IoTphile: REST services for connecting IoT applications

IoTphile: REST services for connecting IoT applications

There are two main ways to upload data to the Cloud in the context of Internet of Things applications, where devices have few resources: (1) is to employ REST services and (2) is to use special protocols like MQTT directly over TCP/IP. Since the vast majority of cloud providers support REST, we will review this technology in this video.

This video has been created by members of Startup Europe IoT Accelerator. If you want to be part of our startup ecosystem, please put in touch with us… http://startup-scaleup.eu/

You can find more information about Startup Europe on http://startupeuropeclub.eu/

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IoTphile: FIWARE. An european initiative for future Internet I

IoTphile: FIWARE. An european initiative for future Internet I

Launched by the European Commission, FIWARE aims to provide a framework for the development of smart applications in the field of the Internet of Things. The FIWARE platform is open and is based on software components called Generic Enablers that provide common functionality to the different sectors to facilitate their interoperability.

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El coche autónomo pisa el acelerador

El coche autónomo pisa el acelerador

El coche autónomo no es ciencia-ficción. Todavía no ha llegado a los concesionarios pero se están realizando pruebas por todo el mundo. Su implantación supondrá una auténtica revolución en el transporte terrestre de viajeros y mercancías.

“Todos los estudios aseguran una disminución de los accidentes y las consecuencias derivadas de ellos. En Estados Unidos y Europa se estima que el 94% de los accidentes son provocados por errores humanos. Y en el Reino Unido se prevé que la incorporación de esta tecnología evite 2.500 muertes por accidente de tráfico hasta 2030. Los vehículos autónomos permitirán un aumento de la seguridad en la conducción, ya que cumplirán estrictamente la legislación viaria. Este factor reducirá el número de siniestros, lesiones y muertes por accidente de tráfico”, especifica Pedro Javier Navarro, líder del grupo de investigación del vehículo autónomo de la División de Sistemas e Ingeniería Electrónica (DSIE) de la Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (UPCT).

Fuente: http://www.silicon.es/a-fondo-coche-autonomo-pisa-acelerador-2306270

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IoTphile: Running an OpenFlow switch on a Raspberry Pi

IoTphile: Running an OpenFlow switch on a Raspberry Pi

Software-Defined Networking (SDN) (a relatively new technology that emerged from the principle of programmable networks) was created to configure network devices more flexibly and dynamically.

SDN provides three important capabilities to IoT: Control through software that has complete knowledge of the network, Abstraction of the details of the devices and protocols, and flexibility to tune the components within the IoT.

The most frequent implementation of SDN is OpenFlow. Some well-known vendors of networking devices have implemented the OpenFlow protocol in their business networking hardware.

Network switches, some of the most important networking devices, connect the elements in a computer network by using packet switching to receive, process and forward data to the destination device.

This video shows a test environment created to evaluate the possibility of running the Open vSwitch open source virtual software switch, which is also OpenFlow capable, on Raspberry Pi.

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COMIENZA EL SCRUM EU-XCEL 2016 DE LA UPCT

COMIENZA EL SCRUM EU-XCEL 2016 DE LA UPCT
COMIENZO DEL ‘START-UP SCRUM’ DE LA EDICIÓN 2016 DEL PROYECTO EUROPEO H2020 DE EMPRENDIMIENTO TECNOLÓGICO EU-XCEL EN LA UNIVERSIDAD POLITÉCNICA DE CARTAGENA

EU-XCEL (euxcel.eu) es un programa de aceleración de ‘Start-ups’ en fase semilla financiado por la Comisión Europea en su programa H2020. Tras el éxito de la edición de 2015 del proyecto, en esta segunda edición se han presentado más de 400 solicitudes para optar a las 200 plazas que se ofertan en toda Europa. La experiencia incluye una semana de formación presencial con los gastos pagados en algunos de los seis países organizadores (Alemania, Dinamarca, España, Grecia, Irlanda y Polonia), cuatro meses de formación, mentorización de cada proyecto empresarial, acceso a inversores especializados y una competición final.

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Nitro: the Extreme Acceleration Event

Nitro: the Extreme Acceleration Event

Nitro: the Extreme Acceleration Event is intended to support startups in the growth phase by working intensively on the key points to scale their businesses with the support of world-class experts.

During the event, 20 international mature startups will work together with consultants from Capgemini Consulting, Europe Unlimited, Inovamais, and INTRASOFT on a wide range of topics receiving 1:1 coaching tailored to their specific needs.

