Thinking about Yiyokyay’s Exposure to the Internet of Things

  • What is your solutions architecture experience with the Internet of Things?Since 2014 Yiyokyay has been developing embedded controllers for the Internet of Things solutions.  We have been providing services to produce prototypes for lawn sprinkler IOT, sports scoring wearable devices, sports and leisure IOT devices, personal hydroponics solutions and home automation.  These IOT devices interact over Bluetooth with Android and IOS mobile devices and push/pull data from cloud resources.  The cloud side is mainly proprietary to Yiyokay LLC ( along some Azure interfaces.  Amazon Web Service and  is being tee’d up to evaluate cost/benefit.  And we have used some Google Developer services for geo-location and weather data integrations.
  • Which devices are you deploying to the Internet of Things? Photon, Ardunio Pro Mini, Arduino Mega2586, ESP8266, ESP-12, TI CC2540, TI CC3000, TI CC3200, Silicons Lab BGM111 & BGM121, Simblee.  I also have extensive exposure to industrial automation primarily Allen-Bradley Rockwell Automation along with Digi networking devices.
  • What is your experience with connectivity – Wi-Fi-cellular-and how to connect to the cloud?
    As described above, the IOT devices have been developed with Wi-Fi connectivity.  We have just a small amount of experience with cellular and this is only because up to now cellular connectivity has not been required.  Along that line we have been able to test cellular-like communication using GPRS messaging (SIM800L).  I am devoted user/follower of Photon devices.  The Electron is such a cellular-connectivity device that we have kept my eye in the case where a cellular internet product/device would be developed.
    Short answer – WiFi very experienced, cellular limited experience but fundamental knowledge
  • What is your understanding of data analytics and how in the cloud and provide solutions to a customer?
    Strong understanding.  We have over 25 years developing and implementing industrial SCADA.  For most of that time the purpose of data was two-fold – 1) provide actionable information for human decision making.  2) provide related data to pass along to a IT database application to produce reports and support business operations.  That’s branched out now to analytics such that data is now being used to drive executive decision making beyond the normal/typical use for continuity.

Yesterday’s premise – run the business as planned (human data users) – has evolved into run as planned and plan to improve, enhance and expand.  Those extensions can be validated by scenarios driven by the aggregated data AKA data analytics.

  • What is your solutions sales experience?
    We have sold numerous technology upgrade projects to internal stakeholders.  We have been on a project team engaged with international customers to design, develop and implement technology and operations enhancement tools.  Recently we have been engaged to develop consumer IOT products.
  • What is your design and development experience within electrical engineering or software?
    Vast.  Microsoft Visual Studio .Net for web applications, MS Visual Studio Xamarin plug-ins for IOS and Android mobile applications, Silicon Labs Simplicity Studio for bluetooth and Bluetooth low energy embedded devices, cloud based integrated developer environment although I prefer the desktop IDE.  We use Arudino Software IDE for Arduino, ESP8266, Simblee.
    Printed Circuit Board development – Eagle CAD.

Announcing the Launch of Teton Automation

Yiyokyay LLC Celebrates the Formation of Teton Automation

1 September 2017

Jackson, WY – Today Yiyokyay LLC, an energy automation company specializing in consulting and design, announced the formation of Teton Automation as the company marks the start of it’s third year of operations.

The new organization brings with it a new logo that helps to align the company’s technology and Internet of Things focus.



“Starting this new brand kicks off the beginning of an exciting time for Yiyokyay LLC.  Now that we have the proper systems and processes in place we wanted to charge hard into developing products and services that will make an impact in the Internet of Things,” said Roger Watson, president and founder of Yiyokyay LLC.

To get headed on the road to the IoT the new division will soon be announcing details of the Wurx line of IoT products.

“Our Teton Automation slogan – Making Grand Things – pulls together three concepts the which will drive the organization.  We want to become a leader in the Maker movement and Internet of Things marketplace.  Our inspiration and drive is nurtured by the grandeur and beauty of our Jackson Hole base and the Teton Range including the Grand Teton  the second highest peak in the U.S.,” Watson added.

For more information, visit the Teton Automation website.

