A New Way to Measure the Power Consumption of Really Low-Power Hardware (for Software People)

How to Make Sure Your Software Runs for Years on Tiny Batteries

We recently got a new tool at Thingsquare, which helps us ensure that we have extremely low power consumption of our software: the Otii Arc power box by Sony. This little box quickly lets us – a bunch of software persons – measure and understand the power consumption of the software that we run on our low-power hardware.

Today we use this to build an wireless dimmer and make it extremely low-power: we want to run it on one single coin-cell battery.

(We have no affiliation with the creators of the Otii Arc, we just happened to stumble upon their product and fell in love with it!)

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How to Update Hundreds of Devices Simultaneously

Something That No Other IoT System Can Do

Software updates are a fact of life for digital products, and you will need a way to efficiently update your products in the field.

The Thingsquare system has a unique feature that other IoT systems do not have: the ability to push a software update to entire networks of devices at the same time, without affecting the normal operation of the network. This makes it possible to get one update deployed simultaneously, even to very large numbers of devices.

Today we take a look at how this is done in practice.

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Thingsquare for the Desktop (Beta)

The Thingsquare Native Windows App

The Thingsquare device viewer app is an essential installation tool for Thingsquare devices.

The Thingsquare app is also used by Thingsquare customers as a starting point for their own installation apps.

Today we are happy to announce the availability of the Thingsquare app for the desktop (beta). This allows the Thingsquare installation app to be run on any Windows 10 desktop computer and customers can use this as a basis for their own desktop applications.

The Thingsquare desktop app has the same functionality as the Thingsquare Android/iOS apps, including detection of nearby devices.

Download the Windows 10 installer here!

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Build a Wireless Street Lighting System

From Proof-of-Concept with Off-the-Shelf Hardware to Professional System

Street lights can account for up to 40% of a city’s energy cost. Wireless street lighting control can cut that cost by half and remote monitoring can detect broken lamps instantaneously so that a repair team can be dispatched before dark. This is why cities around the world are investing billions of dollars into this market.

Today we build a smart street light network with off-the-shelf hardware and the Thingsquare platform, ready to be built into existing LED street light lamps. The first proof-of-concept prototype is built with off-the-shelf hardware.

Each street light has a wireless connection that allows them to be remotely monitored and controlled.

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How to Design Thingsquare-Compatible Hardware

Behind Every Successful Product is a Successful Hardware Design

Inside each connected product is a piece of hardware. This hardware typically has to be custom designed for each product, but the level of customization varies depending on the product.

Designing hardware for a Thingsquare-compatible product is straightforward because there are ready-made reference designs to use as a starting point.

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With Smooth Data Preview and New Map Interface, Version 3.2.7 is Out!

Now even Better Performance in very Large Wireless Networks

We are excited to announce the availability of the latest version of the Thingsquare system – version 3.2.7! New in this release is a new smooth data preview in the web and smartphone apps and performance updates to the low-power IP network.

Try our the latest updates in the web app and download the latest firmware SDK at the developer portal.

Keep reading to hear more about the new stuff in this version!

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When Someone Opens the Door, be the First to Know

Build a Wireless Door Sensor with Push Notifications without Programming or Soldering

Today we set up a door sensor that sends a notification to your phone when the door is opened, no matter where in the world you are. Because we use the Thingsquare system and off-the-shelf hardware we do not need to do any programming or soldering.

The door sensor consists of one Sensortag and one ordinary magnet.

We use the Sensortag hardware with sub-GHz configuration. Unlike many projects using this hardware, we use IPv6 sub-GHz 6lowpan communication instead of Bluetooth.

The Thingsquare system uses 6lowpan instead of Bluetooth for several reasons:

  • Longer range: 6lowpan’s sub-GHz radio signals travel much farther than Bluetooth’s 2.4 GHz signals – particularly indoors.
  • Less interference: the 2.4 GHz Bluetooth frequency band is shared with WiFi, which typically is very crowded. Also, 2.4 GHz signals are effectively stopped by the human body, so performance is degraded when there are people around.
  • Automatic meshing: with 6lowpan, we automatically get the benefits of meshing, which means that we can extend the range of our system indefinitely.
  • Built-in low-power operation: we can achieve multi-year lifetime on a single coin-cell battery, while taking advantage of all the above benefits.

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