Harder, better, faster, stronger … Sports with IoT

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 Babolat products. 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 like Adidas 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 Magazine talks 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.

Related info:

www.underarmour.com/en-us/gemini-record-equipped
www.zepp.com
www.babolat.com
www.adidas.com/us/micoach-smart-ball/G83963.html
www.technologist.eu/the-sports-revolution
www.kitmanlabs.com

*all the pictures/videos are from the company websites

Condition Monitoring: real examples of use

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!

For further information:

http://www.verizonenterprise.com/products/internet-of-things/smart-monitoring-management/condition-based-maintenance/
http://www.cat.com/
https://max.thyssenkrupp-elevator.com/es/
http://www.energy.siemens.com/co/en/services/renewable-energy/wind-power/remote-diagnostics.htm

1

Baby’s wearables : for Geek daddies and mommies too!

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.

Hot_it_works_2000px

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!

3d-package

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:

http://www.owletcare.com/
http://mimobaby.com/
https://www.temptraq.com/

waste_management

Waste: a big problem with many IoT solutions

The Internet of Things is useful in many sectors and also has benefits for our Environment. The process of recycling starts always when we put the waste in their correct recycling bin and ends in the treatment plants for glass, paper, textile… but in the middle there are many things that our cities, our Smart Cities can do. Here are some examples of companies working NOW in this area.

Enevo is one of the many companies around the world developing sensors to convert existing waste containers into IoT objects. The data tell us if the container is full or not and automatically generates trends which the system analyses to generate pickup routes to collect the waste. Here is a real example in the Municipality of Rotterdam (Netherlands) with Enevo´s Sensors:

Bigbelly is another player who has a Smart Waste and Recycling System. Instead of upgrading the existing containers, their concept is to replace them with their own bin with a compactor system that presses the garbage down and allows eight times more waste than a conventional container. You can see how it works here:

Technology is nice but recycling demands the citizens commitment in the process. That is why it is also interesting to take a look at project like the one in Alcalá de Xivert (Spain) where citizens receive benefits by recycling! Formato Verde is the company who runs it through special bins for waste in the area. Citizens are invited to participate and receive a RFID card who allows to open the bin and leave the waste in each container distinguishing between: paper, plastic or organics. In this way citizens win green points who reduce the garbage municipal tax…GREAT!

You can see a video here ( in spanish but you can see the idea works)

These are just a few example of companies developing IoT solutions for a better sustainable world.

You read can more information about this companies in their websites:

http://www.enevo.com/
http://bigbelly.com/
http://www.formatoverde.com/

Are you a Start Up looking for an acceleration program?

New opportunity for all our community users and startups who are developing their products and services with Carriots IoT Platform. In fact, the most difficult thing for startups and entrepreneurs is to find a way to grow faster and gain resources with minimal costs. Acceleration programs are a nice way to get closer to industrial companies that might be interested in the services they provide, even if they are still in a Proof of Concept (PoC).

Today, we talk about two initiatives for new startups in Spain that are very interesting: Bind 4.0 (an acceleration program) and SeedRockect (an entrepreneur campus).

The Bind 4.0 is an acceleration program in the North of Spain (Basque Country) who helps new startups to access different resources. For example: favorable financing (from 30.000 to 500.000 euros), networking sessions, connections with the main industrial Basque Companies or co-working space among other benefits. The Bind 4.0 program is oriented to startups founded less than five years ago and have already finished a product/service and need to accelerate their commercial development. You have all the information here but hurry, the selection ends on September the 16th!

BIND 4.0

SeedRockect is another acceleration program for selected startups in their Entrepreneur Campus, the next edition (this one is the 16th) is in Madrid, on October 25-28th. If your Startup is interested, the deadline ends September the 20th.The program offers benefits like a private invest up 150.000 euros or have a space in the SeedRockect space (in Madrid or Barcelona).

seedrocket XVI campus

This fall starts with good news and initiatives to help IoT Startups! Don´t let them pass!

Carriots receives the Innovative SME Seal

The Spanish Government gives this seal to SMEs  who have proved to be working in innovation. With  this “Innovative SME” seal, Carriots is now included in a public record of small and medium sized Spanish enterprises that make efforts and set resources in R&D.

pyme_innovadora_mineco-EN_web-2018
The seal recognizes the efforts that Carriots do in developing new products and services for IoT. At Carriots, we have focused our R&D efforts in building a leading horizontal IoT platform used by many different industries. We also proud to jointly innovate with our customers, present are all over the world, and help them create amazing and useful new connected products.

A good read: OpenAxel’s White Paper on the connection of StartUps with the Industry

Launched in October 2013 and funded within the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union, OPENAXEL (www. OPENAXEL.com) is a 30-month project involving 8 partners (leading accelerators, institutional entities, and specialized innovation consulting firms) from 6 European countries and with wide international exposure. OPENAXEL intends to open the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Europe by identifying the key stakeholders of the acceleration and the ICT industries and fostering coordinated involvement and smart cooperation among them.

