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FlyportPro: The ultimate module for IoT/M2M (WI-FI,GPRS,LAN)

FPROThe IoT (Internet of Things) market is growing fast and manufacturers are rushing to meet the challenge, putting pressure on research and development teams. New products are expected to reach market quickly and at low price points in order to keep up with the competition.

“It’s a new era, where service is king. IoT is a brand new stream of business opportunities that create services on top of connected devices. And FlyportPRO is a game changer, reducing the risk, time and cost of a new IoT product” says Claudio Carnevali, CEO of openPicus.

FlyportPRO is a new system-on-module made by openPicus. The new module is extremely compact, programmable and internet-connected, so there’s no need for an external processor. It runs the openPicus software framework, reducing development time by months thanks to the free IDE (Integrated Development Environment.)

FlyportPRO has everything needed to manage sensors and actuators: Digital I/Os, Analog channels, a real time clock and memory onboard. It also can directly incorporate SD cards, USB devices and I2C/SPI advanced sensors. It’s available in 3 pin-compatible versions: Wi-Fi, GPRS and Ethernet.

More info here.

DASH7 Alliance Announces M2M Standard

4891764374_a0ec368a43The DASH7 Alliance, a non-profit industry consortium that promotes wireless sensor networking standards, today announced the public release of the DASH7 Alliance Protocol.

DASH7, an open source wireless sensor networking standard, competes with Zigbee(900MHz/2.4GHz), Z-Wave (900 MHz), Bluetooth (2.4GHz), WiFi (2.4/5 GHz), and Low Power UWB for machine to machine communications, but features multi-kilometer range, excellent penetration of walls, floors, and water, operates on extremely low power and features multi-year battery life with a maximum bitrate of 200kbps.

Operating in the license-free 433.92 MHz spectrum, DASH7 offers multi-kilometer range, multi-year battery life, sensor and security support, as well as tag-to-tag communications, achieved through ad hoc-synchronized communications. The new protocol is built on the IEC 18000-7 standard and provides seamless interoperability.

“A distinct capability of the protocol provides for both infrastructure to endpoints (RFID tags) and endpoint-to-endpoint communications, while operating from a battery and maintaining low power operation”, said Michael Andre, chairman of the Dash7 Alliance.

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M2M Tackles Security

M2M technology is moving into more areas of business and personal life. With this larger presence comes an increased focus on security. As more end users become interested in the security of their systems, M2M providers are devoting more effort to ensuring the safety and resilience of their offerings.

In the business world, M2M security is especially vital when sensitive information may be communicated through M2M channels. A recent report from Frost & Sullivan,, suggests security must be a “core component” when an enterprise is using M2M.

Frost Senior Industry Analyst Yiru Zhong describes traditional M2M deployments as having security solutions embedded within the network. She says players in the M2M value chain, such as chip makers, SIM card vendors, and module makers, have embedded security solutions into their products. But in the future, Zhong says additional security measures may be necessary.

As more devices become connected and business solutions connect to other systems outside the enterprise, a complete risk analysis may be needed to ensure data is secure. Frost says in addition to industry players, standardization groups and international bodies are also working on the development of M2M security solutions.

Overall, network security is important for any system that connects to sensitive information. This is true of critical infrastructures such as energy and transportation, and a recent report says spending for cyber security will increase.

ABI Research,, says cyber security spending by nation states, non-governmental organizations, technical bodies, and private sector operators for critical infrastructure totaled $41.76 billion globally in 2012. The research firm also predicts increased spending during the next five years.

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Weightless Specification Silicon for M2M launches

The Weightless Special Interest Group (SIG) today announced the release of the world’s first transceiver chip using the Weightless Specification and operating over white space spectrum.

Capable of tuning across the entire UHF TV white space spectrum (470 – 790MHz), the single chip solution draws very little power while delivering reliable, secure, long range wireless connectivity for next generation M2M applications using the Weightless Standard.

Developed by Weightless SIG Promoter Group Member, Neul, and dubbed ‘Iceni’, samples are available today to select partners to begin testing and development of new white space-enabled solutions. More details of the silicon can be found on the company’s website.

“This is a seminal moment in the evolution of Weightless technology” commented Professor William Webb, CEO of the Weightless Special Interest Group, adding “for the first time designers around the world can begin developing next generation M2M solutions using Weightless technology with silicon designed explicitly to be compatible with the Standard”.

