Loranga, a board that can turn any Raspberry Pi into a low power IoT gateway

Loranga, launched its Kickstarter campaign aiming to raise $ 5000. It has managed to raise $ 2985 from 20 backers with 19 days to go. It is basically a Raspberry Pi hat that makes it easier to set up an internet connected LoRa and GSM gateway device.

“Loranga is a Raspberry Pi hat designed to make it easy to transform your beloved RPi into a LoRa – GSM gateway. Tropically infused.”

LoRa is a Long range, low power wireless platform that can be used to quickly build IoT networks. The primary use case of this Raspberry Pi-compatible board is to conveniently build LoRa-based IoT network gateways to build long-range and battery saving IoT networks. Thus, users can transform their Raspberry Pi into a low-power IoT gateway using LoRa for connectivity or the built in 2G or 3G module.

Loranga Specs

France-based La Fabrica Alegre launched this IoT-device communication board.

Regarding its Kickstarter campaign, the company has announced that shipping of the products will start in Jan 2018. Backers will also get ‘reward stickers’ for participating in the crowdfunding campaigns.

Loranga runs on multiple radio frequencies, such as 433 MHz, 448 MHz, and 915 MHz based on the region in which a user may operate it. The board works with WAZIUP, an open source gateway software.

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Nominations Now Open for 2018 ISOC Board of Trustees Election

The ISOC Nominations Committee is now inviting nominations for candidates to serve on the ISOC Board of Trustees.

In this years election cycle one Trustee will be elected by ISOC Organizational Members, one trustee by ISOC Chapters, and two will be selected by the Internet Engineering Task Force.

The Trustee positions are 3-year terms that will begin mid-year 2018 and expire mid-year 2021.

The Board of Trustees provides strategic direction, inspiration, and oversight to advance the Internet Society’s mission of preserving the open, global Internet.

If you or someone you know is interested in serving on the Board, please see the official Call for Nominations, additional information, and links to online nomination forms at www.internetsociety.org/trustees

Nominations close at 15:00 UTC on 15 December 2017.

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Tiny PocketBeagle single board computer launched as a to rival Raspberry Pi Zero

BeagleBoard Foundation announced earlier this week the launch of PocketBeagle, a tiny single board computer aimed at beginners and professionals. It’s a low-cost Linux-based expansible computer capable of being used in robots, drones, and 3D printers.

Termed as a competitor of Raspberry Pi Zero, the PocketBeagle has some nifty features with an estimated price tag of $ 25. It’s based on Octavo Systems OSD3358 system-in-package (SiP) device with 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8. Plus, it has 512MB DDR3 RAM, 2×32-bit 200-MHz programmable real-time units (PRUs), 3D Accelerator, 72 expansion pin headers, and finallymicro-USBB host/client and microSD connectors.

The PocketBeagle may directly compete with the $ 10 Raspberry Pi Zero. RPUs in the PocketBeagle make sense in handling little tasks with low latency and low overhead, whereas the ARM does the heavy lifting of handling high-throughput applications on the board.

The nearest competitor Raspberry Pi Zero was also launched amid much fanfare and was covered by Postscapes when it first launched in March this year.

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Developing Next-gen Wearables With New Reference Board

Developing Next-gen Wearables With New Reference Board

Topping of the good news, Toshiba is providing a new reference design board which allows engineers to simplify their wearable device designs. To harness the power of IoT in transforming enterprises, AT&T has unveiled its new asset management platform for its LTE and LTE-M networks. There has also been a recent survey noting that SMBs are at high risk for IoT and ransomware attacks as more and more companies are welcoming the IoT without implementing the necessary security tools.

Reference Board Solution For Wearables

To support rapid development of wearable devices and IoT applications, Toshiba Electronics Europe has launched a new reference design board based on its TZ1200 App-Lite graphics processor which integrates important functions for wearable devices. The ultra-low power processor is based on a high-performance 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4F processor capable of operating at 96/ 120MHz with just 70μA/MHz current consumption in active mode. Read more.


New IoT Asset Management Platform For Enterprises

Telco giant AT&T has built a new IoT management platform called Operations Center to simplify the way businesses track and monitor deployed IoT assets. The platform was built in coordination with Microsoft and utilises the Microsoft Azure cloud platform and also relies on Azure Cosmos DB and Microsoft Power BI. AT&T also said it plans to work with Microsoft to bring the platform to market.

SMBs Largely Unprepared For IoT-based Attacks

Small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are critically unprepared for an attack in the field of IoT. A recent survey by Arctic WolfOne says that one in eight SMBs has experienced an IoT-based attack and one in four companies have already experienced a ransomware attack. The most impacted industry so far is transportation, with 29 percent of companies saying they have already experienced an IoT attack. Companies in the energy, construction and technology industries have also been popular targets. Despite these threats, a majority of those surveyed indicated they don’t have advanced detection and response capabilities for ransomware, advanced persistent threats (APT) and zero-day attacks in place. Almost half claimed they would likely pay the ransom on connected things to reclaim their data.


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Make your own Operation-style board game with Arduino

Usually, when you think of doing “surgery” on electronics, it’s to replace a component, or maybe modifying an appliance into something different. In this case, an Arduino Nano powers Hurry, Doctor!, an updated version of the board game classic Operation meant as a middle school STEM exercise.

This game, of which creator “TrevorB23” gives an extensive explanation in his Instructables write-up, features a LEGO minifigure with cutouts inside that house obstructions such as a “mental block” and “funny bone.” As with the original, the objective is to remove these foreign bodies without touching the sides, constructed here with conductive aluminum foil tape in order to signal the Nano.

With its enhanced electronics, TrevorB23’s version adds a timing element to encourage “surgeons” to complete tasks faster, as well as doctor names and melodies that can be altered if so desired. Want to make your own game? You can follow along with his 31-step tutorial.

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