Chess is one of the board games that requires the most strategy. There is a whole logic behind the moves to dominate the opponent’s king. Maybe that’s why this was Vivian Heinrichs’ gateway into the world of Technology.
After building a professional career in chess, with awards in Brazilian Championships, São Paulo and Educational Olympiads, Vivi (as we call it here at EUGENIO), decided to venture into the world of Computer Engineering. In addition to being a course that requires a lot of logic, she also got excited watching her brother develop software programs when she was younger.
Working with Technology has many challenges, but it also provides many opportunities. “This market changes all the time and the solutions created can quickly gain scale, or die days after a great success. You must always be aware of new developments to achieve success and this is very motivating. Every day is a different work day”, said Vivi.
Hopping from Technology to focus on the Internet of Things!
It didn’t take long for Vivi to be enchanted by the Internet of Things projects. “Transforming dispersed data into valuable information for business insights brings me a world of opportunities. One moment we’re talking about smart badges to ensure more safety for workers, and then about energy efficiency through monitoring and actions via sensors. And all of these are applications of the same point: Internet of Things”, she explained.
And because she is so passionate about IoT, we decided to share this interview with Vivi to inspire a lot of developers out there. Check it out!
Keeping information and workers secure
EUGENIO:What challenges do you see for companies when it comes to IoT?
Vivian Heinrichs: IoT is indeed a reality in companies today. Many industries benefit from projects that connect “things” to the internet. But the main concern (and one that even slows down the rapid adoption of this technology) is data security. When you develop an IoT project, you need to ensure both the security of the data and the systems used to process the information – the software and all devices.
EUGENIO:Are there any recent IoT projects that you would highlight?
Vivian Heinrichs: We recently developed a solution to keep workers safer in hazardous conditions and environments such as in the mining, oil, gas and energy industries. The goal is to keep people away from hazardous conditions, sending warnings about possible dangers.
EUGENIO: And how does this smart badge work?
Vivian Heinrichs: It uses tracking technologies (Bluetooth, GPS, Cell and LoRA) to map the worker’s location and alert him, with vibration or lights, when there is a risky situation. This smart badge also detects falls and has a panic button. The system uses real-time logic to detect incidents and then notifies security personnel so they can respond with assistance. All based on the company’s security procedures and protocols, which are usually given right after hiring, but which need to be constantly reminded.
IOT specialist or generalist?
EUGENIO: About the IoT market, do you see opportunities for those who want to start in this area?
Vivian Heinrichs: Yes, many! The IoT market is growing exponentially, going against the economic instability we face today in so many ways. For those who want to start in this area, the most important thing is to understand which subject the person is most interested in and wants to dive into. There are both commercial and technical careers in IoT and, in both, the professional can still choose to be a generalist or specialist. And speaking of specializations, just to name a few, there are fields of work for those who want to focus on devices, platforms, systems integration, data analysis, artificial intelligence and so many others.
EUGENIO: For those who want to know more about this IoT universe, would you recommend a book?
Vivian Heinrichs: There are many books on the subject, but I like three, especially, because they are very complete. “The Zero Marginal Cost Society” by Jeremy Rifki, “Internet of Things: Principles and Paradigms” by Rajkumas Buyya and Amir Vahid, and “IoT Inc: How Your Company Can Use the Internet of Things to Win in the Outcome Economy” , by Bruce Sinclair.