IoT News Roundup
ABB selling a Fitbit for motors; mBeaconCard adds smarts to ID badges; new IoT Skunkworks project at Teradata; Dell launches partner program to grow IoT business.
Apr 22, 2016—
ABB Selling "Wearables" for Machines
The ABB sensor is mounted to a motor and collects data related to its temperature and vibration. Based on this, its microcontroller can ascertain the health of the motor's rotor, bearings, cooling functions and energy efficiency. The sensor is battery-powered (ABB is exploring the possibilty of replacing the battery, in the future, with an energy-harvesting module). It encrypts the data it collects and, via a Bluetooth connection, forwards it to either a gateway device or to plant workers' smartphones running an ABB app, to ABB's cloud-based servers. From there, the sensor data is sent to ABB's condition-monitoring system, which decrypts and analyzes it.
ABB has completed testing of the new sensor and will begin taking orders at the Hannover Messe trade show, taking place in Germany on Apr. 25-29, 2016. Pricing has not yet been released.
Netclearance Announces All-in-One Employee Badge
The basic mBeaconCard configuration contains a microprocessor, a BLE radio and an NFC module. But customers can also order a version that comes with an embedded accelerometer, a vibration sensor and a magnetic sensor—either a compass or a reed switch—in order to support a wider range of applications, such as those requiring movement to trigger tracking.
The BLE radio is used to transmit sensor data or information written to the mBeaconCard's 2 kilobytes of memory, explains David Fernandez, Netclearance's founder and CEO. It transmits data packets to mBeaconGW, Netclearance's beacon gateway appliance, or to nearby smartphones running the Netclearance mobile application.
Netclearance's mCloud Content Management System software is used to collect and manage the data transmitted by the badge, and from there it can be sent to Netclearance's business application or analytics software. Conversely, the data can be forwarded to third-party applications or analytics platforms via an application programming interface. Using the mBeaconGW gateway and an external NFC reader, employers can set up an access-control system. If the badge is being used for room-level tracking, Fernandez says, location can be determined to within a few meters.
Pricing information has not yet been released, but Netclearance will demonstrate the mBeaconCard and its full product portfolio at the RFID Journal LIVE! 2016 conference and exhibition, taking place on May 3-5, in Orlando, Fla., in the Internet of Things Pavilion (booth #728B).
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