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Mr. Sai Yamanoor with Linde talks about Scaling Your IoT Strategy
1st December 2020 • The Industrial Talk Podcast with Scott MacKenzie • The Industrial Talk Podcast with Scott MacKenzie
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In this week's Industrial Talk Podcast and in conjunction with The Industrial IoT World, we're talking to Sai Yamanoor, IoT Applications Engineer at Linde about "How to effectively scale your IoT strategy". Get the answers to your "IoT Strategy" questions along with Sai's unique insight on the “How” on this Industrial Talk interview!

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Welcome to the industrial talk podcast with Scott MacKenzie. Scott is a passionate industry professional dedicated to transferring cutting edge industry focused innovations and trends while highlighting the men and women who keep the world moving. So put on your hard hat, grab your work boots, and let's go. Alright, let's get cracking. Thank you very much for joining the industrial talk podcast. I'm telling you, I'm honored that you have said, Yeah, yeah, I want to be a part of this podcast. Yeah, I want to be a part of this platform. Because you know why you're an industry hero to me. You're an industry hero that is not just changing lives around the world. You're changing my life. You are, but you're changing communities. And that's why you are bold, you are brave, and you dare greatly and your innovation is just second to none. That's why you're an industry hero. Thank you. Thank you for what you do. That's why the industrial talk podcast is here. It's a celebration. celebration. All right. Let's talk about the hot seat. Hot Seat on this interview is a gentleman by the name of psi. And inside forgive me if I mispronounce your last name, Yama nor, let's say it's why am a NO our fabulous stat card out there on LinkedIn. And of course, you can imagine he's the only site out there with that last name. And he's with Lindy and we're going to be talking about 10 years.


IoT, you have to talk IoT, this is coming from the perspective of you got to design it, you got to solve problems, you got to be able to deliver solutions that are meeting the markets need. sigh he's a designer this stuff. So let's get cracking.


Yeah, he is.


Yeah, I know. I've talked about it. I have I have I have half. But the reality is, is that it's here to stay. Now side brings a lot of dog guns street cred. And it's it's important. It is just it is. And I want to make sure that you understand it put this on your calendar. Now. It's happening today. And but it's, it's it's it. He's speaking at a conference. Let's check it up. Let me pull it up on my fabulous computer here. And it is the industrial IoT World Conference. I get confused, too. This one is industrial IoT world. Okay. And it is December 1 today, through the third. And it's talking about adapt and win. What do we need to adapt? Holy? Nike sees IoT now for lasting digital transformation? That's pretty positive. Why wouldn't I want to do that? Why would you want to do that? So speaking at this particular event, again, get it on your calendar, this is December 4. Today, Google third, still have time, do not lollygag. Get out there. And I'll have that link out there. It's all good. Look at all these wonderful speakers. I'm impressed. Yeah, I'm I'm out on the website. You You can't come on. Gotta register. Alright, before we get in the interview, but I want to just be able to chit chat briefly about your 2021 plan? How are you going to sell in this market? How are you going to not just survive, which we have to you have to we depend on you. But how do you survive, rebuild and prosper in this particular world? I have ideas. I have, you know, insights, but you need to start thinking about it. Now. How do you be able to do that in a world that is still very fuzzy, very foggy out there, about how do we conduct business, you're not pressing the flesh, you're not going out there? You know, hey, let me buy a drink. And let's talk business. Everything still is for the foreseeable future. little chaotic, little uncertain. So I, I'm challenged with you with that you got to start thinking through it. I have some ideas. I have some solutions. But for the first for the most part, you got to start thinking through that. The other thing, and I'm going to be doing a live on this one. But the other thing is going to be Hey, what do you think of webinars? Are you tired? Are you a little fatigued? Maybe I should come up with a word that talks a little bit about web fatigue. Maybe that's it? I don't know. But it's I know that I'm, I'm fatigued. And it's not as if I don't want to consume the content. I don't it's not that I don't want to learn more. It's it's the fact that


is the message getting out. Is it being consumed? Is it or is it just becoming just noise. And unfortunately, unfortunately, from my perspective, is becoming noise. I get notifications all the time and


