TEDxBeaconStreet: Moving Past Internet of Things Novelty to Build Smart Urban Water Systems with Geosyntec and ioBridge

You have no doubt been hearing about the Internet of Things. Internet of Things. Internet of Things. The current issue is we are in the novelty phase with IoT. Walking the floors at CES, shows us consumer products that simply just added a remote control aspect to a product but not much thinking beyond that. If we stick with just adding some remote control functionality, we are missing the point of the Internet of Things. Geosyntec was the first partner at ioBridge back in 2009 — Geosyntec is an amazing environmental consulting company that is thinking outside of the box and pushing smart city initiates by leveraging Internet of Things concepts and technology created by ioBridge.

TEDx Talk Geosyntec ioBridge Wi-Fi IoT

Marcus Quigley, Principal Civil and Water Resources Engineer at Geosyntec, delivered a TEDx Talk at Beacon Street, called, “Designing Smart Urban Water Systems”. The stunning revelation comes when he shows the audience an ioBridge IO-201 Wi-Fi Gateway that is capable of connecting water systems to cloud services that optimize and analyze water utilization on a large scale. The shocker is that the whole thing could be interface for less than $100! And the awesome part, this is possible today, not speculation, not the future — Internet of Things is here. We are really proud of the accomplishments Geosyntec has made and love watching the disruption of old ideas and seeing the invention of a whole new solution.

“As a society, we are re-thinking these assumptions and looking more closely at the choices we make and how the actions we take affect the value of water,” said Marcus Quigley, Principal Civil and Water Resources Engineer at Geosyntec. “I feel we’re on the cusp of a fundamental revolution of re-inventing our cities, and it has to do with all of the things that you guys have sitting in your pockets: wireless devices connected to the Internet.”

The full TEDx Talk is available on the TEDx YouTube Channel.

[via Geosyntec]

Tracking Snow Fall at the Laurel Highlands Snowmobile Club with ioBridge and MaxBotix Range Sensors

The polar vortex may have bundled up this week, but if you are into riding snowmobiles, then get out to the trails since there is 8.7 inches of snow out there!

ioBridge Snow Meter LHSC

The members of the Laurel Highlands Snowmobile Club (LHSC) created a system of cameras and wireless level sensors connected to the Internet with ioBridge Cloud Services to provide real-time monitoring of snow levels on the snowmobile trails in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania. Knowing the snow levels means whether or not you show head to the trails or stay home. You need around 6 inches of snow to have a lot of fun. This is a great professional application of ioBridge technology and internet connected services. We use the very same technology in our TideAlerts.com system that monitors and alerts boaters of the time levels in Cape Cod.

“It’s not fun driving all the way out to the mountain to find out there is not enough snow to ride our snowmobiles,” said Bill Bennett, LHSC Member. “With the automated and wireless snow tracking system with ioBridge the snowmobile club members know exactly how much snow is on the trail.”

ioBridge Gamma with Wireless Endpoints System Overview

The ioBridge Gamma Web Gateway is designed for professional applications that require easy-to-install connectivity to remote sensors and controls commonly found in M2M applications. Once connected, your solution gets the benefit of the ioBridge Cloud Services such as Data Logging, Alerting, and Dashboards. Everything from orchard monitoring to alerting snow levels is possible with the ioBridge Gamma Web Gateway with Wireless Endpoints. Full documentation is available on ioBridge Connect.

ioBridge Wireless Endpoints System Overview

Getting Started

On ioBridge Connect, we have created a complete tutorial on how to use the MaxBotix Range Sensor for measuring water or snow levels connect to ioBridge Cloud Services via the Gamma Web Gateway and Wireless Endpoints. We also have kits that include the Gamma Gateway and Wireless Endpoints for Sensors available on the ioBridge Store.

Happy Trails!

Next Generation Connected Home Products Powered by Atmel and ioBridge On Display at the 2014 International CES

We are proud to announce the release of the Atmel Low-cost ZigBee Gateway Firmware and Cloud Technology during the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV. The new gateway is powered by RealTime.io, ioBridge’s scalable “Internet of Things” cloud technology and embedded firmware designed for product manufacturers. The Atmel Low-cost ZigBee Gateway will provide simple and seamless wireless connectivity to connected home products such as door locks, garage doors, lighting, and sprinkler systems–making them accessible from any smartphone or Internet-connected device.

“Locking and unlocking your front door with your phone will be as commonplace as using your keys in the next few years,” said Hans Scharler, President, Software at ioBridge. “Integration with connected home products and the mobile phone is leading the ‘Internet of Small Things’ revolution. Our cloud technology is enabling Atmel and its customers to easily and affordably manufacture next generation products,” added Scharler.

Atmel Low-cost ZigBee Gateway

The Atmel Low-cost ZigBee Gateway is a low-cost reference design for OEMs and product manufacturers looking to create connected home products. The gateway simplifies local control and monitoring along with simultaneous cloud connectivity to any web service or smartphone.

Atmel Low-cost Gateway for Connected Home Products

“For more than a decade, connecting ZigBee sub-networks with the Internet has been a major challenge. ioBridge’s technology is amazingly fast and a great match for low-latency wireless applications such as lighting, security, and sensors where low-power, tenacious link-quality and instant access are essential,” said Magnus Pedersen, Marketing Director of MCU Wireless Products, Atmel Corporation. “We’re excited to collaborate with ioBridge as we enter a fantastic new phase of Internet of Things possibilities.”

