Video Series Takes You Inside Dell IoT Lab

It feels like we’ve published a lot of posts on Direct2Dell lately about the Internet of Things (IoT); but, Gartner predicted that 4.9 billion connected “things” would be in use this year, and that the number would grow to 25 billion by 2020.

With that kind of scale in mind, our posts on an IoT survey and infographic, agriculture and connected cowsIoT World and challenges at hand, IoT security, how IoT supports sustainability and Dell OEM Solutions’ role in all this seem to only scratch the surface of the topic.

Visitors to Dell's IoT Lab in Santa Clara, California, view a demonstration of the Dell IoT Gateway

And, while my first-generation Flip video camera may be collecting dust alongside my Rio MP3 player from the 1999 Vans Warped tour, Barton George recently put his to good use shooting several short videos while touring our Internet of Things (IoT) Lab in Santa Clara, California.

“Dell’s Iot lab is a key piece within Dell’s overall end-to-end IoT efforts. Our end-to-end integrated offerings span services, hardware, analytics software and implementation all wrapped in security,” George says. “Dell’s approach is to work with customers collaboratively, utilizing what they already have, starting small and then iterating. All of this builds on the IoT foundationally elements that Dell has been utilizing for years.”

You may know George as our internal developer advocate who came up with the idea for Project Sputnik- our linux-powered developer edition of the XPS 13. In the first video he shot, Dell Product Technologist, Raja Tamilarasan gives an overview of our IoT lab, talks about IoT in general and explains where Dell plays in the space.

George and Tamilarasan go on to discuss what type of customers utilize our IoT lab, Tamilarasan then takes us through a smart building showing how the sensors are attached to a Dell IoT gateway which constantly monitors the data it receives. Tamilarasan even simulates a fire showing how the building would react; and, goes on to demonstrate how, using Dell’s cloud integration software Boomi, you can migrate aggregated info from a thin client back to a server in the data center.

And, in the final post in the series Tamilarasan gives an overview of the dedicated IoT data center for customers and explains how it can be used for local or remote access:

The opening of the lab, co-funded by Intel, was another milestone in the Dell and Intel collaboration on IoT. We are both part of the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) that sets standards for connecting a multitude of household gadgets and appliances, and Dell OEM Solutions, is a premier member of the Intel Internet of Things Solutions Alliance.

“This lab is staffed with highly skilled engineers and technicians and is designed to be an active space where our customers can validate and test their solutions on Dell hardware and software systems,” said Joyce Mullen, vice president and general manager, Dell OEM Solutions. “We welcome all of our customers to come work with us to build their next generation of IoT solutions in our new lab.”

And, to make it easier for more customers from around the globe to do that, we recently opened another IoT lab in Limerick, Ireland, where we’re also expanding research and development through the hiring of highly skilled engineers.

If you’re interested in your own tour of our labs, visit dell.com/iot and select “Contact a Dell OEM Expert” to connect with our team.

Laura Pevehouse

About the Author: Laura Pevehouse

Laura Pevehouse was profiled as one of five “social media mavens” in the March 2009 issue of Austin Woman Magazine and named an AdWeek’s TweetFreak Five to Follow. She has been part of the Dell organization for more than 15 years in various corporate communications, employee communications, public relations, community affairs, marketing, branding, social media and online communication roles. From 2014-2018, Laura was Chief Blogger/Editor-in-Chief for Direct2DellEMC and Direct2Dell, Dell’s official corporate blog that she help launch in 2007. She is now a member of the Dell Technologies Chairman Communications team. Earlier in her Dell career she focused on Global Commercial Channels and US Small and Medium Business public relations as part of the Global Communications team. Prior to that, she was responsible for global strategy in social media and community management, as well as marcom landing pages, as a member of Dell’s Global SMB Marketing, Brand and Creative team. When she was part of Dell’s Global Online group, Laura provided internal consulting that integrated online and social media opportunities with a focus on Corporate Communications and Investor Relations. She managed the home page of Dell.com, one of the top 500 global web sites in Alexa traffic rank, and first brought web feeds and podcasts to the ecommerce site. In her spare time she led Dell into the metaverse with the creation of Dell Island in the virtual world Second Life. Laura has earned the designation of Accredited Business Communicator from the International Association of Business Communicators, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Louisiana State University. Before joining Dell Financial Services in 2000, she worked at the Texas Workforce Commission and PepsiCo Food Systems Worldwide.