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  • Amazing improvements in MySignals and new sensors to develop eHealth & IoT Medical SolutionsSeptember 26, 2017

    Libelium releases a new improved version of MySignals, the most complete eHealth development platform now equipped with 17 different sensors that measure the most important biometric parameters. The platform allows real time visualization of the data gathered and also to be stored on the MySignals' Cloud where the information is sent encrypted enabling to manage different user profiles.

    MySignals is the Libelium's IoT eHealth Platform meant to be a portable hospital, with the size of a book and 100 times cheaper than current market solutions. This innovation integrates in a small suitcase all the sensors and monitoring tools that can be found in an Emergency Observation Room of a Hospital.

    MySignals Briefcase

    MySignals Briefcase

    The new version of MySignals improves usability and navigation speed thanks to a more powerful and larger TFT touchscreen, creating a new user experience and allowing to have the system up and running in seconds. “MySignals is the perfect development tool for new medical IoT devices and eHealth cloud services that need to be tested with real biometric values”, David Gascón, Libelium's CTO states.

    With the new MySignals' version, users can choose from 17 different biometric sensors to measure the most important body parameters such as pulse, breath rate, oxygen in blood, temperature, electrocardiogram signals, blood pressure, muscle electromyographic signals, glucose levels, galvanic skin response, lung capacity, snore waves, patient position, airflow and body scale parameters. An alarm button has also been included to connect the user with emergency services.

    MySignals Development Platform

    Twenty step-by-step video tutorials with settings and instructions enable a quick test of the platform in just a few minutes. “We wanted our clients to be using MySignals in minutes from scratch, so we decided to create 20 step-by step tutorials that would make the process quick and easy”, David Gascón says.

    MySignals improves the future of health services to cover one of the main challenges of the century: enhancing the universal accessibility to a healthcare system for more than 2 billion people worldwide that lives in rural areas with very limited access to hospitals. Moreover, a recent trial on tele health in Australia revealed that self health care monitoring technology could save $3 billion yearly to public health services in avoidable admissions to hospital, reduced length of stay and fewer demands on primary care. “MySignals includes everything needed to bring together a service as necessary for the population as remote medical assistance”, David Gascón affirms.



    MySignals eHealth Development Platform

    MySignals eHealth Development Platform


    MySignals' improvements in detail:

    Libelium delivers new Cloud Storage Plans for MySignals' customers facing up the strategic shift of the company to provide solutions for the whole IoT value chain, from hardware devices to cloud services.

    • New plans, for users and developers, allowing data storage and visualization will start operating in November 2017:

      • User Cloud Plans are meant to be used to test the performance of MySignals. In this case all the data is sent to the Libelium Cloud, so users do not need to set up their own servers.

      • Developer Cloud Plans are the best option for users who want to store the data gathered by MySignals in their own servers. This type of plans allows to use the Cloud API to read the information from the Libelium Cloud and write it in their own Cloud platforms.

    • A bigger TFT screen with a 30% longer screen diagonal (3.5” vs 2.4”), which means an increase of 100% of the real touch surface area, making the gathered data easier to read.

    • Two new Bluetooth sensors (BLE): one to measure body temperature and an alert button to connect with emergency services when urgent assistance is needed.

    • Two security layers implemented to send the information: payload encryption with AES 256 + HTTPS for server communications.

    • Twenty new video tutorials with step-by-step settings and instructions to allow a quick test of the platform in just a few minutes. The video tutorials show how to use all the sensors in stand alone mode along with the usage of the Bluetooth and WiFi modes to send the information from MySignals to the Cloud.

    MySignals platform includes CE, FCC and IC certifications.

    Visit the official website of MySignals to know all the details of the platform.

    More information at: MySignals Technical Guide.

    For more information about our products contact the Libelium Sales Department.

    Try now a Demo of MySignals' Cloud!

  • Geolocate your luggage during holidays with our tracking IoT kitsJune 27, 2017

    Geolocate your luggage during your holidays with Waspmote, Arduino and Raspberry Pi

    During summer holidays hundreds of suitcases get lost and this is a common worry among tourists. This kind of issues can ruin your trip so, besides of using an identification label, you can develop a GPS project to get your luggage located in every moment.

    We suggest you to use our tracking solutions based on the most well-known development boards Waspmote Sensor Platform, Arduino and Raspberry Pi: GPRS+GPS IoT Starter Kit, 4G IoT Starter Kit (4G / 3G / GPRS / GSM / GPS / LTE / WCDMA / HSPA+) and Tracking Kit (GPRS+GPS).

