Joe Speed living on the edge as CTO ADLINK IoT

I’ve been working on the edge for a long time. For many years I’ve known edge and proximal IoT are where the most interesting problems live. I was really pushing edge years ago back when most were trying to get their head around cloud. This is why after finally getting MQTT made open in 2013 as the foundation for Eclipse IoT, I collaborated to make open RSMB (really small message broker) and MQTT-SN (MQTT for sensor networks) via Eclipse IoT. And shepherded open source proximal IoT at Linux Foundation.

I’ve always thought highly of ADLINK Technology. Worked with this IBM partner for on-ramp to IBM Watson IoT and moving predictive analytics workloads to the edge. I absolutely loved what ADLINK, Intel and IBM did for the fab’s chillers.

ADLINK reached out to talk about joining. I told them very interesting but can’t abandon the #AccessibleOlli program and community that I’d worked so hard to build especially with the upcoming CES 2018 unveiling of this accessibility lab. So I was floored when their EVP Rob Risany said “We love #AccessibleOlli too! Join and do it full time through CES. And we’ll commit tech & people through 2018 to ensure #AccessibleOlli’s success in collaboration with CTA Foundation, IBM, Local Motors and the rest of the community.”

ADLINK cares about things I care about. Autonomous & robotics. IoT enabled HMI. Edge computing. Sensor fusion. Accessibility & inclusion. Co-creation and design thinking. Crowdsourcing and open data. And they’re successful living 100% on the edge. Happy customers, lots of revenue, growing fast. These are things I can get behind.

Will be talking more about this with the always terrific Steve Ewell of CTA Foundation at CES 2018 Tuesday 12:30PM CTA Center Stage, Grand Lobby. Hope to see you at CES!



create #AccessibleOlli world’s most accessible bus for aging & disabled

Urban mobility is a $1.5T market affecting 4 billion people. Our aging and disabled citizens are underserved by current transportation systems. Societal pressures and regulations require that everyone make all of their transportation fully accessible.

#AccessibleOlli is crowdsourced effort for you & your community to use cognitive & IoT technologies, design thinking & #STEM with schools to create the “world’s most accessible mobility” for aging & disabled. With Olli self-driving shuttle from Local Motors as testbed for integrating accessible designs and prototypes you create in a global design challenge and 9 city worldwide Watson IoT hackathon series. Your work culminates in CES `18 #AccessibleOlli exhibition with your #AccessibleOlli autonomous shuttle interacting with the public and assistive technologies such as autonomous wheelchairs.

#AccessibleOlli needs your insights and sweat to solve accessibility challenges. As with Olli, your #AccessibleOlli contributions are portable to cars, elevators, hotels, hospitals, trains and homes.

Get on the bus! Join CTA FoundationAARPMITPTECH schoolsASULocal MotorsUltrahapticswhat3words, MapboxFront PorchIBM AccessibilityWatson IoT AutoLAB, cities pursuing #AccessibleOlli grants, and all others that want to contribute. IBMers check out

Need people with disabilities, accessible design, IoT, robotics, directed audio, diarization, augmented reality, haptics, ultrasonic haptics, machine vision, multi-modal transportation, and recommend technologies to complete your vision for the “world’s most accessible transportation”.

#AccessibleOlli twitter and #AccessibleOlli LinkedIn Share your love for what we’re doing with @localmotors and our community.

#AccessibleOlli team talking about why this work is so important to the world

 #AccessibleOlli design thinking workshop with PTECH school kids, Local Motors, CTA Foundation, IBM Accessibility and Watson IoT AutoLAB

PTECHOllicopy #AccessibleOlli design thinking at AARP Hatchery in Washington DC with IBM Accessibility, Local Motors and CTA Foundation working with aging experts representing the needs of AARP’s 38 million members


IBM Olli #1 we could use as rolling testbed for #AccessibleOlli


  #AccessibleOlli go deeper:

cognitive mobility and IoT cars

Some of the things I’ve collaborated to make:

