Behind the scenes at the White House

Kris and POTUS

Yes, you read the title of the blog post right. IOT SmartData Labs was behind the scenes at the White House earlier this month on Tuesday, Aug. 4th. Let me explain the details. IOT SmartData Labs collaborated with BikeTrak™, to enable the BikeTrak™ M2M platform for the first ever White House Demo Day.  This support was done in advance of demonstration to President Barak Obama and numerous staff and the press. IOT Smart Labs helped BikeTrak™ activate and test new lines over a wireless network in less than 48 hours. BikeTrak’s™ product is a GPS security device for bicycles providing theft detection and activity tracking. It alerts cyclists if their bike moves unexpectedly and tracks it if stolen. The app will connect to cyclist’s social networks, post to stolen bike registries, provide speed, mileage, and calorie information, and produce reports for police and insurance.  A link for the White House Site for the first ever Demo Day and video of the event are at the end of the post.

“We needed to establish a stable platform for our White House Demo day very quickly. IOT SmartData Labs understood our needs and the critical timeline” said Kris Akins, CEO and Founder for BikeTrak™ “and their support, collaboration, and timely responsiveness enabled us to get our platform up and working quickly, reliably and in time to present at the White House.”

The challenge presented by BikeTrak™ is exactly why IOT SmartData Labs was created. We are an enabler to help customers like BikeTrak™ demonstrate the capability of the Internet of Things application in a seamless fashion. An average OEM is an experienced provider in the technology required to launch their application, but when developing IoT solutions with cellular connectivity it not that simple – but it’s where IOT SmartLabs can help.  We support our customers’ timelines to reach market quickly enabling IOT developers like BikeTrak™ to commercialize quickly.  The  task had integrate  uBlox CDMA modem(LISA C200), change to the Sprint Cellular Data Network,  and communicate with BikeTrak™ server for the White House demo.   IoT developers can enter IOT SmartData Development Lab and receive front-end engineering services. IOT SmartData Labs reduces time to market by providing customers with support in areas including CDMA hardware (module) selection, network access testing (development accounts), and assistance with certifying of the application on the Sprint network.

IOT SmartData Labs is a privately held company based in San Diego, CA.  IOT SmartData Labs’ core business is providing affordable products, services, and activations (airtime data plans) to reduce the development time for the emerging Internet of Things (IOT) and the machine-to-machine (M2M) marketplace . For more information, one can visit our web site at

About BikeTrak™
BikeTrak, Inc. is a Portland, Oregon startup developing new technology products for the Bicycle industry. BikeTrak’s debut product is in the final stages of development and is an integral part of a cyclists’ effort to reduce theft and increase the probability of recovery of stolen bikes. BikeTrak’s patent pending anti-theft technology provides alert and tracking functions in an elegant and rugged design. The app connects to bicycle registries and social media to notify the cyclists’ community of stolen bikes and produces police and insurance reports. BikeTrak™ also provides ride tracking information for performance, fitness, and safety. For more information, go to


Link to White House Demo Day

Welcome to IOT SmartData Labs

Hello and welcome to IOT SmartData Lab’s blog.  This post is our first blog for our company.  I would like to take the opportunity to tell you a little bit about IOT SmartData Labs and then what you can expect in the blog in the coming weeks.  OK, let me tell you about IOT SmartData Labs.  IOT and M2M developers have expressed that they do not have a simple, easy, and cost efficient way to get their IOT/M2M products through the development cycle. Currently, their alternatives are limited.  Developers can to purchase ‘retail’ packages from existing cellular operators, which may have onerous termination costs, difficult activations, and provides no technical or development support.  They can also patch together various services and products to bring their product to market.  This development path is cumbersome and development engineering can expect limiting integration support to meet their end users needs.

Development Cycle Flow Chart
IOT Development Cycle Flow Chart

SmartData Lab provides a focused and compelling development option that can be initiated from Day One.   The Development Labs has been designed to meet the needs expressed by many developers and engineers.  SmartData Labs provides a simple one-stop offering for this IOT/M2M developers market in terms of product, services, testing, and activations.    Bottom line, IOT SmartData Lasb provides a focused and compelling development path that can be initiated from Day One.

Enough of the commercial.  So what can I expect from this blog. We will try and discuss frequently asked questions, industry trends, insight on some design roadblocks, and of course topics requested by the IOT community.

Some of the topics of discussion in the coming weeks from myself and other members of the IOT SmartData team include:


  • What is the Internet of Things (IOT)? Is that different from Machine to Machine (M2M)?
  • CDMA vs GSM?  What are the differences and how are they similar.
  • An overview of Wireless Technologies and where they fit in your design
  • LTE and how it will effect your designs moving forward?
  • How secure is the Internet of Things?

Finally, this blog cannot be successful without your help, I would like to hear from the IOT and M2M community.  What topics would you like us to discuss on our blog.  Please let us know.  Send your ideas and comments to