Trend report from IoT Solution World Congress Barcelona

Barcelona is probably the perfect mix of wonderful food, marvelous drinks and a strong nest for IoT-technology trends. LumenRadio was of course present at the IoT Solution World Congress, participating in the discussion and contributing by sharing our experiences.

This year the exhibition IoT Solution World Congress 2017 (IOTSWC 17) exceeded expectations and delivered a sparkling mix of really interesting trends.

Compared to IOTSWC 16 we see more focus on concrete applications and many of the exhibiting companies are showcasing real use cases that have been deployed. Quite the opposite of last year’s IOTSWC, when we talked about visions and what value IoT could bring to the table in the future.

Focus on the Edge

At IOTSWC 17 the focus was on the Edge and how devices connect within it. We can see giants like Microsoft, Intel and Google showcasing solutions for the Edge and the southbound devices, that is the sensors and actuators below the Edge.

The EdgeX Foundry project, which aims to build a common open framework for IoT Edge computing, has got quite a momentum. Since the project started in April 2017 more than 60 members have joined, including Samsung, Dell/RSA, Cumulocity and many more. Quite a few of the EdgeX member companies were exhibiting. Seen from a hardware perspective this confirms the importance of having computing capabilities in the devices and a gateway solution that stands up to the task. I can only agree on the importance of having computing capabilities within the Edge – the devices are creating value!

Intel’s GM of IoT, Jonathan Ballon, confirms this and says “Value is being created within the Edge and the cloud.”* In other words, what Jonathan is saying is that value is not only being created in the cloud, which was the general opinion just one year ago. I really agree when he says that we see that IoT currently is being reignited.

IoT is happening!

Furthermore we see that wireless connectivity is in focus, in particular meshing technologies. For example, this year we can see the Bluetooth SIG exhibiting, which otherwise is an unusual sight. For me and my colleagues it has been busy days in the LumenRadio booth, much busier than IOTSWC 16. There is a great interest in wireless connectivity solutions for devices and this is of course in line with the increased focus on the Edge. To succeed in creating value at the Edge, Future-Proof Connectivity is a necessity. The typical topics we’ve been discussing are:

  • Ultra-low power battery operation
  • Firmware update capabilities
  • Device computing capacity
  • Wireless standards
  • The importance of reliable and secure connectivity

Those are the key challenges for device-to-device connectivity within the Edge and are being taken seriously at this year’s IOTSWC. Me and my colleagues are leaving IOTSWC with a great feeling – IoT has passed the phase of disillusionment and is on the slope of enlightenment. IoT is happening for real, and we’re on the Edge of something great!

 

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Frankfurt skyline

LumenRadio opens Sales & Engineering office in Frankfurt, Germany 

As part of our growth journey to become the global leader within ultra-reliable and Future-Proof wireless connectivity, and to better service our customers on the DACH markets, we now open an office in Frankfurt, Germany.
The German office is the first in our international expansion and we are happy to introduce Erik Orrskog as the first member of the German team. Erik has been part of the LumenRadio team since several years, working out of our Swedish HQ, but has extensive experience from living and working on the German market – please contact him to discuss challenges and possibilities within IoT and wireless connectivity. Erik will soon be joined by more German colleagues, forming a team capable of supporting local customers from first idea, through Proof-of-Concept all the way to an integrated solution.
About us: LumenRadio is a global partner in wireless connectivity. With patented ultra-reliable Cognitive Coexistence technologies, they offer radio modules and an operating system that can be integrated straight into their customer’s products, enabling future IoT-offerings. By focusing on Future-Proof Connectivity, LumenRadio is Creating Connectivity for a better tomorrow.
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Human learning

Why you should love wireless standards!

Do you sometimes get confused by all these standards? If you are working at R&D I bet you have been frustrated when you try to pick a standard for your wireless enabled products. I tell you there is a battle of standards out there.

So what is a wireless standard then and why is it important for you?

Well let me answer that question by explaining why we think wireless standards are important. Apart from the obvious reason of interoperability, that is a product being able to talk to others everywhere from the sensor to the IT system and Cloud, popular standards are implemented by many.

And why is mass implementation important?

I would say stability which in the end minimize risk during you design. That is you don’t want to be forced into a position where you would need to spend research resources in developing a standard. And you don’t want to be forced into spending resources in solving bugs because the stack you choose hasn’t got widely adopted and not been used much in real life. You just want to design that top notch product, the new innovative offer that everyone loves!

Which standard will prevail and which standard would do the job then?

I mean in the end you don’t want to be the one that decided about which standard to go for which later turns out not to do the job or is obsolete when the product is launched… At LumenRadio we can help you in that decision. We truly believe in using well recognised open standards from IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IETF, the Internet Engineering Task Force.

So which wireless standards do we support then?

The easiest way to illustrate the standards we support is to put those in the well recognised OSI model:

We have merged layer 5-7 (Session, Presentation and Application), 3-4 (Network and Transport) and 1-2 (Physical and Data Link) for simplicity reasons. Those layers are called a stack which you probably is familiar with.