    These kits enable to develop real time tracking applications which read GPS coordinates (longitude and latitude) with different GPS antennas and send them by means of cellular communication protocols using a HTTP request to a web server. Besides, you can visualize this data in a maps app as Google Maps, in order to control the location of your luggage.

    Cooking Hacks engineering team has developed different tutorials and videotutorials in order to explain how to develop this kind tracking deployments:

    Now you can go on holidays without worrying about your luggage because you will know where it is in every moment.

  • Water efficiency and safety solution in living areas with Waspmote Sensor PlatformJune 13, 2017

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    Water and electrical supply are two of the main concerns for public authorities and to improve its management helped by IoT can suppose important economic savings.

    Waspmote Sensor Platform can be used to develop Smart Water infrastructures as drainage or water supply plans, leakage detection services, network performance optimization and GIS management.

    Libelium has participated in iWesla, an European project which stands for improving water efficiency and safety, developing and deploying a demand-side cyber-physical system (CPS) to optimize the water consumption efficiency and safety in living areas.

    In this project, engineers installed Waspmote Sensor Platform to develop the wireless sensor networks. It is inside an encapsulation model in order to protect the board. As a gateway, they used a Meshlium Gateway provided by Libelium. Besides, the deployment also included high-accuracy water flow meters installed in the main water supply pipe of the living area to provide real-time water flow data and solenoid-based electric valves to control (open-close) the water supply into the living area.

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    Waspmote Sensor Platform gathers data and send them through different communication protocols (GPRS, 3G, 4G, LoRaWAN, LoRa, Sigfox, 868 MHz, 900 MHz, ZigBee, 802.15.4, WiFi, RFID, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0) to the gateway. In this case, it uses 3G.

    Meshlium gateway sends the data to the cloud by means of an Ethernet connection in order to visualize the disaggregated water usage made by all consumption points in a Sofia2 based Application.

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    The detection of abnormal water consumption is a key factor for facilities management. When this system detects deviations in normal data warns the users and enables them to actuate over the valves. This water efficiency and safety solution helps an early detection of potential damages caused by leaks or open taps and can mean savings up to 50% of the water consumption.

    In Cooking Hacks you can find two kits which can help you to develop a Smart Water solution to monitor water quality and efficient usage based on Waspmote Sensor Platform.

    With the Waspmote Smart Water Kit you can monitor remotely key parameters related to water quality as dissolved oxygen, oxidation-reduction potential, pH, conductivity, temperature and an extremely accurate turbidity sensor. The Waspmote Events Sensor Kit allows to trigger different actuators when data gathered by the sensors connected overtake a threshold previously defined. These sensor are the Temperature, Humidity and Pressure Sensor, the PIR Sensor and the Water Leakage / Liquid Detection Sensor (Point).

    Develop the most complete and professional Smart Water Solution using our Waspmote Smart Water Kit and Waspmote Events Sensor Kit and start controlling the water consumption of entire buildings.

  • Daily IoT: Welcome Home AutomationMay 29, 2017

    IoT has arrived at your house: Welcome Home Automation

    Imagine all electronic devices could be connected to the Internet. Imagine that those devices could communicate, send you information and do your bidding. With Cooking Hacks this is not a dream. Make your IoT home automation project come true with our Arduino and Raspberry Pi Home Automation Starter Kits.

    Cooking Hacks engineering team has been showing the potential of our Home Automation kits with different projects ranging from HVAC Controlling to a Smart Media Center or a Wireless Surveillance & Security System. These projects are completely documented in different step-by-step tutorials and in some videos in our Youtube channel. Cooking Hacks team used the following kits to develop these Home Automation projects:

    All these kits are based on Arduino UNO and Raspberry Pi 3 development boards. Moreover, they include different shields and modules which enable to work with the most well-known communication protocols as GPRS, 3G, 4G, LoRa, LoRaWAN, Sigfox, WiFi, Bluetooth, etc., which gives an idea of its high level of versatility.

    Besides, you are in luck because we have dropped the price of Arduino UNO and Raspberry Pi 3 development boards, which implies a price drop on all kits based on those platforms. You can control all devices of your home: from windows or lights to temperature or locks. Visit the Home Automation category in order to find the wide range of Arduino and Raspberry Pi Starter Kits which help you to automatize your home and open the door to IoT.

