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Video – Waspmote out of the box

Libelium has just published the first of a series of videos about their Waspmote product. Here is what to do with a new Waspmote:

Monitoring indoor and outdoor air quality to prevent accidents and improve life quality

Libelium has posted two interesting articles about how to improve industrial processes and get a better air quality in cities by monitoring the indoor and outdoor levels of gases such as CO, CO2, NO2 and O3.

The first article shows how CO2 emissions from road transport (half of them come from urban transport) have increased by 32% since 1990. Each liter of fuel burnt is issuing up to 2.3 kg of CO2, so each person who uses the car for journeys to work (with an average distance of approximately 15 km) emits about 2 tonnes of CO2 a year. Use gas sensors to monitor pollution levels in central cities is key to provide adequate information to citizens and take actions to reduce it.

The second article is related to production processes in industry, agriculture, viticulture and livestock which require specific environmental conditions to be monitored at all times, and how these processes can generate air pollutants that can be harmful and even deadly to workers in certain concentrations. The fact of having a monitoring system allows to control the parameters, send alerts via ZigBee and GPRS and even activate mechanisms through actuators.

Access to the articles in the Libelium World section.

10 Years of mote evolution

Libelium has published a couple of comments about the last study made by the Sensors & Instrumentation Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) based in London, UK. The study titled Power Management Technologies to Enable Remote and Wireless Sensing” which main focus is on establishing best practices and identifying remaining performance barriers in implementing self-powered wireless sensor networks.

The methodologies have been grouped in 3 sets depending on the level the optimization focuses on. Issues explored related to the themes of:

  • Microprocessor level Power Management
  • Node level Power Management
  • Network-level Power Management

The study also talks about the mote evolution from the first generation heading WeC by the University of Berkeley to the last generation of multiprotocol ones such as Waspmote.

You can read both entries and download the study from the Libelium World section.

Libelium releases Customizable Sensor Boards

Libelium has just launched a new line of services in order to offer customizable sensor boards for the Waspmote platform. The idea is developers have their own sensor board with just the sensors needed for the specific application they are developing. A list of more than 50 combinable options includes all the sensors previously integrated in the Gas, Events and Agriculture sensor boards (CO ,CO2, O2, soil moisture, luminosity…) what makes possible an incredible number of combinations.

Along with the First International Training Course Libelium opens its wireless sensor networks services line in order to make it easier for companies who want to get their own sensor solution for an specific vertical market.

More info here

First International Training Course on the Waspmote platform

Libelium has launched the First International Training Course on the Waspmote platform oriented to non-spanish developers. It will be carried out in English and will be 3 days long. The course will be held on days 23th, 24th and 25th of November in the Libelium headquarters – Zaragoza (Spain).

The agenda is divided in four main parts:

  • Programming the mote
  • Networking with the ZigBee, GPRS and Bluetooth radios
  • Energy Saving techniques: sleep, hibernate
  • Working with the sensors and the GPS module

Class size is limited so it is recommendable to book as soon as possible to ensure a place. Interested parties may request further information through this form.

Sensor Networks to protect people from Ultraviolet Radiation in the summer

Ultraviolet solar radiation is involved in many biochemical processes, in the case of human beings in the production of vitamin D and melanin, but overexposure may result in highly harmful effects such as erythema, sunburn and even skin cancer. For this reason Libelium has recently integrated an Ultraviolet sensor in the Waspmote platform to control the UV Index which may be harmful for humans.

Read more here.

Best of Sensors Expo Award for Waspmote

The WSN field has been recognised this year in the Sensors Expo by the hand of the wireless sensor platform Waspmote in the Data Acquisition Products category. It is the first time the organization takes into account the added value of an open source programming environment a long with a modular hardware configuration. As the same Sensors Mag editors pointed out “Libelium’s technology for its rugged open-source modular wireless sensor networking platform”.

More information about the Sensors Expo Awards here.

New Waspmote Sensor Board enables extreme precision agriculture in vineyards and greenhouses

The new Agriculture Sensor Board for Libelium’s award-winning Waspmote platform enables very precise irrigation and climate control for vineyards and greenhouses by monitoring up to 14 environmental parameters:

  • air temperature
  • air humidity
  • soil temperature
  • soil moisture
  • leaf wetness
  • atmospheric pressure
  • solar radiation
  • trunk/stem/fruit diameter
  • wind speed/direction
  • rainfall

This sophisticated monitoring brings extreme precision to crop growing by enabling irrigation and climate control to be matched to local conditions. The new sensor board is also highly applicable to greenhouses where the creation and control of microclimates is important to the growth of delicate crops such as exotic fruit. For mushroom farming, Waspmote’s Agricultural Sensor and Gas Sensor boards can be used together to measure and control soil moisture and temperature, CO2 level and air temperature.
More info here.

Digi promotes Libelium sensor networks for harsh environments

Digi International has published an article where they shows how wireless sensor networks are being used to monitor fire forests, river flooding and other phenomena which were not previously detectable in real time due to their difficult-to-access nature. Sensor networks in mountains, river banks, and in harsh environments can now be deployed using the Libelium Waspmote platform. Digi sets this sensor device platform as a successful case of the use of the XBee transceivers as Waspmote that allow long range links (up to 12km in the 868MHz band) with the lowest consumption sleep mode (0.7uA). This is also crucial for other situations such as areas hit by earthquakes, floods and hurricanes where sensor networks need to be completely autonomous and robust.

Read the entire Digi article here.

Libelium opens access to Bluetooth Wireless Sensor Networks

Libelium announces a new Bluetooth module for the Waspmote wireless sensor network platform. This module enables wireless sensor networks to be directly linked to portable devices such as smart phones and laptop computers. This capability is particularly useful for medical applications and for industrial diagnostics. Additionally, when combined with the Meshlium multi-protocol router, it supports the deployment of hybrid ZigBee-Bluetooth wireless sensor networks. In order to prevent interferences between both technologies, the new module uses Adaptive Frequency Hopping (AFH) to work just in free channels.
More information here.