Kerlink Will Launch Latest Low Power IoT Reference Design at Embedded World

Kerlink Will Launch Latest Low Power IoT Reference Design at Embedded World

Kerlink Will Launch Latest Low Power IoT Reference Design  at Embedded World

Kerlink, a specialist and global leader in solutions dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT), will release its latest Low Power IoT Reference Design during Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany, Feb. 27-March 1.

Kerlink’s Low Power IoT Reference Design is a turnkey combination of electronics blueprint, performance benchmarks, recommended bill of material and best practices guidelines for designing antennas, batteries and connectors integration.

It also provides a benchmark device and test bed for directly testing and comparing prototypes, and simplifies and accelerates the design, development and production of devices based on LoRa® technology, while speeding time to market and reducing development costs.

This new reference design is part of Kerlink’s strategy to help OEMs, electronics device makers, device designers and service providers launch new connected products for the IoT using LoRa® technology. The company’s Advanced Services Business Unit is broadening Kerlink’s portfolio to offer value added solutions and services, on top of its existing IoT network infrastructure and operations offerings.

“Kerlink is one of the world’s largest suppliers of gateways, stations and other equipment for LoRaWAN™ IoT networks,” said Stéphane Dejean, the company’s chief marketing officer.

“These reference design leverage that expertise for LoRa® technology device designers and OEMs that want to put the IoT to work for their companies and their customers quickly and simply.”

Tekelek, a leading developer and manufacturer of telemetry products and solutions for gas-tank monitoring, and Maddalena, a leader in smart water metering, have used an early version of the reference design to create new devices for customers.

“Both companies have reported significantly reduced time to market with their new LoRaWAN™ devices and lower design and prototyping costs, while achieving complete compliance with the latest state-of-the-art specifications,” Dejean said.

Kerlink is launching the new reference design at Embedded World with Alpha-Omega Technology GmbH, a German company that specializes in international IoT hardware sales and consulting with a focus on wireless sensor networks using the LoRaWAN™ protocol. Kerlink will present its solutions and show demonstration during Embedded World on the booth shared with Alpha Omega located 3A-240.

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Remo Wireless Selects CLOE IoT Platform from Sequans and STMicroelectronics to Design IoT Tracker Devices

Remo Wireless Selects CLOE IoT Platform from Sequans and STMicroelectronics to Design IoT Tracker Devices

Remo Wireless Selects CLOE IoT Platform from Sequans and STMicroelectronics to Design IoT Tracker Devices

Sequans Communications S.A. and STMicroelectronics announced that Remo Wireless, a China-based maker of IoT devices and integrated solutions, has selected Sequans’ and ST’s CLOE IoT tracker platform to design into a variety of IoT tracker products for customers in North America, Japan, and China.

CLOE — connecting and locating objects everywhere — combines Sequans’ Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT (Long-Term Evolution 4G technology) chip with ST’s Teseo III GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) chip in an all-in-one IoT tracker product-development solution for ODMs worldwide.

“We selected CLOE because it delivers the most powerful IoT tracker development solution we’ve seen anywhere by combining the best-in-class technologies from both Sequans and ST,” said Lu Biao, senior marketing and sales director, Remo Wireless.

“CLOE is a complete and compact pre-integrated solution that includes LTE-M, MEMS, and GNSS, and can be expanded to include Bluetooth low energy and Wi-Fi in an extremely small form factor. We are developing solutions including asset trackers, pets, and kids’ trackers, on-board diagnosis II (OBDII) devices, and more.”

“Remo Wireless is a very aggressive and successful ODM and our collaboration with them on CLOE is yielding excellent results,” said Danny Kedar, VP, IoT Business Unit, Sequans. “CLOE’s power as a turnkey tracker solution is being put to good use with Remo customers who are designing highly efficient LTE for IoT trackers for several applications.”

“CLOE is a result of our close and efficient cooperation with Sequans, and Remo Wireless is the first ODM to benefit from it,” said Antonio Radaelli, Infotainment BU Director, STMicroelectronics. “The tracker products Remo is developing will benefit from CLOE’s integrated LTE-M and GNSS capabilities that we combined to operate independently at the lowest possible power consumption.”

A turnkey IoT tracker solution for OEMs and ODMs, CLOE integrates a power management unit (PMU), LTE, GNSS, memories and a microcontroller in a very small 30 x 40 mm package. CLOE is intelligently engineered to address multiple tracking applications with best-in-class battery life, location accuracy, reachability, mobility, and reporting periodicity. Designed with separated GNSS, LTE-M, and application domain power systems, CLOE allows its GNSS subsystem to continue to track while other domains are shut down, allowing rock-bottom power consumption.

CLOE is available now and is optimized for production based on a full bill of materials that includes LTE, GNSS, accelerometer, power supply, battery management, LED, and button management. The modular design enables copy/paste to optimize BOM cost and is easily customizable.