Furthermore LumenRadio is a part of and supporting the Contiki community which is one of the most adopted so called 6LoWPAN stacks. Contiki is an operating system for networked systems very well suited for low-power wireless sensors and actuators.  Contiki is open-source software released under a simple license and has a vast community contributing ranging from huge enterprises to universities. LumenRadio is of course contributing but we are not alone. A worldwide team of developers from Texas Instruments, Atmel, Cisco, ENEA, ETH Zurich, Redwire, RWTH Aachen University, Oxford University, SAP, Swedish Institute of Computer Science, ST Microelectronics and many others contributes. A wide adoption and continuous development is important for stability point of view and will minimizing the risk for you.

We have configured Contiki for optimal performance in Smart Buildings, Healthcare, Retail and Industrial communication providing industrial grade large scale meshed networking. On top of that we have added our knowledge and IP for ultra reliable communication, over the air firmware upgrades and easy commissioning for future proofness. This is implemented on application level in a software suite we call FPCC, Future-Proof Coexistence Connectivity.

This is what we call Mira.

 

Want to know more about my love for standards? Drop me an email at niclas.norlen@lumenradio.com

And don´t miss our white paper Wireless IoT standards that will make your products Future-Proof.  Download it here.

 

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IoT Company of the Year 2017?

The Swedish Mobile Institute has presented the second round of finalists for the Swedish Mobile Awards 2017 in the categories Marketing of the Year, IoT Company of the Year and Developer of the Year! And we are a finalist in the category IoT Company of the Year 2017! This category recognizes a particularly strong performance and groudbreaking results in the connected eco-system.

Mobile institute says:  “LumenRadio has taken their reliable wireless connectivity from dominance in Entertainment Lighting to IoT applications in Smart Buildings and Manufacturing”

“We are very proud of being nominated in this category and I want to thank the great team at LumenRadio that every day strive for spreading our unique solution for ultra reliable wireless connectivity to the market” says Alexander Hellström CEO at LumenRadio.

“The nominated companies have all caught our attention during 2016. We have monitored their growth and accomplishments closely and are very excited to announce them as finalists to the Swedish Mobile Awards 2017” says Magnus Rehle, Chairman of the Jury.

http://mobileinstitute.se/blog/marketing-of-the-year-finalists-2017

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Christmas gift: new version of MiraOS

As a small christmas gift to our customers, we today released an updated version of MiraOS. The new version now provides even better performance and reliability in highly congested radio environments, improved support for firmware updates, and added peripheral device support.

MiraOS has since its release in the beginning of 2016 set the benchmark for reliabilty in large scale IoT and M2M networks through it’s use of our patented cognitive coexistence technology and is already deployed in large scale mission critical control systems within building automation through Swegon’s New WISE system that was lauched earlier this year and has been rolled out in networks containing several thousands of devices.

To obtain your copy of the updated version of MiraOS and the Mira SDK, please contact us at sales@lumenradio.com.

 

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LumenRadio at Embedded Conference Scandinavia

Are you curious on how we can utilize one of our most important natural resource, the frequency spectrum? If you missed Niclas Norléns TEDx talk about frequency coexistence he will be at Embedded Conference Scandinavia tomorrow, November 22, 15:30 and do a talk on the open stage about the  frequency spectrum and the art of coexistence. Don´t miss it.

Read more here

Embedded Conference Scandinavia, ECS, on November 22-23, is said to be the number one meetingplace on design and trends in the world of embedded systems. The two-day conference and exhibition has grown steadily each year since its start in 2006 and has developed into a leading international event offering a world-class conference, a compact exhibition with the leading companies and the latest technology.  Attending ECS and all the conference sessions is free of charge.

 

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TEDx Göteborg

Have you ever been to a big concert, tempted to post a picture online or perhaps call a friend, only to end up experiencing the lack of connectivity on your cell phone? Communication between wireless electronics is dependent on frequencies – a finite natural resource – and thus something we cannot take for granted. Our co-founder Niclas Norlén is a restless and energetic person who describes himself as a frequency nerd dedicated to making things work. In an era where an increasingly large amount of home electronics and physical devices are becoming wireless, a.k.a. ”The Internet of things” within the tech world, Niclas is eager to improve our society by using frequencies in a more efficient manner. In addition, there are both economical and environmental incentives in this: creating a world where resources can be utilized more effectively by enabling better communication between devices – and thereby reducing energy consumption.

Upon completing his engineering degree, Niclas began working at Ericsson and in 2002 he started his first company. Frequencies and communication are what he knows best and have been a recurring theme in his work. In 2008, he started LumenRadio and developed a method for enabling different electronic devices to coexist smoothly, using frequencies in a more effective and dynamic way. Ultimately, this can facilitate the transformation into so-called ”smart devices” where different wireless units can communicate with each other. His company has received global attention and collaborated with both Hollywood productions and the music and arts festival Coachella.

