Build your own antenna rotator/satellite tracking device

After finding that purchasing a tracking device for his satellite dish would be quite expensive, YouTuber “Tysonpower” decided to simply build one himself. What he came up is an assembly made with 3D-printed parts and extruded aluminum that uses a pair of NEMA23 stepper motors for movement.

While it doesn’t quite work with the dish itself due to its offset weight, the concept was successfully used to track weather satellites using a VHF Yagi antenna.

Control is provided via an Arduino Nano, which interfaces with a computer over USB serial that provides satellite information. You can check it out in the video below, and find more details in the project’s write-up.

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Tiny GPS Antenna Under The Players’ Jersey Boosts Tracking Performance

Tiny GPS Antenna Under The Players’ Jersey Boosts Tracking Performance

Here’s your daily newsletter showcasing the everyday worldwide developments including news & research in the field of Internet of Things (IoT) and connected devices. Following the links, you’ll know newest and hottest technologies and the important trends of this exploding world to keep you updated.

GPS Antenna Under The Players’ Jersey Boosts Tracking Performance

Ever wonder what are those things that players wear under their jerseys during practice? Well, that’s a GPS system for player tracking and analysis during their training and games to boost performance. One firm excelling in such GPS player tracking equipment, STATSports, recently said that it has chosen Taoglas’ GPS patch antenna for its Apex-line of sports performance monitors. This antenna is claimed to work even in the most challenging of situations and helps the device deliver location accuracy within 1 meter, and is hoped to eventually improve players’ performance. More details.


IoT Development Kit Enlivens India’s Smart City Vision

Geared for enhancing smart city development in India, u‑blox and IoT firm Atoll Solutions have launched an IoT starter kit for developing nodes and gateways based on LTE Cat M1 and NB-IoT. The starter kit is based on u-blox’s LTE Cat M1 and NB-IoT modules. Atoll’s spokesperson further noted: “narrowband LTE has the power to add affordable and reliable connectivity to a wide range of assets, creating truly Smart Cities through Smart Lighting and Smart Metering.” More details. 


One-click Parking Payment For Connected Car Drivers Made Easy!

In a bid to make one-click parking payments for connected car drivers easier, Tantalum is working with SAP to integrate SAP Vehicles Network into Tantalum’s Pay.Car end-to-end payment platform for connected cars. This will help drivers to find an available parking space quickly and pay securely without needing to find spare coins or load a separate app on their phone. In addition, customers will be better able to save time and reduce fuel consumption by navigating efficiently to an available parking space, thereby reducing harmful CO2 and NOx emissions, according to the announcement. More details.

 

 

 

 


Vodafone Joins Open-source Community To Ease Deployment Of Digital Home & Smart Gateways 

In order to foster innovation in the digital home and smart gateways, mobile giant Vodafone is working together with open-source IoT consortium prpl. The firm hopes that open-source software and open standards will accelerate the harmonisation of software platforms for the deployment of in-home devices like routers. More details. 


Have Fun Chatting With Your Home Appliances On Your Mobile Messenger!

Smart home appliances equipped with features such as LG HomeChat and SmartThinQ will be introduced in India this year, LGEI recently said. This will enable consumers to control and operate home appliances such as washing machine, air conditioners and refrigerators through smartphones. The company is in talks with several mobile network providers for data connectivity in order to connect different appliances to the internet.


Wireless VR To Storm Data Networks, Grow 650% By 2021!

Wireless VR headsets are all up in the news lately. According to a new report from Juniper Research, Virtual Reality (VR) headsets’ (both smartphone-based and standalone) data consumption will grow by over 650% over the next 4 years, from nearly 2,800PB (Petabytes) in 2017 to over 21,000PB in 2021, leaving data networks strained. This is said to be equivalent to a massive three billion hours of 4K video streaming! More details.

 


BeagleBone Green Wireless IoT Prototyping Kit Now Available! 

Seeed Studio’s BeagleBone Green Wireless internet of things (IoT) developer prototyping kit for the Google Cloud Platform is now available from Mouser. Together with BeagleBoard.org and Google, the kit collects various types of sensors and actuators used in internet-equipped devices. The sensor and actuator modules are plug-and-play and fully compatible with the BeagbleBone Green Wireless Board. The kit includes built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy(BLE).  More details.