It's all good. Don't get me wrong. It's not. It's not meant to be a, you know, a wet blanket or, you know, slap across the face. It's just what do we do? Where we go with it, we still have to communicate, we still have to figure out the solution of being able to for people to listen to you, it to consume it, and to be able to have action, right? I'm just throwing that out there. I'm going to be doing a live because I can


because it's fun. And because I could do it. Anyway. That's I'm going to be doing that. And I think I have some ideas. I'm going to pose some uncomfortable, uncomfortable positions here and there. But I think it got to have this conversation. All right. Under the interview, sigh Yama, Nur.


Sorry, sorry, if I mispronounced I think I got it. Why am N o r are go out to a stat card. He's got a website too. And you'll hear it in the interview. He's got a website that is solely dedicated to him just sort of playing around and making IoT devices. How about that for hobby? I betcha. I not many people have that type of hobby. In fact, he's probably one of just a handful of people that say, My hobby is to build IoT devices.


Outside of my outside of my job, I just build IoT devices, because it's fun. That's pretty cool, huh? All right. Let's get going. Thank you again, sigh enjoy this particular interview. wonderful guy. great insights. Enjoy the Simon.


side. Welcome to the industrial talk podcast. And it's an absolute honor. I'm looking forward to this conversation and listeners. He's got mad skills out there on his LinkedIn stat card. So I want to make sure you write those down listeners. His name is Sai. Last Name spelled pencil and paper time, why am a n double o r? Do not Do not miss out in connecting with this gent because he's going to be stuck talking a lot about AI IoT, however, we're talking a little bit about how we're going to scale this IoT. What goes into it? all of that good stuff. sigh welcome. How are you doing today? Hi, good morning. Thanks for having me on. The pleasures all on this side of the well, the Logitech camera. Yeah, whatever this thing, give us a little 411 little background on who Psy is for the listeners. Sure. So I am a senior IoT Applications Engineer for lendy in Buffalo, New York. In case you have not heard of Lindy Lindy is an industrial gases manufacturer, you probably have used lindis products in your life. If you have ever purchased a carbonated beverage at a fast food restaurant, or a party balloon. My role is, you know, in IoT hardware design. Yeah. See, it's interesting that I've always been fascinated by industrial gas companies. It things just wouldn't happen if we didn't have companies like Lindy producing industrial gas, not just carbon, just, I mean, everything in between. and then some, you know, you've probably seen some of their trucks rolling around on the streets. They're doing big, they're fantastic company, and they're making our lives better in a big gun way. All right. So here's here's sort of the direction we're gonna be heading. Now, listeners, we've talked about IoT. Yes, we've talked about industry for Dotto, we've talked about double IoT. How about that? We've talked about edge, we've talked about AI, we've talked about machine learning, we've talked about cloud, we talked about everything, that stuff that is under the blanket of industrial for Dotto, just, there's something probably up there even higher, however, doesn't happen. Without individuals like side being able to sort of hear what's happening in the market and hear what the companies have to say, designing the the innovation, designing the technology to serve their needs, or solve their problems. So we're going to be talking a little bit about that. And because Syed brings, he's got a website out there. I just want to make sure you guys understand and I'll post this out on industrial talk Comm. But he is so geeked out about this IoT stuff. He has an actual site that he just plays around with this stuff. How about that? Now, you know, that guy's got street? street cred, baby. So let's let's talk about I've got my business hat on their side. And I'm interested in to begin my digital journey.


How do you have a conversation with me? What am I trying to accomplish? Do you have any ideas?