  • Call to Universities: The IoT Spartans Challenge starts in less than a monthMay 22, 2017

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    Libelium sustains its education commitment launching the second edition of the IoT Spartans Challenge. The development of the IoT market is linked to the workforce that will be needed to program the 50 billion of IoT devices that are predicted to be connected to the Internet by 2020. This educational program focuses on covering the gap between the skills demanded by IoT companies and the practical knowledge of the engeneering students.

    The first three international Universities that have joined the Challenge are Aahrus University (from Denmark), IPCA (from Portugal) and UTP (from Panama), the winner of the past Spartans edition.

    Aahrus University
    UTP - Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá
    IPCA - Instituto Politécnico do Cávado e do Ave

    Keep in mind the benefits of the IoT Spartans Challenge for your University:

    • Worldwide promotion through Social Media and Libelium PR tools.
    • 2-day-Workshop for one teacher in Libelium headquarters in Zaragoza, Spain.
    • Special discounts on Libelium hardware specially designed to teach and research.
    • Further discount on the IoT Spartans Challenge Waspmote kits for students.
    • 400 code examples and more around 60 technical guides to easily create a syllabus with free access.
    • Free access to our Forum Service -exclusive for customers- to support teachers who require solving student’s questions.

    The IoT Spartans Challenge starts on June 15 with the Summer School, a period to warm up with some free webinars that explain basic concepts of the Internet of Things using our IoT platform Waspmote. The enrollment for IoT Spartans Summer School finishes on June 1, so hurry up and register your university in the contest, it is the best chance to put your educational entity on the Internet of Things world map.

  • IoT Spartans Challenge winner gives a seminar about IoT with Waspmote Sensor PlatformMay 16, 2017

    During the last week of April Emanuele Goldoni, the winner of the first edition of the IoT Spartans Challenge, visited the University of Bergamo, Italy, and held a seminar on Radio Technologies for IoT. The presentation was framed in a course about multimedia Internet networks.

    During the seminar, Emanuele described his experience with the past IoT Spartans Challenge and promoted the new edition of the contest among the students. Then, he provided an overview of the standards for low-rate WPAN and the emerging protocols for LPWAN.

    Finally, using a couple of Waspmote Sensor Platforms, he showed how to program the devices and compared the rates and ranges achievable by 802.15.4 and LoRa radio modules through a live demo.

    Follow in Emanuel´s steps and get involve in the IoT. He discovered the potential of Libelium Waspmote Sensor Platform at the same time he was climbing the ranks of the IoT Spartans Challenge 2016 edition. What are you waiting for?

    IoT Spartans Challenge winner seminar about IoT with Waspmote
    Emanuel Goldoni, winner of IoT Spartnas Challenge 2016 edition
  • Voice control of MySignals BLE sensorsMay 8, 2017

    E-health is meaning a disruption on health care field. The fact of joining IoT and medical attention is changing the way that people deal with their health. There are several researchers driving projects and developing devices to collect, store, process and communicate health data with the goal of bringing people closer to health data, self-exams, databases and some self-diagnostics.

    Today, we show a project which improves how is processed and showed the information collected with our e-Health sensor platform MySignals.

    The hardware base is MySignals SW BLE Complete Kit, basically using its BLE sensors, a Raspberry Pi 3 and Google Home, the hands-free Google Assistant voice-activated speaker.

    Voice control of MySignals BLE sensors

    How does it function?

    The project has two parts. The first part of the deployment consists in an integration of MySignals Cloud with a local database. For that, the developers have made this integration using Node-RED and REST interfaces to read the data and then push them to a personal MongoDB database.

    The second part of the project is an innovative voice control of MySignals BLE sensors. They are paired with a Raspberry Pi via bluetooth and triggered with the Google Voice assistant of a Google Home device. After collecting the data, they are sent to MySignals Cloud. They are read using Node-RED and then visualized in a dashboard at the same time that the speaker says the values loudly.

    Vinicius Senger, the CTO and Inventor from Globalcode, is carrying out this e-Health project, showing demos in important events and hackatons around the world like the IoT Tech Day, Amazon Smart City hackathon at The Developers Conference or j-spring.

    Follow in Vinicius' footsteps and discover the countless applications and possibilities that brings MySignals e-health sensor platform.

  • Barcelona park Smart Irrigation System project with Waspmote Agriculture Sensors KitApril 25, 2017

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    Smart Agriculture is getting increasingly present in our daily life. This kind of deployments are settled in the countryside for a while, but nowadays Smart Agriculture projects are having a huge growth in cities.

