Libelium adds six pack of clouds to Meshlium IoT gateway

Libelium adds six pack of clouds to Meshlium IoT gateway

IoT sensor specialist Libelium has integrated six new cloud platforms with its Meshlium IoT gateway product.

Libelium is known as a player in the IoT, smart cities and machine-to-machine (M2M) platform space. The company develops wireless sensor networks and a commensurate offering of management software that runs its hardware products.

Now looking to provide a higher level of interoperability across its platform base, Libelium has integrated six new cloud platforms with its IoT gateway Meshlium. They are: Biz4, NEC Connexive, RoboMQ, Spark Compass, Symphoni and Ubicamóvil.

Read more: Libelium announces new IoT platform to shake up the market

Definition time

As an IoT gateway, Meshlium receives sensor data from Waspmote Plug & Sense! (a Libelium line of encapsulated wireless sensor devices used by system integrators) and forwards it directly to the Internet via Ethernet or 4G/3G/GPRS protocols depending on the connectivity options available in the area.

By way of one more definition, an IoT gateway (sometimes known as a control tier) is probably best described as a physical device (a hardware appliance) that works with dedicated embedded management software that works as a hub and central connection location between cloud computing services, data and function controllers, sensors and the intelligent devices that serve to make up the IoT itself.

The company is celebrating the fact that more than 100 partners are now actively networking on the company’s IoT ecosystem, joining cloud platform vendors such as AWS (Amazon Web Services), Ericsson, IBM Bluemix, Microsoft Azure and Telit – all of which are already compatible with the IoT Gateway Meshlium.  

What seems to be happening here is that Libelium is shifting its strategic focus from sensor devices to Meshlium, in an attempt to extend its presence in the whole IoT value chain allowing the development of end-to-end solutions.

Read more: Italian start-up Evja launches smart agriculture platform for salad growers

Any device, any cloud, any protocol

Libelium CEO Alicia Asin claims that her firm’s IoT platform allows customers to access to new market opportunities. “By connecting any sensor or even any device to any cloud platform through any communication protocol”, as she puts it.

The company has also detailed work recently to enhanced the accuracy, reliability and quality for applications such as smart parking, smart environment, water management, air quality index and others.

NEC has also trusted Libelium and joined its cloud partner program to innovate on IoT. NEC’s Connexive IoT Platform and Libelium IoT Gateway Meshlium interaction are now hoped to deliver state of art capabilities for IoT devices and sensors management and orchestration including support of massive IoT information data storing, processing and analytics.

Of the other platforms Libelium is now working with Biz4Intellia is an end-to-end IoT and M2M with inbuilt reporting and analytics and RoboMQ is a hybrid integration platform that integrates SaaS, multi-cloud deployment and applications over any protocol.

Meanwhile, Spark Compass collects data from devices, wearables and sensors networks with analytics on directed at real-time behavior and actions that are said to provide ‘granular visibility’ in a centralized platform specialized in healthcare and public spaces such as universities, stadiums, or airports. Symphoni is a no-code developer platform, and finally, Ubicamóvil enters the Libelium Cloud Partner Ecosystem as the first Mexican platform. Initially designed to GPS satellite tracking for automobiles, Ubicamóvil is now expanding its business to different verticals into the IoT world.

Read more: Athens International Airport turns to IoT for environmental monitoring

The post Libelium adds six pack of clouds to Meshlium IoT gateway appeared first on Internet of Business.

Internet of Business

Chilean winery PengWine adds IoT marketing to the blend

Chilean winery PengWine adds IoT marketing to the blend

Premium wine boutique PengWine is looking to establish itself in Asia, using the IOT to deliver marketing innovation that grabs the attention of tipplers.

The IoT is changing what we drink and how we drink it. It is having a say in how alcohol is made, its transportation and even the prevention of drink-driving.

PengWine, named after Chilean penguins, has turned to near-field communications (NFC) and IoT-based marketing to help inform its customers and promote engagement with the brand. By partnering with Oslo-based mobile marketing and smart packaging solutions provider Thinfilm, the winery hopes to boost its efforts in Asia and help consumers learn about its products.

Thinfilm previously joined forces with Spanish winemaker Barbadillo to create its NFC-enabled smart bottles. It was also involved in a market deployment by North America’s leading winemaker, in which smart hangtags enabled consumers to order digitally-customized wine labels. Now, Thinfilm is bringing this experience to bear in PengWine’s Asian debut, which sees three new products unveiled:

  • Smart coasters that educate users and offer chances to win prizes;
  • Placards at wine events that allow tasters to rate and comment on wines;
  • Smart neck collars and labels on bottles of PengWine wines, allowing consumers to interact with the brand directly.