– See more at: http://epluseurope.eu/event/nitro-extreme-acceleration-event

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IoTphile. Marine Buoys. The sea at your fingertips

IoTphile. Marine Buoys. The sea at your fingertips

Can you extract data from the sea using the philosophy of the Internet of Things?
This is now possible thanks to devices such as low cost autonomous buoys with 3G connectivity that are continuously uploading to the sea cloud data on waves, sea temperature, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, UV radiation, temperature and humidity, among others. These buoys give us highly useful real time information on the actual conditions of the sea.

What features should these buoys have?
Let’s analyse a buoy we have developed from the mechanical, electronic and communications points of view.

As regards mechanical issues, it is really important to use lightweight and non-polluting materials.
So we used marine stainless steel.
Size and weight are also important.
One of these buoys should weigh less than 12 kilograms and be able to be carried by one person.
Finally, the mechanical elements should be cheap and easily available. So the counterweight is a gym weight.

From the electronic point of view, the buoy must be able to produce its own power. There is nothing better for this than panels and batteries. For example, an 0.8 W solar panel and a 2300 mAh lithium battery.
Another important feature is to use low power microprocessors, such as the MSP430 family from Texas Instruments.
It is also necessary to use DC/DC converters and interface circuits between the sensor and micro inputs.

Since these buoys are designed for use near the coast, it is best to provide them with mobile connectivity. Simple modules such as the SIM900 are an easy way to achieve this.
The SIM900 is a GPRS communications module with very low power consumption (1mA) and is easily controlled by AT commands.

The Internet of Things makes it possible for you to “see” the sea on the screen of your mobile device.

And this is just the first step!!! There is still a lot of ocean to explore. Are you ready?

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Cloud Incubator CAR

Cloud Incubator CAR

El coche inteligente sin conductor Cloud Incubator Car, similar al de Google, puede crear mapas urbanos en 3D. El grupo de investigación DSIE de la Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (UPCT) está ultimando un vehículo autónomo eléctrico que no requiere de conductor, al contar con un sensor, único en España, que registra 1,3 millones de puntos cada segundo para localizar la posición y movimiento de cualquier obstáculo en la ruta del vehículo.

Investigadores especializados en visión artificial y vehículos autónomos están desarrollando un vehículo sin conductor, con las mismas prestaciones que los que Google ya está probando en Estados Unidos (GoogleCAR). La navegación autónoma del vehículo de la UPCT está basada en la tecnología LiDaR 3D (Light Detection and Ranging). El vehículo cuenta con un sensor principal formado por 64 láseres que giran a 800 rpm creando en tiempo real un mapa en 3D del entorno. Además, el vehículo cuenta con sensores laterales para cubrir los ángulos muertos en torno al coche, cámaras de espectro visible e infrarrojo para la detección de peatones y análisis del tráfico y un IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) de presión militar para apoyo a la navegación.

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IoTphile: Devices sending data to or receiving data from Google Cloud

IoTphile: Devices sending data to or receiving data from Google Cloud

In the context of Internet of Things, you should consider Cloud Computing as a key technology that will provide you with many benefits, since it’s a kind of Internet-based computing, where shared resources, data and information are sent to computers and other devices on-demand.

In fact, Cloud Computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort. Many companies have started to offer this kind of service, Google among them.

Google Cloud Platform is a set of modular cloud-based services that allow you to create anything from simple websites to complex applications.

The Google App Engine is a platform for building scalable web applications and mobile backends. App Engine provides you with built-in services and APIs and scales the application automatically in response to the amount of traffic it receives, so you only pay for the resources you use.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to combine hardware and software elements to build an IoT system capable of sharing data in Google Cloud by using the Google App Engine.

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IoTphile: Home of Things

IoTphile: Home of Things

Households are among the most promising scenarios for IoT applications because they can simplify, automate or even improve a lot of daily tasks. This is also known as home-automation.

Home-automation is an interesting business line due to its big market opportunities.

Although these tasks are well covered by the available appliances, most of them are not intelligent and are only designed to provide a basic service. Lots of in-home services are still waiting to be provided. However, remember that a complete home-automation solution needs a big investment and that it is not always possible to install home-automation solutions in old houses.

Of course there is still a lack of integrated in-home value-added service solutions available and unfortunately there is no existing cheap intelligent system for solving these issues.

The IoT offers us the possibility of providing integrated in-home value-added services because it fulfills all the requirements of home automation

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