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Industrial design in the age of IoT

Industrial design is changing in the age of IoT. In this post, Paul Hatch describes his design firm's expansion from industrial design to fields like UI and the IoT and explains why product nurturing will become more important than actual product design.

When it comes to the Internet of Things (IoT), it’s easy to focus on technological aspects. You can talk about different platforms or discuss which IoT solution might be the best to solve a specific problem. Looking below this layer of technology, it quickly becomes apparent that there are many more aspects that determine the success of the IoT. Not the least of which is the matter of how today’s connected products are designed. As an industrial designer, Paul Hatch knows a lot about this topic.

Hatch is the CEO of TEAMS Design USA, an award-winning design firm. He has firsthand experience of the impact of the IoT on industrial design. He has also been able to observe how companies that produce physical products handle the challenges and opportunities of a connected world.

Design in the age of IoT is about ecosystems

“Our background is in designing experiences around physical products.” Hatch says. Over the last decade, his agency has expanded into other fields like UI design and the IoT. Hatch describes the change this move entailed:

“Within the Internet of Things, it is no longer just about physical objects, it is also about designing things in a virtual space.”

In the past, discussing product strategy meant looking at a line of physical products. Now a very big part of strategy revolves around services and user interaction. To cope with this transformation, the company has shifted its focus away from industrial design, and now concentrates more on the strategic aspects: “We are designing ecosystems rather than products,” Hatch says. “This means we are more interested in people who know about company strategy, brand strategy, product experience, and user experience.”

Paul Hatch even tends to think that the term “design” might not apply any more. “I see it more as nurturing. You release a product and you nurture it. You use your design skills to bend and twist it in different directions. It is no longer sufficient to simply launch a product – and assume that’s it!”

New opportunities for product nurturing

According to Hatch, understanding a product’s actual usage in real-time offers great opportunities to companies that produce physical products. “They can now find out how their products are being used, be it in an industrial or consumer environment. You can track its usability, the context in which it is being used, or how often it is being used,” Hatch explains. In the past, a finished product was sold in a specific time frame before being revisited and updated. With the IoT, it is possible to collect information starting from the moment a product is in use. Hatch compares it to software development: “After you launch version 1.0 of the software and people are using it, you quickly follow through with versions 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3. This approach was previously unheard of in the world of physical products. We would just work on version 2.0 and not launch it until much later.”

Hatch stresses that the true value of a product after its initial launch is not the volume of sales it generates.

“Its true value lies in the data it provides. That helps you design version 2.0.”

Consequently, if a company takes advantage of the data, it can take a big step forward with the second product.

What does this mean to a brand?

It means that it now has a connection to its users. “If the company behind the brand realizes this, it can actually create products, experiences, and services that are more relevant to consumers. Rather than just being a product that someone likes or dislikes.”

Organizations are changing

It might not be easy for a company to adopt a new strategy in which it no longer just launches a product but also then collects data to improve it. Hatch points to big manufacturing companies that already have a process for product development in place. “When that process ends and the product is released, another team – in sales or aftermarket services – takes over.” A product that doesn’t just launch and disappear has implications for the organization and its structure. Organizational change might be needed to accommodate this new concept of product management. Hatch thinks this might be a challenging step for companies. He also mentions another possible issue: money. It takes a considerable investment to change the product management process.

A look ahead

Paul Hatch

Paul Hatch is CEO of TEAMS Design USA. With over 1000 design awards TEAMS Design is one of the world’s most respected design firms. Paul has spoken at several conferences on IOT, user experience, industrial design and technology. He is also co-author of two books on the impact design and technology has on business.

What does this mean for the future? “Five years from now, any electronic product that is not smart or connected will be a dumb product,” says Hatch. “People will automatically assume that ‘electronic’ means smart and connected. If it’s not connected, it won’t live up to the user’s expectations. Therefore, it’s worth a lot less.” He also thinks the line between industrial and consumer products will blur. People will expect a product to offer the same level of logic and intuitiveness, no matter whether they are using it at work or in their private lives. As a result, areas that generally have not been affected by technological change in the past will increasingly need to adapt.

Hatch sees many organizational changes looming on the horizon for companies – and these changes don’t concern engineering or R&D roles only. “The bigger IoT picture involves major decisions that shouldn’t be left to the product manager alone. It should involve everyone up to and including top management.” Hatch already sees CIOs and design thinking approaches playing a bigger role in organizations. In his eyes, this confirms their importance as drivers of organizational change.

More on digital transformation?

This text is based on an interview we conducted with Paul in preparation for a white paper on digital transformation. Do you want to dive deeper into it? You can download it here:

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WHILL Model Ci brings IoT and modern design to mobility vehicles

WHILL Model Ci brings IoT and modern design to mobility devices

Personal electric vehicle company WHILL is introducing much-needed innovation to the mobility sector and boosting IoT in healthcare with the new Model Ci.

