Libelium announces the launch of its Smart Parking sensor technology to be integrated in the Waspmote platform. The new Smart Parking sensor – part of Libelium’s Smart Cities solution – is designed to be buried in parking spaces and to detect the arrival and departure of vehicles. The new platform will allow system integrators to offer comprehensive parking management solutions to city councils. The maintenance cost of the Smart Parking network is minimum as the motes count with Over the Air Programming (OTA) technoloy which enables the device reprogrammation without digging up the parking spaces. The platform also counts with a special casing rated at IK10 for mechanical impact protection and at IP67 for ingress protection.
Read more here.
A new sensor board including a Geiger tube to detect alpha, beta and gamma radiation is currently being developed by Libelium. Once the first prototype is finished it will be sent and tested in the Hackerspace at Tokyo. This new sensor board will be compatible with both Waspmote and Arduino platforms. The idea is double, on the one hand, with the Arduino platform people will be be able to have easily running their own detector at home; on the other hand, with the Waspmote platform authorities and will be able to deploy autonomous sensor networks to send the radiation levels from dangerous areas using ZigBee and GPRS technologies.
If you are interested and want to collaborate with this project please contact David Gascón, Libelium CTO here.
This new sensor board will be open hardware. A new thread in the forum has been created to publish the advances and to listen to the ideas and comments from contributors. Access here.
Libelium is launching a survey to see which are the industrial and automotive protocolspreferred by developers find more interesting when deploying hybrid wireless sensor networks with both industrial/automotive (wired) and 802.15.4/ZigBee (wireless) options.
Most popular protocols will be integrated in Waspmote as a special hardware module. This is a good opportunity to be implicated in the design of new communication boards for the modular Waspmote platform. The new hardware modules developed will be compatible with previous versions of Waspmote.
Results will be emailed to the participants when the survey is finished.
Access to the Survey here.
Libelium has just published the first of a series of videos about their Waspmote product. Here is what to do with a new Waspmote:
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.
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 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