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MIRAOS RELEASE 2.3: Concurrent MiraMesh and Bluetooth operation – a killer feature within wireless connectivity

With LumenRadio’s new release of MiraOS – their operating system known for reliable wireless connectivity, they have solved a problem that has been a well-known challenge for years. MiraOS can now run concurrent Bluetooth and MiraMesh seamlessly during operation, something that opens up for totally new possibilities, flexibility and cost savings for wireless products.

Bluetooth is today the number one technology for short range point-to-point connectivity for smart devices, but it is not suitable for creating a reliable building-wide network. It simply lacks the scalability and range needed to offer complete coverage of today’s commercial and industrial buildings.

The common solution to the problem has been to simply add two wireless chips into the product (a Bluetooth-chip for user interaction and another chip for the building-wide network) – adding cost, hardware size and complexity and increasing the power consumption of the device.

In the connectivity industry, it has been a well-known fact that running multiple protocols with stringent timing requirements, concurrently on the same chip by time-sharing the radio, poses a huge challenge. LumenRadio’s Research and Development team has through dedicated and hard work now cracked the nut and solved the problem. Through the latest release of MiraOS it is now possible to, on the same chip, concurrently combine Bluetooth with the ultra-reliable, low energy, IPv6 capable, meshing network of MiraOS.

Enabling smart device interactions

What this means is that interactions between a wireless product and a smart device is now possible at the same time as the wireless mesh network is being fully operational. Concurrent Bluetooth operation opens up many desired possibilities such as intuitive and hassle-free commissioning and maintenance, locally extracting larger data sets, or possibilities for end user interactions through a smartphone or tablet.

User interactions on the edge within a smart building solution is becoming increasingly important, as we see a trend where workplaces, buildings and production flows are no longer static – rather dynamic, with a need to allow more frequent and easy user interaction with all kinds of equipment. Local control loops can enable individual preferences, something that tomorrow’s activity-based workplaces will require.

“Enabling concurrent Bluetooth and MiraMesh connectivity will give our customers the best of two worlds. This feature can unleash their creativity for smooth, intuitive user experiences while not compromising on reliability and performance. Life at the edge will never be the same again.” Niclas Norlén, CTO, LumenRadio

“Combining Bluetooth and ultra-low energy 6lowpan mesh operation concurrently in the MiraMesh stack has been a complex challenge to solve. Knowing how hard it is to run multiple protocol with stringent timing requirements, concurrently on the same chip makes me even prouder of my team. The knowledge, effort and hard work they have showed in this project is impressive.”
Michael Karlsson, R&D manager, LumenRadio

At LumenRadio we see an ever-increasing demand for concurrent Bluetooth operation and by adding this to our MiraOS we offer the most reliable, low energy consumption and Future-Proof wireless technology on the market.

 

For more information, please contact:

LumenRadio

Niclas Norlén

CTO

niclas.norlén@lumenradio.com

+46 (0)766 278 728

 

About MiraOS

LumenRadio’s operating system MiraOS enables large scale and easy-to-install wireless meshing networks and is developed with a focus on reliability and ultra-low power communication. With patented FPCC (Future-Proof Coexistence Connectivity) technologies for mesh, coexistence, ultra-low energy, over the air FW-updates, commissioning, large scale networks etc MiraOS is today the most resilient and low energy consumption on the market.

Key benefits

  • Ultra-Low energy meshing mode
  • Easy commissioning using NFC or Bluetooth for very low installation cost
  • Large scale communication with thousands of nodes in a network
  • Scalable & flexible setup (from small to large-sized installations)
  • Best in class firmware update over the air
  • Open application layer for customer application development

 

About LumenRadio

LumenRadio is a wireless connectivity company based in Gothenburg. They develop, market and sell a low-power and ultra-reliable embedded operating system for wireless IoT-applications based on their patented FPCC (Future-Proof Cognitive Coexistence) technologies. From high-profile professional lighting to heavy-duty industrial equipment, LumenRadio has a solution that works in environments where others fail. www.lumenradio.com

 

 

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Going from smart buildings to intelligent – trend report from SBC2018

Winston Churchill once said “We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us”. At this year’s Smart Building Conference, SBC, we learned that dramatic changes lie ahead and we need to question that old truth. Smart buildings turn intelligent and we keep on changing them…. to adjust to us. This post will give you an insight in what we discussed at SBC and what inspiring changes lie ahead.  

 

How we plan and build commercial buildings is profoundly changing. The driving forces are people and the focus on enhancing human productivity. The technology of today can improve our wellbeing which naturally leads to an improved productivity, after all we come from nature so why not make the buildings more humancentric?

 

Workspace – as important as the paycheck
Millennials will comprise more than 75 percent of the workforce by 2025, a generation where the Internet revolution and digitalization has been a natural part of life and at SBC we learned that this generation has a different view of the workspace which will have a huge impact on the design of the workplace.

Open workplaces where co-working and creativity come naturally is highly desired by this generation still a personalized workspace is equally important. Studies show that this generation will not have the same loyalty to the employer as previous generations and the workplace environment is as important as the paycheck.

The EDGE building, Amsterdam

A personalized yet open workspace is possible to combine. The EDGE building in Amsterdam is a good example. Their success lies in breaking up the traditional silo thinking that for example light control systems and a HVAC systems only can be used for the original purpose and nothing else.  Thanks to smart use of technology the EDGE building is claimed to be the most sustainable building in the world and probably also the best workplace.

 

Wellbeing leads to increased productivity
The requirements on the modern office is amplified by the increased focus on productivity represented by the $3-$30-$300 rule. That is $3 of the spending in a building is related to energy, $30 to assets and $300 of that spending is related to productivity. One percent increased productivity or one percent savings on assets or energy… what would be most beneficial…? Well you do the math.

Productivity and a good workplace environment goes hand in hand. We come from the nature and bringing in some elements of nature into the commercial building will have a significant impact in the right direction. So how will this effect Light and HVAC controls?

 

The human in focus
The future of humancentric lighting and controlled indoor climate is to break the silo thinking and let the technology serve the humans on a personal level.

Personalized controls is the way forward which means that not only should I as an individual be allowed to adjust the indoor environment up to my preference, it shall also follow me from one work place to another in the building. For example, air temperature, light color temperature and light level should be the same wherever I work in the building. And this must work in the future creative and humancentric open work spaces.

What do we need to require from technology in making smart buildings intelligent? Everything needs to talk standard IP – when things can communicate across the silos, the silos will break!  Edge computing is identified as one of the key technologies for IoT by Gartner and indispensable in an intelligent building.

Thousand and thousands of sensors connected together will resemble the neurons of the human brain….connected with the synapses… making the building intelligent.

Want to know more about these underlying technologies? Keep an eye out for my next blogpost From smart buildings to intelligent – The key technologies.  

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Smart buildings – The gains of adding connectivity to your products

[Smart buildings – part 2 of 2] Right now, there is an opening of exceptional magnitude for you as product manufacturer to revitalize your business and outrun your competitors by adding “smart” to your products and services. The question is no longer when buildings are transitioning from dumb to smart – instead it’s how and with what. This article will guide you through the essentials and help you launch your business into action.

Savings up, costs of entry down

IoT-enhanced solutions that focus on solving real problems for smart buildings is the holy grail for manufacturers wanting to get ahead of the competition. When you digitize your products, you will instantly broaden your present customer focus. Going from selling “just” core-ware to installers, your value-added products and services will instead attract a wider customer base – not just to real estate owners and contractors, but also the end users. To get that first foot in the door you should definitely be able to cut costs for your customers.

The beauty of the IoT and wireless connectivity is that it adds higher flexibility and lower installation costs by, for example, eliminating (or at least lessen) the need for complex cabling.