 


 

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SL876Q5-A: Ultra-slim, Smart Antenna GNSS Location Module

SL876Q5-A: Ultra-slim, Smart Antenna GNSS Location Module

A module simplifies the development process and delivers superior performance for wearables, personal trackers, and other battery-dependent applications

New Delhi, May 19, 2017 – Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced the introduction of a new, ultra-slim family of smart antenna GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) receiver modules. These fully integrated modules include a comprehensive feature set that eliminates the need for additional components, ideal for IoT projects with size, cost, and time constraints.

Easing the burden for developers with little or no RF design experience, the SL876Q5-A is compliant with regulatory and industry standards specifications. The module combines an omni-directional low profile embedded antenna and an internal RF switch. This combination is well suited for applications needing two antennas, such as personal trackers and alarms, which must be equipped with a main and a backup antenna when the signal becomes compromised. A true turnkey solution, the SL876Q5-A includes best-in-class features such as an additional Low Noise Amplifier (LNA), Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) filter, and efficient power management technology in an ultra-slim Leadless Chip Carrier (LCC) package. The inclusion of several low power modes reduces total power consumption while maintaining position accuracy, which extends battery life—a critical requirement for wearables, personal trackers, and other battery-dependent applications.

“The SL876Q5-A delivers on everything our customers and partners have come to expect from the industry’s leading IoT solutions provider,” said Ronen Ben-Hamou, Telit’s EVP of Products and Solutions. “IoT developers continuously search for solutions that simplify the design process. We’ve developed a compact solution with features that deliver industry-leading performance without compromising performance. Not only does the SL876Q5-A eliminate the need for additional components in most use cases, but also cuts development time and costs considerably.”

SL876Q5-A Features

Full GNSS for exceptional coverage

· Quad-GNSS: GPS/ QZSS and GLONASS or BeiDou and it is Galileo ready

· A-GNSS: Onboard generation and server-generated file injection that can be stored into the embedded flash memory

Superior performance

· Omni-directional antenna design delivers industry-leading performance in sensitivity, tracking performance, and accuracy

· MEMS wakeup feature offers lowest power consumption

· Built in LNA for improved sensitivity

Simplify integration

· Primary UART port. A secondary port can be configured as UART, I2C, or SPI at boot/reset o If I2C, the secondary port supports either commands and messages or MEMS wakeup.

· Embedded RF switch allows easy integration with external antennas

Industry-leading features

· Ultra-slim design

· 11 x 11.9 x 2.3 mm LCC package for space constrained devices

· Flash memory enables firmware upgrades, customization, and AGPS file storage, which is ideal for battery-dependent devices.


 

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Telit Introduces Ultra-slim, Smart Antenna GNSS Location Module

Telit Introduces Ultra-slim, Smart Antenna GNSS Location Module

A module simplifies the development process and delivers superior performance for wearables, personal trackers, and other battery-dependent applications.

Telit today announced the introduction of a new, ultra-slim family of smart antenna GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) receiver modules.

These fully integrated modules include a comprehensive feature set that eliminates the need for additional components, ideal for IoT projects with size, cost, and time constraints.

Easing the burden for developers with little or no RF design experience, the SL876Q5-A is compliant with regulatory and industry standards specifications. The module combines an omni-directional low profile embedded antenna and an internal RF switch. This combination is well suited for applications needing two antennas, such as personal trackers and alarms, which must be equipped with a main and a backup antenna when the signal becomes compromised.

A true turnkey solution, the SL876Q5-A includes best-in-class features such as an additional Low Noise Amplifier (LNA), Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) filter, and efficient power management technology in an ultra-slim Leadless Chip Carrier (LCC) package. The inclusion of several low power modes reduces total power consumption while maintaining position accuracy, which extends battery life—a critical requirement for wearables, personal trackers, and other battery-dependent applications.

“The SL876Q5-A delivers on everything our customers and partners have come to expect from the industry’s leading IoT solutions provider,” said Ronen Ben-Hamou, Telit’s EVP of Products and Solutions. “IoT developers continuously search for solutions that simplify the design process. We’ve developed a compact solution with features that deliver industry-leading performance without compromising performance.”

“Not only does the SL876Q5-A eliminate the need for additional components in most use cases, but also cuts development time and costs considerably.”

