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]

ioBridge Provides Web Connectivity Technology and Cloud Services for Pool Control Systems

If you happened to be at the Orlando Pool and Spa Show 2012 last week, you might have noticed all of the buzz around a new product from Zodiac Pool Systems called iAquaLink. Every aspect of managing a pool and spa is possible with iAquaLink by allowing for control from an iPhone, Android device, and any web browser. Users are now able to get the spa ready before leaving work, schedule cleanings, monitor pH, set the solar heater, etc. Pool and spa installers are also able to remotely maintain a user’s pool and provide new services.

Access to iAquaLink on any Device

Here’s a quick video introduction linked by Carecraft pool builders and retailers:

Zodiac contacted us about creating a remote monitoring and control device for their pool and spa control systems. We worked with their engineering and marketing team to create a new product that incorporates Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB, and RS-485 connectivity. We also extended our web services, created an API, and provided a streaming interface to monitor and control over 100k pool and spa systems efficiently. All of our combined efforts resulted in a highly secure, real-time, connected product that is targeted to pool professionals and consumers.

iAquaLink System Overview

The pool and spa industry is highly competitive. By adding Internet-connectivity and many new features, companies like Zodiac are able to maintain their competitive edge. “It’s critically important to Zodiac and our Jandy Controls business to maintain our reputation for highly dependable, intuitive pool and spa automation,” said David Goldman, Director of Product Development at Zodiac. “We’re delighted to raise the bar yet again by incorporating ioBridge’s technology.”

And, we are thrilled as well to be working with innovative partners like Zodiac. We have many other projects like this going on under the hood and we love being able to share this one with you.

“We are extremely proud to have been chosen by Zodiac to provide connectivity technology for their new iAquaLink intelligent pool control system,” said Dr. Robert Mawrey, CEO of ioBridge. “The flexibility and accessibility of the ioBridge platform allows companies to enhance the value of their products. We believe that the iAquaLink is a wonderful example of an Internet-enabled product and that it provides a competitive edge that sets Zodiac apart from other pool and spa control system providers.”

Visit http://www.ioBridge.com for more applications and information on how ioBridge works with manufactures such as Zodiac.

[via ioBridge Press Release]

Tide Sensors, Hurricane Irene, and the Internet of Things

As we announced last year, we have been running tide level points around Cape Cod to more accurately alert boaters about high and low tides. Our tide sites are connected to the Internet via the ioBridge platform. We also provide real-time alerts and tweets to boaters in Cape Cod and surrounding marinas.

One of our many TideAlerts.com subscribers had the idea to “watch” the tide levels during Hurricane Irene. After analyzing the data, we observed something interesting. The period of the tides did not change, but the amplitudes (the high tide and low tide marks) were greatly exaggerated as Hurricane Irene passed through Cape Cod.

The ioBridge tide project is another example of how the Internet of Things is emerging. We started this project 3 years ago and it provides an extremely useful service and is only possible by aggregating tons of sensor data and sharing it with users, developers, and researchers. This application is based on open data from NOAA and users monitoring environmental information and tries to find more meaning than just being a collection site of data.

By the way, here is what the tides looked like during Hurricane Irene at one of our public monitoring sites:

Tide Sensor Charts During Hurricane Irene

The good news is that by the time Hurricane Irene made it to Massachusetts, the storm was weak and all of our tide sensor sites survived.

Check out the Technology Review article, Cape Cod is Tweeting, Thanks to the Internet of Things, for more information about our tide project or contact us at support@iobridge.com.

Candy Dispenser is a Twilio, Twitter, and ioBridge Mashup

Halloween would not be complete without some novel electronics to spook the trick-or-treaters. Noel Portugal created a system that allows you to send text messages or tweets to his Halloween Candy Dispenser to drop some treats into your bag. Commands are relayed from the web via the ioBridge IO-204 to his microcontroller controlled candy dispenser. There’s a big red button in case you forgot your mobile phone in your Iron Man costume.

Internet-enabled Halloween Treat Dispenser

Internet-enabled Halloween Treat Dispenser

Noel wrote a web application using Oracle Application Express that connects all the parts together. At the heart of the design is an Arduino-based microcontroller that drives the servo-based dispenser mechanism. The commands are relayed from the web app to the Arduino using the ioBridge IO-204 via XBee radios. The Internet connectivity part is what allows tweets (@tweetfortreats) or text messages processed by Twilio to control the candy dispenser. The web application makes use of the ioBridge Widget API to parse commands from the Internet.

ioBridge IO-204 Module with XBee Radio

ioBridge IO-204 Module with XBee Radio

Just think of where this type of technology can go? Vending machines?

If you are interested in learning more, Noel has put together an Instructables so others can create their own DIY Halloween project this year. There’s also more information on Adafruit, MAKE, Hacked Gadgets, and Noel’s My Web of Things blog. Happy Halloween!

ioBridge Tide Alerts on MIT’s Technology Review Blog

MIT’s Technology Review blog features an article about our tide level application. Along with a few ioBridge customers, we setup tide monitoring sites in Cape Cod that measure tide levels and environmental data in real-time. The data collected is used to alert people in the area of rising or falling tide levels, so you know when to bring your boat back to the dock. The sites are part of our growing sensor and control network all over the world built on top of the ioBridge platform.

Green Pond Tide Monitoring Site

Green Pond Tide Monitoring Site

Christopher Mims, journalist at the MIT Technology Review, writes, “We’re talking about the Internet of Things. Using an ultrasonic level sensor to bounce sound waves off the sea surface in order to determine its height, an XBee radio to send that data to a receiver on shore, and most importantly, an ioBridge IO-204 to relay that information to servers in the cloud, Cape Cod resident and ioBridge hobbyist Robert Mawrey is able to broadcast to his entire community near real-time data on actual sea level.”

The technology behind the tide monitoring sites is based around the ioBridge platform. We will be releasing our Pro hardware and web services soon available for commercial products and services. The tide alerts site is just one example of the new things we have in store.

We collect the data on our demo site for everyone to take a look at and sign up for email/SMS alerts. We will be opening up the feeds for others to build applications. Visit tidealerts.com to check it out.

Tide Level Charts

Tide Level Charts