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Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally. — Abraham LIncoln

Friday, April 18, 2014

#YJJ Architecture: Instrumenting the Jeep

Internet of Things, Yellow Jeep Journey, YJJ Architecture
Author: Mark Dixon
Monday, March 10, 2014
9:24 pm



What instrumentation do you think I should install in my Yellow Jeep for its long journey?

Here are some of the sensors that I have considered:

  • Engine monitoring – via On Board Diagnostic (OBD) port
  • tire pressure
  • location – GPS coordinates
  • internal temperature
  • external temperature
  • light intensity
  • video – forward, reverse, left, right, driver, passenger, roaming camera
  • audio – multiple microphones
  • driver ID
  • passenger ID(s)
  • velocity
  • acceleration
  • yaw, pitch, roll
  • altitude
  • air pressure
  • humidity

Some human input that may be appropriate in the Jeep includes

  • audio/video/text comments
  • ongoing journal
  • still/video camera, independent of vehicle

These are just a few of the hundreds of possibilities.  It will be fun to sort through these possibilities and select a subset for test purposes.

A friend suggested that fingerprint sensors should be added for identification of the driver and passengers.

What suggestions might you have?

Roll on Yellow Jeep Journey!


YJJ Architecture: Who are the Users?

Yellow Jeep Journey, YJJ Architecture
Author: Mark Dixon
Friday, March 7, 2014
5:07 pm



When I prepare my Jeep for a long Yellow Jeep Journey, who would possibly use the technology?  What should the User Interface support?

I expect that users will roughly fall into four groups:

  1. Driver:  The guy who drives the Jeep 
  2. Passengers:  People who come along for the ride
  3. Observers:  Folks to may want to monitor trip from afar
  4. Technical Support:  People who keep the technology running.

I expect that any one individual may act in any of these roles over time.

I presume that information will be either near real-time (representing stuff that is happening now), or historical (data collected over a period of time).  The user interface should provide tools to appropriately display and interact with either real time or historical data for each category of users.

I suppose that the types of interactions for each type of user include those listed below:

Drivers will be interested in such things as:

  • Engine health
  • Location/position
  • Direction being traveled
  • Destination and directions
  • Weather – current and forecast

Passengers may be interested in thing such as

  • Route planning
  • Response to observers questions and comments
  • Updating blogs and articles while traveling

Observers may be interested where they Jeep has been and what is happening

  • Location
  • Direction
  • Destination
  • Route travelled
  • Weather
  • Photos, video, audio recordings, blog posts.

Technical support folks may want to monitor

  • Health of the electronics
  • Alarms and warnings

Do you have any other ideas?  What would you like to see on this blog or accompanying website if you were to monitor my long Yellow Jeep Journey?

Thanks for your input.

Roll on Yellow Jeep Journey!


#YJJ Architecture: Enabling my Yellow Jeep Journey

Yellow Jeep Journey, YJJ Architecture
Author: Mark Dixon
Friday, March 7, 2014
4:47 pm



I have decide to use the term YJJ Architecture when I refer to the technology architecture that converges Identity, IoT, Mobile, Social and Cloud technologies to enable the Yellow Jeep Journey.

In keeping with well established Enterprise Architecture practices, the technology architecture should be an enabler for overall business objectives, not just a science experiment.  In the YJJ Architecture case, I may be stretching that definition a bit, because in a way, may objective for the YJJ Architecture is to create a rolling laboratory to test out great technology!

Roll on Yellow Jeep Journey!


Yellow Jeep Technology Convergence – Take 2

Yellow Jeep Journey
Author: Mark Dixon
Thursday, March 6, 2014
9:21 am


Recently, I posted a diagram illustrating the convergence of technology for the Yellow Jeep Journey  After further thought, I believe the following diagram is a bit more accurate.  By separating Social Media and other services from the Yellow Jeep cloud, we can focus on what functions should exist within the Yellow Jeep cloud and what services will used from other sources.



Roll on Yellow Jeep Journey!


Yellow Jeep Technology Convergence

Yellow Jeep Journey
Author: Mark Dixon
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
9:33 pm


Recently, I blogged about my interest in leveraging five major converging technologies (Identity, Internet of Things, Mobile, Social and Cloud) to transform my Yellow Jeep into a rolling laboratory, enabling me to experiment with and demonstrate how these important trends can enrich our lives.

This diagram will provide a framework for exploring my ideas:


The three big areas of exploration:

Instrumenting the Yellow Jeep – What sensors, actuators and control systems can be installed in the Yellow Jeep to monitor the vehicle, provide real time and historical data about its journeys and provide appropriate interaction with the driver and passengers?

Cloud functionality – What functions should exist in the cloud to receive and store data from the Yellow Jeep, provide appropriate supervisory control mechanisms and data analytics, and support user interface applications?

User Interface – What can users see and do via mobile or web applications to trace, interact with and analyze the Yellow Jeep and those who travel with me?

