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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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

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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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Build a Tank Volume Reader for Under $30 using ESP32

The Internet of Things has brought a lot of formerly complex device applications into the homes of many craft brewers and wine makers. Applications with level sensors have been used for decades in large refineries, water treatment plants, and chemical plants. With sensor prices falling, now both industrial and DIY can monitor the volume of any tank, barrel, or canister.

The sensors available on the open market can sense most anything and are classified accordingly. Sensor used for measuring humidity are termed humidity sensor, pressure called pressure sensor, distance are called position sensors, and so on. In a similar fashion, the sensor used for measurement of fluid levels is called a level sensor.

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Ubidots and Espressif Systems Partner for Wifi and Bluetooth Rapid Deployment Solutions

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Ubidots and Espressif Systems are proud to announce a simple and versatile IoT deployment solution for everyone from tinkerers to industry leaders. The ESP32 chip in terms of size (18mm x 25.5mm x 2.8mm) and cost (around $15 USD) is highly advanced with its combined dual core processor, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and various other I/Os. Also the ESP8266, predecessor to the ESP32, with a similar size but a lower price point (around $5 USD) is equally as capable and affordable option for users looking to function using a WiFi component.

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4 Big IoT Wins for Smart City Pioneer, Santander, Spain

When our Victorian predecessors predicted how technology would transform public life, they imagined pedestrians crossing rivers via miniature hot air balloons, and police officers with mechanical wings. Far from flashy personal flight devices, the watershed technologies transforming today’s cities are discrete, often invisible. In the “Smart City” of Santander, Spain, everyday objects—lampposts, buses, waste bins—are embedded with innovative Internet of Things (IoT) technology. And they’re improving quality of life in ways the Victorians couldn’t have fathomed.

©-Smart-Santander-Sensors.pngCovering just a few city blocks, the smart city of Santander has deployed hundreds of sensors to measure all aspects of public services including street lighting, garbage collection etc. © Smart Santander

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Using an IoT Platform vs Do It Yourself (DIY)

When we discuss the Internet of Things technology as a harbinger of the evolution of technology, we are also talking about the technical expertise and extensive scalability options that are required for building even the tiniest building blocks of design and implementation. In fact, all IoT solutions that we develop and implement are designed with the goal of keeping them up and functioning in the long run, which in turn has increased the level of knowledge and expectations that customers have with companies that produce and deliver high-end IoT solutions.

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