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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Designing a Wireless Device that Lives Forever

Running on Rays of Light and Off-the-Shelf Hardware

We have previously looked at how to make a wireless device live for years on one tiny coin cell battery. This time we up the game and make it live forever, using solar power and off-the-shelf hardware.

We build a prototype of our device and go through the technical details involved in designing for solar power. We use off-the-shelf hardware running the latest version of the Thingsquare ultra low-power software. Light does not provide a lot of power, so we need software that can make the most of it.

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Everybody needs a big red button in their life.

Today we build a wireless, battery-powered, big red button that can be placed anywhere in the office or home. To make sure the button always is available and ready to be pressed, the button periodically reports its health so that we can monitor it remotely.

But this example goes way beyond simply being a big red button. It is an instance of a more general class of devices: a passive General Purpose Input/Output (GPIO) device that can be used for any kind of digital input device, such as an industrial sensor or a digital switch.

Because we use sub-GHz radio technology, we can expect to get kilometers of range in an out-door setting and hundreds of meters of indoor range. If this range is not enough, just add mesh routers to extend the network even further.

When the button is pushed, we immediately get a notification on our phone – and see where the button was pushed on the map.

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