About Yiyokyay LLC

Yiyokyay focuses on products and services – somewhat niche in nature – which satisfy the needs of the client markets. Yiyokyay is an LLC wholly owned by Roger Watson and based in Jackson, WY. The Yiyokyay management philosophy is based on integrity, respect and grit. The Yiyokyay is a process-centric solutions provider with over 30 years of experience in the energy industry. Yiyokyay leverages core competencies in the areas for automation, business process improvement and innovation.

Total Eclipse 2017

August 21, 2017 Jackson, Wyoming
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My wife Andrea and I were really lucky to be in Jackson today.  We had been trying to get to Jackson most of the summer and well here we are.

I knew that Jackson would be a prime location for today’s total eclipse and my attitude leading up to the event was somewhat casual.  I remember the partial eclipse from 1979.  My father made a pin-hole viewer.  It was interesting then to see the moon overlay the sun.  Even this morning we were non-committal unlike the estimated 100,000 people in the Jackson Hole here to witness the event.  Around 9 a.m. people were walking down our street headed to the hiking trails.  A few of the hills rise up 300 meters or more so those folks were getting a really clear view.

When we were at the Smiths Grocery on Sunday I saw eclipse glasses for 99¢ so I bought 4 pair.  Why 4 pairs?  I wasn’t sure of the quality of the glasses so I figured I’d wear 2 pair.  As it turned out these Sun Catchers (100% SAFE for Solar Eclipse Viewing.  Conforms to and meets Transmission Requirements of ISO 12312-2. ) were safe to use.

Sometime after 11 a.m. I took a glimpse of the sun and the moon had just begin covering the top right corner of the sun.  So we sat up some lawn chairs and watched the eclipse.  Up on the hills you could see hundreds of people watching including a couple of folks we found with camera zoom at the summit of Crystal Butte.

I guess it was around mid-day when we heard the crowd of kids next door counting down as the moon slid in to totally cover the sun.  Wow!  What an experience.  The ambiance was like you experience say around 7 or 8 o’clock in the evening – dusk.  The temperature dropped at least 5 degrees.  And you could see stars in the middle of the day.  Really fascinating.  Approximately 3 minutes later the sun started peeking out over the moon and probably by 1:15 p.m. things seemed normal.

Andrea used a Sony Cyber-shot camera to record the eclipse starting just at the beginning of the totality.  She didn’t have any special filters or even a tripod but the record of the event is what is important.


Getting Started Part II

The seed germination is tracked in spreadsheets, one sheet for each tray.  The sheet records the seeds planted in each tray row.  To keep things simple (for now) each row contains the same seed.  The plant date and germination days calculate the expected ready date.

Seed Starter Workbook Production Run 2016-0001
Seed Starter Workbook Production Run 2016-0001






Next steps are to move this to a cloud application.

Tray Cell Germ.
1 1 2 3 4 5 6 Date
Row 1 Basil Geno. Basil Geno. Basil Geno. Basil Geno. Basil Geno. Basil Geno.
Row 2 Basil Geno. Basil Geno. Basil Geno. Basil Geno. Basil Geno. Basil Geno.
Row 3 Spinach BLS Spinach BLS Spinach BLS Spinach BLS Spinach BLS
Row 4 Spinach BLS Spinach BLS Spinach BLS Spinach BLS Spinach BLS
Row 5 Lettuce BB Lettuce BB Lettuce BB Lettuce BB Lettuce BB Lettuce BB
Row 6
Tray Cell
2 1 2 3 4 5 6
Row 1 Lettuce BB Lettuce BB Lettuce BB Lettuce BB Lettuce BB Lettuce BB
Row 2 Lettuce RV Lettuce RV Lettuce RV Lettuce RV Lettuce RV Lettuce RV
Row 3 Lettuce RV Lettuce RV Lettuce RV Lettuce RV Lettuce RV Lettuce RV
Row 4 Cabbage Chinese Cabbage Chinese Cabbage Chinese Cabbage Chinese Cabbage Chinese
Row 5 Cabbage Chinese Cabbage Chinese Cabbage Chinese Cabbage Chinese Cabbage Chinese
Row 6
Tray Cell
3 1 2 3 4 5 6
Row 1 Basil Sweet Basil Sweet Basil Sweet Basil Sweet Basil Sweet Basil Sweet
Row 2 Basil Sweet Basil Sweet Basil Sweet Basil Sweet Basil Sweet Basil Sweet
Row 3 Oregano Oregano Oregano Oregano Oregano Oregano
Row 4 Thyme Thyme Thyme Thyme Thyme Thyme
Row 5 Parsely Parsely Parsely Parsely Parsely Parsely
Row 6 Chives Chives Chives Chives Chives Chives
Tray Cell
4 1 2 3 4 5 6
Row 1 Spinach BLH Spinach BLH Spinach BLH Spinach BLH Spinach BLH Spinach BLH
Row 2
Row 3 Spinach PH Spinach PH Spinach PH Spinach PH Spinach PH Spinach Spinach PH
Row 4
Row 5 Kale Kale Kale Kale Kale Kale
Row 6 Cabbage Baby Choi Cabbage Baby Choi Cabbage Baby Choi Cabbage Baby Choi Cabbage Baby Choi Cabbage Baby Choi

