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Libelium sensors connect with Microsoft Azure cloud platform


An integration of Libelium and Microsoft Azure demonstrates a complete industrial IoT solution.


Back at Mobile World Congress 2015, Internet of Things provider Libelium revealed a new Microsoft Azure Cloud integration with its Waspmote wireless sensors to speed time-to-market for smart cities and IoT projects with scalable cloud infrastructure.

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This announcement couldn’t come at a better time. According to a recent report from Gartner, 1.1 billion Internet-enabled items will be used by smart cities in 2015 with that number expected to rise to 9.7 billion over the next five years. Beyond that, McKinsey Global Institute forecasts the economic potential of the IoT to value from $2.7 trillion to $6.2 trillion annually by 2025.

Powered by Atmel’s ATmega1281 MCU, Waspmote nodes are designed to be deployed by the thousands, connecting any sensor using any communication protocol to any cloud system. Sensor networks based on these nodes, along with Meshlium Internet gateways, power projects throughout the Industrial Internet, smart agriculture, energy monitoring and environmental control space. Meanwhile, business use Microsoft Azure to build and manage applications and services through a global network of data centers.

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For Libelium customers, Microsoft Azure will now provide a scalable infrastructure for data, virtual machines, server and frontend applications. With sensor technology to measure energy use, monitor environmental conditions, water quality, businesses can reduce costs and increase productivity. A customer integration of Libelium and Microsoft Azure demonstrates a complete industrial IoT solution in a smart factory, from sensor integration on the factory floor to business processes and data visualization in real time.

“Interoperability is vital to our development partners and customers as sensor-based IoT projects deploy at scale,” explained Javier Martinez, Libelium VP of Business Development. “Our IoT ecosystem includes the best cloud platforms in the market, and we make it easy for our partners to derive business value from wireless sensor networks with Internet of Things and contextual data.”

Interested in learning more? Head over to the company’s official page here. While on the topic of cloud integration, discover how Atmel is partnering with best-in-class providers to accelerate IoT development.

Libelium extends wireless connectivity to Waspmote IoT sensors

Internet of Things (IoT) platform provider Libelium has added long-range wireless coverage to its Waspmote and Plug and Sense! sensor nodes, by integrating Semtech’s LoRa RF technology in a new module-on-a-chip embedded radio design for smart cities and IoT deployments.

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Powered by Atmel’s ATmega1281 MCU, Waspmote sensor nodes are designed to deploy by the thousands, connecting any sensor using any communication protocol to any cloud system. The LoRa communication protocol extends wireless connectivity, thereby enabling Waspmote sensors to transmit data at distances of several miles, over 20 miles in open spaces, and even through buildings. With LoRa’s high sensitivity of 138dBm, the Waspmote long-range module can receive data packets transmitted through difficult conditions and long links, thus reducing infrastructure costs for city uses.

“We’ve worked shoulder-to-shoulder with Semtech engineers to shrink the module form factor to integrate within our Waspmote sensor platform,” said David Gascón, Libelium CTO. “With LoRa we are offering new connectivity features and we have achieved a price reduction of 10-25% per node compared to our current product line. Our goal is to help customers select the wireless radio options that best suit their needs, in any environment.”

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Aside from the ATmega1281 MCU, key Waspmote specs include 8KB SRAM, 4KB EEPROM, 128KB Flash, -10ºC, +65ºC temperature range and an RTC (32KHz) clock.

“The Libelium Waspmote solution, combined with LoRa, reduces the infrastructure cost to deploy smart city applications and improving the return on investment will accelerate more deployments,” explained Hardy Schmidbauer, Director of Wireless and IoT products at Semtech. “The flexibility and availability of more than 80 sensors in Waspmote, paired with the LoRa benefits of long range and extended battery lifetime create a very compelling solution.”

Interested in learning more? Read the entire announcement from Libelium here. Meanwhile, you can also check out how Atmel is powering the company’s Waspmote Mote Runner IPv6 development platform.

 

Aquaponics and hydroponics sensor platforms for Makers

Cooking Hacks, the open hardware division of Libelium, has launched two new sensor platforms that automate control and maintenance tasks in aquariums and in gardens through wireless connectivity and using open-source APIs. Designed for Makers, the new IoT solutions are based on Arduino, and include specialized sensors to measure parameters vital to aquatic life in ponds and fish tanks, or for indoor and outdoor gardening.

