LumenRadio’s Wireless Mesh Technology and MiraOS Now Available on Microsoft AppSource

LumenRadio today announced the availability of its wireless mesh technology on Microsoft AppSource, an online cloud marketplace providing tailored line-of-business solutions.

With the embedded operating system MiraOS, LumenRadio enables reliable and low power-consuming wireless mesh network technology. MiraOS has a small footprint and an integrated IPv6 stack for wireless mesh networking. MiraOS is flashed on edge devices and connected to Microsoft Azure via a gateway. The patented Cognitive Coexistence algorithm delivers reliability.

Business-critical IoT applications today rely on LumenRadio’s reliability and radio interference mitigation, and LumenRadio’s trusted wireless technology powers critical applications even in harsh radio environments. Technology business cases range from building automation and HVAC equipment to predictive maintenance for industrial applications, to equipment for major Hollywood and Netflix productions. 

Karin Hoflund, Partner Manager, LumenRadio, said:

“We’re collaborating with Microsoft to connect the smallest of battery-powered IoT devices to Microsoft Azure IoT Suite utilizing wireless mesh connectivity. The possibility to create an end-to-end solution from edge devices to the cloud that is easily upgradable, monitorable, and deployable is of great importance when it comes to large-scale mesh networks. MiraOS together with the Azure IoT Suite makes this possible.”

Kirsten Edmondson Wolfe, Senior Director, AppSource Product Marketing, Microsoft Corp. said:

“We’re pleased to welcome LumenRadio and its wireless connectivity solutions for IoT to Microsoft AppSource, which gives our customers access to the best solutions available from our extensive partner ecosystem. Microsoft AppSource offers partner solutions such as MiraOS from LumenRadio to help customers meet their needs faster.”

Learn more about LumenRadio’s wireless mesh technology and embedded operating system at its page on AppSource.

About LumenRadio: 

LumenRadio pioneers ultra-reliable wireless mesh connectivity technology for business-critical IoT applications. The company develops device-to-device connectivity software and radio modules, helping large OEM companies build future-proof wireless products. LumenRadio is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, with sales offices in Frankfurt and Boston.

Founded in 2008 with a vision for perfecting frequency-friendly wireless technology, LumenRadio has delivered wireless transformation within the professional lighting industry. LumenRadio’s wireless DMX and CRMX products are used for wireless lighting controls within the film & broadcasting content production industry. Since 2015, LumenRadio’s technology has been used within many different business-critical IoT applications where reliability and low power consumption are paramount.

For more information: 

Karin Hoflund, LumenRadio, (+46) 31-301 03 70, karin.hoflund@lumenradio.com

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USA Wireless mesh

LumenRadio opens Boston office to further expand its footprint and IoT connectivity platform

LumenRadio helps companies build smart connected solutions. The wireless connectivity technology developer announced today that they have officially opened their Boston office. The company plans to expand its sales and field engineering teams to support its North American customer base. 

Business-critical IoT applications rely on LumenRadio’s reliability and interference mitigation. The patented Cognitive Coexistence technology delivers the world’s most resilient wireless solution. LumenRadio’s wireless mesh and wireless DMX platforms power critical applications in the harshest of radio environments. Their technology business cases range from building automation sensors and HVAC equipment, predictive maintenance, or equipment for major Hollywood and Netflix productions.

The Boston location was a strategic decision because of the proximity to many US Fortune 500 manufacturing companies HQ’s and the availability of technology and engineering talent.

 

“The Boston office will complement our existing European offices, it will allow us to better support the Global OEMs, and create more intimate relationships with all of our current and future North American customers,” says Peter Lindkvist, Global Sales & Marketing Director

 

“North American Lighting, HVAC & Building Automation, Physical Security & Access Control, and Industrial Sensor manufacturers gain access to LumenRadio’s unparalleled technology, coupled with local engineering expertise and development support,” adds Maciej Oldziej, Sales Director North America spearheading the new establishment.

 

LumenRadio, founded in 2008 with a vision for perfecting frequency-friendly wireless technology, has led the wireless transformation within the Lighting industry. LumenRadio’s wireless DMX CRMX brand has become the global de-facto standard for wireless lighting controls within the Film & Broadcasting content production industry. Since 2015 LumenRadio’s technology is used within many different business-critical applications where reliability and robustness are paramount.

