Automation

Industrial Automation with Jonas Neubert - Episode 114

Summary

We all use items that are produced in factories, but do you ever stop to think about the code that powers that production? This week Jonas Neubert takes us behind the scenes and talks about the systems and software that power modern facilities, the development workflows, and how Python gets used to tie everything together.

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  • Your host as usual is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Jonas Neubert about using Python for industrial automation

Interview

  • Introductions
  • How did you get introduced to Python?
  • How did you get involved in factory automation?
  • What are some of the technical challenges that are unique to a factory environment and the physical computing needs associated with it?
  • When developing new capabilities for your factory, how do you manage proper testing of your software given the need to interoperate with the hardware?
  • Which languages are most frequently used for command and control of industrial systems and how does Python interface with them?
  • How do you manage the problem of interfacing with the various different protocols and data formats that are presented by the different hardware instruments?
  • In your PyCon presentation you commented on the fact that security in industrial automation systems is lacking. What are some of the most common issues that you have seen?
    • Why is it that security is such an issue in industrial systems?
  • How are production releases of your software managed and how does it differ from other types of products such as web applications?
  • Aside from manufacturing facilities, what are some other types of environments or industries that require similar levels of hardware automation?
  • What are some of the most interesting or challenging projects that you have worked on?
  • What are some of the packages on PyPI that you find most useful in your day-to-day work?
  • For someone who wants to get involved in industrial automation what kind of experience should they have and what are some of the resources that you recommend?
  • What are some of the innovations in industrial automation that you are most excited about?

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Home Assistant with Paulus Schoutsen - Episode 94

Summary

Don’t you wish you could make all of your devices talk to each other? Check out Home Assistant, the Python 3 platform for unified automation. Paulus Schoutsen shares the story of how the project got started, what makes it tick, and how you can use it today!

Introduction

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  • Your host as usual is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Paulus Schoutsen about Home Assistant, the Python 3 platform for unifying your home automation.

Interview

  • Introductions
  • How did you get introduced to Python?
  • What is Home Assistant and what was the initial frustration that inspired you to create it?
  • How useful would home assistant be for someone who doesn’t have a lot of the so-called ‘smart home’ technology?
  • Given the fact that the intended context for Home Assistant is in the user’s house or apartment, how do you ensure that their data and privacy are safe?
  • Reading through the documenation for installing and configuring Home Assitant, it seems prohibitively complex for someone who is not technically inclined. Has any work been done to try to package the project in a way that is more friendly to a casual user?
  • What are some of the most difficult challenges that you have faced while building Home Assistant?
  • Why did you choose Python 3 as the technology for building this platform?
  • The list of supported services and integrations is quite impressive. How does the current architecture allow for that kind of growth?
  • How has the architecture of Home Assistant evolved from when you first started it?
  • What are some of the products or platforms that you consider to be competitors of Home Assistant and how do you differentiate yourself?
  • What are some of the most interesting or unexpected uses of Home Assistant that you have seen?
  • What do you see as some of the most promising and the most troubling trends in the future of home automation?

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