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Powered by an ATtiny84 microcontroller (MCU), the Arduino Uno-compatible Open Garden platform consists of three separate kits equipped with sensors to maintain healthy growth, despite whether plants are located indoors, outside or in water. A suite of sensors, ranging from humidity and temperature to light and soil moisture, monitor plants for optimal care wherever they are situated. The platform’s actuators can control irrigation, as well as activate lights and oxygen pumps. A hydroponics kit is also available, which includes both pH and conductivity probes.

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Open Aquarium has been designed to help Makers care for their fish by automating the control and maintenance tasks that are typically required in tanks and ponds. This newly-unveiled platform monitors water factors such as temperature, pH and conductivity. In addition, the fully Arduino-compatible system has the ability to measure water levels and leakage, as well as deploy actuators that can feed the fish, regulate water heating / cooling, activate pumps to change water or administer medicine, and control light intensity to simulate day and night cycles. The sensors send information using wireless interfaces such as Wi-Fi, GPRS and 3G.

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Each product comes with a complete open source API to easily control the board through an ATmega328 based Arduino, as well as a web application that allows users to easily access and visualize relevant information from a browser or iPhone/Android device.

“We design connected technology using open source code to help makers discover, improve, and scale new sensor-based solutions for the Internet of Things,” explained David Gascón, CTO at Libelium.

Interested in learning more? You can check out the official Open Garden page here. Readers may also want to browse through some of our previous articles on open source agriculture, including “Vertical Farming with Arduino,” “The Internet of Things, Stalk by Stalk,” “Smart Urban Aquaponics in West Oakland,” “DIY Farming with Atmel and Arduino,” “Open Source Aquaponics with APDuino,” “Agricultural Monitoring with Atmel AVR
,” “Arduino-Based Farming in Maine” and “Building a DIY Moisture Monitor.”

Atmel powers Waspmote Mote Runner for the IoT

IBM and Libelium have teamed up to offer an Atmel-powered IPv6 development platform for sensor networks and the rapidly evolving Internet of Things (IoT).

“Integrating IBM’s Mote Runner SDK on top of Libelium’s Waspmote sensor platform [creates] a unique and powerful tool for developers and researchers interested in 6LoWPAN / IPv6 connectivity for the Internet of Things,” explained Libelium CTO David Gascón.

Key Waspmote Mote Runner specs include Atmel’s ATmega1281 microcontroller (14 MHz frequency), Atmel’s RF212/RF231, 8KB SRAM, 4KB EEPROM, 128KB Flash, -10ºC, +65ºC temperature range and an RTC (32KHz) clock.

As we’ve previously discussed on Bits & Pieces, 6LoWPAN is an acronym for IPv6 over Low power Wireless Personal Area Network. This protocol offers encapsulation and header compression mechanisms that allow IPv6 packets to be sent to and received over IEEE 802.15.4 based networks.

There are two primary node types:

End Node – These nodes, which offer integrated sensors, are used to gather the information and send to the GW. Essentially, they create a mesh network among them, forwarding the packets of other nodes in order to facilitate the flow of information to the GW. Each End Node is equipped with a 6LoWPAN radio, sensors and a battery.

Gateway (GW) – This node takes the information sent by the End Nodes and relays it to the Tunnelling IPv4 / IPv6 server via the Ethernet IPv4 interface. Each GW Node is equipped with a 6LoWPAN radio, Ethernet interface and a battery.

In the diagram below, Libelium illustrates how the Waspmote Mote Runner 6LoWPAN / IPv6 Network operates.

  1. The sensor nodes use the 6LoWPAN protocol over the 802.15.4 link layer to create a mesh network which interconnects any device in the network with the Gateway (GW).
  2. Once the GW takes the 6LoWPAN packets, it changes the IP header to IPv4 while maintaining the UDP transport layer.
  3. It then sends the information to the IPv4 / IPv6 Tunneling machine, subsequently changing the header to a proper IPv6 format and sending the data to IPv6 Servers located on the Internet.

There are currently three Waspmote Mote Runner 6LoWPAN / IPv6 Radios targeted at a wide variety of markets and applications including sensors, events, smart cities, smart parking, agriculture, radiation detection, GPS, prototyping sensors and smart metering.

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Interested in learning more about the Atmel-powered Waspmote Mote Runner platform? You can check out the product’s official page here for additional information.