MiraOS Ruuvi tag

Evaluate MiraOS without any programming skills!

Setting up a demo for wireless technology might seem like a daunting project – well, it doesn’t have to be. In fact, it can be a fun and creative process! With our starter kit you can evaluate MiraOS without any programming skills and get up and running in no time! 

Wireless device to device connectivity

We claim that MiraOS is the most reliable and Future-Proof wireless mesh technology for your connected products. But don’t just take our word for it. We would be more than happy if you would like to put MiraOS to the test! 

Right now you can experience the world of wireless possibilities and evaluate MiraOS with our starter kit. The kit contains 3 sensors (Ruuvi tags), one Raspberry Pi and access to the Grafana dashboard. This is the perfect way to test range, reliability, low power and mesh in a Mira network. 

 

Collect valuable data within a few clicks

Without any programming skills you get sensor data and networks statistics in the dashboard Grafana which is preconfigured in the starterkit. With a few clicks you can collect data such as  temperature, humidity and pressure. This is how you get started: 

  1. Power up the Raspberry Pi and connect to its Wi-Fi network on your computer. Turn on the Ruuvi tags and wait for the tags to join the mesh network powered by MiraOS. Log in to Grafana in your internet browser and start collecting your data. 
  2. When the Ruuvi tags join the Mira network, they start sending sensor data to the Raspberry Pi. The data contains temperature, humidity, pressure, battery level and also network metrics as ETX and parent node.

Ready for a Mesh Moment?

Do you want to test range and mesh? Or what would stop the wireless connectivity? Want to see how far can you reach with 3 Ruuvitags and a Raspberry Pi? Please test our technology in any way possible. Below are some ideas.  

  1. Place 1 Ruuvitag each in 3 adjacent rooms. Wait for the mesh network to build up and view the mesh topology in Grafana. Can you increase the distance between the tags even further? 
  2. Challenge our wireless technology even further and transmit wireless through thick concrete walls and metal doors. Can you mesh trough it?
  3. Low power consumption is also possible to test, but it will take a while – some years actually – to drain the battery in meshing mode. So this one is definitely up to you!

Get a kit of your own!

Place an order today and start exploring the world of wireless possibilities and the reliance and stability of the MiraOS wireless mesh technology. What do you want to create? 

Order now

 

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Wireless mesh u-blox

Wireless mesh -Live demo at SPS trade show

Trade fairs are great examples of environments with lots of radio disturbances and it’s a widespread opinion that showcasing wireless technology at a tradeshow is doomed to fail. But at a tradeshow like SPS, with a focus on smart and digital automation, it’s necessary to be able to showcase wireless connected products for harsh industrial environments. LumenRadio takes on the challenge and will run a live demo between u-blox’s and LumenRadio’s booths.  

The significant radio disturbances at trade fairs are due to a lot of people being crammed in a limited area, thousands of visitors with mobile phones in their pockets, many different Wi-Fi networks running in parallel, which all means a heavy usage of the same 2.4GHz frequency band. This leads to congestion in the radio environment resulting in interference, data losses and lots of problems.

The “Interference of Things”

The 2.4GHz band is very popular because it’s a licence free band all over the world, which means that your product can use the same frequencies globally without special configuration. If you, as a product manufacturer, use the 2.4GHz band there is no need for certifying and managing multiple versions of the same product to be able to sell it globally.   

But when more and more devices are getting connected to this same frequency band interference becomes a real problem and this congestion could make your wireless enabled product have degraded quality of service or even stop working completely.

The question is; Is there a solution to this exponentially growing problem with interference or is the 2.4GHz band doomed? Is this frequency band now home to the Interference of Things rather than the Internet of Things?

Coexisting wireless mesh

Luckily the solution already exists, and this will be showcased at SPS in Nuremberg on the 26-28th of November. By running LumenRadio’s reliable wireless mesh technology on u-blox radio modules for industrial applications, all doubts will definitely be erased about bad performance of wireless connectivity in harsh industrial environments. 

Live at the trade fair we will build a mesh network between LumenRadio’s and u-blox’s booth separated in two different halls, using the embedded operating system called MiraOS from LumenRadio and NINA radio modules from u-blox. 

Are you heading to SPS this year? Come by and visit LumenRadio’s and u-blox booths! Don’t miss out when we are pushing the boundaries for reliable wireless mesh! 

MiraOS with U-blox

Where to find us?

SPS NürnbergMesse – November 26 @ 08.00 to November 28 @ 17.00

LumenRadio – Hall 6, Booth 150L

U-blox – Hall 5, Booth 456

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6 things to consider when going wireless in harsh industries

What It Takes To Go Wireless In Harsh Industry – 6 things to consider

What are the success factors within wireless connectivity for industrial applications? What do you need to consider when building your perfect IoT solution, including industrial mesh? Unfortunately, there is no “one connectivity solution fits all” but considering below 6 factors will help you on the way.  

