IoT Tech Expo Europe 2018 was a two-day event visited by the leading companies in IoT, IoT professionals and overall more than 8000 attendees. Visitors could learn the latest innovations in an IoT area thanks to over 300 speakers and also from more than 300 exhibitors.
AAEON Europe, the member of the IQRF Alliance, was one of these exhibitors and kindly invited the IQRF Alliance to represent members’ products with the live demo board at their booth.
Visitors indeed enjoyed the live demo. It was one of the few real portfolios of products among thousands of promises all around. Interested visitors could try to remotely control the smart power socket by Netio or to breath on the carbon dioxide sensor by Protronix and watch how their breath is changing the data visualized in Node-RED based UI made by JOTIO.
The whole demo was running on AAEON’s UP2 board PC powerful enough to be a gateway of the IQRF network and also run the Ubilinux with data visualization on a local server.
Moreover, Rens Wouters from AAEON was one of the speakers and presented about Artificial Intelligence in front of a full hall.
The final round of the 8th “The Best Student” competition was held at the headquarters of MICRORISC, on June 20, 2018.
The expert jury selected the finalists according to their excellence, abilities and other activities.
During the finals, students had the opportunity to present their interests, achievements and free-time activities.
Finally, the three best students were rewarded with CZK 5,000. Because MICRORISC operates on the market with modern technology, the fourth student was awarded as the best technician.
The prize was also prepared for the best school that became Usti nad Labem Grammar School and which won CZK 10,000.
MICRORISC organizes this competition to support and motivate secondary school students in their education and active attitude to life.
More on microrisc.com.
IQRF is usable almost with any equipment and almost in any application where low speed and low data volume wireless is needed, ranging tens or hundreds of meters (up to several kilometers in special cases or in networks), either simple peer-to-peer(for just two or a few devices) as well as in huge complex networks (up to hundreds or even thousands of devices). No infrastructure is needed.
IQRF can be used by almost anyone, from garage hobbyists to hi-tech giants. But it is primarily intended for manufacturers. Worldwide interoperability of products with IQRF inside is ensured by IQRF Alliance.
- Packet oriented communication. E.g. a 64 B payload data packet can be sent in about 40 ms to another device in range. Hopping to end point out of direct range via other (up to 239) network nodes is possible (with corresponding delay).
- Low power consumption enables battery operated devices with lifetime of number of years.
- Outstanding 15 µA while receiving (in consumption optimized XLP mode).
- Even better is 330 µA while receiving combined with 380 nA while precisely timed sleeping.
- Mesh networks (with redundant paths providing reliable throughput).
- Semistatic topology. The most user-friendly (fully automated) networking algorithm requires fixed (not moving) routing devices. End devices are fully relocatable. However, topologies with all devices moving are also possible.
IQRF suits best for:
- Control applications where end devices are managed and monitored from a central point.
- Telemetry – data collection from end devices (sensors etc.). Acquired data can transparently be forwarded to Internet and stored in Cloud depository accessible from anywhere. End devices in the network can also be managed remotely via the cloud.
- Automation of processes
- Intelligent buildings and cities. One of the most successful IQRF field is lighting and especially street lighting.
- Internet of Things
IQRF is suitable in almost all thinkable branches indeed, even in a lot of not expected ones. Selection from existing projects: catfish attractor, deer detractor, big cats safeguard for a zoo and data (temperature, pH and redox potential) measured via the IQRF sensor put in the cow’s stomach.
IQRF is not suitable for:
- Large data volume or high speed data streaming
- Long distances (1 kilometer order of magnitude, per hop, typically). However, with precise directional antennas arrangement, even several kilometers per hop are possible.
- Devices providing very simple tasks (unidirectional etc.), e.g. car door openers, to be produced in high volumes (unless being a part of a higher smart system). But, if you prefer the shortest development time, IQRF is suitable even for the simplest tasks.
IQRF connectivity to rest of the world
IQRF is not anything like:
WiFiFor data streaming and Internet connectivity
BluetoothFor high data volumes, high speed but very short range
GPRSFor data volumes, almost worldwide coverage, with infrastructure and carrier fees
However, it is easily possible to interconnect these (and other) standards with IQRF (often via IQRF plug-and-play gateways).
