IoT News Roundup
Dell, ThingWorx partnering to help enterprise customers deploy IoT; new Semios module tips farmers off to impending frosts; ams NFC module powers keyless car entry and start; OIC adds bevy of new members.
May 29, 2015—
Dell Services Becomes ThingWorx Partner, Integrator
Semios Creates Frost-Alert Application for Farmers
Semios also sells a system that uses cameras and insect traps to track the reproductive cycles of certain pests, by releasing pheromones to confuse and disrupt the inserts' mating rituals. This helps growers ensure greater yield, while also reducing their reliance on pesticides. Other modules are designed specifically for controlling plant disease and irrigation systems.
Marquardt NFC Module Turns Phones Into Keys
The Marquardt NFC module can be mounted inside a car door handle, in addition to a center console. To operate the device, a driver would need a smartphone, a smartwatch or some other device with an embedded NFC module that has been paired to the car. The NFC module embedded in the door continually scans for NFC devices. By holding the paired NFC device within 4 centimeters (1.6 inches) of the door handle, the driver will be able to unlock and enter the car. Inside the vehicle, a second AS3914 NFC 13.56 MHz reader module will authenticate the driver and unlock the ignition, allowing him or her to start the car.
According to ams, the AS3914 module offers a unique antenna-tuning feature, high RF power output and a sleep mode that scans for tags and then powers up the module when a NFC device is detected. This low-power wake-up feature draws just 5µA when polling every 100 milliseconds.
Open Interconnect Consortium Adds 25 Members
The OIC has also made agreements with two interoperability organizations, the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) and the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) Forum. These groups develop and promote interoperability guidelines for digital media devices and networking protocols, respectively, for personal computers and ancillary devices and connectivity equipment, such as Wi-Fi routers. The agreements are designed to ensure that the standards and guidelines that all of these industry groups promote are broadly compatible with each other.
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