IoT News Roundup

SAP betting big on IoT; new Exosite software integrates gateway controls; Parker announces expanded Bluetooth sensor line; new developer tools from The Qt Company; new LoRa sensor line from Trimble.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor

The Qt Company Launches Qt Lite Project to Speed Development Embedded IoT-Device Software
The Qt Company, a software-development platform provider based in Helsinki, Finland, and Santa Clara, Calif., announced this week the Qt Lite Project, a cross-platform development environment that allows developers to write an application once and then run that application, without any modifications, on any IoT or networking platform or device.

Qt Lite is integrated into the larger Qt development platform and includes a toolset that makes Qt's framework more lightweight and easier to work with, according to the company. The latest version of Qt Lite features a new device configuration system (including a new graphical configuration tool), a more flexible workflow environment, a new software rendering tool to create user interfaces, and expanded hardware support.

Trimble Announces New Range of Sensors for Water Infrastructure Metering
Trimble, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based provider of GPS-based positioning products, has announced a new series of IoT sensors through its Trimble Water division. The Telog 41 Series comprises battery-powered sensors for water-monitoring applications that transmit data to gateways using the LoRa protocol for long-range, low-power wide-area networking (LPWAN). They are designed to enable utilities to remotely measure and monitor water, wastewater and groundwater systems, including water pressures, flows, levels and rainfall volumes.

The Telog 41 Series wireless sensors work in combination with cloud-hosted and on-premise Telog software, allowing utilities to more easily and economically deploy wireless monitoring for applications such as measurement and reporting of water usage, sanitary and combined-sewer overflows (CSO/SSO) and flooding, and leakage. The sensors measure pressure, flow and rainfall levels.

Each sensor is powered by a C-size lithium battery, includes an integrated LoRa radio, can be configured with alerts and alarms for automated event detection and reporting, and transmits data either to Telog software running on the Telog-hosted cloud server, or to on-premise software. All of the products are expected to be made available during the fourth quarter of this year.

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