Read more: Cheers for connected beer, all hail to the Internet of Ale

Using NFC to enable IoT marketing

Thanks to NFC technology, the simple tap of a smartphone enables users to learn about PengWine’s brand story, view its Maipo Valley estate in Chile, review food pairing tips, and order products through a mobile ecommerce application.

On top of this, the winemaker is also using Thinfilm’s CNECT platform to manage its campaigns. The cloud-based software is fully integrated with its SpeedTap NFC tags, meaning PengWine can connect directly with participating customers, and deliver targeted content and enhanced digital experiences. The platform also provides real-time analytics that will keep PengWine updated on how its campaigns are performing.

“Growing the PengWine brand worldwide is all about connecting with consumers, and we’re looking to technology to help establish and nurture those relationships,” said Chris Milliken, Cofounder and CEO of PengWine.

“Thinfilm’s NFC solution enables our customers and partners to connect directly with us through their smartphones. We feel that these unique mobile interactions will play a substantial role in the loyalty of our consumers and the success of our business moving forward.”

Read more: Barclays pours investment into new IoT beer pump

The Internet of Everything

Thinfilm and PengWine recognize the permeation of IoT into all areas of life, even everyday, disposable items – the emerging Internet of Everything. While it’s easy to dismiss smart coasters and labels as gimmicky, the ease of use of NFC means that it is perfect for delivering engagement and informing consumers.

Even age-old crafts, steeped in tradition, are seizing this chance to innovate. And wine, often seen as inaccessible and elitist, has an opportunity with IoT to become more approachable and broaden its appeal.

The post Chilean winery PengWine adds IoT marketing to the blend appeared first on Internet of Business.

Internet of Business

NEC adds Cloud compatibility to Libelium’s IoT Gateway

NEC adds Cloud compatibility to Libelium's IoT Gateway

NEC adds Cloud compatibility to Libelium's IoT Gateway

Libelium announces the integration of NEC on board of its Sensor Platform through the IoT Gateway Meshlium.

This integration’s announcement includes six new cloud platforms that join Libelium’s IoT ecosystem, now comprising more than 100 partners. This fact reflects the wide range of compatibility that Libelium offers giving customers access to develop IoT projects involving different cloud platforms. To this end, Libelium strengthen its portfolio by extending the interoperability of its technology to offer a quicker and easier adoption of IoT solutions.

Libelium is currently shifting its strategic focus from sensor devices to its IoT Gateway Meshlium to extend its presence in the whole IoT value chain allowing the development of end-to-end solutions. “The great interoperability of our IoT platform allows customers to access to new market opportunities by connecting any sensor or even any device to any cloud platform through any communication protocol”, Alicia Asín, Libelium CEO, states.

The company has recently enhanced the accuracy, reliability and quality for applications such as Smart Parking, Smart Environment, Water Management, Air Quality Index and many others that will be showcased at Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona next week.

NEC, worldwide leader in the integration of IT and network technologies, has trusted Libelium and joined the Cloud Partner program to innovate on IoT Solutions. NEC’s Connexive IoT Platform and Libelium IoT Gateway Meshlium interaction deliver state of art capability for IoT devices and sensors management and orchestration including support of massive IoT information data storing, processing and analytics.

“Through this partnership, NEC will expand the IoT ecosystem leveraging on collaboration as a core factor and contribute in improving customer’s efficiency and creating new social value through IoT technologies.” said, Shigeru Okuya, Senior Vice President, NEC Corporation.

“Libelium robust IoT sensor portfolio and NEC IoT solutions integration experience brings a unique ready to use offering for the IoT market.”

Five more cloud platforms complete this last integration on the Libelium Cloud Partner Ecosystem:

  • Biz4Intellia: Biz4Intellia is an end-to-end IoT and M2M solution which includes combination of IoT devices, an IoT platform suite, inbuilt reporting and analytics platform, and configurable business services. Biz4Intellia produces a seamless end-to-end solution to support business process execution to achieve specific business objectives.
  • RoboMQ: RoboMQ is a Hybrid Integration Platform that integrates SaaS, multi-cloud deployment and applications over any protocol to build unique business advantages. RoboMQ is a mesh of open-core messaging brokers allowing local interaction with federated hops across clusters.
  • Spark Compass: This company, based in the United States, has created a platform that collects data from devices, wearables and sensors networks. Powerful analytics on collected performance data are carried out, real-time behavior and actions provide granular visibility in a centralized platform specialized in healthcare and public spaces such as universities, stadiums, or airports.
  • Symphoni: This start-up based in the United Kindom has created a platform that gives the users the opportunity to build applications easy, no coding is required. Symphoni permits the user to connect building blocks in a visual and intuitive way while the platform generates the code.
  • Ubicamóvil: Ubicamóvil enters the Libelium Cloud Partner Ecosystem as the first Mexican platform. Initially designed to GPS satellite tracking for automobiles, Ubicamóvil is now expanding its business to different verticals into the IoT world.

