Presenting the Five-Minute Interview Series

The IoT Institute is surveying IoT experts. Here are insights from some of the first respondents.

Brian Buntz

August 23, 2016

2 Min Read
Presenting our five-minute interview series.

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There’s More to IoT Than Tracking Million-Dollar Assets

Glenn Graney, Senior Marketing Manager at QAD Inc.
In this interview, Graney explains why there has been an uptick in companies using IoT to help track their production environments.

Are We Building an IoT Tower of Babel?

Brian Chee, IT Specialist at University of Hawaii SOEST

Brian Chee, an IT Specialist at University of Hawaii SOEST, sees the sheer number of IoT APIs and protocols as a key challenge for the industry. But he is upbeat about the potential of smart IoT deployments.

Why Augmented Reality and the IoT Are Converging

Don DeLoach, CEO of Infobright, Don DeLoach

While the potential implications of the Internet of Things are endless, one of the hottest IoT niches is its intersection with AR, says Infobright CEO Don DeLoach.

The IoT Is Helping Drive Interdisciplinary Research: Q&A

Stephen H. Haliczer, Special Assistant to the Vice-President for Information Technology at Northern Illinois University

A history professor turned technology expert has created an IoT research group. In this interview, he shares information on how the group is driving interdisciplinary research and muses on the Internet of Things at large.

With the IoT, We’ll Need to Rethink Business and Privacy

Josh Garrett, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of MOBI

In this interview, Josh Garrett, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of MOBI shares his thoughts on how the Internet of Things will transform enterprise, spark privacy concerns, and make rail safer.

Replacing Humans with Thinking Machines

Benjamin Forgan, CEO of Hologram

The IoT is set to unleash wide scale automation and improvement of processes, Forgan says, making it possible to replace operations performed by humans with AI-enabled connected systems. Earlier this year, Hologram announced that it had raised $4.8M to create a cellular-based IoT platform.

Don’t Put the IoT Cart Before the Horse

Kevin Walsh, Vice President Marketing, Bsquare

In this interview, Walsh muses on the potential of the IoT to transform the industrial sector and trucking industry. He also offers perspective on how IoT developers can maximize their chances for success and offers perspective on why most successful IoT implementations were not born as IoT initiatives.

Why You Should Do Your Homework on IoT Providers

Ben Strahan, Head of Developer Relations at

Strahan says that the biggest problem in the IoT space is the choice between providers. He recommends doing thorough research to avoid costly matchmaking mistakes.

5 Strategies for Successful IoT Projects

Binu Panicker, Vice President, Technology at Covisint

In in this interview, Covisint’s Binu Panicker shares advice on IoT implementations, talks about Covisint’s experience with a smart street light project, and muses on the IoT’s biggest potential and challenges.

About the Author(s)

Brian Buntz

Brian is a veteran journalist with more than ten years’ experience covering an array of technologies including the Internet of Things, 3-D printing, and cybersecurity. Before coming to Penton and later Informa, he served as the editor-in-chief of UBM’s Qmed where he overhauled the brand’s news coverage and helped to grow the site’s traffic volume dramatically. He had previously held managing editor roles on the company’s medical device technology publications including European Medical Device Technology (EMDT) and Medical Device & Diagnostics Industry (MD+DI), and had served as editor-in-chief of Medical Product Manufacturing News (MPMN).

At UBM, Brian also worked closely with the company’s events group on speaker selection and direction and played an important role in cementing famed futurist Ray Kurzweil as a keynote speaker at the 2016 Medical Design & Manufacturing West event in Anaheim. An article of his was also prominently on, a website dedicated to Kurzweil’s ideas.

Multilingual, Brian has an M.A. degree in German from the University of Oklahoma.

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