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.

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!