The business case: increased value for an extended customer-base

To really understand what IoT and wireless connectivity can bring to the table we will take a brief look at the stakeholders in the smart building ecosystem:

  • Construction companies – large-scale multitasking companies that plan and assemble a building. Also responsible for the original sustainability perspective. Overall design together with architects, engineering companies and construction managers
  • Real Estate owners (or entrepreneurs) – the buyers of a property. They invest, repair and improve the property in order to sell it for a profit
  • Installers – license and sell building equipment, material and systems (cables, clamps, connectors, etc.).
  • Building operators and facility managers –  rent out space and are responsible for the day-to-day care of the building
  • Businesses – lease office space
  • Consumers, employees and tenants (surprisingly heavy opinion makers with a strong say-so power)

It’s also important to get an elementary understanding of what the real value of going smart and green is:

  1. Lower operational costs
  2. Energy savings (sustainability)
  3. Increased property value
  4. Building and asset performance (easier maintenance and repairs)
  5. Improved occupant comfort, productivity and health
Lower operational costs

Upgradeable software replaces inflexible, cabled and time-consuming tasks. There will be less need for expensive staff that troubleshoot around the clock.

Energy savings and sustainability

After the installation of an automated building system there is a profound reduction in a building’s energy spend and the carbon footprint of the building literally shrinks with every equipment data sensor.

Increased property value

An improvement in technology and sustainability leads to a higher property value as the building now can be certified on a higher level growing rental rates by up to 24.9% compared to a conventional building.

Building and asset performance (easier maintenance and repairs)

An automated asset management system will pay for itself quickly by measuring different property life-cycles, which in turn will lessen expensive repairs down the road.

Improved occupant comfort, productivity and health

This is a pretty obvious one: when a building can keep its tenants comfortable, healthy, productive and happy, the more likely it is that they’ll thrive – and stay.

Picking the low hanging fruits

The initial steps towards intelligence in buildings are pretty straight-forward; cool the air, turn off the lights, lock the door, alert me when there’s a fire and so on. Upgrades and retrofits of run-of-the-mill systems, like lighting, security, fire detection and HVAC are the true low hanging fruits.

Smart lighting

A smart lighting system retrofitted with very-low-power, short-range wireless technology and non-invasive, low-cost sensors can automatically regulate the energy use by measuring light levels, motion and temperature.

Optimized HVAC Systems

The obvious drawback of older legacy HVAC-systems is that they spend extreme amounts of energy that in many countries come from fossil fuels which, as we know, cause high carbon dioxide emissions.

A retrofitted, demand-controlled HVAC-system will automatically set heating (or cooling) to a minimum when employees aren’t there, for example at night. Consequently, when there are zero people in the building, the energy use is also next-to-zero energy.  With a demand-controlled HVAC-system in place, a real estate owner can save up to 80% in fan electricity and 40% of heating and cooling energy compared to a constant airflow and unfluctuating temperature.

Indoor climate as a service

People is a forceful reason to go green. Occupants’ and company employees comfort, health and productivity is a high priority for most real estate owners. A study by Harvard University says that the indoor environment is affecting cognitive function and that better air quality increases the cognitive function performance of employees, suggesting that the same goes for other tenants.

Building security

Automated intrusion detection systems that are interlinked with other critical building management systems, like fire detection, simplifies security and safety-monitoring of company employees, tenants and building assets.  Another important dimension is that they have the potential to save money by preventing unnecessary energy-waste.

An option-roadmap for smart product manufacturers

Depending on what product business your in – smart commercial- or industrial buildings, healthcare or retail – you may have specific requirements of what your IoT-enabled product should deliver. So, in order not to get lost in the mountain of alternatives to digitize your products, we compiled a handy Q&A available in our final article. It is a checklist that gives you an overview of available options and hopefully an idea where to start.

Learn more by joining our webinar

Adding connectivity to your product offers will definitely give you a competitive edge. As opposed to be “just” an equipment manufacturer you are now a smart buildings supplier and that makes all the difference in the world to your customers. To get more in-depth knowledge, be inspired by the opportunities and learn about the pitfalls, you are welcome to register for our webinar.

This article is part 2 of 2 of our Smart Building series. Read part 1 here.
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Smart buildings to the rescue

[Smart buildings – part 1 of 2] – Smart buildings offer the entire building sector serious appeal, and for good reason. In the midst of the unprecedented growth of smart technologies, there is a unique window of opportunity for product owners to get ahead of the competition and super-charge an existing product business.

This is the first in a series of articles that will shed light on what you as a product manufacturer should know about industry trends and the driving forces behind smart buildings.

Building Internet of Things

The expressions “intelligent buildings” or “smart buildings” are a tad bit overused, suggesting that it has something to do with sensors, monitors, and dashboards.  But the “smart” part is really their ability to reduce energy-waste, cut costs and promote productivity. So, in essence we build smart buildings to address environmental challenges, save money and get the enhanced lifestyles as a bonus. Technology is just the enabler. Having said that, Big Data, high-speed wireless connectivity, the cloud and IoT-enabled automation systems in buildings are somewhat a prerequisite to support all stakeholders bottom line as well as Mother Earth’s.

Point of no return

The world’s cities are already occupied by 4 billion people and by 2030 two thirds of the earth’s population will live in urban areas. Second only to fossil fuels, cities are the real culprits behind the amplified global warming. This development is deeply unsustainable both environmentally and economically. Clean, more habitable and resilient cities start with smart buildings. So, developing a truly networked infrastructure, where smart, green buildings can be fully realized, is undoubtedly an immediate global concern.

Sustainability is no longer a choice

Cities are speeding up the construction of smart buildings and retrofits of the existing building stock by partnering up with the private sector, the academia and innovative tech-startups. A strong motivator for this development is the EU Nearly-Zero Energy Building Directive. This new legislation requires all public buildings to be nearly-zero energy already this year to meet the EU’s targets to bring down CO2 emissions with 20% by 2020. The fast track to curb energy-waste has proven to be the nearly-zero energy building. A nearly-zero energy building is an environmentally friendly giant that produces the same amount of clean energy as it spends – and at that – in its own backyard.

Methods to support sustainable building practices

The BREEAM sustainability assessment method and the energy efficiency benchmarking tool LEED are developed to certify that a building delivers on all strict sustainability requirements from the get-go, from energy use and indoor environment to waste management and of course the overall environmental impacts of the building.

A sustainability certified building will also make a smart building’s performance comparable internationally which gives property owners a clear indication of how environmentally friendly their building is. The more sustainable, the better financial and environmental payoffs for building owners, tenants and facility managers.

Existing buildings will also get smarter

In the UK there is a commitment to halve all greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. But around 80% of the building stock that will exist in 2025 has already been built. This is more or less the case in the rest of the western world. Yet it’s not realistic to replace all outdated infrastructure, especially in older buildings that were not built with automation in mind. This is where retrofitting with IoT comes into play.

To retrofit existing building management systems with low-cost sensors connected to the Internet is an inexpensive way to start crunching the numbers without the need to sign up for a costly whole-system makeover. Standard systems for energy management, HVAC, access control, fire detection and lighting are the nearest shore. This system-by-system upgrade approach is increasingly adopted by building owners and facility managers according to research firm IHS.

So what about future proofing? Well, given that technology innovation is advancing in an unheard-of tempo it’s impossible to predict what lies ahead in just a few years. Just the same, we should be prepared. Even tough today’s smart technologies are state-of-the-art, they will surely be seen as antiquated compared to the technology that will be available in the future. So, to choose a wireless solution that at least can anticipate and adapt to what the future will bring is a clever move to safeguard the intelligent building systems’ lifespan over time.