Getting Started

A few weeks back I visited theStarter_0001 local home supply center to pickup seeds, starter trays and seed starting mix.


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Yesterday I finally gotStarter_0004 busy laying out the starter trays.





Trays 1 and 2 are 5 rows wide.  Starter_0005

Trays 3 and 4 are 6 rows wide.




I built this rack to hold the trays.  EachStarter_0006 level can hold 4 trays.   The rack is +/- 5 feet thinking that future expansion will add trays toward the bottom. The level offsets are to allow sun to reach the level, however, if I understand, during germination sunlight is not a critical factor.  This shows the 4 trays domed for the initial stages of see germination.



Yiyoponics – Hydroponics for the Internet of Things

In early April I visited the hydroponics farm owned and operated by Louie Tepedino.  The farm is located in Teresópolis in the Brazil state of Rio de Janeiro.  Have no doubt, this is not a backyard garden.  No, it is a real commercial venture.  Louie grows over a lot of lettuce and herbs plants.  The total grow area is around 8,000 m² (about the space of 2 American football fields in an L shaped pattern). ATHydroponics_Main

Since that visit I spent a good deal of time thinking about hydroponics.  How to get started? How to grow the plants?  What automation can be applied?  Who is doing hydroponics here in the U.S. and how are they doing it?

Mainly what I decided is I can do this!


Welcome to …

The Yiyo of Things

For this inaugural post of Yiyo Things we will introduce you to who we are, what we do and where we are headed.

Yiyo Things is the blog of Yiyokyay, LLC.  Yiyokyay was founded in 2014 by Roger Watson.  Mr. Watson has more than 30 years experience in the Oil & Gas Industry.  His specific expertise is in pipeline automation design, installation, commissioning and support.  From 1980 to 2007 he was a SCADA field support engineer at Colonial Pipeline Company reaching the position of Consulting Engineer (the very first employee in that organization to be titled such).  In June 2007 he departed CPC to become a member in a business management consultancy.  After 6 ½ working on client project teams for such clients as Crosstex Energy, Chesapeake Energy, Valero Energy Partners, Transpetro, Petrobras, Petrohawk and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners he resigned his membership in order to form Yiyokyay.

At Yiyokyay Mr. Watson will apply career spanning core competencies and subject matter expertise by providing business operations and improvement initiatives consulting, project resource staffing, client staff augmentation services.  Along with that Yiyokyay will produce design documentation for Beliza line of consumer energy management products and industrial PIPEX line of products slated for introduction in 2015.  Yiyokyay will explore the world of the internet of things.

You may be wondering why the Yiyo of Things?  If you are thinking about the “Internet of Things” then you are correct.  This isn’t new to Yiyokyay.  In 1980,  first projects of his first job in the real world was installing 1970’s vintage mini-computers (Lockheed Mac-16 in this case) in pipeline terminals reporting back to the central control room.  The only difference between now and back then and way back then before that is size and dollars.  Smaller devices with far more capability for less money.  This will be one of the leveraging aspects for Yiyokyay.

In between all this work comes fun.  Yiyokyay is based in Jackson, Wyoming  with support offices in Atlanta, Ga and Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil.  From time to time we travel between the offices and other interesting places in the world.  We plan to tell you about those travels.

That’s all for this first post.  Until next time.

Yippee!  Yippee Yiyokyay!