Joe Speed IoT auto innovations

  • #AccessibleOlli crowdsourced cognitive self-driving transportation for aging & disabled. This is being developed in partnership with Local Motors, IBM Accessibility, CTA Foundation and many others including MIT and Princeton. It has been accepted for AI XPRIZE and featured in MIT Tech Review#AccessibleOlli
  • Olli cognitive self-driving shuttle. Brought Local Motors and IBM together and lead this co-creation of future of cognitive mobility.
  • Cognitive Mobility prototypes for automakers. Combining Watson IoT for Automotive, Watson, Weather, Twitter, Bluemix, Twilio, Mapbox and other technologies into an in-vehicle cognitive experiences.
  • “IoT Auto” 3D Printed advanced technology vehicle with Local Motors, Octoblu’s Meshblu, Link Motion instrument cluster & infotainment on NXP i.MX with ARM TrustZone, and IBM technologies including IoT Foundation, Bluemix, MobileFirst (Worklight), Streams, NodeRED, MQTT. Exhibited at IBM Insight `15 and SEMA `15.
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  • UNLV Robotics DARPA DRC-HUBO robot driving Local Motors 3D printed car into IBM Insight `15 Expo. Was excited to helped these things come together and get UNLV Robotics the exposure they deserve and help training HUBO to drive his car 🙂
  • aftermarket”car compute” on-ramp to IBM IoT + Bluemix cloud. Connects cars to our IBM cloud in seconds.
  • Continental’s prototype IoT+Big Data Connected Car cloud on Intel powered Softlayer cloud for V2V and “highly automated” driving.  Uses MQTT, Eclipse Paho, MessageSight (Intel Inside) IoT appliance, Streams, NodeRed and other components.  Here is German Chancellor Angela Merkel reviewing it.
  • Open IoT show car with Intel, IBM, Local Motors.  430hp crowdsourced open source car with MQTT, Intel Quark / Galileo, running Node-RED (Node.js for IoT) car controller & Intel Atom IVI system Automotive Grade Linux (Tizen IVI) and MobileFirst UX, connected to IBM Softlayer Connected Car cloud with IBM MessageSight, Big Data, Predictive Maintenance, Node-RED, MobileFirst Worklight.
  • Collaborated with Jaguar Land Rover developing LR4 and supercharged F-Type IoT show cars live demo’d at IBM Connect 2014, Tizen Dev Conf, IBM Innovate 2014.  Solution used MQTT, AGL Tizen IVI, MessageSight, Streams, Node-RED, Predictive Maintenance, MobileFirst, Softlayer cloud.
  • Led collaboration with QNX creating IoT car shown at IOD 2013, CES 2014, Pulse 2014.  Solution uses MQTT, IBM Big Data, Streams (CEP), Predictive Maintenance, Softlayer Cloud, MobileFirst, QNX, Texas Instruments, Jeep Renegade.
  • Raspberry Pi powered IoT show car w Local Motors, Citrix Octoblu, and Linux Foundation.  Planned 3D printed IoT enabled show car.
  • Drove creation and co-designed IBM IoT & Connected Car showcase on Softlayer cloud used for IBM’s demos, proof of concepts, hackathons and developer outreach.  Uses MQTT, Eclipse Paho, Bluemix (IBM’s Cloud Foundry), MobileFirst, Node-RED, MessageSight, Big Data, Streams, Predictive Maintenance, Softlayer cloud.
  • won AFCEA 2013 48 hour hackathon for my team’s IoT alerting & response protype using open source MQTT, IoT appliance, vehicle telematics and mobiles. We’d been given a scenario of dirty bomb incident in downtown San Diego.
  • Worked with car2go and Daimler IT starting in 2012 to get IoT MQTT into all car2go, car2go EV and car2go black Mercedes vehicles. Daimler moovel‘s car2go was the first to build open IoT into vehicles.
    Joe Speed car2go

Joe Speed’s IoT, Connected Car and Cognitive Mobility Keynotes, Panels and Press

Joe Speed’s keynotes, panels and other speaking engagements

Joe Speed’s press and analyst mentions

Older press and keynotes

“Makers & Co-Creation” with AT&T, GE FirstBuild, Local Motors at AllSeen Alliance Summit

Here is our recent panel from the AllSeen Alliance Summit, like any great movie it becomes even more riveting in the 3rd act 🙂
We had lots of great discussion and activity at our collaboration project’s recent event.
Alex is AT&T’s global developer evangelist, running 30 events a year with thousands of developers and makers.   In fact today he is in Manila running one right now.
John is the head of connected devices for GE Appliances and connectivity maker at FirstBuild which does crowdsourced home appliances, hosts makerfaire, etc.

Jay is the founder of Local Motors and has a team of 130,000 people that collaborate on open hardware design of new cars, motorcycles, and other things that roll.  Like what I and AllSeen Alliance and Linux Foundation do for collaborative software development, Jay‘s community does for hardware.  They recently 3D printed a car.  Google says there were 31,400 news items about that.

I’m also a fan of Tenaya Hurst of dog hunter / Linino.  She’s a mad maker of wearables, quite awesome.  She is who you hear asking this panel about the importance of failure.  She even makes her own music videos 🙂

AllSeen Alliance: THIS is what collaboration looks like

AllSeen Alliance Summit was a lot of fun.  Expected 80 people but instead had 224 people from 100 companies and 19 countries come to collaborate. This gives you an idea of what collaboration looks like:

AllSeen Alliance Summit 2014

Want to know how things work?  We collaborate.  Community is completely open and transparent.  We’re all about collaborating, adopting the best standards and creating open source IoT software people can just take and use to create things.  Don’t even have to be a member.

IoT MQTT handy links

here is some info I gave an automaker tonight, thought it might help others: