Reinventing the Internet of Things (ioT)
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Sensor IT is a technology provider in the Internet of Things (IoT) space who develops prototypes and technologies applicable to a number of verticals, such as Smart Cities, Smart Industry, Smart Agriculture and Smart Transport/Mobility, as the key sectors we focus on. Sensor IT covers the whole range of products that typically an IoT System comprises, as depicted by the figure below.
What we do
Sensor IT specialises in the production of endpoints, sensor detection and data generation devices targeting connected (Internet of Things – IoT) systems. We use low-cost, industrial Single Board Computers (SBC) and Systems on a Chip (SoC) components, such as those based on Atmel® and ARM® processors (which powers the ubiquitous Raspberry PI) that enable rapid prototyping and significantly lower the final production cost without impacting the quality of the final product. The range of products we use sensors and components from a wide range of suppliers, enabling us to use those that are more suited to the job at hand. Essentially, we are technology agnostic.
Following best practices around portability and scalability, at Sensor IT we develop IoT Firmware and Software code based on a strict approach that goes through owning the complete IPR of everything we create. We do not embed Open Source or GPL licenced products in our libraries.
Sensor IT’s product development processes follow an user-centric approach upon which prototypes are custom designed to meet specific requirements, rather than expecting customers to evaluate whether our products are suitable for their needs.
Our experience managing complex technological programmes can be projected into your own IoT initiatives. We can cover all three aspects that typically every project involves: technical, commercial and legal.
At Sensor IT, we design IoT prototypes from the ground up, starting with the schematic, following it with the PCB design and finishing with the product sourcing and manufacturing. Small prototype batches are typically assembled in our lab, with large batches being outsourced.
How we do it …
To design a sensor-based system,
We work collaboratively with out clients to establish what is required in terms of the data that needs to be collected, how to encode such data, and how to transmit it to the end-system that is to deal with the data. At high level, there are several aspects of the design that need to be established before the finer details are to be dealt with.
We follow a sequential three-layered design approach to the provision of IoT services.
This layer contains all sensors and hardware that forms the basis of the device.
A simple example could be a temperature sensor that displays the ambient temperature on a LCD display. These hardware components can be battery or main power operated, as required.
Where communication of produced data to external entities is not necessary (maybe all we need to do is display the data on a LCD), this layer can constitute a product in itself, without reliance on any other external components.