Linux Inside … ThingMagic Sargas

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Our ThingMagic Sargas just arrived.  This is a small (87mm x 80 mm x ) fixed RFID reader that packs a nice punch.  It has 2 high performance UHF RFID antenna ports capable of reading 750 tags a second at distances over 9 meters and an ethernet port, but it also has a BLE, USB, 4 GPIOs, micro-SD, and HDMI.  Inside there is a 1GHz ARM Cortex 8 running Linux (Debian) where you can run your own code.

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Activity Monitoring using IOT

I put together a quick presentation on Using IOT for Digital Activity Monitoring.  I’ll refine it when I have an opportunity of presenting it, but, for now, check the slides at Slideshare.  See this Umbrella Post for quick links to some other related posts.

IOT-based Activity Monitoring can be used in a very large number of applications, often relying on related services like geolocation, spatial operations (“close-to”, “within”) and notifications (sending mail).  A practical product needs strong security, performance, scalability, support for many protocols (sensors and server-side), administration and flexibility of deployment options.

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AMTech – The M2MBridge

The AMTech M2MBridge is a node.js service that implements the AMTech IOT Protocol.  The M2MBridge can run in a variety of devices; for our demos we currently have it running on a Raspberry Pi 3 using Ubuntu MATE.

The M2MBridge includes a core and an extensible plugin architecture, plus a growing set of plugins.  The bridge is a common component of most real-life IOT applications connecting edge devices to the sensor and reasoning layers of the AMTech platform, providing intelligence at the edge, and supporting security, access control, auto-configuration and other key properties of real-life deployments.

Here is a sketch of the Bridge Functionality:

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Using RFID Tags in a Meetup

Last week we hosted the NativeScript SV MeetUp at our office in downtown Palo Alto.  The meeting focused on using NativeScript in combination with CloudBase but we added RFID tags to spice the event, and I think the result was very successful.

The use of RFID tags was a variation on how we used them for the ProgressNEXT Event in Las Vegas earlier in the year.  We prepared holders for all the attendees, with space for their name at the front and an RFID tag at the back.

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Come for NativeScript, Angular and CouchBase – Stay for a Pokemon

This Thursday (Jul 28, ’16), we are hosting a MeetUp at 6pm at our location in downtown Palo Alto (Google Maps – MeetUp info).  Mehfuz and Nic will show how to create native cross-platform Apps using NativeScript and CouchBase.

CouchBase is an open-source, distributed (shared-nothing architecture) multi-model NoSQL document-oriented database; NativeScript is an open source platform for building cross-platform Native mobile applications using JavaScript and CSS.  NativeScript leverages a high performance bridge between any native platform API and JavaScript which can be used to create Plugins that extend the platform.  Mehfuz and Nic will show how to use the CouchBase plugin in an app where information created by one user in one smartphone can automatically be shared with another user in another smartphone.

Mehfuz will also show how to use his Estimote plugin; combined with the CouchBase plugin, the iBeacon data read by one phone is automatically synchronized to the other.

We are sprinkling a slight IOT overlay on the MeetUp.  We took some of the RFID configuration we used in a Conference App earlier this year and we now have them connected to a Raspberry Pi 3.  UPS-willing, the plan is to add some RFID tags to the badges for the MeetUp and show you how a modern Data Speed Layer (like AMTech.Solutions) can be used to track an asset (you) on a space.

Following the Pokemon Go mania, I’ve ordered some Pokemon figures as prizes for the attendees. Raichu arrived yesterday, others to follow (update – All Pokemons are here; check the Flickr Album).  See you on Thursday.

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