    Modern cities are getting involved in the Internet of Things and are improving their management with smart projects. In this case, Barcelona deployed a smart irrigation system based in Waspmote Sensor Platform in Poblenou Park Centre.

    The deployment is based on sensors technology and consists in allowing remote control of the irrigation system to facilitate the management of the water network. This new irrigation management system allows an automatic control of the electronic valves that close or open the water flow.

    The project is compound by soil moisture probes located underground together with Waspmote Sensor Platform. They are put inside waterproof boxes that ensure highly durability. Besides, these devices are powered by a long-life battery with one year autonomy.

    Data gathered by Waspmote Sensor Platform can be sent to a gateway or directly to the cloud. It can be done through several communication protocols, such us GPRS, 3G, 4G, LoRaWAN, LoRa, Sigfox, 868 MHz, 900MHz, ZigBee, 802.15.4, WiFi, RFID, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0. In this project, data is sent through ZigBee to a Meshlium Gateway, provided by Libelium, and from there to the cloud using 3G.

    The information collected can be visualized in a platform which concentrates and allows knowing the state in each zone and it can be controlled with computers, tablets and also smartphones.

    The system optimizes water consumption because it irrigates with the proper amount according to weather conditions and the plants’ needs. Thanks to this new management system the municipal water bill has been cut down near a 25% in the city. Moreover, this reduction is not just about money, the water usage has been reduced too.

    Barcelona is saving resources such us water with Waspmote Sensor Platform and contributing to enhance the environment too. For gardeners, their daily work tasks has been eased too. Controlling the irrigation system and detecting any incidents that may have occurred can nowadays be checked in real-time.

    This project led by Barcelona City Council joins hardware components which gather data and send them through a gateway to the cloud in order to be visualized for irrigation management. This gives an idea of the versatility of Waspmote Sensor Platform, which can be used in the most professional projects.

    If you are interested in developing a Smart Agriculture projects, in Cooking Hacks you can find one of the most versatile and professional IoT kits, the Waspmote Agriculture Sensors Kit.

    This kit allows to monitor multiple environmental parameters involving a wide range of applications, from growing development analysis to weather observation. This kit contents specifically Waspmote Agriculture Sensor Board, which allows to connects these sensors: Digital Temperature & Humidity Sensor, Soil Moisture Sensor and Atmospheric Pressure Sensor.

    Anyway, the Agriculture Sensor Board enables to connect up to 14 sensors at the same time, for example sensors for air and soil temperature and humidity, solar visible radiation, wind speed and direction, rainfall, leaf wetness and fruit or trunk diameter (dendrometer).

    With the objective of extending the durability of the device after the deployment, the board is endowed with a solid state switches system that facilitates a precise regulation of its power, prolonging the life if the battery.

    Discover how the Waspmote Agriculture Sensors Kit can be your best fellow traveler when you start deploying Smart Agriculture projects, whether in the countryside or in the city, helping you to make the difference.

  • Controlling human stress levels using e-Health sensor platformDecember 19, 2016

    Nowadays there are a wide range of devices used to monitor biometric parameters and to send the data gathered to the cloud in order to control different physical situations. Their scope of activity is endless. You can find this kind of equipment from sports field, with a huge variety of wearables, such us the Autonomous Biometric Sensor Device with Remote Monitoring in Real Time with e-Health sensor platform we shown some time ago; to the neuro-marketing or the ehealth sphere, such us the 'Zero Calories Can Dispenser' or the 'Partymeter' projects we developed for a music festival.

    The deployment we bring today, the AICARP project project, is halfway between eHealth and education. It is a project to detect how some biometric parameters change when a person faces a stressful situation, specifically in an oral exam using a foreign language. Project developers have included an alerts system to notice when the person is getting nervous.

    AICARP Project

    The AICARP Project device

    The hardware base is our well-known e-Health Sensor Platform and it is developed over an Arduino UNO board. The project uses three different sensors, concretely:

    AICARP Project

    SPO2 Sensor, GSR sensor and Temperature sensor

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    AICARP Project device

    How does it function?

    Firstly, the system checks the biometric parameters at rest. Then, using some algorithms, it calculates a 'Stress Level'. Finally, it monitors the individual biometric parameters in real-time during specific situation as an oral exam. When stress data levels, previously settled, are getting closer to this level, the system trigger off different actuators, such us light, sound or vibrating signals, in order to notify the person is getting stressed. Data collected is shown in a visualizing interface implemented in MATLAB. The details about the AICARP platform have been published in the journal IEEE Sensors.