Developed by the team behind the world’s first single-chip Bluetooth device, Iceni operates within white space spectrum to access the high quality and license free UHF spectrum. Iceni and Weightless together dramatically reduce the costs and increase battery life in machines connected to the network opening up applications that are not technically or commercially feasible using alternative technologies.

James Collier, CEO of Neul commented “Weightless is a major opportunity for silicon vendors. With a forecasted 5-10 billion devices to be shipped per year, this is a market that is bigger than cellular, and one that will support as many as a dozen major silicon vendors. The Weightless SIG already has silicon companies as members, and we expect a number of them to develop their own silicon.”

Bob Lockhart, Senior Research Analyst at Pike Research – a part of Navigant, said “The anticipated exponential growth in machine-to-machine communications, as ever more ‘smart’ devices find their way into homes and industry such as electricity grids, argues for innovative, low-cost approaches to M2M communication. Without low-cost communications between devices, the so-called Internet of Things is likely to remain only wishful thinking.”

The machine to machine or Internet of Things market is widely forecasted to be worth over a trillion US dollars in value and to enable tens of billions of connected devices by 2020.

More information about Weightless silicon can be found here.

DOCOMO to launch global M2M platform

NTT DOCOMO, Japan’s leading mobile operator and provider of integrated services centered on mobility, announced that it will become Japan’s first mobile operator to offer a global enterprise platform for the communication lines of wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) systems beginning December 6

The platform will manage communication lines via not only in DOCOMO’s mobile network, including through international roaming, but also those of operators outside of Japan.

The new service, “docomo M2M Platform,” will connect M2M communication lines in over 200 countries with a unified Web interface, which corporate customers will combine with M2M solutions for purposes such as the worldwide management of vehicle or construction machinery fleets.

Conventional M2M platforms must be customized to each local mobile operator’s communication line, thus requiring a separate platform in each country. With docomo M2M Platform, however, customers can eliminate the cost of operating multiple M2M platforms.

The new offering utilizes the M2M platform of Jasper Wireless, a U.S.-based company with a proven track record of providing M2M infrastructure to telecommunications carriers worldwide.

Additional features made possible by docomo M2M Platform’s convenient Web interface include:
– Real-time monitoring of data usage and communication fees
– Remote activation and deactivation of communication lines
– Basic diagnosis of communication failures.

More info here.

Forbes: Will You Be Ready For The M2M World?

From Forbes:

The Internet of Things, the Connected World, the Smart Planet… All these terms indicate that the number of devices connected to, communicating through, and building relationships on the Internet has exceeded the number of humans using the Internet. But what does this really mean? Is it about the number of devices, and what devices? Is it about the data, so much data, so fast, so disparate, that will make current big data look like teeny-weeny data?

I think that it’s about change: the way we live our lives, the way we conduct business, the way we walk down a street, drive a car, or think about relationships. All will change over the next decade:

  1. Sensors are everywhere. The camera at the traffic light and overseeing the freeway; those are sensors. That new bump in the parking space and new box on the street lamp; those are sensors. From listening for gun shots to monitoring a chicken coop, sensors are cropping up in every area of your life.
  2. Machine to Machine [M2M] relationships will generate connected data that will affect every aspect of your life. Connected Data will be used to fine-tune predictives that will prevent crimes, anticipate your next purchase and take over control of your car to avoid traffic jams. The nascent form of this is already happening: Los Angeles and Santa Cruz police are using PredPol to predict & prevent crimes, location aware ads popping up in your favorite smartphone apps, and Nevada and California are giving driver licenses to robotic cars.
  3. Sustainability isn’t about saving the planet, it’s about saving money. Saving the planet, reducing dependence on polluting energy sources and reducing waste in landfills are all good things, but they aren’t part of the fiduciary responsibilities of most executives. However, Smart Buildings, recycling & composting, and Green IT all increase a company’s bottom line and that does fall under every executive’s fiduciary goals.

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Building better M2M devices through antenna optimization

The process of building a better M2M (machine-to-machine) device – one that not only fits the application scenario but also performs well in the field – starts with choosing the right antenna.

Selecting the right antennas for a device, particularly cellular antennas, and testing and integrating them properly, can prove the difference between a device that passes network certification and testing like PCS-1900 Type Certification Review Board (PTCRB) testing, and one that does not. Good radio frequency (RF) optimization and OTA (over the air) performance in wireless devices is critical for these certifications, and incorrect antenna selection and integration can often be blamed when M2M devices fail certification testing. Often, it is a system issue, such as the overall design of the system or how that device is interacting. As with many things, system optimization is the key to success.