 

För more information contact: 

Maciej Oldziej

Sales Director, North America

Cell: +1 (617) 650-2651

maciej.oldziej@lumenradio.com

 

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Wireless technology pioneers LumenRadio acquires the company Wireless Solution!

Gothenburg-based LumenRadio AB announces today the acquisition of Wireless Solution Sweden AB – together the two companies will become the undisputed market leader in wireless lighting controls for the Professional Lighting industry. Through the acquisition, a heavy-weight player is formed with the strength to lead and drive the wireless technology market.

Both LumenRadio and Wireless Solution have contributed in transforming the lighting industry with their development of reliable wireless lighting control, which today is a “must have” within the Film & Broadcasting Lighting, Stage Lighting and Architectural Lighting industries. Both companies have great experience and expertise within wireless communication and engineering, and together they will be better equipped to meet the future requirements from their customers.

With this acquisition LumenRadio’s turnover within Professional Lighting will double and allow for further investment and expansion – their offer for reliable wireless mesh for IoT applications will also benefit from this and keep LumenRadio ahead of the competition. The additional R&D resources will allow for an expanded development portfolio, while maintaining a high pace of innovation.

Alexander Hellström, the CEO of LumenRadio confirms:

We see that the demand for reliable wireless connectivity is growing rapidly. We are pleased to communicate to the market that we are doubling down on our investments into research, innovation and product development both for Professional Lighting and our other focus areas such as HVAC & Building Automation and Industry.

Alexander continues:

We believe the connectivity market will experience consolidation during the coming years, and through this acquisition we place ourselves ahead of the curve and in a position of strength.”

LumenRadio’s CRMX technology for wireless DMX, incorporating their patents and innovations within the fields of RF coexistence, interference mitigation and wireless mesh technologies for IoT applications makes them today one of the most reliable and power-efficient solutions for wireless connectivity. Combined with Wireless Solution’s high performance W-DMX product range for wireless lighting control, their patents and broad knowledge of the DALI protocol and 5GHz applications, there is a great technological fit between the two companies.

Alexander Hellström is impressed by the technology and knowledge possessed by Wireless Solution and says:

We are really excited about this! Together we will define the wireless standard for the future. Professional Lighting is a high-stakes, no-nonsense business with extreme requirements requiring suppliers to deliver flawless technology, something that Wireless Solution successfully has done over the last two decades.”

The combined business will have a yearly turnover of more than 10 MEUR and more than 50 employees – with complementary products and solutions, addressing a much bigger, more geographically diverse and non-overlapping customer base. The two brands will be run separately, maintaining their own market identity – creating a firm belief that both customers and suppliers will benefit from the increased strength of this new entity.

 

For further information, please contact:

Alexander Hellström, CEO, LumenRadio +46 70 377 24 15

 

About LumenRadio:

LumenRadio, founded 2008, pioneers ultra-reliable wireless connectivity technology for business-critical applications. They develop device-to-device connectivity software and hardware, helping companies build future-proof wireless products. LumenRadio is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden with sales offices in Frankfurt and Boston.  

 

About Wireless Solution:

Wireless Solution, founded 2003 and previously an integrated business area within the Swedish company Interlite, is a developer and manufacturer of wireless lighting control equipment both for end users and OEM partners. Wireless Solution is headquartered in Uddevalla, Sweden with a sales office in the UK.

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Wireless technology pioneers LumenRadio and Wireless Solution join forces!

Gothenburg-based LumenRadio AB announces today the acquisition of Wireless Solution Sweden AB – together the two companies will become the undisputed market leader in wireless lighting controls for the Professional Lighting industry. Through the acquisition, a heavy-weight player is formed with the strength to lead and drive the wireless DMX market. 

Both LumenRadio and Wireless Solution (today a business area within Interlite AB) have contributed in transforming the lighting industry with their development of reliable wireless lighting control, which today is a “must have” within the Film & Broadcast Lighting, Stage Lighting and Architectural Lighting industries. Both companies have great experience and expertise within wireless communication and engineering, and together they will be better equipped to meet the future requirements from their customers.