Cybersecurity by Design

A major drawback on the path towards the promised land of connected buildings is cyberthreats. In a world where a smart lock (or any other connected device in a building) can initiate a cyberattack that cripple a whole building’s critical functions, it becomes mandatory to address cybersecurity risks. It’s important that digital, physical and cyber security is not an afterthought but is built in by design.

Data privacy

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect in May this year. It will impact what type of personal data we store in smart buildings. Making sure that individual tenants or office workers are informed that, and how, their data is used and get their consent stands in stark contrast to the tendency to collect data because it is useful for building operations or just interesting. It’s a no-brainer that all privacy question marks must be cleared up if smart buildings are going to reach their full potential.

The global market

It’s no understatement that there is a snowballing demand for clever networked solutions in the building sector, we see innovations pop up almost daily. Smart buildings are reputedly becoming the number one market for IoT-enabled products and devices according to Deloitte.

As per Navigant Research’s latest report the global smart buildings market is expected to grow from $3.6 billion in 2017 to $10.2 billion by 2026. Based on Market and Research’s recent report the global market for connected services and hardware will grow from $8.8Bn in 2016 to over $18.4Bn by 2021. IHS in turn predicts that the global building automation equipment marketplace will grow by 4 percent this year. Finally, the Memoori complete report on market sizing and opportunities for Smart Commercial buildings 2016-2021 indicates that unconnected BAS-market for energy and control systems will grow 7.2% CAGR with the strongest growth in lighting control.

Final words

Connected products are not just improving value creation, but are also shattering the boundaries of competition itself and creating whole new industries. For many manufacturing companies, smart products will push the underlying enigma to the surface; “What market am I competing in?”. Our next article will provide you with the answers that will make you hit the ground running! And – given that you as a manufacturer embrace the opportunities at hand, we would say – from now on you are in the smart, connected product market.

Read part 2 in our article serie about smart buildings – Click here
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LumenRadio Illuminates the Old City Walls of Jerusalem

The Walls of Jerusalem have protected the Old city of Jerusalem since ancient times. In the project of illuminating the Walls, the choice has been narrowed down to wireless solution, but there were still several challenges to be considered. Never before has wireless DMX technology been used outdoors in this fashion in Israel.

LumenRadio’s Israeli distributor Danor Theatre and Studio Systems, were tasked with an unique challenge of illuminating the Walls. Due to the vast distances required to spread the lighting system, and the irregular layout of the walls and its surrounding landscape, the task could be only be realized with the help of a wireless DMX solution. For the successful completion of this project, Danor has selected LumenRadio’s excellent DMX wireless system for its unmatched reliability, and ease of use and installation.

Today, one side of the wall has been fully set up and the plans for illuminating the three remaining walls are being finalized. To continue with LumenRadio´s Wireless DMX technology is an obvious choice for Erez Hardar at Danor who expresses his satisfaction and confidence with the project’s successful outcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erez has added; “When this project has been first discussed, I knew it was going to be unique and something that has never been done before here in Israel. Using wireless DMX technology – outdoors, in a very complicated area, both geographically and physically, with a wide range of poles to cover.”

Interested in learning more about the project? Please click here.

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Smart building conference

EVENT | Smart Building Conference

Smart Building Conference (SBC) is an event that explores the latest technologies, business strategies, market research and case studies from more than 30 of the world’s leading smart building experts and thought leaders. We are proud to announce that LumenRadio is participating as both a sponsor and a keynote speaker.

SBC takes place on the 5th February at the RAI Amsterdam, the day before Integrated Systems Europe 2018 and is a must-attend summit for professionals working in smart buildings, smart cities, smart homes and smart offices.

The conference has an omni-disciplinary approach and brings together experts from IT, AV, building, architecture, facilities management and others. This year’s theme is From Smart Building to Smart City with two twin tracks; Residential and Commercial.

LumenRadio’s CTO Niclas Norlén is a keynote speaker talking about Value creation at the networks Edge; “I really look forward to SBC and to share our experience in how you can create competitive advantage with IoT and what values are created at the Edge. Our patents and technology is the motor behind for example Swegon’s new revolutionary IoT enabled HVAC system. The first system of its kind on the market, built on commercially available products” says Niclas Norlén.

“We’re looking forward to the keynote by Niclas Norlén, founder and CTO at LumenRadio,” says Bob Snyder, Content Chairman for the Smart Building Conference. “As wireless connectivity experts, LumenRadio products have been used in everything from big Hollywood movie productions to heavy industry installation. So many companies are talking about IoT solutions, but LumenRadio is one of the few that can discuss real solutions at the networks’ Edge.”

Alexander Hellström, CEO of LumenRadio comments the participation in Smart Buildings Conference; “I would say that SBC is one of the leading European events for smart buildings and as such we are off course delighted that our offer for Future-Proof Connectivity is recognised. He continues; “As the future smart building will be overwhelmed with wireless technologies, it’s very important to be able to adapt. With our technology our customers products are Future-Proof as they will coexist along with other wireless technologies, not being interfered and not causing interference.”

Key note from LumenRadio at SBC on the 5th of February:  

Value creation at the networks Edge

The Edge is much talked about today but what is it? Why are huge enterprises like Microsoft, Intel and Dell intensifying development of technologies for the Edge? We will answer these questions from the viewpoint of what values are created at the Edge and how you can get a competitive advantage in IoT for Smart Buildings.

Benefits:  

  • What is the Edge?
  • Real use case experience of how value is being created at the Edge.
  • Pitfalls to avoid and what to consider for a Future-Proof Edge offer for Smart Buildings

The speakers and panellists for Smart Building Conference 2018 is now revealed. You find can find the programme schedule here

Related: Whitepaper | Become Future-proof with Cognitive Coexistence.

 

 

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Predictive-Maintenance

Take predictive maintenance to the next level!

Many manufacturers are today looking at the possibilities of implementing predictive maintenance and embracing digitalisation. With this post we want to explain the importance of choosing a wireless connectivity that can take your predictive maintenance solutions to the next level!

Already in the 1950s the concept “condition-based monitoring”, CBM, was introduced in the industry to predict impending failures early enough to save components and over time the concept predictive maintenance has evolved. However, the final target is still to determine the condition of a machine and detect problems before they cause downtime. To me, the big difference between condition based monitoring and predictive maintenance is the amount of gathered data and how the data is used. Simply – The more historical condition based data that is available, the better and more accurate predictive maintenance can be done.

High installation costs

It’s easy to see the beauty in predictive maintenance and one may wonder why the method is not used everywhere when the advantages over planned maintenance are so significant. The simple answer is because of high installation costs. When the decreased maintenance cost is less than the increased installation cost the willingness to invest in new systems is very low.

Until now, wired sensor has been the only reliable alternative but it entails disadvantages such as purchasing of expensive cables, hours of installation work and limitation in scalability.  Not to mention all the instruments equipped with diagnostics about the process that is unused because of the difficulties it implies to install wired connections in the field. I could go on but I guess you got the point.

The right wireless technology

Now imagine if countless different sensors could be mounted wirelessly anywhere in a harsh industrial environment. All connected to each other in a perfectly applied meshed network,  running on battery or energy harvesting technology. Then picture yourself that the wireless connection is even more reliable and robust in comparison to wired solutions.

With LumenRadio’s Cognitive coexisting technology in combination with a meshed network and firmware-over the air updates (FOTA) this scenario is not fictive anymore but rather the reality of today.

With Future-Proof radio technology predictive maintenance will be applied more widely than ever. For the end customer, this means easier installation, lower installation cost, increased flexibility and scalability but also improved profitability as the service life of the machine will be optimally managed.