OpenAxel WhitePaper CPE

With the OpenAxel WhitePaper on Corporate Startup Engagement , OPENAXEL partners wish to contribute to the lively debate on how to shorten the gap between established corporations and innovative digital startups. The analysis has been focussed on the role of business accelerators in facilitating collaboration initiatives.

 

The white paper start by analysing how large companies engage with start ups, a trend called Corporate StartUp Engagement (CSE). More than half of the world’s 500 biggest

public companies work with startups. Interactions between startups and corporations are

becoming increasingly popular and Europe is in the forefront of CSE.

 

According to OpenAxel “In light of the survey findings, almost all (97%) the European corporations have carefully analysed their needs for open innovation, though implementations are still on their way.”

Companies Motivation to work with Startups. Source OpenAxel WhitePaper
Companies Motivation to work with Startups. Source OpenAxel WhitePaper

 

The report has several interesting Case Studies of European companies doing CSE through several initiatives:

  • Business Plan / Hackathons
  • Partnerships with external accelerators / incubators
  • Corportate Accelerator /Incubator
  • Corportae Venutre Capital
  • Scouting / Consultancy firms

The White Paper is aimed at:

  • Startups and corporations: might find interesting suggestions on best practices and key problems. Additionally, they can find useful tips on how to identify good partners in the accelerators universe.
  • Accelerator managers: might put into use a new set of self-assessment tools to position their business towards both kinds of clients.
  • Policy makers: might survey up-to-date implementations of good practices by European corporations, and a framework to detect accelerators, which could help sustain policies of open innovation.

The document ends with some nice recommendations for the CSE ecosystems and participants. Enjoy the reading!

Funding for European IoT experiments by CPSE Labs. Apply until June 22nd.

At Carriots we have many start-ups creating amazing IoT proof of concepts with our free accounts or corporate solutions. If you are one of these entrepreneurs and you are looking for funding, you might be interested in the CPSE Labs 3rd Open Call. Selected experiments may be awarded up to € 150,000 and gain access to high quality world class expertise. You can apply to CPSE Labs until June 22nd, 2016 at 17:00 h. CET.

Funding-Image EU
Source: http://www.euro-freelancers.eu/eu-funding/

Cyber-physical systems  are networked collections of interacting devices, sensors, hardware and software services for collaboratively delivering new functions. The field of CPS includes developers and manufacturers of devices and software, technology suppliers, and systems integrators. Many technology and engineering firms are already working in cyber-physical systems without identifying it as such. Almost all IoT devices are considered cyber-physical systems.

CPS_for_Manufacturing
CPS in Industrial solutions. Source: Wikipedia.org

Cyber-Physical Systems Engineering Labs (CPSE Labs)  is a European Union-funded initiative designed to provide support for engineering and technology businesses in Europe, which makes technical support and funding available to European technology businesses by funding experiments.

h2020
CPSE Labs is supported by the EU Horizon 2020 Programme

In particular, these experiments are expected to be focused and fast-track and aimed at developing cyber-physical systems (CPSs). Selected experiments may be awarded up to € 150,000 and, in addition to funding, gain access to support and advice from specialist research staff.

 

Any organisation eligible for EU support is very welcome to apply. Proposals from SMEs or organisations new to EU funding are particularly welcomed. Costs will be re-imbursed to industrial applicants and profit organization at the rate of 70% (including direct costs and 25% for indirect costs) and to non-profit at the rate of 100% (including direct costs and 25% for indirect costs).

 

Read the info of the call here: http://www.cpse-labs.eu/calls.php

 

Fresh and New Carriots Control Panel

In some way Carriots is like a giant iceberg. The control panel is the visual part of the software. But this user interface is only a small part of our IoT Platform. Since we launched our first version, almost our entire product enhancement happened in areas below the user interface surface. We added a lot of features to make our engine more powerful and some of these features were only available through the API.

For the past months we have worked on updating the control panel to be friendlier and give you more useful information. Here is the result:

cpanel1

As you can see we added some new features:

  • Dashboards to monitor the usage and limits of you account (both minute and daily limits) detalleLimits
  • A better Geo-location integration (Don’t forget to declare the position of your device like you configure it)detalleMap
  • A better Alarm management system
  • A new Terminal to test the code of your listeners with colors to help you the writing and debugging.detalleConsola
  • A new navigation through shortcuts.detalleShortcuts

 

We also have a new very exciting feature: A new Apps Market Zone. This area is designed for third party apps or services to be integrated with Carriots. Here you will find free services like Twitter or Dropbox but also paying services from other companies offering amazing extensions to Carriots. We just launched our first paying service with Initial State dash-boarding service. With InitialState you can create powerful dashboards, using your data in Carriots with a very simple drag and drop. Here is a sample of the result:

waves-ss

In the following weeks we will post more about this area and how we partner with other companies to promote it.

We hope you enjoy Carriots new features and visual user interface. Stay tuned because many more visual features are expected in the coming months.