November 2015



Feature Article



What to Consider When Starting Your Industrial Internet of Things Journey

By Keith Blodorn ProSoft Technology

Do you consider yourself an Internet of Things Engineer? You should! Think about what the Internet of Things really means. According to Wikipedia, the Internet of Things is the network of physical objects or things embedded with electronics, software, sensors and connectivity to enable objects to exchange data with the manufacturer, operator and/or other connected devices…[1] As an automation industry veteran, that sounds really familiar. We have been connecting intelligent devices to control networks for decades.


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What is Value of Smart Lighting in Standalone Systems in Relationship to Ecosystems or Platforms?

Beatrice Witzgall, Founder I3D, Inc.

Smart lighting has become one of the latest buzzwords following the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) and smarthome technology as new devices and apps are simplifying everyday tasks and changing the way we live. Though much has been written about the latter two, adoption of smarthome solutions has yet to really catch on in the mass market.


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  Sponsored Announcement

New A40 Portable Wireless Alarm System from Lemos and Radiometrix

These new wireless RF modules for portable alarm systems provides up to a 40 node alarm system while offering alarm outputs at each location for sounder and or strobe light.  An optional display indicates location of alarm activation. With the display board you are also able to detect a battery low on any unit in the system as well as battery low indication on each node via an LED indicator or sound indicator via an optional low battery sounder board. The whole system can be battery operated for 6 months on an Alkaline ‘C’ cell pack.

The system is a mesh network so providing a node is in radio communication with another node the system can cover a large area and because the nodes may ‘hear’ more than one other node it allows for a multi-path reception. The standard radios can communicate over 2-3 km in a 4 hop system. (Std 2sqkm other radios optional – country specific).

Features Include:

  • Single input for alarm IN
  • Test mode input
  • Clear alarm input
  • Two outputs – one relay for switching up to 240V (Lights, Alarms)
  • second output is a ‘supply volt’ switched DC output
  • Mesh network 4 hop system
  • Category 1 receivers ensuring maximum compliance for safety applications.
  • 4 second local mode alarm output trigger ( 60 second full system)
  • Battery powered – very low power consumption.
  • Lost units can be detected and reported via serial port.
  • Serial output on each board which could be connected to a PC or alarm panel for greater functionality.
  • (a conversion board to allow communications in a format for any alarm system is available)

The basic system has 40 nodes – however these can have another 10 ( can have more but not recommended) satellite units attached to each node. The satellite units are given the same number as the node so cannot be distinguished as individual units for the purpose of identification but allow and ‘area’ to be detected.


A typical use of this would be in a fire alarm where you wanted smoke detectors around an area (500m radius) around a node which then communicated on to the rest of the network. Satellites are mainly therefore used to ‘report in’ an alarm. There is also an option for ‘listen only’ units which can be positioned anywhere in the system and just listen. If there is an alarm they will sound, if a sounder is connected to the output. These units are called Drones. A drone could be used as a display unit if optional display board is attached.

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  Industry News

Smart-Home Security Hype Waning

What used to be a fairly straightforward (but regulated) industry is now increasingly convoluted. Since multi-system operators (MSOs) began offering security solutions in 2010, the residential security industry has been flooded with new products, solutions, protocols, marketing messages and new partnerships. Although these are all ingredients for a potential paradigm shift, the dust hasnt yet settled. - click here to read more


CISA Security Bill Has Passed Senate. Can You Still Keep Your Information Private?

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) passed Senate with a vote of 74 to 21 on October 27th, paving the way to the new data retention law. The bill now only needs to pass through the House and go to President Obama’s desk to be signed, both likely to happen. - click here to read more


Actility and KPN to Collaborate to Deploy the First Nationwide LoRa Network

Actility hascollaborated with Dutch telecom operator KPN for the roll-out of a nationwide IoT network in the Netherlands. KPN has selected Actilitys end-to-end LoRaWAN-based core network ThingPark Wireless solution and targets full country coverage by the end of 2016. - click here to read more


ON Semiconductor to Accelerate Edge Device Innovations for the Internet of Things

ON Semiconductorwill highlight IoT solutions created around the Intel Quark processor family for a wide variety of IoT applications.The expansion of the Intel Quark processors to IoT extends intelligent computing to a new spectrum of devices requiring lower power consumption for sensor input and data actuation applications. - click here to read more

  New Products

Ingenu Announces Initial Roll-out of Machine Network

Ingenu has announced the initial rollout of its Machine Network, covering 30 major metropolitan areas across the US by the end of 2016. Once the first phase is operational, the Machine Network will be the nations largest exclusive Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) network. - click here to read more


Antenova Announces Three Antennas: Flexible Dual-band FPC Antennas for Wi-Fi and ISM

Antenova Ltd has released three new flexible FPC antennas for applications in industrial and consumer electronics.Two of the antennas, named Dromus and Amoris are high performance dual band Wi-Fi antennas operating on the 2.4-2.5GHz and 4.9-5.9GHz wireless bands, including Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/j/n/ac. - click here to read more


Device Solutions Inc Introduces Cellio LoRa

Device Solutions, Inc. has announced the availability of their Cellio LoRa long-range low-power wireless network system for end-to-end automation and instrumentation in factories, farms, warehouses, transportation, agriculture, and many other industries. - click here to read more


ZitoVault Announces CryptoScale – a Scalable Security Fabric for the Internet of Things

ZitoVault Inc. has announced its CryptoScale platform,enabling secure connections among IoT devices and cloud-based applications. CryptoScaleis a patent-protected platform that provides a secure, end-to-end communication fabric forthe IoT ecosystem. - click here to read more



Event Listings


MDS16Motor & Drive Systems 2016
January 21-22
Jacksonville, Fla.


Motor & Drive Systems 2016 will host several workshops on January 20th. They provide an in-depth educational experience, with valuable information for both the new and seasoned engineer. Register early for discounted rates. Seating in each workshop is limited and they have historically sold-out.


Workshop Topics Include:


Five Key Motor Technologies: How the Motor And the Motor Drives Work Together


Si and SiC Power Module Technology & Motor Drive Application Considerations


Which Motor to Use for Your Application


Magnetics Bootcamps


Basic Principles Motor Drives & Motion Control.


Field Oriented Control and Advanced AC Motor Control Algorithms


Motor Manufacturing Methods: Putting Theory into Practice



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