InfoAg 2017 Presentation
Internet of Things Ecosystem

Grand BC
Tue, Jul 25, 2017
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM


In this talk, Michael Finegan will focus on public and private network communication options for agricultural deployments. He will review cellular and long range RF solutions, including LoRaWAN, Sigfox, Ingenu, and NB IOT, and compare link budget, bandwidth, and power efficiency. In addition to the physical characteristics, he will discuss how various technologies are positioned in the marketplace and will talk about deployment types, utilizing aggregation methods that use gateways and concentrators, allowing companies to process data locally. Discover at what point the LPWA topology needs to transition from a campus area network to a macro network. Developers will learn about specific pre-certified system-on-modules and how to deploy them within a hybrid network. We will review the important role that microcontrollers play in developing sensor-based networks and how various controllers impact the overall power consumption. Understand how to use of scripts and applications to process data on the edge of the network, allowing devices to create actionable data, versus packet forwarding to the cloud.  Growers and AgTech enthusiast will learn some best practices about how to leverage crowdsourcing platforms to move from prototype to production quickly.

Michael Finegan
Director of loT Business Development
Orinda, CA 94563
Michael Finegan is a leading technical design consultant and public speaker focused on engineering, design, and commercialization of embedded systems for the “Internet of Things”. His 19 years of experience in designing Enterprise Wide Area Networks and Cloud infrastructures has helped hundreds of customers and partners deploy thousands of devices. Michael is the IoT Business Development Director for MultiTech (a hardware platform provider for the IoT industry). Michael specializes in designing wireless and wire line WAN (wide area network) topologies and implementing machine-to-machine and IoT solutions. Michael graduated from Saint Mary’s College in California with a degree in Business Administration and Management.