It is the ability to collect and process large amount of information that will boost your manufacturing. With wireless technology more sensors can be connected gathering more data for your decisions. More connected sensors implies a higher demand for interference management. This is why choosing the right wireless connectivity technology will be crucial for the future success of your business, so don’t settle for mediocre standards.

If there is anything else you’d like to know regarding wireless technologies for predictive maintenance, you can always contact me directly:

Christian Sahlin

International Sales manager

E: christian.sahlin@lumenradio.com

T: +46 (0) 703 40 89 00

 

Remember to also check out our Whitepaper – Future Proof with Wireless standards, which will give you an overview on the standards that are relevant to consider related to wireless communication and give you guidance and knowledge in choosing a wireless IoT standard.

 

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IoT Podden

Start with a tangible problem! – Latest episode from IoT-podden

How are the major Swedish manufacturing companies dealing with IoT and digitalisation and how can we strengthen the innovation process in the manufacturing industry? These were important topics at the Elmia Subcontractor tradeshow in november, a tradeshow dedicated to product development and purchasing.

The Swedish magazine Ny Teknik’s podcast IoT-podden was recorded live at the tradeshow and the focus was how small innovative tech companies can kickstart the bigger manufacturers IoT agenda. Three young and promising innovation companies with the aim to revolutionise the manufacturing industry with their IoT solutions were invited to discuss this topic. Alexander Hellström, CEO of LumenRadio was one of the interviewed as well as Carl Elgh from H&D wireless and Olof Samuelsson från Addsecure. All three shared the same view that Swedish manufacturing companies really need to ignite their IoT agenda by starting to evaluate new solutions today since there will be no time to spare regarding digitalisation if you want to stay ahead of the competition.

Listen to the podcast episode here (In Swedish) 

 

 

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“The most important factor in digitalisation and enabling your product for IoT is to focus on solving real tangible problems. What challenges are your company, products and solution facing today and how could you solve this with new technique? Doing this you will early in the project have a solid business case to rely on. Then you can later on focus on the larger opportunity at hand by creating a broader more cross functional digitalisation agenda” – Alexander Hellström, CEO of LumenRadio.

“It is often believed Sweden is at the forefront, but reports shows that digitization is slow, and that Swedish companies are below the European average. This does not apply to all, but many Swedish companies in the manufacturing industry are approaching IoT in a rather slow pace. It needs to go faster – competition is rock hard now, especially from Asia and the United States” – Carl Elgh, R&D Manager at H&D Wireless

 

If you are interested in Wireless Connectivity for your product, apply for an inspiration workshop here

 

 

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Don’t let the connectivity solution determine your product’s end of life

RIP

Don’t let the connectivity solution determine your product’s end of life

Wirelessly connected products are found everywhere nowadays and wireless connectivity is on the top of many R&D managers’ agenda. At LumenRadio we are witnessing just that, we see an ever increasing demand for wireless. But you don’t want the wireless connectivity solution you chose to determine your product’s life cycle. It should simply work until the end of life of your product, right?

But there are some pitfalls to consider for sure! In this blog post I will discuss how to avoid them.

Wireless is exploding

I would say that almost everyone agrees that wireless connectivity is the future.

We see sensors and actuators being connected all around us. Wireless connectivity is exploding and is a key enabler technology for IoT. It’s not only us saying that, I mean after all we are somewhat biased at LumenRadio, we are passionate about perfecting wireless connectivity. So you wouldn’t expect anything else. But you can read this in reports from Ericsson [1] and Gartner [2], to mention a few. They are all pointing into the same direction – massive wireless connectivity lays ahead! Of course these are predictions and predicting the future is hard, it has always been. But the trend is pointing upwards, very very steep upwards. And it is all happening now!

Choosing the right connectivity technology

In this world of predictions, how do you make sure that you are choosing the right connectivity technology?

As I mentioned in an earlier blog post about The Frequency Spectrum: massive connectivity means massive use of frequencies. Your wireless enabled product might be working fine and dandy today. But imagine that a couple of years after your product was installed, a new wireless sensor system is implemented in addition, or the IT department decides to install more WiFi. If your system can’t cope with the new competition it will risk failing, resulting in poor quality of service. You can imagine the support burden when the customers start calling. This could very well lead to you having to redesign the product…

Firmware updates over the air!

Let’s move on to something that should be a given. Firmware updates over the air! It’s crucial!

I mean, what do you do if you implemented an undocumented feature? You know, a feature that product management would call a bug… Or imagine the same product management being über-excited about a new feature they want implemented, a feature that the customers just have to have. Imagine you have to say “not possible” Firmware updates over the air are crucial!

Does it work in real life?

But you need to watch out! Some vendors claim they have FW updates working, but we have witnessed quite a few systems that don’t work in real life. I would say that anyone can get FW updates over the air working in a lab environment for a few units. But what happens in real life when you have to update thousands of units and some of them are battery powered? Ask for proof before you buy into a vendor’s wireless connectivity solution!

FW updates over the air is a focus area for LumenRadio R&D. Even if you have thousands of units in the network, a FW update is just a push of a button away. Thanks to our patented method a FW update that can take hours and hours won’t drain the battery-powered nodes. These are not just empty words, we have proven ourselves in the field. For example this building, Torsplan 2 in Stockholm.

About 3000 wireless sensors and actuators installed are in the network. We stress-tested the system doing multiple FW updates, and it worked flawlessly in an environment where the frequency spectrum was saturated by other wireless systems. And you know what: FW updates were running in the background while the system continues to be 100% operational. The customer won’t notice any degradation of performance, just that great new feature. This is a result of years of research, development and testing at LumenRadio!

Frequencies, a scarce natural resource

I mentioned that the frequency spectrum is becoming saturated. Our Cognitive Existence technology excels even though the spectrum is saturated. The main reason for us to develop the Cognitive Coexistence technology was to be able to offer Future-Proof wireless connectivity. In this world of massive adoption of wireless connectivity and the explosion of mobile data, we have the technology that won’t keep you awake at night after a product launch. Our Cognitive Coexistence technology will make intelligent predictions of the future and adapt, always using the best available frequencies.

If you want the full details about our Cognitive Coexistence technology please see my blog post about Our most valuable natural resource – The Frequency Spectrum.

Future-Proof Coexistence Connectivity

We are witnessing an explosion in wireless connectivity, driven by IoT. LumenRadio is your partner in connecting your products, helping you throughout their full lifecycle.
We know the importance of choosing the right technologies, making sure your products are future-proof. Best-in-class firmware upgrades over the air and ultra-reliable connectivity through Cognitive Coexistence are technologies from LumenRadio that will ensure just that.

We call this FPCC – Future-Proof Coexistence Connectivity.

Fortunately for you, we have written a more in depth whitepaper around this called “Becoming Future-Proof with wireless cognitive coexistence”, which you can download here.



SOURCES:
[1] https://www.ericsson.com/assets/local/mobility-report/documents/2017/ericsson-mobility-report-june-2017.pdf
[2] http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/3598917

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MIRAOS RELEASE 2.3: Concurrent MiraMesh and Bluetooth operation – a killer feature within wireless connectivity

With LumenRadio’s new release of MiraOS – their operating system known for reliable wireless connectivity, they have solved a problem that has been a well-known challenge for years. MiraOS can now run concurrent Bluetooth and MiraMesh seamlessly during operation, something that opens up for totally new possibilities, flexibility and cost savings for wireless products.

Bluetooth is today the number one technology for short range point-to-point connectivity for smart devices, but it is not suitable for creating a reliable building-wide network. It simply lacks the scalability and range needed to offer complete coverage of today’s commercial and industrial buildings.

