Choosing an SBC for your Smart Factory?

Single Board Computers (SBCs) are weaving their way into even the most sophisticated of Smart Factories — and they just might save you some serious cash.

Also called “MiniPC”, a Single Board Computer is exactly what it sounds like: the core elements of a desktop or industrial gateway (input / output, microprocessing, memory), but in a single, self-contained board. A low-cost, self-service complement to industrial gateways, SBCs allow IT and control engineering teams to create custom-built solutions for themselves.

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Deploy your solution across oceans with Ubidots and Sigfox

Ubidots and Sigfox partner for super-low energy, long-distance asset tracking and data transmission solutions

Sigfox takes you where cellular cannot–with less energy consumption and lower cost for data transmission. With a unique approach to wireless connectivity, Sigfox uses an optimized communications protocol to cleanly transmit your device’s data to Ubidots.

Ubidots is excited to join the Sigfox ecosystem as an IoT Platform Provider. Navigating the IoT ecosystem to find an affordable device-to-cloud solution for your IoT initiatives is an exhausting process. But, with the Ubidots and Sigfox partnership, developers, businesses, and System Integrators can turn to the Sigfox ecosystem, select a device that suits their application, and easily forward its sensor data to Ubidots.

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Growing Acceptance of IoT Transcends Industries

The latest advancements in silicon technologies has given birth to the connected devices which we have grown accustomed referring to as the “Internet of Things,” (IoT).

The IoT extends from consumer-owner mobile devices to smart connected devices available in homes, enterprises, healthcare institutions and more. An IoT-focused research by Gartner published in February projected 8.4 billion connected things this year and this will grow to 20.4 billion by 2020, driven by the rapid growth of connectivity and consumer services. IoT spending is projected to reach $1.29 trillion by 2020 from the projected $737 billion in 2016.

Like us, you too might be wondering where are all these devices and money are going? Aside from the home and the enterprise, there are particular industries that are leading the way in terms of investments in IoT technologies. Research by Gartner on IoT usage in the enterprise cited that the adoption of revolutionary devices reached 43% of enterprises globally by the end of 2016. The report estimates that the total investment from 2015 to 2020 will reach $6 trillion among both consumer and industrial IoT markets, led by the latter’s continuous growth.

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Build you own ultra-reliable, low-cost GPS tracking app in just a few hours

Ubidots and Digital Matter partner to power smarter, faster telematics and GPS solutions.Digital Matter-Ubidots-1.png

If you work in transportation, or have an affinity for taking the back roads, you’ve likely experienced GPS failure: this app is telling me my truck is…where?

Digital Matter (DM) is here to make tracking tools better  — providing smarter, ultra-reliable white-label GPS tracking and telematics devices for resellers in the the fleet, logistics, and communications industries. And through a new partnership with Ubidots, you can now easily connect your DM devices to the Ubidots’ cloud and application builder, and create a complete GPS or telematics application in just a few hours.  

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Top 6 affordable cellular IoT hardware devices

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Image source: Ericsson What is cellular connectivity? Cellular communication consists of GSM(2G)/3G/4G/5G standards operating over 900/1800/1900/2100MHz frequencies.

Cellular-enabled IoT is here — and it’s making long-range connectivity easier and more affordable than ever. Here’s Ubidots’ top 6 affordable cellular IoT hardware devices.  Continue reading “Top 6 affordable cellular IoT hardware devices”

You can now build your own LTE-connected IoT project—completely free

Ubidots’ app builder and Hologram.io’s cellular network are combining forces to bring you a complete IoT development toolkit

hologram_ubidots2.pngDear tinkerers, we’ve got more free tools to add to your toolkit. For your next IoT project, you can send and receive data through Hologram’s global cellular connectivity—and easily set up custom visualizations through Ubidots’ application builder. For free!

Cellular infrastructure has been slow to accommodate IoT—making it a headache to get your IoT devices up and running on cellular networks. Hologram.io, a secure global cellular network, and Ubidots, an IoT enablement platform, are working to change that. Continue reading “You can now build your own LTE-connected IoT project—completely free”

IoT for Healthcare: Medellín health tech company boosts emergency response time with IoT-powered ambulances

Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes when you make an emergency call? When you dial the local emergency line in Medellín, Colombia, a medical team of 3—a doctor and 2 pre-hospital care technicians—work under immense time pressure to determine the care needed, and dispatch the nearest appropriately equipped ambulance in a matter of minutes.

am.jpgUntil recently, this already high-stress process was fairly manually—prone to inefficiency and human error (i.e. misidentifying the closest ambulance). Pre-GPS, and still wading through handwritten medical records in 2013, Medellín’s emergency response teams relied on radio communication to identify and dispatch the closest ambulance with the necessary equipment. Continue reading “IoT for Healthcare: Medellín health tech company boosts emergency response time with IoT-powered ambulances”

Explaining LoRaWAN

Beginning in the early 1990s connecting to the internet began as a simple direct path. Now days things have advanced and have become more complex but also more capable. Instead of a single Ethernet connection to the internet, microcontrollers and other devices can no connect through a long list of protocols: BluetoothWiFi, BLE, ZigBee, 3G, 4G, 5G, NFC, RFID, SigFox, DigiMesh, Thread, and 6LoWPAN to name a few. Each of these connections play a valuable role for device connection and data transmission, but one budding protocol we would like to highlight is LoRaWan.

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