We are very proud to announce that the external company Early Metrics has rated Carriots with five stars, the top level. Early Metrics is a specialized rating agency for start-ups and SME´s .
To reach the maximum valuation level (the five stars) the Early Metrics team has conducted several interviews and have analyzed different aspects of Carriots. Following Early Metrics methodology, during the evaluation process we covered confidential information, like:
Company origin and shareholders
Carriots products and technology
Go to Market strategy
Analysis of partners ecosystem
SWOT Analysis ( strength, weakness, opportunities and threats)
Interview with key customers to collect feedback
Interviews with key employees
Financial results of the company and his evolution
We want to share this Five Stars rating with our customers and partners. We believe it reflects the strength and innovative character of Carriots Project. This recognition is also a boost for us to work harder and to continue upgrading our software for present and future clients.
Carriots headquarters are located in Madrid and the weather is normally great here! The first cold arrived to our lives without last week without notice. A good opportunity to talk about the efficiency of heating systems and how IoT devices can help us.
Recently, at SouthSummit, we met Momit, a spanish startup that has developed a Smart Thermostat. All the features you can imagine in this product are included: temperature control (cold and heat) through a mobile app, presence detection, contrast weather predictions, learn your routines and with geolocalization detecting if you are near your home.
If you are not sure if this device can save your money, they offer a calculator in their website to decide comparing the surface of your home, your heating system and your budget.
We are sure you certainly know Nest, the company turned very famous when Google bought it a few years ago. Nest has a Learning Thermostat: turns off when you leave your house, see your daily energy consumed and tell you how to reduce it. It does so by detecting your daily routines and at the end, it programs itself!
Nest has another interesting product: a Smoke + CO2 detector ( our CEO bought one, we will ask him to tell us his opinion sometime). If you are looking for more examples, we recommended an article where Chris Barracloug talks about Nest and other smart thermostats: Hive (British Gas) Tadoº , Netamo, Honeywell Evohome and Ecobee3.
We end talking about Ecovent, that is another type of system for heating systems based on hot air. It works installing one smart sensor in every room you want to check and changing your ventilation grill. You can control the temperature of each room independently through the mobile app. Ecovent explains how it works in this funny company video (must see):
Are you planning to transform your heating into a Smart System this winter? It is a good investment in IoT that can save you a lot of money!
Yes, it could be…but nowadays only if you need small energy quantities that can be reloaded with autonomous microgenerators. This is called Energy Harvesting. There are big steps in this revolution that can be very useful to Internet of Things projects. The IoT revolution and Energy harvesting are very related and grow together. Indeed is a necessary revolution, some predictionssays that it will be near 34 billion of IoT devices by 2020.
Usually the sensors in IOT solutions need a minimal quantity of energy and can be supplied with energy around them. These sensors need a long-term solution of power to run properly. The microgenerators collect the necessary energy from different sources: vibrations, radio waves, small solar panels or body heating ( kinetic, solar and thermal energy). The possibilities of course are endless, from machinery in industry to wearable objects. In the next video you see an example of an energy harvesting backpack development byCSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation):
The kinetic energy and the vibrations have opportunities in industry fields, for example with vibration machinery. The french companyArveni has different B2B solutions in order to power wireless devices through microgenerators. In this line they are developed the T-Rex Vibration Energy Harvester (200 mW @ 50Hz 5 m / s²) who collects energy from the vibration of machinery (electric motors, pumps, fans, etc).
In IoT projects the sensors are the king and you need a good energy harvesting solution if you do not want to change batteries or to recharge batteries. A spanish company called Farsens works in RFID tags that do not need batteries. The RFID chip is integrated with low power sensors to collect and transmit data like temperature, pressure, humidity,…in the video you can see a demo about how to control a warehouse inventory with battery free sensors and with different weights of products.
EnOcean is one of the biggest companies in energy harvesting wireless technology and has many partnerships to integrate this technology into IoT Solutions. Their technology allows to design self-powered IoT devices for industrial or home applications. Dr. Wald Siskens, CEO of EnOcean talks about some solutions.