The common solution to the problem has been to simply add two wireless chips into the product (a Bluetooth-chip for user interaction and another chip for the building-wide network) – adding cost, hardware size and complexity and increasing the power consumption of the device.

In the connectivity industry, it has been a well-known fact that running multiple protocols with stringent timing requirements, concurrently on the same chip by time-sharing the radio, poses a huge challenge. LumenRadio’s Research and Development team has through dedicated and hard work now cracked the nut and solved the problem. Through the latest release of MiraOS it is now possible to, on the same chip, concurrently combine Bluetooth with the ultra-reliable, low energy, IPv6 capable, meshing network of MiraOS.

Enabling smart device interactions

What this means is that interactions between a wireless product and a smart device is now possible at the same time as the wireless mesh network is being fully operational. Concurrent Bluetooth operation opens up many desired possibilities such as intuitive and hassle-free commissioning and maintenance, locally extracting larger data sets, or possibilities for end user interactions through a smartphone or tablet.

User interactions on the edge within a smart building solution is becoming increasingly important, as we see a trend where workplaces, buildings and production flows are no longer static – rather dynamic, with a need to allow more frequent and easy user interaction with all kinds of equipment. Local control loops can enable individual preferences, something that tomorrow’s activity-based workplaces will require.

“Enabling concurrent Bluetooth and MiraMesh connectivity will give our customers the best of two worlds. This feature can unleash their creativity for smooth, intuitive user experiences while not compromising on reliability and performance. Life at the edge will never be the same again.” Niclas Norlén, CTO, LumenRadio

“Combining Bluetooth and ultra-low energy 6lowpan mesh operation concurrently in the MiraMesh stack has been a complex challenge to solve. Knowing how hard it is to run multiple protocol with stringent timing requirements, concurrently on the same chip makes me even prouder of my team. The knowledge, effort and hard work they have showed in this project is impressive.”
Michael Karlsson, R&D manager, LumenRadio

At LumenRadio we see an ever-increasing demand for concurrent Bluetooth operation and by adding this to our MiraOS we offer the most reliable, low energy consumption and Future-Proof wireless technology on the market.

 

For more information, please contact:

LumenRadio

Niclas Norlén

CTO

niclas.norlén@lumenradio.com

+46 (0)766 278 728

 

About MiraOS

LumenRadio’s operating system MiraOS enables large scale and easy-to-install wireless meshing networks and is developed with a focus on reliability and ultra-low power communication. With patented FPCC (Future-Proof Coexistence Connectivity) technologies for mesh, coexistence, ultra-low energy, over the air FW-updates, commissioning, large scale networks etc MiraOS is today the most resilient and low energy consumption on the market.

Key benefits

  • Ultra-Low energy meshing mode
  • Easy commissioning using NFC or Bluetooth for very low installation cost
  • Large scale communication with thousands of nodes in a network
  • Scalable & flexible setup (from small to large-sized installations)
  • Best in class firmware update over the air
  • Open application layer for customer application development

 

About LumenRadio

LumenRadio is a wireless connectivity company based in Gothenburg. They develop, market and sell a low-power and ultra-reliable embedded operating system for wireless IoT-applications based on their patented FPCC (Future-Proof Cognitive Coexistence) technologies. From high-profile professional lighting to heavy-duty industrial equipment, LumenRadio has a solution that works in environments where others fail. www.lumenradio.com

 

 

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Going from smart buildings to intelligent – trend report from SBC2018

Winston Churchill once said “We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us”. At this year’s Smart Building Conference, SBC, we learned that dramatic changes lie ahead and we need to question that old truth. Smart buildings turn intelligent and we keep on changing them…. to adjust to us. This post will give you an insight in what we discussed at SBC and what inspiring changes lie ahead.  

 

How we plan and build commercial buildings is profoundly changing. The driving forces are people and the focus on enhancing human productivity. The technology of today can improve our wellbeing which naturally leads to an improved productivity, after all we come from nature so why not make the buildings more humancentric?

 

Workspace – as important as the paycheck
Millennials will comprise more than 75 percent of the workforce by 2025, a generation where the Internet revolution and digitalization has been a natural part of life and at SBC we learned that this generation has a different view of the workspace which will have a huge impact on the design of the workplace.

Open workplaces where co-working and creativity come naturally is highly desired by this generation still a personalized workspace is equally important. Studies show that this generation will not have the same loyalty to the employer as previous generations and the workplace environment is as important as the paycheck.

The EDGE building, Amsterdam

A personalized yet open workspace is possible to combine. The EDGE building in Amsterdam is a good example. Their success lies in breaking up the traditional silo thinking that for example light control systems and a HVAC systems only can be used for the original purpose and nothing else.  Thanks to smart use of technology the EDGE building is claimed to be the most sustainable building in the world and probably also the best workplace.

 

Wellbeing leads to increased productivity
The requirements on the modern office is amplified by the increased focus on productivity represented by the $3-$30-$300 rule. That is $3 of the spending in a building is related to energy, $30 to assets and $300 of that spending is related to productivity. One percent increased productivity or one percent savings on assets or energy… what would be most beneficial…? Well you do the math.

Productivity and a good workplace environment goes hand in hand. We come from the nature and bringing in some elements of nature into the commercial building will have a significant impact in the right direction. So how will this effect Light and HVAC controls?

 

The human in focus
The future of humancentric lighting and controlled indoor climate is to break the silo thinking and let the technology serve the humans on a personal level.

Personalized controls is the way forward which means that not only should I as an individual be allowed to adjust the indoor environment up to my preference, it shall also follow me from one work place to another in the building. For example, air temperature, light color temperature and light level should be the same wherever I work in the building. And this must work in the future creative and humancentric open work spaces.

What do we need to require from technology in making smart buildings intelligent? Everything needs to talk standard IP – when things can communicate across the silos, the silos will break!  Edge computing is identified as one of the key technologies for IoT by Gartner and indispensable in an intelligent building.

Thousand and thousands of sensors connected together will resemble the neurons of the human brain….connected with the synapses… making the building intelligent.

Want to know more about these underlying technologies? Keep an eye out for my next blogpost From smart buildings to intelligent – The key technologies.  

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Smart buildings – The gains of adding connectivity to your products

[Smart buildings – part 2 of 2] Right now, there is an opening of exceptional magnitude for you as product manufacturer to revitalize your business and outrun your competitors by adding “smart” to your products and services. The question is no longer when buildings are transitioning from dumb to smart – instead it’s how and with what. This article will guide you through the essentials and help you launch your business into action.

Savings up, costs of entry down

IoT-enhanced solutions that focus on solving real problems for smart buildings is the holy grail for manufacturers wanting to get ahead of the competition. When you digitize your products, you will instantly broaden your present customer focus. Going from selling “just” core-ware to installers, your value-added products and services will instead attract a wider customer base – not just to real estate owners and contractors, but also the end users. To get that first foot in the door you should definitely be able to cut costs for your customers.

The beauty of the IoT and wireless connectivity is that it adds higher flexibility and lower installation costs by, for example, eliminating (or at least lessen) the need for complex cabling.

The business case: increased value for an extended customer-base

To really understand what IoT and wireless connectivity can bring to the table we will take a brief look at the stakeholders in the smart building ecosystem:

  • Construction companies – large-scale multitasking companies that plan and assemble a building. Also responsible for the original sustainability perspective. Overall design together with architects, engineering companies and construction managers
  • Real Estate owners (or entrepreneurs) – the buyers of a property. They invest, repair and improve the property in order to sell it for a profit
  • Installers – license and sell building equipment, material and systems (cables, clamps, connectors, etc.).
  • Building operators and facility managers –  rent out space and are responsible for the day-to-day care of the building
  • Businesses – lease office space
  • Consumers, employees and tenants (surprisingly heavy opinion makers with a strong say-so power)

It’s also important to get an elementary understanding of what the real value of going smart and green is:

  1. Lower operational costs
  2. Energy savings (sustainability)
  3. Increased property value
  4. Building and asset performance (easier maintenance and repairs)
  5. Improved occupant comfort, productivity and health
Lower operational costs

Upgradeable software replaces inflexible, cabled and time-consuming tasks. There will be less need for expensive staff that troubleshoot around the clock.

