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Winter is coming … to the Smart Home!!

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! 

Energy Harvesting and IoT: Is it the end of the batteries?

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 predictions says 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 by CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation):

The kinetic energy and the vibrations have opportunities in industry fields, for example with vibration machinery.  The french company Arveni 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).

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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 Instruments has a video where you can see how energy harvesting devices, with low-power microcontrollers, microgenerators and microsensors, can be present in our lives:  

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

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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.

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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!

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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/

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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/

Pozuelo City Hall chooses the Carriots CityLife platform

Carriots CityLifeThe Pozuelo City Hall chooses the Carriots CityLife platform from Wairbut for its Smart City project

Carriots CityLife platform will allow monitoring of everything that happens in the city to improve the management of city services and the quality of life of the citizens.

With this initiative, Pozuelo wants to become the Spanish national reference for Smart City environments.

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Carriots collaborates with TST Sistemas in a pilot rubbish bin sensor project in Santander

TST Sistemas, one of Carriot’s partners, is a company that develops wireless products and solutions for applications in the Internet of Things (IoT) environment. They recently developed a 4 week pilot of a rubbish bin filling sensor system in Santander. They integrated the data read by their sensors with the Carriots platform.

TST Sistemas deployed several filling sensors in Santander

TST Sistemas installed wireless sensors in the plastic and paper recycling bins located near PCTCAN (the Scientific and Technology Park in Cantabria). These sensors retrieve the data of the level of fullness and send it the Carriots cloud where it is stored.

Filling Sensors designed by TST Sistemas and connected to Carriots

Thanks to the Carriots REST API, the gathered data can be easily displayed on a web page. From there, the user can evaluate the lever of the bins, the battery and GPRS coverage by pressing on the desired bin. The page isn’t limited to simply showing the current status, data can also be grouped in different ways to see graphs and data collection history. This information can be used to plan the best routes to collect the rubbish.

Web based management application

As you can see, there would be many advantages to knowing the exact state of the bin before taking action to empty it. It enables us to measure the quality of the company that picks up the rubbish and at the same time allows us to make the pick-up process more efficient and effective. It can increase or decrease the frequency of pick-up depending on the fullness data levels. Not only does this method save money, but it also saves carbon dioxide gas emissions.

Smart Waste Management is more efficient.

This is just one more example of the possibilities that Carriots gives to companies. We make IoT projects a reality. Can we help you make yours a reality too?

MIMOS creates a Smart Parking prototype using Carriots

MIMOS, the National Research and Development Centre in Malaysia, has created a smart parking prototype that shows the excellent capacity of Carriots to help in the development of easy and cost effective IoT projects. Just a couple weeks ago, they decided to take their project to the next level…that’s where Carriots came in.

Sensors and Gateway used by MIMOS for their SmartParking pilot.

Due to the cost of maintenance, wiring and convenience, MIMOS decided to introduce a “smart” system. It combines the same sensors as their original project with the added advantage of being controlled through a Wi-Fi connection. Each sensor connects and sends data over the Internet to Carriots. Carriots then stores the data and allows MIMOS to act on the data received. Using the Carriots REST API it’s easy to use the data stored and display it on a web page.

That’s exactly what MIMOS did. They used Ducksboard to process and display the availability of parking spots, the signal strength and the battery level of the sensors. Using Carriots it’s easy to get and display this important information on computers and smartphones. You can see their frontend sensor information here: https://public.ducksboard.com/PLAUECyDKENxA-irqN2d. You can also read a little more about the project in this article.

Diagram on how the Smart Parking solution works using Carriots platform

To see how to make your own device dashboard you should check out our Ducksboard tutorial. You can see another example of integrating devices and a web interface in the Carriots meteorological station tutorial.

You too can create real-life projects using Carriots! We hope this inspires you to get out there and start creating!