With the integration of these platforms to strengthen its vast Ecosystem, Libelium is easing the IoT adoption in all the verticals of the market around the world. On this context, The IoT Marketplace -the global IoT e-commerce released in 2016- already offers 68 IoT kits “ready-to-be-deployed” for applications as varied as noise levels monitoring, flood prevention, smart building, air quality index or industrial protocols, among others.

The post NEC adds Cloud compatibility to Libelium’s IoT Gateway appeared first on IoT Business News.

IoT Business News

Honeywell adds Google Home integration for smart thermostats

Honeywell adds Google Home integration for smart thermostats

Honeywell Home and Building Technologies, a subsidiary of industrial automation company Honeywell, has announced a new integration with Google Home for its connected home products.

The integration will give consumers using the Honeywell Lyric or Total Connect Comfort thermostats the ability to adjust their home’s temperature using voice control, a feature already offered on other smart thermostats such as Hive and Nest via the Amazon Echo.

The addition of Google Home is a natural progression in Honeywell’s Works With Honeywell program, however, which aims to ensure the interoperability of Honeywell smart home products with popular consumer technologies, allowing consumers the opportunity to personalize their homes with their products of choice. The company already boasts integrations with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings, and IFTTT among others.

The Honeywell Lyric T5 Wi-Fi Thermostat (PRNewsFoto/Honeywell)

Read more: Cyber amateurs protect smart home from real-time invasion

As well as the introduction of Google Home voice control, Honeywell says that consumers will be able to control their Honeywell thermostats with Google Assistant on Google/Android devices, using a number of different commands. If a home has multiple heating or cooling zones, for example, it will be possible to control them independently by informing Google Home which thermostat corresponds to a specific zone. Consumers could also continue to adjust the temperature, set up schedules or make other changes with Honeywell’s Lyric or Total Connect Comfort app, and directly on the thermostat interface.

The Honeywell Lyric app, for the new Honeywell Lyric T5 Wi-Fi Thermostat (PRNewsFoto/Honeywell)

“Honeywell technology is already found in more than 150 million homes worldwide,” said Scott Harkins, vice president, IoT partner programs, Honeywell Connected Home. “Now with our Google Home integration, we’re thrilled to have the first thermostats integrated with every major smart hub. It is another way we are helping consumers more easily bring smart technology into their homes and lives, regardless of how they want to get started, their home’s unique needs or which smart hub they have.”

Read more: Apple joins race for smart home supremacy with HomePod

The post Honeywell adds Google Home integration for smart thermostats appeared first on Internet of Business.

Internet of Business

EdgeX Foundry adds eight new members and ‘builds momentum’ for IoT interoperability

EdgeX Foundry, a body which aims to provide a common open framework for the Industrial IoT, has expanded its membership with eight new companies getting on board.

The new members are Absolute, IoT Impact Labs, inwinSTACK, Parallel Machines, Queen’s University Belfast, RIOT, Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation, and Tulip Interfaces.

Each member has different goals through its membership. Absolute aims to enable customers to meet their business goals with secure data protection on their endpoint agents and IoT servers, the company said, while Queen’s University aspires to further its edge computing research.

Toshiba, in the words of a spokesperson, says it will look forward to ‘leveraging experiences and technical know-how with EdgeX Foundry to further accelerate industrial IoT market adoption and drive innovation’, while Parallel Machines seeks to accelerate IoT usage in production environments.

“We are very excited to welcome these new members to our rapidly growing community,” said Philip DesAustels, senior director of IoT at the Linux Foundation in a statement. “They are a geographically diverse group, but are working together to ensure that hardware, operating systems and application frameworks can all speak the same EdgeX language.

“This simplification and standardisation of Industrial IoT edge computing will bring significant value to the ecosystem for years to come,” he added.

Linux had launched the EdgeX Foundry project back in April with an aim to build an interoperable framework that can function on any hardware or operating system irrespective of any combination of application environments and can deliver interoperability between connected devices, applications, and services, across a wide range of use cases in real-time without any hassles.

iottechnews.com: Latest from the homepage