Moreover, IQRF is easily connectable to almost any computational equipment, either full-featured computers, tablets etc. or to small intelligent embedded devices (Raspberry Pi, chipKIT, PlugPC, Arduino, BeagleBone, …) as well as to standalone MCUs. IQRF SDK open source SW package is available for devices programmable in C, C++, Python or Java.
The IQRF Alliance is the technical partner of Hack Fest 2018 hackathon event in Prague. Contestants who will use IQRF devices in their projects can keep these devices!
As a part of an event Legend, we organize Smart Prague Hack Fest 2018 for students who like challenges and would like to present their own ideas how to improve Smart City.
The competition projects will get an access to interesting data from Prague on transport, air quality, and others. Smart Prague Hack Fest is open to all young talentswho have ideas and who study at high schools and universities. Students will be accompanied by experienced mentors who will be able to advise and share their knowledge.
The best projects have a chance to get to real life. The ICT operator in Prague is in charge of introducing innovation and is happy to work with young people with good ideas. If the idea and its solution are feasible, nothing prevents project being put into practice.
Register here: www.praguehackfest.cz
The IQRF wireless technology is used as a base of the Smart Cone Challenge.
Smart Cone Challenge is a dynamically responsive test, which involves a system of randomly lighted gates that test a driver’s skill and response times.
The Smartcone system is based on the IQRF wireless mesh network, uses Inertial GPS Navigation, custom HW and SW to record a driver’s performance.
Whole case study at www.iqrfalliance.org.
Stirling Paatz, Managing Director of Selective Fidelity Simulation – “Thank you very much for your help over the last couple of years. The Smartcone system has been very successful, and now have 24 sets in heavy use all over the world. What is probably of particular interest to you, is how solid and reliable the IQRF networking has been, and I think we have only had maybe two nodes fail in service, and even then it is possible they were destroyed by vehicles!”
More about Smart Cone challenge.
Products by IQ Home, member of the IQRF Alliance, are now available on the IQRF.shop.
Customers can now order CO2, temperature, RH sensors as well as industrial gateways with many features and great built quality promising trouble-free operation even in harsh environment.
List of all IQ Home products is here.
The IQRF IDE is a software tool for programming IQRF wireless modules and setting up your wireless network. Now there is a new version which brings many new features and bug fixes available.
- Terminal – DPA Test window did not allow to set PCMD higher than 0x3F.
- Terminal Log window did not allow to open the Packet Inspector by double click on the last record in the log.
- Limitation on the maximal number of characters in the Terminal – Data to send field did not work correctly in case of Use Numbers feature enabled.
- Limitation on the maximal number of bytes in the Terminal – DPA Test – PDATA field and macros did not work correctly.
- Minor repairs and improvements.
Changes and enhancements
- IQRF Repository options added in the Tools – Options menu.
- MPLAB X supported as an external source code editor.
- New version of compiler included: CC5X Version 3.6 FREE edition.
- Copy packet to the Terminal as ASCII / HEX / DEC feature added to the packet popup menu in the Terminal Log window.
- Default compiler build options changed from -a -bu -Q -Vn -cif -dc to -a -gb -GS -Vn -cif -dc -AH.
- Data displaying (NADR and HWPID) in the Terminal – DPA Test macros changed from big-endian to little-endian.
- All Terminal modes display number of entered / maximal number of characters.
- TR Module Information window (Ctrl+M) displays IBK (Individual Bonding Key).
- Build option consultant added in the Project Properties – Build window to monitor CC5X option settings.
- The UDP communication channel timing optimized.
- IQRF Repository supported (beta):
- PIQRF IDE displays the manufacturer and product name of IQRF Standard products according to the HWPID.
- PIQRF IDE updates a list of embedded and IQRF standard DPA peripherals and commands according to the actual specifications.
- PIQMESH Network Manager allows checking the availability of Custom DPA Handler updates for IQRF Standard products.
- PIQMESH Network Manager allows the OTA update of Custom DPA handlers in IQRF Standard products.