At TEDxGöteborg, Niclas wants us to get to know his best friends – frequencies – and how we can use them in the best way possible. Because the electromagnetic spectrum of frequencies we use for wireless communication is limited and can in fact run out, our ability to simultaneously connect units is also limited. In his talk, Niclas will give attention to the possibilities frequencies offer for the future, especially when utilizing his buddies in a better way. A larger number of units could then communicate and be more easily connected at the same time, whether it be wireless lighting, lampposts, refrigerators, ventilation systems – or perhaps a couple of thousand cell phones at a big concert.

Read more here.

 

 

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Telenor Connexion's logo

Telenor Connexion and LumenRadio in partnership

LumenRadio is happy to announce a partnership with Telenor Connexion, a leading provider of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, fully owned by Telenor Group, one of the world’s major mobile operators. The goal for Telenor Connexion’s partner program is to find the right solution for their customers and assist them in realizing business value through IoT.

“Together with our partners and our joint efforts we can support our customers’ business growth, help generate new opportunities and increase profitability”, says Jesper Lagerstedt, Partner Manager at Telenor Connexion.

Lagerstedt continues: “LumenRadio has a truly competitive solution for short range meshed networks and together with our cellular technology we can deliver the full solution needed for IoT connectivity. LumenRadio’s patented technology offers unprecedented reliability and opens up to new possibilities for our customers.”

LumenRadio is a global partner in wireless connectivity. They have been leading the wireless transformation within the lighting industry by consistently being the first to introduce new groundbreaking technologies. And today their patented Cognitive Coexistence technologies can be applied across a world of applications from building automation, energy monitoring, sensing, public services and numerous other fields.

The M2M and IoT industry is predicted to have a continued strong growth in the coming years. The international player Telenor Connexion has a leading position in the Nordics and operates and supports their customers on a global scale. Through the partnership with Telenor Connexion, LumenRadio has gained access to this market and together they can expand their business beyond the existing market for the telecommunications industry.

“This partnership is essential for us. With our ultra reliable connectivity for sensors and actuators combined with Telenor Connexion’s extensive cellular network and cloud services we have the technology and knowhow to enable both our existing and new customers future IoT offerings“, says Niclas Norlén, Founder and CTO at LumenRadio.

Norlén continues: “We see that we within a few years will have a strong increase in sales and in 3-4 years, we expect that this partnership will generate business for several tens of million SEK. The partnership with Telenor Connexion is strategically very important for us on our path towards reaching our goals”.

For further information, please contact:

Niclas Norlén, CTO LumenRadio AB, +46 766 278 728, niclas.norlen@lumenradio.com

Jesper Lagerstedt, Partner Manager Telenor Connexion, +46 733 81 073, jesper.lagerstedt@telenorconnexion.com

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i3tex logo and payoff

Seminar about Wireless Connectivity and IoT

Welcome to a mini seminar about Wireless connectivity and IoT on June the 8th at our partner i3tex. Niclas Norlén from LumenRadio will during this session guide you through the landscape of IoT discussing real IoT examples and how those has led to new offerings and revenue streams. The very foundation of those examples relies in reliable and scalable wireless connectivity and Niclas will share LumenRadio’s many years of experience within the field.

”We are foreseeing a rapid growth in connected things and by 2020 it’s estimated that up to 100b things will be connected generating massive amounts of data. The vast majority of those things are expected to be connected wirelessly, connecting billions of sensors and actuators to the cloud. This wireless connectivity is the very foundation of IoT. Without wireless connectivity our modern life with mobile phones, TV and radio would simply not be possible. Importantly the opportunities from IoT estimated to be worth $1.7 trillion would not be possible to capture without wireless connectivity.”

The seminar is free of charge and takes place at i3tex office – Klippan 1A on Wednesday June the 8th 16:00 – 17:30. In  addition to LumenRadios talk about IoT and Wireless connectivity you can also listen to a speech about Innovation & Creativity or hear Fingerprint Cards talk about fingerprint sensors in cars.

Interested? Send an e-mail to marketing@lumenradio.com before Friday the 3rd of June. Seats are limited.

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One of the top three startups in Gothenburg!

Breakit – Sweden’s best news site about Tech companies and startups talks about LumenRadio in their latest podcast. Breakit see us as one of Gothenburg’s three hottest and most interesting Startups right now.

Last weekend we were sponsors of the Gothenburg Startup Hack were the podcast was recorded and Michael Karlsson R&D Manager at LumenRadio comments:

”We are really happy to have been part of this amazing event. Great to see all enthusiastic entrepreneurs competing with their startups. We’ve been in that situation ourself and hope that we can bring energy to everyone to see that you can succeed. ”

Read more and listen to Breakout’s podcast here (in Swedish): http://www.breakit.se/artikel/3778/3-heta-startups-fran-goteborg-bokio-bitcall-och-lumen-radio

And did you know that we are hiring? Come join our team and be apart of changing the world. www.lumenradio.com/career

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