What is your opinion about energy harvesting? Dou you have any doubts? Texas Instrumentshas a video where you can see how energy harvesting devices, with low-power microcontrollers, microgenerators and microsensors, can be present in our lives:
We enjoyed 3 days of South Summit full of experiences: meeting new startups, learning from different speakers, testing new tech products, taking to customers … We had a space in the Orange Stand because the company has an acceleration program we won last year. This year The Orange Fab Program has selected three new startups: Momit, Sensovida and Iomando. Momit has a Smart Home solution to reduce energy consumed at homes, Sensovida is an innovative telecare solution that detects the presence of a person in their houses and IOmando, a new system to control the access to our homes ( or companies) with a mobile phone and without keys. Our CEO Miguel Castillo participated in a round table about Empowering Disruptors moderated by Eric Tartanson VP Corporate Development at Orange .
At South Summit there were several acceleration programs and investors interested in new services or products related with new technologies. These type of gatherings show the endless opportunities to innovate in any sector. Attending round tables discussions and masterclasses from successful entrepreneurs is always inspiring.
Here is the list of ideas worth noting on our diary:
Focus on your project as your only job
Do not be afraid to fail
You will certainly need more resources than you planned
Time and money are scarce resources, so don’t waste them
Hi! Today and until Friday, we are present at South Summit 2016 in Madrid where Carriots has been chosen as one of the 100 finalist for the Startup Competition. More than 3000 projects were submitted to the competition in this occasion. The encounter also has a very interesting talks program during these 3 days with the participation of 250 international speakers from different areas of the startup ecosystem. It is very nice opportunity to learn directly from the best experts. You can see the program here.
Thanks to the Orange Fab program, Carriots will be present, with an IoT demo, at their booth. If you want to take a look at how the Internet of Things works in real with our technology, you want to visit us at Orange Stand in la N@ve.
The encounter, is organized by Spain Startup and Foundation IE-IE Business School, in collaboration with Endesa, BStartup of Banco Sabadell and Google for Entrepreneurs. This morning, our CEO, Miguel Castillo has participated in an investor’s speech to show Carriots exponential growth history. And tomorrow he will also participate in a round table.
Thank you to Maria Benjumea, founder of this event and the rest of the South Summit team made this encounter possible. We are spend a good time here!!
This is a new service available for Carriots corporate accounts (subscription charges apply). You can now create very visual dashboards to have a better “picture” of your data. With all sort of widgets you can better decisions in seconds. We have created a new section, on your Carriots control panel, called Dashboard, that looks like this:
Here you will find information about this new service and its monthly cost. Once you subscribe to it you will be able to create dashboards and configure them with data. To show show how it looks like, we have created a tutorial with the example of our weather station ( and old Carriots project you can read about that here). After a few hour collecting data the visual is clear:
These Dashboards are easy to create and you do not need to write any line of code. Plus you can also share your information with a simple URL and make it public if you want! We hope you find this new feature of Carriots IoT Platform useful. And if you have any doubts you can use our forum to contact our team or drop us an email to support (firstname.lastname@example.org )
Christmas season is just around the corner and smart bracelets to track your favorite sport might be the perfect gift. Sport wearable devices, combined with apps, help you train properly while they also motivate you. You might already know the wonders of the most known products but here are some other interesting IoT sport products:
For example, if you are a runner probably want to try the Under Armour Gemini 2 shoes. The shoe is connected with an app to your mobile ( although there is no need to run with your phone) and the shoes tracks every run you make. The app get a map of your run and suggest how to improve yourself by the next. Also a pair notifies you when you achieve 400 miles that is the calculation of time that a pair can used properly ( and time to buy a new pair of course). In the web site you have information about how the pair of shoes works,in the next video Under Armour team speaks about how was the creation of the shoes and how every detail was important.
If your sport is baseball-softball Zepp is for you. It is a training platform that mixes a free app and a sensor you put in your baseball bat. The system tracks your swings and smart coaches you the areas you must focus on. The instant evaluations can even render swing in 3D. You can even go social and compare your training with other players.
Zepp has also a similar solutions for golf players. This time the sensors are located in a wearable glove. If you like like tennis, then check Babolatproducts. They are the pioneers in racquets sports. Babolat launched the first product, the “Play&Connect Racquet”, back in 2012. It is used by professionals like Rafa Nadal.
There are other examples for well known companies likeAdidas developing solutions in the IoT arena, like Micoach Smart Ball that tracks your strikes and show how you manipulate the soccer ball .The ball hides a sensor to collect data like the power of your kick, the speed or how the strike is and sends to your phone. Like other solutions, your smartphone app becomes a smart coach to improve your ball handling.
