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Internet of Things Case Study – Street lights

Internet of Things Case Study – Street lights - Power station in Hanover

In Patras, Greece, they work on smart city technology development using NB-IoT has started. But how can the developers avoid the need for a SIM card and its subscription? Technical needs The smart lighting controller, for example, has been sending one status update message of 40 bytes every five minutes and a message containing energy consumption […]

Selection of antenna for a device in the Internet of Things

The antenna is always the key to success for your wireless application. Each antenna has its benefits and drawbacks. The selection of the right antenna at beginning of a development project, or if you are planning the development of a device around the antenna, could save you a lot of money. A: Vertical polarised monopole […]

The journey to develop the Gillette order button

© Harald Naumann - Currently only available in Austria, Gillette offers its customers the capability to order new razor blades at the touch of a button.

In 2016, a creative team in Frankfurt had the idea of developing an IoT push button for ordering goods via a cellular module. In principle, something similar to the Amazon Dash button, only using a GSM radio instead of Wi-Fi. A first, and a tricky learning curve for the engineering team. The developers in the […]

How to build the 50 billion IoT devices? What to do instead of talking?

IoT devices with customised antennas

1. IoT buttons In my region, two IoT buttons caused a buzz and landed in the basket of end customers. One is the Amazon Dash button and the other one is the Gillette order button called Gillette Club Station. LoRaWAN and SIGFOX had no chance as carriers because of the lack of deep indoor coverage […]

NB-IoT coverage in NL, 4471 BTS in band 8 – Captain N.B. episode 5

NB-IoT BTS on band 8 in Den Haag

NB-IoT coverage in NL Ground Control to the #LPWAN shuttle: “Captain N.B. , Wow you leaked the NB-IoT secret of Dutch! Unbelievable, they run 4471 base station tranceivers in band 8 on 41,543 km2 surface. This is 0.929 km2 in average per BTS. This is the best LPWAN BTS density in Europe for sure. Over and […]

Close to 100 German cities got NB-IoT coverage – Captain N.B. episode 4

#LPWAN status scanned by Captain N.B.

Close to 100 German cities got NB-IoT coverage – Ground Control to the #LPWAN shuttle: “Captain N.B. you worked hard today. Within 24 hours, you made a basic scan of the LPWAN coverage in Germany. You found close to hundred cities with NB-IoT coverage. Please be so kind and provide us with some more details […]

M-Bus Master Unit GSS-134 – One more device to reach the goal of 50 billion IoT devices

M-Bus master unit

Some people talk about IoT. My customer do IoT. In this case, it is an IoT device in metering again. The M-Bus Master Unit GSS-134 of Pikkerton is on Quectel GSM module M66 and got a replaceable battery pack. It can run easily without longer installation effort. M-Bus master interfaces: M-Bus Master Unit, 20 Standard […]

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