Energy savings and sustainability

After the installation of an automated building system there is a profound reduction in a building’s energy spend and the carbon footprint of the building literally shrinks with every equipment data sensor.

Increased property value

An improvement in technology and sustainability leads to a higher property value as the building now can be certified on a higher level growing rental rates by up to 24.9% compared to a conventional building.

Building and asset performance (easier maintenance and repairs)

An automated asset management system will pay for itself quickly by measuring different property life-cycles, which in turn will lessen expensive repairs down the road.

Improved occupant comfort, productivity and health

This is a pretty obvious one: when a building can keep its tenants comfortable, healthy, productive and happy, the more likely it is that they’ll thrive – and stay.

Picking the low hanging fruits

The initial steps towards intelligence in buildings are pretty straight-forward; cool the air, turn off the lights, lock the door, alert me when there’s a fire and so on. Upgrades and retrofits of run-of-the-mill systems, like lighting, security, fire detection and HVAC are the true low hanging fruits.

Smart lighting

A smart lighting system retrofitted with very-low-power, short-range wireless technology and non-invasive, low-cost sensors can automatically regulate the energy use by measuring light levels, motion and temperature.

Optimized HVAC Systems

The obvious drawback of older legacy HVAC-systems is that they spend extreme amounts of energy that in many countries come from fossil fuels which, as we know, cause high carbon dioxide emissions.

A retrofitted, demand-controlled HVAC-system will automatically set heating (or cooling) to a minimum when employees aren’t there, for example at night. Consequently, when there are zero people in the building, the energy use is also next-to-zero energy.  With a demand-controlled HVAC-system in place, a real estate owner can save up to 80% in fan electricity and 40% of heating and cooling energy compared to a constant airflow and unfluctuating temperature.

Indoor climate as a service

People is a forceful reason to go green. Occupants’ and company employees comfort, health and productivity is a high priority for most real estate owners. A study by Harvard University says that the indoor environment is affecting cognitive function and that better air quality increases the cognitive function performance of employees, suggesting that the same goes for other tenants.

Building security

Automated intrusion detection systems that are interlinked with other critical building management systems, like fire detection, simplifies security and safety-monitoring of company employees, tenants and building assets.  Another important dimension is that they have the potential to save money by preventing unnecessary energy-waste.

An option-roadmap for smart product manufacturers

Depending on what product business your in – smart commercial- or industrial buildings, healthcare or retail – you may have specific requirements of what your IoT-enabled product should deliver. So, in order not to get lost in the mountain of alternatives to digitize your products, we compiled a handy Q&A available in our final article. It is a checklist that gives you an overview of available options and hopefully an idea where to start.

Learn more by joining our webinar

Adding connectivity to your product offers will definitely give you a competitive edge. As opposed to be “just” an equipment manufacturer you are now a smart buildings supplier and that makes all the difference in the world to your customers. To get more in-depth knowledge, be inspired by the opportunities and learn about the pitfalls, you are welcome to register for our webinar.

This article is part 2 of 2 of our Smart Building series. Read part 1 here.
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Smart buildings to the rescue

[Smart buildings – part 1 of 2] – Smart buildings offer the entire building sector serious appeal, and for good reason. In the midst of the unprecedented growth of smart technologies, there is a unique window of opportunity for product owners to get ahead of the competition and super-charge an existing product business.

This is the first in a series of articles that will shed light on what you as a product manufacturer should know about industry trends and the driving forces behind smart buildings.

Building Internet of Things

The expressions “intelligent buildings” or “smart buildings” are a tad bit overused, suggesting that it has something to do with sensors, monitors, and dashboards.  But the “smart” part is really their ability to reduce energy-waste, cut costs and promote productivity. So, in essence we build smart buildings to address environmental challenges, save money and get the enhanced lifestyles as a bonus. Technology is just the enabler. Having said that, Big Data, high-speed wireless connectivity, the cloud and IoT-enabled automation systems in buildings are somewhat a prerequisite to support all stakeholders bottom line as well as Mother Earth’s.

Point of no return

The world’s cities are already occupied by 4 billion people and by 2030 two thirds of the earth’s population will live in urban areas. Second only to fossil fuels, cities are the real culprits behind the amplified global warming. This development is deeply unsustainable both environmentally and economically. Clean, more habitable and resilient cities start with smart buildings. So, developing a truly networked infrastructure, where smart, green buildings can be fully realized, is undoubtedly an immediate global concern.

Sustainability is no longer a choice

Cities are speeding up the construction of smart buildings and retrofits of the existing building stock by partnering up with the private sector, the academia and innovative tech-startups. A strong motivator for this development is the EU Nearly-Zero Energy Building Directive. This new legislation requires all public buildings to be nearly-zero energy already this year to meet the EU’s targets to bring down CO2 emissions with 20% by 2020. The fast track to curb energy-waste has proven to be the nearly-zero energy building. A nearly-zero energy building is an environmentally friendly giant that produces the same amount of clean energy as it spends – and at that – in its own backyard.

Methods to support sustainable building practices

The BREEAM sustainability assessment method and the energy efficiency benchmarking tool LEED are developed to certify that a building delivers on all strict sustainability requirements from the get-go, from energy use and indoor environment to waste management and of course the overall environmental impacts of the building.

A sustainability certified building will also make a smart building’s performance comparable internationally which gives property owners a clear indication of how environmentally friendly their building is. The more sustainable, the better financial and environmental payoffs for building owners, tenants and facility managers.

Existing buildings will also get smarter

In the UK there is a commitment to halve all greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. But around 80% of the building stock that will exist in 2025 has already been built. This is more or less the case in the rest of the western world. Yet it’s not realistic to replace all outdated infrastructure, especially in older buildings that were not built with automation in mind. This is where retrofitting with IoT comes into play.

To retrofit existing building management systems with low-cost sensors connected to the Internet is an inexpensive way to start crunching the numbers without the need to sign up for a costly whole-system makeover. Standard systems for energy management, HVAC, access control, fire detection and lighting are the nearest shore. This system-by-system upgrade approach is increasingly adopted by building owners and facility managers according to research firm IHS.

So what about future proofing? Well, given that technology innovation is advancing in an unheard-of tempo it’s impossible to predict what lies ahead in just a few years. Just the same, we should be prepared. Even tough today’s smart technologies are state-of-the-art, they will surely be seen as antiquated compared to the technology that will be available in the future. So, to choose a wireless solution that at least can anticipate and adapt to what the future will bring is a clever move to safeguard the intelligent building systems’ lifespan over time.

Cybersecurity by Design

A major drawback on the path towards the promised land of connected buildings is cyberthreats. In a world where a smart lock (or any other connected device in a building) can initiate a cyberattack that cripple a whole building’s critical functions, it becomes mandatory to address cybersecurity risks. It’s important that digital, physical and cyber security is not an afterthought but is built in by design.

Data privacy

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect in May this year. It will impact what type of personal data we store in smart buildings. Making sure that individual tenants or office workers are informed that, and how, their data is used and get their consent stands in stark contrast to the tendency to collect data because it is useful for building operations or just interesting. It’s a no-brainer that all privacy question marks must be cleared up if smart buildings are going to reach their full potential.

