Flight Tracking, the Raspberry Pi, and the Internet of Things

As part of my day-to-day job responsibilities, I look for ways to help my customers understand how new technologies and methodologies can be applied to their business processes. One major component of this is incorporating the vast amount of volatile data that they generate into useful business information. This can be an interesting conversation, because…

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The IoT Journey — Visualizing IoT Streaming Data with Power BI

In my previous posts in this series(see posts one, two, three, four, five and six) I discussed the construction of a system to collect sensor data from a device and send that data to the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite. The final step in this journey is to build an application that will use the data…

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The IoT Journey: Connecting to the Cloud

In the previous posts in this series (see posts one, two, three, four and five) we’ve walked through designing and building an application that reads a temperature and humidity sensor connected to a Raspberry Pi. In this post, we’ll create the cloud-based components necessary to receive the information from the Pi, and we’ll modify our…

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The IoT Journey: Working With Specialized Sensors

In previous posts in this series (see posts one, two, three and four) we’ve discussed the Raspberry Pi and it’s Linux-based operating system, along with the GPIO interface and using Visual Studio to develop applications in C# that execute on Linux using the Mono framework. Generally-speaking, this works well when the sensors you’re working with…

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The IoT Journey: Additional Peripheral Protocols

In the last post of this series, I discussed digital signaling and hardware interrupts. The purpose of these posts is to educate on the basics of IoT technologies so that you will have a foundation to work from in order to build new IoT projects. In this post, we will discuss the concept of Pulse-Width…

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The IoT Journey : Interacting with the Physical World

In the first two posts of this series (See Post One and Post Two) I detailed the process of configuring a Raspberry Pi 3 to enable development and testing of Internet of Things (IoT) projects. The first post covered the basics of the Raspberry Pi, and the second detailed the basics of the GPIO interface…

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The IoT Journey: Introducing the Raspberry Pi Expansion Capabilities

In my previous post in this series, I introduced the Raspberry Pi3 and provided the steps necessary to build and configure it to run C# applications that were developed using Visual Studio on Windows. Obviously you need to know the basics in order to proceed to more IoT-relevant projects, so if you’re just getting started…

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The IoT Journey : Getting Started with the Raspberry Pi 3

If you are involved with “Big Data”, “Advanced Analytics” or “Cloud Computing”, you’ve likely heard all the hype around the “Internet of Things” or “IoT”. It used to be that IoT meant things like the connected refrigerator, or networked thermostats. Now it seems like IoT is being applied to just about anything that can connect…

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Using Power BI Desktop to Create Data Visualizations and Explore Data

In previous posts, I discussed how to create an Azure SQL Database using data from the City of Chicago Data portal. (See previous posts on this blog for more information) Part of the process was showing how Microsoft Excel can be used in conjunction with Power Pivot and Power View in order to create data…

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Creating a “Real World” Database in Azure for Advanced Analytics Exploration: Part 4

The previous posts of this series (part 1, part 2, and part 3) focused on using publically-available crime report data to build a “real world” database in Azure, then showed how you can use some of the Power BI tools in Microsoft Excel to create interesting visualizations with that data. In this post, I’ll walk…

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