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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.