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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Meet LumenRadio at IOTSWC

The IoT Solutions World Congress (IOTSWC) in Barcelona is the biggest industrial IoT event worldwide and of course LumenRadio will be there. More accurate, you will find us in booth F695 – in the Swedish pavilion. So please come over for a cup of coffee and let us discuss reliable and Future-Proof connectivity.

Are you going and are interested of a discounted ticket or want to book a meeting? Please contact Christian Sahlin. +46 (0) 703 40 89 00 or christian.sahlin@lumenradio.com

LumenRadio is your wireless partner for reliably connecting your products and we offer radio modules and an operating system that easily can be integrated straight into your products.

 

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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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Retail store

Smart products – The future of the connected retail store!

How can your next generation of products enable your retailer to provider a better In-store experience, driving increased sales and better conversion rates? How can entrance systems, gates, shelves, refrigerated counters, lights or price tags become smart products that helps in the battle between the online vs the offline customer?

Well, making your products connected and equipped with sensors could be part of the answer and by doing this you could extend your offer to not only be an inventory in a store but also a think tank that can collect and gain a lot of understanding of the customer. By collecting and storing all the produced data from your products you will be able to use smart analytics to turn this data into new exciting services that you of course should charge for!

The “Amazon problem”

“Retailers don’t have weather problems, they have Amazon problems.” Those are the words coming from Scot Wingy, one of the co-producers to the weekly podcast  “The Jason and Scot Show” at RetailGeek [1].

It´s no surprise that the discussion within retail today aims at how to manage the battle between online vs offline and the questions I hear quite often is if it will be possible to get the customers back to the store again? Maybe, maybe not, but one thing is for sure. If we are going to succeed in attracting customers to the store, we need to be able to gain much more knowledge about what’s happening in the store and how we can influence the customers when they actually are there. Compared to an online-retailer, who’s got access to a never ending story of analytics and campaign tools for optimizing the online experience, we don’t have that many (if any at all) in the physical store,

So what if we could gain as much knowledge about the offline customers and their habits as the online retailer can? How could that impact your average retailer?

POPAI claimed in their “Shopper Engagement Study 2014” that up to 82% of all buying decisions were made In-store  [2]. That means that today’s shopper is making more decisions in-store than ever before and can very much be influenced in the buying moment.

What are the new retail store opportunities?

So in this context, what are the new opportunities in your offer when all your products all of a sudden become connected and maybe equipped with sensors?

Let’s give an example of a dumb simple product that now is connected – a hanger. What value could that possibly add to the in-store experience? Let’s have a look at the picture below:

What does the number show – price, weight, inventory level? It’s actually the number of “likes” on Facebook in real time. The brazilian fashion retailer C&A has connected their hangers and if you, while walking the shop’s racks, find something likeable you just touch the Facebook-connected hanger and your “like” will immediately be up on the network. An exciting idea that may help some undecided shoppers to do the right pick purchases based on each items popularity.

At LumenRadio we think this trend of connecting products and making them smart, is just the start of a really big wave of new exciting value added services that will be provided by the manufacturers.

Engaging the customer

How can your products influence in-store customers to become more engaged in their purchases and decision making? I dare to say it doesn’t matter if you provide entrance systems, gates, shelves, refrigerated counters, lights or price tags. All of them can become smart products that helps in the battle between the online vs the offline customer

Imagine a customer journey where the customer is just window shopping. Imagine developing a concept named, let say, “The Barker” – with the purpose of attracting more customers into the store. “The Barker” could be a solution that detects the number of visitors passing outside the store window and when a potential customer is passing by it triggers an event (the sound of a whistle, something moving) making the customer look into the store while at the same time the spotlight is dimming up over a real bargain deal, making the customer enter the store.

Equipping your product with sensors and connectivity you would not only be able to see how many are entering the store but also how many that you are able to attract into the store (conversion rate).

But today’s retailers aren’t just interested in WHAT the customers buy… they also want to know HOW they shop. Taking the concept one step further – when the customer enters the store, where do they go? Where do they spend time? And what do they touch or interact with?

This is just one of many examples on how existing products can provide exciting value added services. So how can your product be a part of the customer journey? How can your product collect data, help increase sales or cut costs?

If you want know more about how your products can get connected and optimize the in-store experience drop me an email at alexander.hellstrom@lumenradio.com.

References

[1] National Retail federation

[2] POPAI Mass merchant shopper engagement study 

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Meet us at ISH!

We are at ISH, the world’s biggest trade show for innovative building technology, energy efficient heating and air-conditioning technology.

Our client Swegon, market leaders within energy efficient ventilation and climate systems, is exhibiting and promoting their product New WISE which is a gamechanger for indoor climate control.

New WISE is created with LumenRadio’s experience and patented wireless technology and is a unique IoT enabled climate control system which enables reduced installation costs, faster commissioning and minimizes troubleshooting.

Not only does New WISE give significant cost savings and increased flexibility when reconstructing and installing, it also reduces the carbon footprint  – Building automation with the global climate in mind.

Want to meet us at ISH? Give us a call +46703772415

Read more about New WISE in Swegons pressrelease.

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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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