This article discusses the important process of antenna selection, how to incorporate antennas in M2M devices and the recipe for connectivity success. First, let’s take a look at selecting the proper antenna.

Antenna Selection
Better antennas mean better devices. It’s as simple as that. Understanding the requirements for achieving specific network certification processes are the most important factors when first selecting a cellular antenna. Once the module provider and the carrier have been selected, the next part of the process should be selecting the right antenna for your application.

The first step is for the device maker and antenna company to partner from the start to incorporate their ideas for compliance and RF performance.

The second phase involves the device maker and antenna company cooperating on product design files to work out the advantages and disadvantages of each antenna configuration.

Once the antenna is selected, the customer can start to make prototypes of the device incorporating the required configuration for the recommended antenna. Depending on whether it is a custom design or not, the antenna partner either provides the device maker with a current production sample (off the shelf) or a handmade antenna for the prototype device that enables the device maker to finish their product design. When the product is finished and can connect to a network, the device maker sends the final device to the antenna partner.

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Looking for new ways to track anything – The Ideabird M2M Innovation Contest

An amazing group of companies including Deloitte, Deutsche Telecom, HYVE and The RWTH-TIM Research Group have banded together to hold a contest with prizes worth over $10,000, inviting people to use their imagination and present their wildest and best ideas for tracking anything – people, animals or objects of any size.

The goal is to come up with new state-of-the-art machine-to-machine (M2M) communications solutions. M2M is a field that is of phenomenal importance to people, the environment, safety and industry.

Portable GPS units are already used to locate trucks on highways in real time, and locate people who have been lost at sea or in an avalanche. Location based devices in cell phones can be tracked on mobile networks.

Many other ideas and applications exist in areas such as digital signage, telematics, tracking and tracing of objects and animals large and small.  The challenge is to come up with exciting and innovative new ways to use this existing technology.

The contest is open to anyone and everyone no matter where they live. Contest proposals can be submitted in any of eleven different categories from home & family, animals, outdoor & sports, fun & play, healthcare & well-being, safety & security, production & logistics, to nature & environment and more. Ideas will be judged by the degree of novelty, grade of freakiness, and usability.

The Ideabird contest is accepting submissions until April 10, 2012. Winners will be selected to share cash and non-cash prizes amounting to a total of $10,000.  The top three idea candidates will also be invited and flown to Dusseldorf, Germany to participate in an awards ceremony where they will present and discuss their ideas with a team of top managers from the contest partner organizations and members of the expert team. Winners and a group of top contributorswill also be invited to participate in an exclusive innovation workshop in Aachen, Germany on May 10, 2012.

The ideas are posted online where people can review and comment openly.  Candidates get the opportunity to receive feedback and exposure from people all over the world.

More info here.

M2M Wi-Fi IC from Qualcomm

Qualcomm has launched an 802.11n single-stream Wi-Fi system-in-package for machine-to-machine communications, including within smart homes.

Called AR4100P, it includes an integrated IPv4/IPv6 TCP/IP stack and is based on devices the firm acquired when it took over Atheros.

The IC features in Qualcomm’s SP137 development kit and reference design for low-power sensors which includes Energy Micro’s low-energy Cortex-M3 microcontroller running the Micrium µC/OS-III operating system.

“With a well of additional onboard sensors, the Wi-Fi kit supports deep sleep modes of only 2uA, enabling operation off AA batteries,” said Qualcomm. “It includes expansion for additional sensors and can be ported to other microcontrollers or operating systems. The design flow for is centred on Embedded Workbench from IAR Systems.”

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At, we believe there is no such thing as the Internet of Things.

We rather believe in an Internet of Everything where Humans, Nature, Machines, Objects, Environments, Information, Physical and Virtual spaces all mix up, talk, intertwine, interact, enrich and empower each other in all sorts of ways. This is what we are building and we think that we are not alone.

This is why we have created an open platform for all those who want to imagine, prototype and test new Devices, Installations, Scenarios, Applications for this globally interconnected and immersive world. Designers, developers, tinkerers, students, hobbyists, R&D departments, artists, self quantifiers, dataviz maniacs, whatever your skills are, we tried to make easy to use and yet powerful for you. Needless to say is free.

However, is brand new and has wet beta paint all over. This is why we are only letting a very small number of people in at this time. If you are really eager to start using it, please fill out the Invitation request form.

Once upon a time, people at used to connect Rabbits *. Now they want to connect everything else. Maybe you do too.

(*) If you don’t understand, it probably doesn’t matter.

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