More than geek gadgets
Most of these sport wearables are considered simply geek gadgets to improve the amateur pratice. But now they are becoming more and more useful to “End the Pain”. An interesting article in Technologist.eu Magazinetalks about sport and technology and one of the topics is the efficiency in the computer simulations to prevent injuries (and other interesting topics too related with sport and tech) or help in the recovery process . You can read about the example of Kitman Labs, a company that has a product to transform data into insights to reduce player injuries and optimize the players health .
With Internet of Things you can be ready to practise any sport, don’t you? Or at least you can find nice christmas gift ideas.
Do you want to send Push notifications to Android devices using Google Cloud Messaging and Carriots? Learn how with this easy project: how to receive notifications when the light is turned ON or OFF making a listener who send data to Carriots
Ever wondered how many machines fail around the world every second? It might be impossible to know the exact number because most of the machines are not connected to a system where they can report errors. If the machine is critical to your business or to your life, you might have a maintenance contract to prevent failures or at least have a repair as soon as possible. Companies providing maintenance contracts have tried to prevent failures in their systems by programing periodic inspections and maintenances job and to avoid common failures. Normally periodic inspections follow a protocol the check the parts of the machine and try to fix minor malfunctions to avoid a big one. Internet of Things, in some industries, has revolutionized the maintenance process by introducing Condition Monitoring Systems that can prevent malfunctions and sudden failures. Condition Monitoring, picks data that machinery is transmitting while it operates ( like temperature, vibrations,fluids, electronic data, power consumptions …), analysing them and combining with other external information ( like site conditions, for example the weather or the repair history) . Mix all the data, process it with the right tools and workflows and as result you can predict possible failures.
Verizon has a special division working in develop IoT Products in Smart Monitoring & Management ( you have the link at the end of the post) , if you see the next video you understand better what Condition Monitoring is:
The connected machinery and the Internet of Things allows to have important data to analyze and to program better maintenance jobs. This new procedure is very important for the people who work with this machinery (sometimes very dangerous) trying to prevent possible accidents and helping the Maintenance Team “predict” better inspections. In fact, Condition Monitoring has become a very important step in the Maintenance Strategy. Big companies like Caterpillar (CAT) are working with this technology in many fields and improving it every day to offer better solutions, one example you can see in the video about how Cat® MineStar™ Health works:
The benefits are huge: more secure machines, planned maintenance becomes more effective, important reductions in repair costs and an increase in the machine life expectancy. The IoT has changed the Maintenance Concept of many industries and machines and there are already many examples around us, like in the elevators of ThyssenKrupp.
Sometimes, there are machines working in hostile environments and access to them is difficult. In this case we can combine Condition Monitoring with Remote Diagnosis of the problems. Siemens has expertise in the area. They use remote monitoring and diagnosis in wind turbines deployed worldwide, normally in remote areas to collect all sort of alarms remotely but also detecting potential errors before become major failures.
Carriots Iot Platform is already used by several of our industrial customers in their Condition Monitoring strategy. Our software is a building block of the solution, easy to integrate with existing devices and IT systems used in maintenance workflows. If you are a manufacturer of machinery willing to offer new maintenance services, or a company providing maintenance services, don’t hesitate to contact us!
The Internet of Things is not only changing the world around us, furthermore is bringing solutions to existing problems ( or worries ) for recent parents . One of the first concerns for parents is knowing if the baby is still breathing or not. Most newborn parents wake up several times at night only to check if all is correct. Owlet is a smart sock that scans the heart rate and monitors the oxygen, using oximetry technology. The information is sent to a base station you can put in your room. In case something goes wrong, alarms with sound red light can wake you.
But hey! That’s not all! Are your worried about the temperature of the nursery? OK that might sound like a TV commercial but take a look a this other product combining MImo and Nest. Mimo has developed a Smart onesie (washable) to monitor your baby and tell you information about how your baby is breathing and also other information like the body position or the sleeping temperature. Nest is the well known Smart Thermostat bought by Google. Mimo and Nest work together and this way you can adjust the thermostat of the room with your Nest app if the baby is too warm for example. Also includes a camera to see what is going on. With this you can be a certified Geek dad or mom!
Sometimes, babies are ill and it is mandatory to check the temperature several times a day…but you better be very careful to not disturb the baby if he is asleeped. In this case you might want to try TempTraq, an intelligent patch. This wearable thermometer continuously records baby temperature and sends alerts to your mobile phone. It also records the historical temperature data to see fluctuations.
You have more information in the companies websites: