If you like it too, please cast your vote. The deadline is Friday the 19th — click here... Read More

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On the Air in 30 minutes or Less

Getting a system set up quickly can be a hassle, especially if you are looking to add wireless 802.11 connectivity to your product. With the right tools, you can get this done and be up and running in under 30 minutes. One of the quickest ways to do this is with the Lantronix WiBox. With minimal setup (often just a few minutes), it will bridge your serial or wired Ethernet data to Wi-Fi.

Apply Power

Connect to your device via serial or Ethernet, configure communications parameters, if needed

Configure SSID and security parameters to talk to your wireless network

Voilà!

The WiBox is licensed for use in most countries and requires no other licensing to use. It comes with a 2.1db gain antenna, and depending on country specific maximums, can be used with higher gain antennas for increased range.

For more information on this versatile product: http://www.lantronix.com/device-networking/external-device-servers/wibox.html

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Getting a system set up quickly can be a hassle, especially if you are looking to add wireless 802.11 connectivity to your product. With the right tools, you can get this done and be up and running in under 30 minutes. One of the quickest ways to do this is with the Lantronix WiBox. With... Read More

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Managing Branch Office Equipment

Does your business have small branch offices? Perhaps you have just one or two back end servers in a small rack at each site? Even if you have small branch offices, they can still cause headaches if they are not networked properly.  The Lantronix Branch Office Manager is a great solution. It allows you to remotely monitor all of the console ports securely, contains four ports of remotely controllable AC power, and includes a multiport Ethernet switch. All of this in a single 1RU 19” rack device. We’ve had several large deployments of these and the feedback is excellent.

What else in your branch offices would work better on a network?

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Does your business have small branch offices? Perhaps you have just one or two back end servers in a small rack at each site? Even if you have small branch offices, they can still cause headaches if they are not networked properly.  The Lantronix Branch Office Manager is a great solution. It allows you to... Read More

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Wireless Module Approval

Creating a product with a wireless transmitter inside is challenging for a developer, even when using an unlicensed frequency band (for example 2.45GHz, 802.11b/g/n). The regulatory agencies (i.e. – FCC, IC) in the countries where the product is used often require certification and impose specific limitations on its use (maximum power, antenna type and gain, co-location with other transmitters, distance to human operator). If you are designing a product that will have a transmitter inside, you can save a lot of expense and time by looking for a module that has “module approval”. As long as you use the module within the grants of the regulatory agency and mark the outside of your product appropriately, you are good to go. Not all countries support this, but the world is slowly moving this direction.

Have you leveraged module approval with a Lantronix or other product?

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Creating a product with a wireless transmitter inside is challenging for a developer, even when using an unlicensed frequency band (for example 2.45GHz, 802.11b/g/n). The regulatory agencies (i.e. – FCC, IC) in the countries where the product is used often require certification and impose specific limitations on its use (maximum power, antenna type and gain,... Read More

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Can you connect your socks to the internet?

The New York Times recently wrote an article about “the internet of things”. While the title of the post may seem silly, the New York Times believes it is only a matter of time before things we never imagined will be connected. The post discusses current technology advances, explaining “car manufacturers are trying to integrate autonomous decision making into cars of the future that could detect imminent collisions and take evasive action at speeds vastly quicker than a human. Some car companies are also experimenting with automotive autopilots in cars that are networked together and can avoid phantom traffic jams or take over from the driver at a moment’s notice.”

One point that the article touches on that is very important to Lantronix is the issue of security. We strive to empower our connectivity products with the latest security standards and rigorously test them for robustness. The last thing you want is your personal info being ‘invaded’.

For me, no matter where I am, being able to check out who’s at the door when the doorbell rings is a great use of the web. What novel item would you like to have connected?

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The New York Times recently wrote an article about “the internet of things”. While the title of the post may seem silly, the New York Times believes it is only a matter of time before things we never imagined will be connected. The post discusses current technology advances, explaining “car manufacturers are trying to integrate... Read More

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Is it really industrial temperature range?