The global market

It’s no understatement that there is a snowballing demand for clever networked solutions in the building sector, we see innovations pop up almost daily. Smart buildings are reputedly becoming the number one market for IoT-enabled products and devices according to Deloitte.

As per Navigant Research’s latest report the global smart buildings market is expected to grow from $3.6 billion in 2017 to $10.2 billion by 2026. Based on Market and Research’s recent report the global market for connected services and hardware will grow from $8.8Bn in 2016 to over $18.4Bn by 2021. IHS in turn predicts that the global building automation equipment marketplace will grow by 4 percent this year. Finally, the Memoori complete report on market sizing and opportunities for Smart Commercial buildings 2016-2021 indicates that unconnected BAS-market for energy and control systems will grow 7.2% CAGR with the strongest growth in lighting control.

Final words

Connected products are not just improving value creation, but are also shattering the boundaries of competition itself and creating whole new industries. For many manufacturing companies, smart products will push the underlying enigma to the surface; “What market am I competing in?”. Our next article will provide you with the answers that will make you hit the ground running! And – given that you as a manufacturer embrace the opportunities at hand, we would say – from now on you are in the smart, connected product market.

Read part 2 in our article serie about smart buildings – Click here
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LumenRadio Illuminates the Old City Walls of Jerusalem

The Walls of Jerusalem have protected the Old city of Jerusalem since ancient times. In the project of illuminating the Walls, the choice has been narrowed down to wireless solution, but there were still several challenges to be considered. Never before has wireless DMX technology been used outdoors in this fashion in Israel.

LumenRadio’s Israeli distributor Danor Theatre and Studio Systems, were tasked with an unique challenge of illuminating the Walls. Due to the vast distances required to spread the lighting system, and the irregular layout of the walls and its surrounding landscape, the task could be only be realized with the help of a wireless DMX solution. For the successful completion of this project, Danor has selected LumenRadio’s excellent DMX wireless system for its unmatched reliability, and ease of use and installation.

Today, one side of the wall has been fully set up and the plans for illuminating the three remaining walls are being finalized. To continue with LumenRadio´s Wireless DMX technology is an obvious choice for Erez Hardar at Danor who expresses his satisfaction and confidence with the project’s successful outcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erez has added; “When this project has been first discussed, I knew it was going to be unique and something that has never been done before here in Israel. Using wireless DMX technology – outdoors, in a very complicated area, both geographically and physically, with a wide range of poles to cover.”

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EVENT | Smart Building Conference

Smart Building Conference (SBC) is an event that explores the latest technologies, business strategies, market research and case studies from more than 30 of the world’s leading smart building experts and thought leaders. We are proud to announce that LumenRadio is participating as both a sponsor and a keynote speaker.

SBC takes place on the 5th February at the RAI Amsterdam, the day before Integrated Systems Europe 2018 and is a must-attend summit for professionals working in smart buildings, smart cities, smart homes and smart offices.

The conference has an omni-disciplinary approach and brings together experts from IT, AV, building, architecture, facilities management and others. This year’s theme is From Smart Building to Smart City with two twin tracks; Residential and Commercial.

LumenRadio’s CTO Niclas Norlén is a keynote speaker talking about Value creation at the networks Edge; “I really look forward to SBC and to share our experience in how you can create competitive advantage with IoT and what values are created at the Edge. Our patents and technology is the motor behind for example Swegon’s new revolutionary IoT enabled HVAC system. The first system of its kind on the market, built on commercially available products” says Niclas Norlén.

“We’re looking forward to the keynote by Niclas Norlén, founder and CTO at LumenRadio,” says Bob Snyder, Content Chairman for the Smart Building Conference. “As wireless connectivity experts, LumenRadio products have been used in everything from big Hollywood movie productions to heavy industry installation. So many companies are talking about IoT solutions, but LumenRadio is one of the few that can discuss real solutions at the networks’ Edge.”

Alexander Hellström, CEO of LumenRadio comments the participation in Smart Buildings Conference; “I would say that SBC is one of the leading European events for smart buildings and as such we are off course delighted that our offer for Future-Proof Connectivity is recognised. He continues; “As the future smart building will be overwhelmed with wireless technologies, it’s very important to be able to adapt. With our technology our customers products are Future-Proof as they will coexist along with other wireless technologies, not being interfered and not causing interference.”

Key note from LumenRadio at SBC on the 5th of February:  

Value creation at the networks Edge

The Edge is much talked about today but what is it? Why are huge enterprises like Microsoft, Intel and Dell intensifying development of technologies for the Edge? We will answer these questions from the viewpoint of what values are created at the Edge and how you can get a competitive advantage in IoT for Smart Buildings.

Benefits:  

  • What is the Edge?
  • Real use case experience of how value is being created at the Edge.
  • Pitfalls to avoid and what to consider for a Future-Proof Edge offer for Smart Buildings

The speakers and panellists for Smart Building Conference 2018 is now revealed. You find can find the programme schedule here

Related: Whitepaper | Become Future-proof with Cognitive Coexistence.

 

 

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Take predictive maintenance to the next level!

Many manufacturers are today looking at the possibilities of implementing predictive maintenance and embracing digitalisation. With this post we want to explain the importance of choosing a wireless connectivity that can take your predictive maintenance solutions to the next level!

Already in the 1950s the concept “condition-based monitoring”, CBM, was introduced in the industry to predict impending failures early enough to save components and over time the concept predictive maintenance has evolved. However, the final target is still to determine the condition of a machine and detect problems before they cause downtime. To me, the big difference between condition based monitoring and predictive maintenance is the amount of gathered data and how the data is used. Simply – The more historical condition based data that is available, the better and more accurate predictive maintenance can be done.

High installation costs

It’s easy to see the beauty in predictive maintenance and one may wonder why the method is not used everywhere when the advantages over planned maintenance are so significant. The simple answer is because of high installation costs. When the decreased maintenance cost is less than the increased installation cost the willingness to invest in new systems is very low.

Until now, wired sensor has been the only reliable alternative but it entails disadvantages such as purchasing of expensive cables, hours of installation work and limitation in scalability.  Not to mention all the instruments equipped with diagnostics about the process that is unused because of the difficulties it implies to install wired connections in the field. I could go on but I guess you got the point.

The right wireless technology

Now imagine if countless different sensors could be mounted wirelessly anywhere in a harsh industrial environment. All connected to each other in a perfectly applied meshed network,  running on battery or energy harvesting technology. Then picture yourself that the wireless connection is even more reliable and robust in comparison to wired solutions.

With LumenRadio’s Cognitive coexisting technology in combination with a meshed network and firmware-over the air updates (FOTA) this scenario is not fictive anymore but rather the reality of today.

With Future-Proof radio technology predictive maintenance will be applied more widely than ever. For the end customer, this means easier installation, lower installation cost, increased flexibility and scalability but also improved profitability as the service life of the machine will be optimally managed.

It is the ability to collect and process large amount of information that will boost your manufacturing. With wireless technology more sensors can be connected gathering more data for your decisions. More connected sensors implies a higher demand for interference management. This is why choosing the right wireless connectivity technology will be crucial for the future success of your business, so don’t settle for mediocre standards.

If there is anything else you’d like to know regarding wireless technologies for predictive maintenance, you can always contact me directly:

Christian Sahlin

International Sales manager

E: christian.sahlin@lumenradio.com

T: +46 (0) 703 40 89 00

 

Remember to also check out our Whitepaper – Future Proof with Wireless standards, which will give you an overview on the standards that are relevant to consider related to wireless communication and give you guidance and knowledge in choosing a wireless IoT standard.