Alexander Hellström, the CEO of LumenRadio is impressed by the technology and knowledge within Wireless Solution and says:

“We are really excited about this! Together we will define the wireless standard for the future and with all the great technology and knowhow Wireless Solution has built up over the last two decades, we strongly believe that our existing and future customers will benefit from the combined offer.”

Alexander continues:

 “Professional Lighting is a high-stakes, no-nonsense business putting high pressure on suppliers to always deliver, something that Wireless Solution, under the dedicated leadership from Niclas Arvidsson, successfully has done over the last two decades.”

The combined business will have a yearly turnover of more than 10 MEUR and more than 50 employees – with complementary products and solutions, addressing a much bigger, more geographically diverse and non-overlapping customer base. The two brands will be run separately, maintaining their own market identity – creating a firm belief that both customers and suppliers will benefit from the increased strength of this new entity.

“I am happy and positive that the Wireless Solution brand will continue to thrive within the new LumenRadio context.” says Interlite’s owner and CEO, Niclas Arvidsson and continues: “I think this merger is very good for our customers and the industry in general. The conditions for a truly global standard for wireless DMX are now in place.”

 

For further information, please contact:

Alexander Hellström, CEO, LumenRadio +46 70 377 24 15

Niclas Arvidsson, CEO Interlite AB. +46705915515

 

About LumenRadio:

LumenRadio, founded 2008, pioneers ultra-reliable wireless connectivity technology for business-critical applications. They develop device-to-device connectivity software and hardware, helping companies build future-proof wireless products. LumenRadio is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden with sales offices in Frankfurt and Boston.  

 

About Wireless Solutions:

Wireless Solution, founded 2003 and previously an integrated business area within the Swedish company Interlite, is a manufacturer of wireless lighting control equipment both for end users and OEM partners. Wireless Solution is headquartered in Uddevalla, Sweden with a sales office in the UK. 

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LumenRadio Wireless DMX Feature DMX Hold

LumenRadio adds new features to MoonLite, TimoTwo, TiMo and the RDMchip

LumenRadio keeps adding more features to their CRMX platform for wireless DMX. Three of the latest additions are DMX Hold, RDM over SPI and local DMX output from Bluetooth connections.

With the newly updated CRMX toolbox app, available on the App Store and Play Store, you can update your MoonLite and TimoTwo fixtures with the new firmware that includes DMX Hold and local DMX output from Bluetooth connections. Available as a configurable option, when enabled the MoonLite or TimoTwo keeps outputting the last received DMX data to the fixtures even when the upstream DMX data is lost or interrupted – by choice or by accident. This makes MoonLite the perfect app-to-rig interface, without need for additional hardware.

This feature is especially useful in Retail Lighting applications, where the shop owner can turn on DMX Hold and then set desired scenes through the Luminair app and disconnect from MoonLite without the lights blacking out. No need for a dedicated controller tablet anymore. Other applications where this feature is useful is for instance on larger production sets within Film & Broadcasting, where the gaffer no longer needs to stay close to the fixtures – walking out of Bluetooth range, no longer means accidentally affecting the lighting setup.

“This is just a couple of all the improvements that we’re making to the products. TimoTwo is such a powerful platform, that we can keep adding updates to for a long time to come. The hardware, both the radio and the CPU, is definitely future-proof – there’s really no limit to what we can do by continuing to develop the firmware.” – Niclas Norlén, CTO LumenRadio

LumenRadio also shows its wireless RDM market leadership by adding the possibility to run RDM over SPI on several hardware platforms; TiMo, the RDMchip and TimoTwo. This will now allow for an even easier integration for fixture developers that no longer need to use the RS485 interface for RDM, instead they can now use the SPI interface for the full functionality.

Being embedded developers ourselves, we always strive to listen to the input from our customers integrating our technology into their products, around how their work can be made more efficient. This new functionality will not be visible to the end user, but it will make life easier for designers and developers wanting to build great RDM-capable tech based on CRMX.” – Michael Karlsson, Research & Innovation Manager and long-time ESTA RDM Task Group member at LumenRadio

In order to benefit from these new features, you need to run the latest firmware available in the CRMX Firmware Pack (TiMo and RDMchip). For the TimoTwo/MoonLite the new firmware is still in beta, so if you want to use this you need to turn on the “Use beta firmware” option in the CRMX Toolbox app and run an update.