Lantronix offers products that are specified to operate over a wide temperature range, often -40 to +85C.  It’s great for those outside applications in the Arizona summertime or the Minnesota winter.  You have to be careful though, as some companies ‘guess’ at the temperature ratings of their products without sufficient testing or design.  Here at Lantronix, we start planning carefully at the very beginning to make sure the product will meet the required spec.  We carefully select components and perform calculations to make sure all components will operate across the range.  (If you would like to learn more about the math involved – Theta J, Theta JA, etc., this magazine has had a number of good articles on the subject: http://powerelectronics.com/).  Once we build prototypes, we carefully instrument the product with temperature probes and cycle it through and beyond the specified operating range making sure all is well.  We also do long-term temperature testing on several units to validate endurance.  This is all done so when you receive product you can be confident it will operate as advertised.  I’ll bet that Arizona heat sounds good to a lot of you this winter, doesn’t it?

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Lantronix offers products that are specified to operate over a wide temperature range, often -40 to +85C.  It’s great for those outside applications in the Arizona summertime or the Minnesota winter.  You have to be careful though, as some companies ‘guess’ at the temperature ratings of their products without sufficient testing or design.  Here at... Read More

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Integrating Transportation Systems in Los Angeles

Lantronix XportThe County of Los Angeles faced a problem that many large cities are facing – the traffic lights are not on one simple system, causing backups, frustration and inefficiencies. Lantronix suggested a cost-effective solution with the XPort embedded device server, which network-enabled traffic light controllers allowing remote management, diagnostics and control. Our approach saved the County of LA more than $6k a month, and earned the County a Top Ten Quality and Productivity Award. We like to think we helped Arnold out with the California budget crisis!

While you may not need to manage traffic lights, a similar solution can be created for your products, allowing you to manage your systems more effectively.

To learn more about how we helped the County of LA, read the complete Transportation System story

“I’ll be back…”

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The County of Los Angeles faced a problem that many large cities are facing – the traffic lights are not on one simple system, causing backups, frustration and inefficiencies. Lantronix suggested a cost-effective solution with the XPort embedded device server, which network-enabled traffic light controllers allowing remote management, diagnostics and control. Our approach saved the... Read More

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2010 Embedded World

We are looking forward to the Embedded World 2010 show coming up next week (March 2-4) in Nuremberg, Germany.  I’ll be there at the Lantronix booth along with a few other colleagues and would really enjoy meeting you and finding more about what you are working on and how we can help out.  As I mentioned before, this show is really one of the best for anything embedded.  For those of you who can’t be there, I’ll have a few blogs about cool technology we run into.  For more info on the show:

http://www.embedded-world.de/en/default.ashx

Don’t forget your heavy knickers, it’s going to be a balmy 0*C !!!

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We are looking forward to the Embedded World 2010 show coming up next week (March 2-4) in Nuremberg, Germany.  I’ll be there at the Lantronix booth along with a few other colleagues and would really enjoy meeting you and finding more about what you are working on and how we can help out.  As I... Read More

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This Spider won’t bite

Lantronix SpiderIf I hear a scream at my house I know a spider has been found. Lantronix has Spiders too, but a little different. These products allow you to access remote PCs and other equipment where a Keyboard, Video and Mouse (KVM) interface are present (also known as KVM over IP). You might think this sounds like the functionality of Remote Desktop Connection from Microsoft or gotomypc or logmein. These are useful software tools but if the OS is crashed, the unit is turned off, the service running on the PC is disabled, you want to view video, etc. you are stuck. The Lantronix Spiders do not require ANY software to be loaded on the computer to which you are attached. You can even access the BIOS and reload the entire Operating System remotely! The Spider Duo has an accessory that allows you to remotely turn on or off power to the PC as well. I’m a big fan of this product and a regular user of it.

Imagine if we marry ManageLinx VIP access to the Spider? This is a marriage made in heaven that lets you do everything above securely, from any PC in the world! Stay tuned for more on this.

For more info on the Spider family:

Lantronix Spider

Lantronix SpiderDuo

and for fun:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiders

What are some of the exciting new ways you are connecting to your PCs remotely?

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If I hear a scream at my house I know a spider has been found. Lantronix has Spiders too, but a little different. These products allow you to access remote PCs and other equipment where a Keyboard, Video and Mouse (KVM) interface are present (also known as KVM over IP). You might think this sounds... Read More

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Where Do You Find Networked Technology in the Real World?

What do the following 9 things have in common?

  1. Cow Barns
  2. Video projectors
  3. Photo taking drones
  4. Lawn sprinkler controllers
  5. Glucose meters
  6. Televisions in bars
  7. High-end toilets
  8. IT room monitoring equipment
  9. Milling machines

Give up?  They’re just a few of the thousands of diverse applications of Lantronix networking technology.  What have you networked lately?

