Podcast: Mozilla’s IoT Gateway and LoRa Roaming

Screenshots from Mozilla’s new IoT Gateway web software. Clean design, but this is still very DIY. Image courtesy of Mozilla.

There was a lot of smart home related news this week as Mozilla launched IoT gateway software, Apple’s HomePod reviews came out and Nest was folded into Google. Kevin and I discuss all of that, plus Netgear spinning out its Arlo home camera business, Amazon’s creepy wristband patentAlexa at the Superbowl, and Apple’s health ambitions in light of a new study on detecting diabetes with the Apple Watch.  For the enterprise minded, we bring in Bruce Chatterley, the CEO of Senet, to talk about LoRa networks and offer some use cases in the smart city, enterprise and residential setting. Enjoy the show

 


 

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Mozilla updates its Project Things open source IoT gateway

Mozilla has issued an update to its Project Things open source decentralised IoT gateway first announced back in July.

The main part of Project Things is the Linux-based ‘Things Gateway’ software which enables a Raspberry Pi to be set up as a home automation gateway. In the latest version (0.3) of the software — a new rules engine, improved voice support, and a tutorial has been added to help newbies get started.

Other major new features include:

  • Microphone support for issuing voice commands

  • Rules engine for setting ‘If this, then that’ logic for device interaction

  • Floor-plan view to lay out devices on a map of the home

  • Additional device type support, such as smart plugs, dimmable and colored lights, multi-level switches and sensors, and “virtual” devices

  • New add-on system for supporting protocols and devices

  • New system for safely authorizing third-party applications (using OAuth)

The floor-plan view is particularly interesting to allow users to see a layout of their devices around their home on a virtual map.

Today’s additions make it possible for a consumer to build their own smart hub with only basic knowledge instead of having to pay for expensive, pre-built hubs from major manufacturers.

While the Things Gateway is designed to be used with the Pi 3, other models are compatible. The stack can even run on pretty much any Linux-based desktop, laptop, or hacker board.

You can find out more about Project Things and how to get started here.

What are your thoughts on the latest Project Things update? Let us know in the comments.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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