CRMX Toolbox App DMX Hold

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8 things you should know about wireless mesh networks

8 things you should know about wireless mesh networks

Wireless mesh is a crucial part of successful IoT (Internet of Things) applications. But what is wireless mesh, what are the advantages of a wireless mesh network and how can your product benefit from this?  Here are the 8 things you need to know. 

1. What is a wireless mesh network?

A wireless network is an infrastructure made up of devices that are wirelessly coupled to each other. The devices help forwarding packets so that the network can cover a larger area without the user needing to think about setting up a dedicated infrastructure.

It is safe to say that wireless mesh networks will be the steppingstone for IoT (Internet of Things) rollout. Without wireless mesh networks, it would just be too expensive to roll out massive scale networks in entire buildings.

Wireless mesh topology

2. What type of devices are there in mesh networks?

Different technologies have different nomenclature, but usually there are three main types of devices;

  1. Gateways or border routers
  2. Mesh devices or routers
  3. Leaf devices

A border router, or a gateway, is the interface to the outside world, they may connect the wireless mesh network to a building Ethernet, or connecting to a cloud service via Internet, for instance via LTE or 3G.

A mesh device is a device that helps build up the actual mesh. They forward, or route, data to and from other nodes hence being the mesh backbone.

Leaf devices are devices that are part of the mesh network, but they do not help creating the infrastructure. They do not forward traffic on behalf of others, but they can communicate via the network. Leaf devices are often devices that needs to conserve energy due to constraints on battery.

3. What does self-healing mean?

A wireless mesh is self-healing if it can automatically repair itself when the environment changes. It could for instance be that a link between two nodes that worked perfectly fine an hour ago is now blocked by a bookshelf, a truck, or a steel door. The network will then automatically, without the involvement of any user, change its topology to be able to route the traffic a different path.

Wireless mesh topology

4. What is IPv6 and 6LoWPAN?

IPv6, or Internet Protocol version 6, is the most recent version of the Internet Protocol. It became a draft standard in 1998 and is intended to replace the commonly used IPv4 protocol. IPv6 allows for a much larger address space with approximately 3.4×1038 unique addresses.

6LoWPAN, or IPv6 over Low-power Personal Area Networks, is an adaptation layer that allows for the use of IPv6 in wireless mesh networks and other types of networks that are more constrained than Ethernet and WiFi.

By selecting a wireless mesh network that uses IPv6 you gain the possibility to use standard Internet protocols for many different applications, such as security systems, messaging protocols for sensors, etc.

5. Can wireless mesh networks be battery powered?

They certainly can! MiraOS offers unprecedented energy efficiency – allowing for fully connected mesh devices to run from a single battery for many years, even decades.

Not all wireless mesh networks are suitable for battery operation though, and some allows certain devices to be battery operated – while still requiring the majority of devices to have hard-wired power. You can read more about low energy mesh technology on our Knowledge page.

6. Are wireless mesh networks secure?

Rest assured that most wireless mesh networks indeed are secure. Mira networks uses strong AES encryption in the link-layer between devices with protection for eavesdropping, replay-attacks, etc.

IPv6 based wireless mesh networks, such as Mira, also supports end-to-end security mechanisms with banking-class cryptography.

New vulnerabilities and attacks are discovered from time to time; hence it is important that the mesh technology you choose supports over-the-air software updates to roll out security updates when they are needed.

7. Is there a standard?

There are many standards. Very few of them are compatible with each other. However, when using a wireless mesh technology that use IPv6 and 6LoWPAN, you can rest assured that your application can be compatible with any Internet protocol based standard – just a word of caution: some protocols are more lightweight than others, making them more suitable for wireless mesh networks, one such standard is LWM2M specifically designed to work from the tiniest device via Internet, to the cloud if needed. Other IP based protocols that can be used is CoAP, MQTT-SN, etc. You can read more about wireless standards on our Knowledge page.

8. Is it easy to install?

It can be – if you select a wireless mesh stack where this has been an important design criterion. At LumenRadio, with our MiraOS, you can make deployment easy using a standard smartphone from an app, either using Bluetooth for remote commissioning, or via NFC for touch-to-commission.

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