When choosing wireless technology for your smart product there are critical design elements that require consideration. Classification, radio disturbances, legislations, certifications and security are just some of the key areas that need to be addressed. There are physical restrictions when it comes to getting the shortest latency, highest throughput and largest data rate at the lowest cost and it is of unparalleled importance to choose the correct solutions for your application. 

 

1. Low power consumption

Can battery powered mesh networks be a competitive advantage for you? 

Some wireless connectivity solutions can run on battery powered sensors for years. This is only possible if the wireless connectivity consumes a minimal amount of power by having the radio on the chip in sleep mode as much as possible.

Wireless connectivity solutions that can run on battery powered sensors are usually a huge benefit for retrofitting brown field equipment. The power is usually designed so that it just covers the need from the machine and not allowing any wireless technology to piggyback on the power source. For green field equipment it is possible to decrease the installation cost if the sensors are running on battery, hence the need for wiring is costly and making the system inflexible for changes.

 

2. Reliability and robustness

Is interference keeping you sleepless at nights? 

The reliability of the wireless connectivity is crucial to get a well functioning and power efficient wireless sensor network. If data packets are lost on the way in the network, the packet needs to be re-transmitted which increases the number of data redundancy in the network – congesting the network  by resending packets instead of sending new ones. The radio needs to be turned on more often to address all data packets and therefore, directly resulting in an increased power consumption.

 

3. Firmware over the air updates “FOTA”

Change your software in running mode?

If you plan to update your connectivity technology or application firmware when the products are out in the field, it is worth checking that the selected connectivity technology offers “FOTA”. It is also important to have a FOTA functionality that does not drain the battery if the mesh network runs on battery power. This can cause unnecessary needs to replace the battery just because the FOTA feature was insufficient.  

 

4. Data rate

What amount of data are you going to transmit in your network?

Depending on your specific needs, the wireless connectivity solution to choose may vary. If you want to transmit small data packets with, for instance, temperature values on a regular basis, low power wireless mesh is the perfect choice for you. But, if you want to stream video there will be better technologies than low power wireless mesh.

 

5. Commissioning and multi-platform support

What is the perfect way to interact with your products?

Interacting wirelessly with your devices via a smartphone is beneficial during, for instance, commissioning. If you don’t need a specially developed tool for commissioning and use your phone instead, it is possible to hand over system installation to a person without knowledge in wireless connectivity.

 

6. Scalability

What size of the network are you going to build? 

The complexity in a mesh network increases with the number of nodes. The nodes need to be synced to transmit on the exact same time slot, otherwise the network will sync out. The data flow in the network goes up with more nodes collecting data. Therefore it is important to have an ultra reliability in large mesh networks to avoid data packet re-transmissions.

 

Whitepaper - How wireless mesh disrupts harsh industries

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ARRI – defining the standard in motion picture lighting

ARRI’s launch of Orbiter in September got quite a lot of attention. This new, directional LED fixture for motion picture, television production, broadcast, theatre, and live entertainment is of course powered by LumenRadio’s CRMX technology. 

It was back in 2017 that ARRI released its first CRMX-powered product, and until then they had been waiting for a “standardization” of wireless DMX.  During this time, LumenRadio’s CRMX technology had started to be the de-facto standard in the motion picture and broadcast industry. “Actually, it has become a synonym for wireless DMX,” says Florian Bloch, Head of Product Management Lighting at ARRI.

ARRI is a global product manufacturer of camera equipment, lighting, and professional accessories for the motion picture, broadcast, theatre, and photographic industries. In addition, they provide a complete range of services to their clients, offering solutions for the entire production process, from script to screen.

“For several years we have been delivering wireless technology to ARRI, and we are proud to be part of the Orbiter as ARRI continues to set the standard in motion picture lighting,” says Josef Hederström, International Sales Manager at LumenRadio.

Because filmmaking and live entertainment is extremely time and cost-sensitive, wireless technology is a key component to keeping the costs down. The addition of LumenRadio CRMX allows for advanced and efficient setup and workflow ensuring every minute on-set can be used to its fullest.

“Since our first meeting, LumenRadio has proven its capabilities in all areas of the business. Their reliable project management, accurate application support, and technologies, but most of all, their great spirit and mindset helped to turn our previous customer-supplier relationship into real, sustainable cooperation between our companies,” says Florian Bloch.

ARRI’s CRMX-enabled products have been used at the Grammy Awards and during the production of several Oscar-nominated movies and have set a new standard for the industry. Since 2017, LumenRadio’s CRMX has been used in ARRI’s legendary products SkyLink and SkyPanel S360-C, enabling top-class wireless lighting for the film industry.