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What do the following 9 things have in common? Cow Barns Video projectors Photo taking drones Lawn sprinkler controllers Glucose meters Televisions in bars High-end toilets IT room monitoring equipment Milling machines Give up?  They’re just a few of the thousands of diverse applications of Lantronix networking technology.  What have you networked lately?

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So What Is Smartroam?

We all take for granted as we drive along the highway that our cell phones will seamlessly transition from one cell base station to another.  We are only aware of it when it doesn’t happen!  Depending on the technology, this transition is taking place between the base stations.  Garden variety 802.11 doesn’t take care of the passing off of moving clients between access points very well; dropped connections or long delays are common.  The 802.11r standard promises to alleviate the issues but requires functionality in the client and the access point to work.  Years ago, the Lantronix engineers decided to create a solution for this that was client based only and implemented it in the MatchPort family of modules.  SmartRoam, as it is called, continuously tracks the signal strength of nearby access points and prevents any disruption in the wireless connection by proactively managing a smooth, automatic transition to the access point with the strongest signal. This provides enhanced mobility within a building or warehouse and ensures uninterrupted connectivity to the wireless network without degrading the application performance.

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We all take for granted as we drive along the highway that our cell phones will seamlessly transition from one cell base station to another.  We are only aware of it when it doesn’t happen!  Depending on the technology, this transition is taking place between the base stations.  Garden variety 802.11 doesn’t take care of... Read More

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How Can Better Networking Allow Us to Provide Better Patient Care?

IMG_eds16ps.jpgWhen nurses and hospital staff are focused on trying to keep up with equipment in 24 neonatal and 77 adult ICUs, it takes time away from the patients. In a medical center in Boston, the nurses and staff were trying to keep track of over 6 machines per patient, plus deliver outstanding patient care. In addition, the hospital’s current clinical information system required clinicians to manually jot notes into charts and then transfer the notes into the electronic system, a process that introduces human error. In order to alleviate the stress of manual entry and enable the staff to provide more patient care, we recommended the hybrid ETS8PS terminal/device server.

To learn more about how we helped satisfy the medical device networking needs of one Medical Center, read the full Boston Medical Center Report.

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When nurses and hospital staff are focused on trying to keep up with equipment in 24 neonatal and 77 adult ICUs, it takes time away from the patients. In a medical center in Boston, the nurses and staff were trying to keep track of over 6 machines per patient, plus deliver outstanding patient care. In... Read More

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And the winner is …

We have hosted several design contests at Lantronix over the years, and they are always a fun time for us and our customers.  The eclectic mix of prototypes built on our products range from whacky to very practical, and we have a great time going through them.  Then our panel of judges, made up of editors and other industry leaders cast their votes for the prizes.

Today, Lantronix announced a contest around our new XPort Pro with Linux.  Having such a ubiquitous operating system and standard GNU development tools, we foresee a much broader range of applications coming in for this contest.  We hope yours will be one of them.  I forgot to mention, the prizes aren’t bad either – $6000 and $3000 for first and second, $3000 for the best student entry too.

During the next few months, we’ll drop some helpful tidbits that you may be able to use in your design, so keep an eye out for those.  Time to light up the soldering iron and get the compiler going!

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We have hosted several design contests at Lantronix over the years, and they are always a fun time for us and our customers.  The eclectic mix of prototypes built on our products range from whacky to very practical, and we have a great time going through them.  Then our panel of judges, made up of... Read More

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Networking in the Home

At home I have both a wireless network (802.11bg) and most rooms are wired with Gigabit Ethernet.  I found the wireless does not give me the smooth transmission of HD video that the wireline does (for a great product for capturing off the air TV, check out www.snapstream.com).  Multi-stream 802.11n promises to fix these problems.  What’s your experience?  So beyond the obvious computer and entertainment benefits of networking, are there other things that make sense to connect?  For a while, there was talk of refrigerators that would e-mail a service center if they were about to go on the fritz.  In the last 30 years I’ve only had one fridge die; I’m not sure it justifies the cost of adding a network connection.  Now if the fridge could keep inventory and e-mail me a shopping list on Mondays that could be cool!  Power meters, alarm panels, and other already monitored devices make sense.

What would you like networked in your house?