SL876Q5-A Features

Full GNSS for exceptional coverage

  • Quad-GNSS: GPS/ QZSS and GLONASS or BeiDou and it is Galileo ready
  • A-GNSS: Onboard generation and server-generated file injection that can be stored into the embedded flash memory

Superior performance

  • Omni-directional antenna design delivers industry-leading performance in sensitivity, tracking performance, and accuracy
  • MEMS wakeup feature offers lowest power consumption
  • Built in LNA for improved sensitivity

Simplify integration

  • Primary UART port. A secondary port can be configured as UART, I2C, or SPI at boot/reset
    • If I2C, the secondary port supports either commands and messages or MEMS wakeup.
  • Embedded RF switch allows easy integration with external antennas

Industry-leading features

  • Ultra-slim design
  • 11 x 11.9 x 2.3 mm LCC package for space constrained devices
  • Flash memory enables firmware upgrades, customization, and AGPS file storage, which is ideal for battery-dependent devices

Availability begins in the second quarter of 2017.

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Rock Seven launches world’s smallest two-way satellite communications platform with integrated antenna

Rock Seven launches world's smallest two-way satellite communications platform with integrated antenna

New miniaturised RockBLOCK system delivers global data connectivity for any application, with a design footprint approximately half the size of the current RockBLOCK product.

Iridium satcom specialist Rock Seven is introducing the worlds’ smallest plug & play two-way satellite communications system with integrated antenna.

RockBLOCK 9603 is an even smaller variant of the sophisticated RockBLOCK MK II Internet of Things (IoT) satellite communication technology platform, which already provides Machine-to-Machine (M2M) data communication over Iridium’s global satellite network for thousands of professional users at sea and on land.

Utilising the latest Iridium modem technology, Rock Seven engineers have managed to shrink the already compact RockBLOCK form factor down to just 45 mm x 45 mm x 15 mm, including its powerful antenna. Compared to the standard RockBLOCK MK II dimensions of 76 mm x 51.5 mm x 19.0 mm, the new RockBLOCK 9603 is even easier to integrate on space limited scientific and commercial remote sensing and instrument platforms, while offering identical performance in terms of data throughput and link reliability anywhere in the world (including the Arctic and Antarctic). Weight has also been reduced, from 76 grams to just 36 grams, including the antenna. RockBLOCK 9603 is uniquely delivered as a complete system with electronics, antenna and power conditioning in a single compact module, ready for users to integrate in minutes.

The innovative RockBLOCK concept has been embraced by ocean science and marine equipment manufacturers because of its low-cost, straightforward approach to adding data connectivity to almost any research platform or commercial product. It interfaces seamlessly with all mainstream computing platforms from Windows, Mac and Linux through to the new breed of miniature computing hardware such as Arduino™, Raspberry PI™ and Intel Edison, which are widely used to power compact scientific and environmental research systems in addition to marine technology innovations such as smart navigation buoys and remote weather stations.

RockBLOCK 9603 is just £159, making it a cost-effective way to turn any system into a fully connected IoT device, even with limited space available. Considering that much of RockBLOCK’s core user-base is developing distributed multi-sensor station networks for scientific research or commodity products, many of which are classed as disposable due to harsh environmental conditions, the low capital outlay for RockBLOCK is essential. Running costs are low too. RockBLOCK 9603 can send messages of 340 bytes and receive messages of 270 bytes using Iridium Short Burst Data (SBD), with flexible packages making the cost per message as low as £0.04. Line rental is £10.00 per month with no requirement for an annual contract, and includes access to the RockBLOCK management system for managing all devices in a network.

The pay-as-you-go model gives ultimate flexibility and cost saving for development – however, other tariffs are available for users with large numbers of devices and who are willing to give airtime commitment for 12 months or more.

Nick Farrell, Director, RockBLOCK, said:

“With space at a premium on many of the core RockBLOCK applications, due in part to the environmental and financial restrictions system designers and integrators face, RockBLOCK 9603 enables engineers to introduce global M2M communication with even less impact on the required form factor of their sensing platforms and products. Likewise, the overall cost, from capital expenditure through to satellite airtime is enabling our users to do more with less, especially when integrating RockBLOCK in tens or hundreds of identical systems.”

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