The combination of ARRI’s expertise in the world of motion picture lighting and LumenRadio’s expertise in wireless technology will surely lead to even more innovations.
“We expect nothing less than true innovation in wireless technology from LumenRadio. You have set the standards and you will surely continue to do so in the future,” says Florian Bloch.

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LMP/LITECRAFT – a CRMX multitasker

LMP has been crowned our Distributor of the Year no less than three years in a row, but that’s not all our German distributor has to offer; through their brand LITECRAFT, LMP becomes a true CRMX multitasker.

LITECRAFT was established in 1980. Creating LED lighting solutions for the entertainment industry, LITECRAFT became a brand well-known to players big and small in Germany and Europe. Having started with mainly LED-PAR fixtures and accessory parts in the 1980s, the brand always kept an eye on evolving technologies; often pioneering in their implementation in entertainment applications.

Today LITECRAFT products are featured in all different kinds of productions, be it concert and touring, television and studio applications, theatre or trade shows. They provide state-of-the-art lighting solutions at a stunning price-performance ratio – enabled by LumenRadio’s CRMX technology.


A l
ong-term relationship
The brand LITECRAFT is born out of LMP, a long-term distributor of LumenRadio. Being familiar with the CRMX technology and its many benefits, the decision to choose LumenRadio was simple.
“We have had a strong relationship for many years, because of the general distribution of LumenRadio products in Germany, but also as an OEM customer for LITECRAFT. LumenRadio’s CRMX is the best technology due to Cognitive Coexistence – it’s as simple as that,” says Marc Petzold, CEO of LMP.

Wireless can solve problems and make projects happen that would not be possible with cabling. We’ve seen several cases ranging from installations in historic buildings up to huge stadium projects as well as thousands of small and mid-size events using wireless technology,” Marc continues.


Customer-focused development
The very first LITECRAFT product with CRMX technology on board was the BattLED AT5, using an OEM flex-card. Since the BattLED, a variation of products has followed – always with the customers interest in mind. The CX.1 Controller is their very first remote controller using CRMX technology. The CX.1 Controller using CRMX will be a tool for all mid-size productions to setup all 4ch LED products within seconds.
“The CX.1 is a product we were able to design in a very short time because of the support of LumenRadio, it is what customers have asked us for some time now,” says Marc.

By listening to their customers expectations, both LMP and LITECRAFT have made a name for themselves. And at LumenRadio we look forward to seeing our multitasker-Distributor/OEM make future strides in providing state-of-the-art wireless lighting in Germany and beyond!


In their own words;
This success in Germany is only possible thanks to two great teams – one in Sweden and one in Germany.

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Maciej Oldziej – LumenRadio’s first Boston recruit

During 2020, LumenRadio will start working even harder on positioning our Mira IoT offer on the US market. To help us do so, we have recruited Maciej Oldziej – a master of sales. Based in Boston, Maciej will help us expand our market position and our driven US team, characterized by the LumenRadio humble swagger.

 

5 quick questions – get to know Maciej

 

What made you interested in LumenRadio?
“One does not simply pass on a company whose technology is a staple in all major Hollywood and Netflix productions! On a serious note, I was intrigued by LumenRadio’s achievements and future aspirations. Uniquely positioned as Hollywood’s and professional wireless controls standard, with their sights set on the broader IoT market. A limited glimpse into the company culture was sufficient to convince me that this was a tribe of intelligent, driven, and humble people – I was right.”

 

What about LumenRadio’s technology do you find most interesting?
“Cognitive Coexistence. It is fascinating that our adaptive frequency technology scans RF channels every 10 ms identifying in real-time the best network links, building a predictive model to avoid congested channels and future interferences. Did someone say future-proof?”

 

Where in the US will you be based?
“I reside in Boston, Massachusetts, where we will open our first US-based office. Boston is strategic to our plans, gaining access to premier talent-pool and close vicinity to our IoT customers. With Massachusetts at the forefront of IoT and wireless connectivity regulation, we ensure that we maintain current and future requirements.”

 

What do you look forward to accomplish on the US market?
“There’s a long laundry list of goals and objectives that we are aiming to achieve in 2020. I am excited to position LumenRadio as a household wireless connectivity, tech brand with all the large HVAC, building automation, and industrial OEMs. Actively engaged with many of them, we have just scratched the surface of the US OEM IoT market.”

 

Is there any upcoming opportunity to meet up with you?
“Yes! I will be present at two upcoming Boston-based IoT events. First, Industry of Things World East on November 7th and 8th. Second, Boston IoT & Smart Hardware Showcase on November 21st hosted by Hardware Pioneers. 

I enjoy meeting new people and am always open to a cup of coffee. If you’re ever in Boston, feel welcomed to drop me a line – the first one’s on me!” 

 

Want to get in touch with Maciej?

Email: maciej.oldziej@lumenradio.com

Phone: +1 (617) 650-2651

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/oldziejm/

 

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