 

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Start with a tangible problem! – Latest episode from IoT-podden

How are the major Swedish manufacturing companies dealing with IoT and digitalisation and how can we strengthen the innovation process in the manufacturing industry? These were important topics at the Elmia Subcontractor tradeshow in november, a tradeshow dedicated to product development and purchasing.

The Swedish magazine Ny Teknik’s podcast IoT-podden was recorded live at the tradeshow and the focus was how small innovative tech companies can kickstart the bigger manufacturers IoT agenda. Three young and promising innovation companies with the aim to revolutionise the manufacturing industry with their IoT solutions were invited to discuss this topic. Alexander Hellström, CEO of LumenRadio was one of the interviewed as well as Carl Elgh from H&D wireless and Olof Samuelsson från Addsecure. All three shared the same view that Swedish manufacturing companies really need to ignite their IoT agenda by starting to evaluate new solutions today since there will be no time to spare regarding digitalisation if you want to stay ahead of the competition.

Listen to the podcast episode here (In Swedish) 

 

 

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“The most important factor in digitalisation and enabling your product for IoT is to focus on solving real tangible problems. What challenges are your company, products and solution facing today and how could you solve this with new technique? Doing this you will early in the project have a solid business case to rely on. Then you can later on focus on the larger opportunity at hand by creating a broader more cross functional digitalisation agenda” – Alexander Hellström, CEO of LumenRadio.

“It is often believed Sweden is at the forefront, but reports shows that digitization is slow, and that Swedish companies are below the European average. This does not apply to all, but many Swedish companies in the manufacturing industry are approaching IoT in a rather slow pace. It needs to go faster – competition is rock hard now, especially from Asia and the United States” – Carl Elgh, R&D Manager at H&D Wireless

 

If you are interested in Wireless Connectivity for your product, apply for an inspiration workshop here

 

 

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Don’t let the connectivity solution determine your product’s end of life

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Don’t let the connectivity solution determine your product’s end of life

Wirelessly connected products are found everywhere nowadays and wireless connectivity is on the top of many R&D managers’ agenda. At LumenRadio we are witnessing just that, we see an ever increasing demand for wireless. But you don’t want the wireless connectivity solution you chose to determine your product’s life cycle. It should simply work until the end of life of your product, right?

But there are some pitfalls to consider for sure! In this blog post I will discuss how to avoid them.

Wireless is exploding

I would say that almost everyone agrees that wireless connectivity is the future.

We see sensors and actuators being connected all around us. Wireless connectivity is exploding and is a key enabler technology for IoT. It’s not only us saying that, I mean after all we are somewhat biased at LumenRadio, we are passionate about perfecting wireless connectivity. So you wouldn’t expect anything else. But you can read this in reports from Ericsson [1] and Gartner [2], to mention a few. They are all pointing into the same direction – massive wireless connectivity lays ahead! Of course these are predictions and predicting the future is hard, it has always been. But the trend is pointing upwards, very very steep upwards. And it is all happening now!

Choosing the right connectivity technology

In this world of predictions, how do you make sure that you are choosing the right connectivity technology?

As I mentioned in an earlier blog post about The Frequency Spectrum: massive connectivity means massive use of frequencies. Your wireless enabled product might be working fine and dandy today. But imagine that a couple of years after your product was installed, a new wireless sensor system is implemented in addition, or the IT department decides to install more WiFi. If your system can’t cope with the new competition it will risk failing, resulting in poor quality of service. You can imagine the support burden when the customers start calling. This could very well lead to you having to redesign the product…

Firmware updates over the air!

Let’s move on to something that should be a given. Firmware updates over the air! It’s crucial!

I mean, what do you do if you implemented an undocumented feature? You know, a feature that product management would call a bug… Or imagine the same product management being über-excited about a new feature they want implemented, a feature that the customers just have to have. Imagine you have to say “not possible” Firmware updates over the air are crucial!

Does it work in real life?

But you need to watch out! Some vendors claim they have FW updates working, but we have witnessed quite a few systems that don’t work in real life. I would say that anyone can get FW updates over the air working in a lab environment for a few units. But what happens in real life when you have to update thousands of units and some of them are battery powered? Ask for proof before you buy into a vendor’s wireless connectivity solution!

FW updates over the air is a focus area for LumenRadio R&D. Even if you have thousands of units in the network, a FW update is just a push of a button away. Thanks to our patented method a FW update that can take hours and hours won’t drain the battery-powered nodes. These are not just empty words, we have proven ourselves in the field. For example this building, Torsplan 2 in Stockholm.

About 3000 wireless sensors and actuators installed are in the network. We stress-tested the system doing multiple FW updates, and it worked flawlessly in an environment where the frequency spectrum was saturated by other wireless systems. And you know what: FW updates were running in the background while the system continues to be 100% operational. The customer won’t notice any degradation of performance, just that great new feature. This is a result of years of research, development and testing at LumenRadio!

Frequencies, a scarce natural resource

I mentioned that the frequency spectrum is becoming saturated. Our Cognitive Existence technology excels even though the spectrum is saturated. The main reason for us to develop the Cognitive Coexistence technology was to be able to offer Future-Proof wireless connectivity. In this world of massive adoption of wireless connectivity and the explosion of mobile data, we have the technology that won’t keep you awake at night after a product launch. Our Cognitive Coexistence technology will make intelligent predictions of the future and adapt, always using the best available frequencies.

If you want the full details about our Cognitive Coexistence technology please see my blog post about Our most valuable natural resource – The Frequency Spectrum.

Future-Proof Coexistence Connectivity

We are witnessing an explosion in wireless connectivity, driven by IoT. LumenRadio is your partner in connecting your products, helping you throughout their full lifecycle.
We know the importance of choosing the right technologies, making sure your products are future-proof. Best-in-class firmware upgrades over the air and ultra-reliable connectivity through Cognitive Coexistence are technologies from LumenRadio that will ensure just that.

We call this FPCC – Future-Proof Coexistence Connectivity.

Fortunately for you, we have written a more in depth whitepaper around this called “Becoming Future-Proof with wireless cognitive coexistence”, which you can download here.



SOURCES:
[1] https://www.ericsson.com/assets/local/mobility-report/documents/2017/ericsson-mobility-report-june-2017.pdf
[2] http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/3598917

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How will mesh technologies help you in becoming Future-Proof?

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How will mesh technologies help you in becoming Future-Proof?

Some people claim mesh is the new hype, the new magic bullet. Why is that, and what is mesh anyway? And most importantly – how will it help in designing your products?

First we need to set the scene – what’s the situation when not having mesh? Well, think about your WiFi. To get good coverage and quality of service you’ll need to install several WiFi access points across a building, and tie them together though a building wide network (most commonly Ethernet).

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This approach is both labor intensive and expensive since there is hardware and wiring needed, with the sole purpose of creating network coverage.
An extremely important factor in these cases is the link range, since that will limit how far away a device can be from an access point.

Mesh networks on the other hand are networks where the devices themselves creates the coverage, and help forwarding the data. This eliminates the need for separate infrastructure; the devices will create the infrastructure themselves – reducing cost and complexity.
Since data is forwarded from node to node, the range from a device becomes less important, since the range now does not have to cover all devices, but instead is only required to cover the distance between two devices.

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Furthermore mesh networks are most often self-healing. In layman terms this means that if the link is bad (for instance due to a device failure or in case the surrounding environment has changed), the network will find a new route for the traffic. The network is thus not sensitive to changes made in the building. In other words, the network is future-proof!

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With self-healing networks and no need for special infrastructure it easy to see why mesh is considered a magic bullet – it simply helps in creating Future-Proof systems.

Read more about how we create Future-Proof Connectivity on our blog.

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