Um, first of all, I would try to understand what exactly is it that you want and as an IoT


In here, I try to be your advocate, you know, like, you know, like, if it's possible to immediately solve your problem, like, you know, is using an off the shelf product, that's the way to go. I would like to understand, you know, what I like, you know, how are you going to use this device, you know, up, like I, you know, how is this product going to help you, that is the first thing I would like to, you know, understand as an IoT engineer. Because the solution might be like, right, within your realm of possibilities, like, you know, you could probably just use something that's immediately available out there in the market, that could solve your problem. Like, my role comes in only if there is nothing else available out there that could be customized to suit your needs. Because, you know, today, we you have hundreds of products out there that could possibly do what you want. But if there is some something very specific that you would like to be accomplished, that's where I would come in. See, it's interesting, because I know the industry as a whole is trying to create some sort of standardization like, Okay, we got this device, and it does this, it reads this vibration, it reports this stuff, it's got 5g, whatever it might be. And then we start talking about the cybersecurity component with these devices and potential penetration issues, all of that.


What given us an example of something that is so I mean, a lot of these companies are producing these devices. Give us an example of something that's truly unique.


A unique IoT product give me Yeah, um, I would say,


Ah, that's a good question.


So funny, because when we start talking about this,


I mean, like I said, there are tons of companies out there, done. They're developing these devices. But they're, they're trying to develop an in such a way that is sort of mass producing the capabilities so that the market says, Yeah, I'll buy one of those. And I know, I'll buy five, no, I'll buy 500 of those things. And I'll stick them out on my, like, what's what's an example of some some unique IoT situation within the let's say, the, the industrial air market? Okay, um, since I am a hardware design engineer, I will talk about it from the hardware perspective. Again, I mentioned the company's name, though, is that, absolutely. Oh, sure. So better, you might have heard of Digi, that's, you know, that makes a lot of, like ZigBee


related products. So dejes, recently came up with what's called the X v3 line of products. I like Personally, I'm a big fan of those big, here's why. So they designed a cellular module and a ZigBee module. And they designed it in a way such that you could write your code for the set, let's say the cellular module. And you could use it as just by changing a single line of code for the ZigBee line of products. So that is the most likely EAC product that I've recently come across. And then I was working on this, I thought this is going to take a lot of effort to migrate a product that uses cellular technology to the and move it to, you know, say ZigBee wireless. Yeah, but I was surprised by how you could, you know, just do it as this all you had to do was change, like, you know, make the new hardware and, you know, conduct the migration, it was that easy. That, you know, like, that's the best, you know, example. That's interesting, because you're talking about, let's say legacy devices that been in the facility forever, whatever it might be, and to be able to convert those, those legacy devices to a wireless platform. Is that what you're saying? Is that what


Digi does? Yes. And so a G's products that are so that uses their legacy? Digi ZigBee modules. So the so they have designed it in a way that not only is it backwards compatible, so let's say you deployed a ZigBee module, like 10 years ago, you could slap this cellular module in and not only that, you could also migrate it to your you know, future ZigBee line of products. And on top of that, you don't need an like, you know, a firmware program.


To do this, so someone with some basic knowledge of Python programming could actually develop a product using this. That's because they actually develop their own flavor of Python programming called like, you know, so there is an open source project called micro Python. So they adopted the micro Python for their family of products. So it makes it easier for you. So if you have some basic nail knowledge of Python programming, you could develop your own product because it's already FCC certified. So it just makes your life so easy. She and we're talking about that, that sort of ultimate flexibility, and which then in law, it goes in line with our next topic that I would like to be able to do this. Okay, so


we got it. A lot of smart people like yourself, are creating a lot of capabilities and flexibilities within and not really sort of shoehorning you know, the solutions into sort of, you got to do it this way, whether you like it or not type of mindset. So, and that that to me, bodes well from from an innovation point of view. And and it's important, right? Not every company is the same, and so on and so forth. So many of my conversations occur, happen around


where do I start, which we talked about, where do I start from an IoT perspective? Can I do it incrementally, right, and people saying, Yeah, you can do it incrementally. Let's get some quick...