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At home I have both a wireless network (802.11bg) and most rooms are wired with Gigabit Ethernet.  I found the wireless does not give me the smooth transmission of HD video that the wireline does (for a great product for capturing off the air TV, check out www.snapstream.com).  Multi-stream 802.11n promises to fix these problems. ... Read More

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Reasons to Buy a System Instead of Building One – #2

So you’ve decided you want to add wired Ethernet to your product, and are trying to decide between a module (like the Lantronix XPort family) and a component solution. When considering raw hardware costs, the component solution can have an advantage, providing volume is high enough. When you factor in the other costs, creating your own solution from the ground up is not as favorable as it first appears – even if the software itself is ‘free’ (i.e. Linux). Hardware and software integration, testing, certification, verifying standards compliance, hardening against network attacks, providing for field firmware upgrades, and other chores have substantial impact on hard and soft costs. The price of hiring a contractor, employee, or third-party to do these tasks can easily outweigh any savings a component-level networking solution brings. Not to mention any cost you may incur if you also select a commercial OS and TCP stack, development tools and other one-time and recurring hard costs. Most, if not all of these costs are alleviated with a complete networking module. Some customers have been able to get a prototype going in less than a day with a module.

This begs another question: Are ‘free’ OSes and stacks really free? I feel another blog coming on…

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So you’ve decided you want to add wired Ethernet to your product, and are trying to decide between a module (like the Lantronix XPort family) and a component solution. When considering raw hardware costs, the component solution can have an advantage, providing volume is high enough. When you factor in the other costs, creating your... Read More

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Edge Empowerment

For well over a decade, Lantronix device servers have been dutifully moving data to and from asynchronous serial ports to Ethernet. While extending the serial port across the Internet may be just what is needed, as device servers and edge products in general become more powerful, doesn’t it make sense to move some/most of the intelligence to the edge? By processing at the edge, only key pieces of data need to be transmitted upstream. This could result in very tangible savings where communications has a cost per byte. With appropriate software in the edge, decisions can be made there in response to input from the machine, removing delays due to network latency and far-end processing delays. Here at Lantronix, we have been providing toolkits to empower our customers to create just such applications on top of the device servers deployed at the edge. Have you had a chance to leverage these powerful capabilities?

I would love to hear from you about your applications or about ‘edge empowerment’ in general. Until next time!

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For well over a decade, Lantronix device servers have been dutifully moving data to and from asynchronous serial ports to Ethernet. While extending the serial port across the Internet may be just what is needed, as device servers and edge products in general become more powerful, doesn’t it make sense to move some/most of the... Read More

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You’re Not Alone with Windows

Does thinking about writing Windows networking software give you cold chills?

You’re not alone.

A lot of developers feel that way because they have never had to develop Ethernet applications before on a PC. Like many companies, you may have an application that works great and communicates over the serial port (COM1: etc.). Well this is a perfect scenario for using COM port redirection software. With this software, you can fool your PC application into thinking it is talking over a local COM port when in reality it is talking over Ethernet to a remote device server’s serial port. In effect, you are just stretching the serial cable over the Internet; the world’s longest serial cable! Lantronix also offers a Secure COM port redirector that allows you to encrypt the information using FIPS197 certified, AES encryption. If you would like to know more about these useful tools, check the links below:

Com Port Redirector

Secure Com Port Redirector

Hope those chills are gone, how else can I help?

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Does thinking about writing Windows networking software give you cold chills? You’re not alone. A lot of developers feel that way because they have never had to develop Ethernet applications before on a PC. Like many companies, you may have an application that works great and communicates over the serial port (COM1: etc.). Well this... Read More

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How Do I Assign an IP Address to a Lantronix Product?

Since most of our customers are experts in something besides networking, our most common question is ‘how do we assign an IP address to a Lantronix product’? Of course DHCP (automatic assignment of the IP address and other parameters) is the easiest, but in some infrastructures a fixed IP is required. There are a number of methods to do this depending on the particular product. Take a look at the link below for helpful videos on this subject:

Video tutorials on assigning an IP address

Our written FAQs also address this subject. Here is an example: How do I assign an IP address to an XPort?

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Since most of our customers are experts in something besides networking, our most common question is ‘how do we assign an IP address to a Lantronix product’? Of course DHCP (automatic assignment of the IP address and other parameters) is the easiest, but in some infrastructures a fixed IP is required. There are a number... Read More

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