Atmel at the 2014 International CES

Atmel will be showcasing its cutting-edge technologies powering the latest devices used in the living room, garage, Maker community and more at the 2014 International CES, January 7-10. To experience next-generation cloud connected technology with Atmel and ioBridge, visit the Atmel CES Meeting Place, #MP25958. Atmel will also be at the ZigBee Alliance Pavilion, Booth #20612, to showcase its latest ZigBee and RF wireless and cloud technologies powered by ioBridge.

Atmel and ioBridge at CES 2014

ioBridge’s RealTime.io Internet of Things Platform

The RealTime.io Platform for the Internet of Things allows any device to connect to cloud services and mobile phones to provide control, alerts, data analytics, customer insights, remote maintenance, and feature selection. Product manufacturers that leverage ioBridge’s technology are able to quickly and securely bring new connected home products to market while slashing their cost-per-connected device. With more than 50,000 users in 40 countries ranging from early-stage startups to large multi-national manufacturers, ioBridge’s patented technology offers businesses a reliable and scalable platform accessible anywhere around the globe.

To learn more about solutions for connecting small internet-enabled products and devices to the web, please visit http://www.iobridge.com and http://atmel.realtime.io.

[via eReleases]

“Internet of Things” Takes a Huge Leap Forward, ioBridge Announces Technology Licensing Agreement with Schneider Electric

Talking toothbrushes, refrigerators that know when it’s time to go to the grocery store, coffee pots wirelessly communicating with alarm clocks—by 2015 it’s predicted 6 billion devices in the world will be connected to the internet. But, for more than a decade, the futuristic promises of the “Internet of Things” have generally been more hype than help. That is, until now.

Easily connect any product  to a mobile device using the web

No longer reserved solely for early adopters or tech startups, more and more multinational companies are starting to see the value of connecting small and inexpensive products  to the web—a clear signal that the Internet of Things is growing up, gaining momentum, and finally poised to become a scalable solution.

“For years the Internet of Things was cost prohibitive—often relegated to niche, one-off projects. As price points continue to come down, you’re going to see more and more global manufacturing companies looking to Internet-enable small products,” said Dr. Robert Mawrey, CEO of ioBridge. “We’re starting to move more toward an ‘Internet of Small Things’—a focus on little things that will ultimately have a much bigger impact,” he added.

Companies that embrace the Internet of Things will not only be able to optimize their resources internally, but also create real value for their consumers. Whether it’s home security, power management, logistics, or convenience, you can’t help but imagine the possibilities.

By looking to ioBridge, industry leading companies such as Schneider Electric are sending a clear signal that the Internet of Things and the need to connect small and inexpensive products to the web has finally moved from hype and unrealized potential to real demand for practical business applications.

“Through this collaboration with ioBridge, Schneider Electric will enable customers, from the home consumer to the enterprise, to easily connect to the Internet and manage all of their devices,” said Michael Maiello, Senior Vice President, Home and Business Networks, Schneider Electric’s IT Business.

Flexible and Cost-Effective Platform

Companies have the flexibility to use the most cost-effective hardware from any supplier or use ioBridge’s reference designs and modules. By leveraging their patented technology, businesses looking to produce Internet-enabled products can get to market quickly and cost-effectively.

Industry-Leading Technology That’s Secure and Scalable

Years of experience, thousands of users, and a proven track record of success means technology that has been continuously tried, tested and refined. ioBridge’s encryption from cloud service to web-enabled devices gives companies a scalable solution and the peace of mind that their information is safe and secure.

Easy to Implement and Operate

ioBridge products are designed to be incredibly easy to implement and operate. Typically, this means no firewall or network changes, firmware that can be updated remotely, and a full suite of support software tools.

To learn more about enterprise solutions for connecting small internet-enabled products and devices to the web, please visit http://www.iobridge.com or Contact ioBridge.

[via eReleases]

Christmas Lights Synchronized Around the World to Twitter, Powered by the Internet of Things

For the third holiday season in a row, the CheerLights project is gearing up. The idea behind CheerLights is to show that we are all connected by synchronizing the color of lights around the world. Christmas lights are a staple around the holidays and with Internet-connected lights, the color of your lights matches the color of everyone else’s lights.

It has been a real treat watching this project evolve as more and more people add lights… and other things. Things like Android and iPhone apps that check the latest color of CheerLights, an old Commodore 64, and Christmas trees.

To control the lights around the world, send a Tweet mentioning @CheerLights and a color. The command is processed by ioBridge’s ThingSpeak platform and distributed to all of the lights listening to the CheerLights API.

@CheerLights I am dreaming of a White Christmas

Another powerful aspect of the CheerLights project is that is shows off what is possible with the emerging Internet of Things. With a single message sent via a social network like Twitter, 1000′s of objects around the world are in sync with each other. Lights are connected by many types of controllers, such as Arduino, ioBridge, Philips, and the Raspberry Pi. This project is only possible through the Internet and the coordination of developers around the world.

Learn how to join the project at CheerLights.com.

We are all connected…

[via CheerLights]