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    Light signals

    MATLAB visualizer

    MATLAB visualizer

    The AICARP project is being carried out by aDeNu, a research group belonging to the Artificial Intelligence Departament of UNED, in collaboration with a researcher of the Electronics Technology area of the University Rey Juan Carlos. This project shows the versatility of Cooking Hacks e-Health Sensor Platform and the variety of applications that professional projects can deploy for eHealth developments.

    All the eHealth Sensor Platform components used in this project belonged to the previous version, but do not worry about it because we have released the new generation of eHealth platform: MySignals, the most complete eHealth development platform in the market which enables to connect more than 15 sensors, including the ones used in AICARP project. You can select from different kits, MySignals Hardware and MySignlas Software, or buy all components separately.

    MySigals includes more powerful capabilities than e-Health Sensor Platform, taking the eHealth applications to a top level, so take advantage of Mysignals new features and start developing the most professional eHealth deployments.

  • Differences between the old e-Health Platform and MySignalsOctober 4, 2016

    Differences between the old e-Health Platform and MySignals


    Discover MySignals now!


    MySignals is the new generation of eHealth and medical development products specifically oriented to researchers, developers and makers. It has new features that significantly improve the previous version commonly known as eHealth v2.

    • The number of sensors has been increased from 10 to 16.
    • The new sensors availables are: Snore, Spirometer, Blood Pressure (BLE), SPO2 (BLE), Glucometer (BLE) and Body Scale (weight, bone mass, body fat, muscle mass, body water, visceral fat, Basal Metabolic Rate and Body Mass Index)
    • The accuracy of the sensors has been improved.
    • The sensor probes are more robust now.
    • The new generation integrates a faster MCU with 4 times more memory.
    • WiFi and BLE radios now integrated on the PCB.
    • A complete graphic system with a TFT touchscreen allows to see the data coming realtime from the sensors.
    • New 'audio type' jack connectors allows it to be used by non technical staff.
    • CE / FCC / IC certifications passed for MySignals SW.
    • Cloud Storage of the data is now available to save historical information.
    • Native Android / iOS App's can be used now to visualize the information in realtime and to browse the Cloud data.


    Discover MySignals, the new eHealth and medical development platform!

    In the next tables you can see a complete comparative between eHealth v2 and the two different models of MySignals.

    GENERAL FEATURES

    There are several differences comparing the general features of MySignals and the previous product version eHealth V2.

    e-Health V2.0
    MySignals SW
    MySignals HW
    Architecture
    Arduino compatible
    Libelium IoT Core
    Arduino compatible
    RAM Memory
    2K
    8K
    2K
    Microprocessor
    Atmega 328 (Arduino UNO)
    Atmega 2560
    Atmega 328 (Arduino UNO)
    Flash Memory
    32K
    256K
    32K
    UART sockets
    1
    1
    1 (multiplexed)
    Enclosure
    Complete Kit
    SDK
    Screen
    GLCD - optional (basic graphics)
    TFT (complete graphic interface)
    TFT (basic graphics)
    TouchScreen
    Cloud Storage
    Android / iOS App
    API Cloud
    API Android/iOS
    Sensors
    10
    16
    16
    Wired Sensors
    10
    11
    11
    Wireless Sensors
    10
    16
    16
    Concurrent Sensor Readings
    From any sensor (10) to one interface
    From any sensor (16) to one interface (TFT, BLE, WiFi)
    From one group of sensors (analog, UART, BLE) to one interface (TFT, BLE, WiFi)
    Radios on board
    -
    BLE, WiFi
    BLE, WiFi
    Extra Radios
    BT, ZigBee, 4G / 3G / GPRS
    -
    BT, ZigBee, 4G / 3G / GPRS
    Certifications
    -
    CE / FCC / IC
    -

    SENSORS

    eHealth V2.0
    MySignals SW
    MySignals HW
    Body Position
    Body temperature
    Electromyography
    Electrocardiography
    Airflow
    Galvanic Skin Response
    Blood Pressure
    Pulsioximeter
    Glucometer
    Spirometer
    Snore
    Scale (BLE)
    Blood Pressure (BLE)
    Pulsioximeter (BLE)
    Glucometer (BLE)
    Electroencephalography
    e-Health Sensor Platform last units
    MySignals SW - eHealth and Medical IoT Development Platform
    MySignals HW - eHealth and Medical IoT Development Platform for Arduino
    MySignals - eHealth and Medical IoT Development Platform

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