For those with limited mobility, a lack of independence when it comes to getting around can seriously dent confidence and well-being. But as my significant other, a trainee occupational therapist, tells me, there are plenty of older patients who don’t like using mobility aids because they find them ugly, undesirable and stigmatising.

This has led to initiatives such as Pimp my Zimmer, which has seen care home residents in Wales decorate their walking frames with the help of local schoolchildren. There’s a growing recognition that, in order to be more attractive to users, mobility aids need modernising – and that’s particularly true of personal mobility vehicles, many of which are dated, have a limited range and struggle on more challenging terrain.

Read more: AI diagnostics could save NHS millions, Ultromics claims

How IoT in healthcare is shaking up mobility

It’s encouraging to see the IoT spread its influence to this sector, combined with the range and manoeuvrability enhancements of modern engineering. Enter the WHILL Model Ci, just named a CES 2018 ‘Best of Innovation’ Awards winner.

“With its modern design, the Model Ci challenges today’s conventions with a product that, due to its futuristic appeal, eliminates the stigma and adverse psychological impact that affects people who use mobility devices,” says Satoshi Sugie, CEO of WHILL. “The result is not just freedom of mobility, but freedom from the self-consciousness often associated with a wheelchair or scooter.”

Since it was founded in 2013, the company has sought to transform today’s antiquated power wheelchairs and scooters into something more empowering, intelligent and aesthetically pleasing.

WHILL Model Ci iPhone app

The Model Ci’s iPhone app allows you to monitor, control and alter the EV (Credit: WHILL)

Read more: Australian researchers partner with Huawei for smart healthcare

Going further with the WHILL Model Ci

The first thing that stands out about the Model Ci is its sleek, eye-pleasing design – something not commonly associated with such devices. Its innovations are more than skin-deep though; for example, it has patented ‘omni wheels’, the perpendicular discs of which allow greater manoeuvrability.

Its 10-mile range, all-wheel-drive, easy transportability and intuitive controls mean that the user can feel confident in the vehicle’s capabilities and the extra freedom they bring. WHILL’s booth at CES this year includes an obstacle course where attendees can test out its off-road capabilities, so there’s no need for a user to store and transport multiple chairs on a trip, in order to cater for the various situations in which they might find themselves.

Whill’s latest electric vehicle (EV) can also employ the user’s smartphone, thanks to Bluetooth connectivity, to offer further functionality and monitoring aids. The iPhone app can remotely drive the EV, bringing it to the user. It can also lock and unlock the Model Ci and help them choose a drive mode that’s right for their current environment, including eco, normal and sport modes.

The app also relays vital maintenance information and battery health data, which can help appease the ‘range anxiety’ that is common when using conventional electric scooters and wheelchairs. A built-in USB port even allows the user to charge their mobile devices.

Interestingly, the WHILL Model Ci is not considered a medical device and has not been submitted for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. Nonetheless, the EV will undoubtedly prove as popular and transformative to users as its past products.

Read more: MediaTek Sensio: the first six-in-one smartphone biosensor module revealed

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Seebo wants to make product design easier

Lior and Liran Akavia, Seebo Co-Founders. Image courtesy of Seebo.

Building hardware is hard.

That’s the common refrain parroted after the latest smart gadget failure. And it’s true. Building hardware is hard. and building connected hardware is even tougher. Seebo, a company founded in 2012, wants to help business overcome some of that challenge.

Seebo recently raised an additional $ 8 million as an extension of a Series A round, bringing its total funding to $ 22 million. The company provides IoT simulation software for companies that build connected products. It was founded by two Israeli brothers who learned through their first company building video game hardware that the combination of hardware and software is complex.

The brothers started building a simulation platform that would help engineers see some of those complexities before they started building in the physical world or wrote any code. The result is software that lets a user define what they want to build, from a connected industrial machine to a smart hard hat.

The software enables the engineers to drag and drop different types of radios, sensors and software options into the simulation to see how it performs. Customers can then order electronic parts and see pricing. Seebo’s customers include Ralph Lauren, EvenFlo and Stanley Tools.

Seebo is different from many of the IoT platforms that are already clogging the industrial and enterprise IoT sector. Most of those focus on making connections between different standards and software platforms easier. Some offer machine learning or ways to optimize data.

The company falls in line with some of the modeling efforts out there, with PTC and Autodesk both offering digital twin services that create a digital version of whatever physical machine you are trying to build. The idea is that as you simulate problems on a building’s digital twin, it shows you how that actual building would react in real life.

Seebo has a deal that links its platform to Autodesk’s software so engineers can use Seebo to handle the connectivity aspects of a new product, while Autodesk software handles the rest of the physical design process. Basically, the idea is that its software can make building connected hardware a little less hard.

As time goes on, it’s hard to see this as more than a feature of a larger design software suite, but today with IoT as the new hotness, Seebo is making a go alone.

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