Mike Fahrion

Mike
Fahrion

Mike Fahrion, director of product management at B&B Electronics, has more than 20 years of design and application experience overseeing M2M connectivity solutions for wireless and wired networks. He also is author of the eConnections newsletter.

Articles
IoT Technologies Prepare To Tackle Global Problems
The Internet of Things is about more than connecting your refrigerator to your phone to tell you if you're low on milk. It also can be used to address problems like climate change, dwindling resources, population growth, and aging.
Looking Forwards And Backwards On The Internet Of Things 1
The Internet of Things will be more than a network of small, smart new devices. It will include older equipment as well. Like an old C-47 waiting its turn in the landing circle above a modern airport, your valuable legacy device will be welcome to keep on doing its job.
4G Resolves Challenges On The Network’s Edge 3
Innovative solutions are enabling 4G communications to reach previously distant and remote locations and operate there efficiently and effectively.
Data Mashups Will Make The Internet Of Things Useful
The Internet of Things will collect data from myriad sources and crunch it into digestible bites to make your day easier in ways we have yet to imagine.
Wi-Fi And Cellular Growth Will Continue In 2013
Mike Fahrion projects that Wi-Fi and cellular wireless will continue to grow and why.
Is “Industrial Wireless” A Myth? 1
Mike Fahrion discusses Ethernet for industrial applications and how it can be implemented with cellular and Wi-Fi.
“Wireless Everything” Impacts System Design
Industrial wireless sensors must be power efficient and can function well with just an "often available" rather then "continuously available" communications protocol.
Moore’s And Metcalfe’s Laws Descend Upon “The Internet Of Things” 3
A view of how both Moore's IC law and Metcalfe's network law are bringing about the Internet of Things concept through M2M technology.
Commentaries and Blogs
Guest Blogs
Nov 11, 2014
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How to Outsource Your Project to Failure 3

This article will address failure to carefully vet a potential manufacturing or “turnkey” partner and/or failure to transfer sufficient information and requirements to such a partner, a very common problem I have seen again and again with my clients over the years, and have been the shoulder cried upon by several relatives and clients in the past....More
Nov 11, 2014
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Transition from the Academe to the Industry Unraveled 1

There have been many arguments here and there about how short-comings of universities and colleges yield engineers with skill sets that do not cater to the demands of the industry. There have been many arguments here and there about an imminent shortage of engineers lacking knowledge in the sciences. There have been many arguments here and there about how the experience and know-how of engineers in the industry may vanish due to the fact that they can’t be passed on because the academic curriculum deviates from it....More
Nov 11, 2014
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Small Beginnings 5

About 10 years ago I received a phone call from an acquaintance. He had found a new opportunity selling some sort of investments and he wanted to share it with me in case I was interested. Ken had done fairly well for many years as a contract software developer primarily in the financial services sector. His specialty was writing RPG code. (RPG is often referred to as a write only language.) But he was seeing the handwriting on the wall as the industry moved on to other methods, and saw himself becoming a fossil....More

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