In the next few days, I’ll blog about my ideas in each of these areas.  If any of you would like to share your ideas, please let me know!

Roll on Yellow Jeep Journey!



#YellowJeepJourney: Identity, IoT, Mobile, Social and Cloud

Internet of Things, Yellow Jeep Journey
Author: Mark Dixon
Saturday, March 1, 2014
9:48 pm


I recently launched a personal web site and blog, Yellow Jeep Journey,  to provide a personal canvas where I can document my efforts to reach an aggressive weight loss goal, and more importantly, share my experiences in finding personal freedom, light, power and joy along the way.

But the Yellow Jeep Journey and Discovering Identity blogs are now coming together in an exciting way.  I am exploring how to more effectively integrate my professional pursuits into my quest for personal improvement.  I will cross-post my ideas about this pursuit on both blogs. I hope to garner the insight and support of my professional colleagues and associates as I move forward on this exciting endeavor.

So, here we go …

If you were to take the journey of your lifetime in a Yellow Jeep, how would you customize the Jeep for the journey?  Tires? Lift? Engine? Lights?  Yep – an integral part of the Jeep Mystique is modifying your own vehicle to suite your individual taste.

However, crazy engineer that I am, I have been thinking deeply about equipping my Yellow Jeep in a different way.  Of course, the tires and lift will be there, but I can envision more.  Suppose I could make my Yellow Jeep into a rolling laboratory of sorts, to test, play with and demonstrate the convergence of some of the most important technology trends in the world today? 

I have been heavily involved for the last decade in Identity and Access Management technology.  It has been a great ride, but I want to explore how to apply that technology in new and different ways.  Our world is experiencing great growth and innovation in the areas of cloud computing, mobile technology, social media and the most exciting to me – the Internet of Things. What if my Yellow Jeep could go beyond the traditional Jeep configuration and be equipped with the latest computing equipment and electronics that leverage and even break new ground in these converging forces?


Over the next several weeks, I will use this blog to record and refine my thoughts about how to leverage these technology trends to make my Yellow Jeep a powerful and exciting example of how these trends can all be leveraged together to enrich and enlighten our lives like never before.

Hope you will come along for the ride!

Roll on Yellow Jeep Journey!


Remembering Three Earth Orbits

Space Travel
Author: Mark Dixon
Friday, February 21, 2014
8:11 am


Fifty two years ago yesterday, I was sitting in my aunt’s house in Salt Lake City, UT, while John Glenn was orbiting the earth in the Friendship 7 Mercury space capsule. What an exciting, pivotal accomplishment in the history of US space travel!  Thanks to NASA for providing the photo and nostalgic reminder.



Neil Armstrong

Space Travel
Author: Mark Dixon
Friday, January 17, 2014
12:41 pm


The NASA photo of the day shows Neil Armstrong with an X-15 rocket-powered airplane he test-piloted in the early 1960’s, when I was a space-loving little boy.

NASA announced today that the Hugh L. Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, CA, has renamed the Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center.



#IoT + #Mobile

Internet of Things
Author: Mark Dixon
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
10:50 am


In the flurry of news surrounding Google’s acquisition of Nest on Monday, I was particularly intrigued by the following graph from Business Insider   Specifically, the combination of 8 billion Internet of Things devices and 6 billion mobile devices (smart phones and tablets) projected for 2018 gave me pause.

I believe the real value of these expanding markets comes from the combination of the IoT and Mobile segments.  IoT technology progressively enables us to instrument and automate many areas in our daily lives; Tablets and Smartphones provide our primary windows into that instrumented and automated world.  The possibilities are limitless.



KuppingerCole: Information Security Predictions and Recommendations 2014

Cloud Computing, Identity, Information Security, Internet of Things
Author: Mark Dixon
Thursday, December 19, 2013
2:53 pm



Kuppinger Cole just released an insightful Advisory Note: “Information Security Predictions and Recommendations 2014.”  The introduction stated:

Information Security is in constant flux. With the changing threat landscape, as well as a steary stream of new innovations, demand for Information Security solutions is both growing and re-focusing.

I like both the predictions and recommendations in this report.  Here are a few excerpts from my favorite recommendations:

Cloud IAM (Identity and Access Management)

Define an IAM strategy for dealing with all types of users, devices, and deployment models that integrates new Cloud IAM solutions and existing on-premise IAM seamlessly.

API Economy

Before entering this brave, new world of the API “Economy”, define your security concept first and invest in API Security solutions. Security can’t be an afterthought in this critical area.

IoEE (Internet of Everything and Everyone)

Before starting with IoEE, start with IoEE security. IoEE requires new security concepts, beyond traditional and limited approaches.

Ubiquitous Encryption

Encryption only helps when it is done consistently, without leaving severe gaps.

The whole paper is well worth reading.  Hopefully, this post whetted your appetite a little bit.

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