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Controlling fish farms water quality with smart sensors in Iran

The fish farming industry in Iran has rapidly grown within recent years, doubling employment rates and multiplying its production. This activity began with the enhancement of the quality of fish species selected from the Caspian Sea and then continued through the development of intensive aquaculture utilizing different foreign species. Investing in the development of earth ponds, reservoirs and sea cages has become crucial for the local government, which supports the private sector by providing low rate interest loans and suitable land at competitive prices.

Location of Iran

Location of Iran

The Iranian Caspian Coast is one of the main pisciculture producing areas in the country and its territory is full of breeding pools. These ponds are filled on average once a year and then emptied at the end of the breeding season. This makes water quality control extremely important for the productivity and correct functioning of the fish farms.

Afarinesh Samaneh Mehr Engineering Co. (ASM), Libelium official distributor in Iran, is active in a variety of fields including smart city, smart environment, smart agriculture, smart husbandry, safety, and security, among others. The company has developed a Smart Water sensor network to measure the water quality parameters of the fish farms in the North of the country.

Smart Water Sensor Network installed at fish farm in Iran

Smart Water Sensor Network installed at fish farm in Iran

Water pollution is the first cause of financial losses in the market. The main objective of this project was to control water quality parameters in order to increase quality and productivity as well as to reduce costs and increase profits. Having information about water quality parameters in fish breeding ponds offers the fish farmers the possibility to manage their installations in an improved and more effective way, accelerating their inner processes.

Experts list a large number of parameters that must be taken into account in order to favor aquaculture productivity. The pH and dissolved oxygen levels are some to consider. Additionally, other chemistry limits are also recommended to protect the health of fish, such as ammonium and nitrite, the main indicators of toxicity created by the feces of fish.

ASM Engineering Team during the installation of the Smart Water monitoring system

ASM Engineering Team during the installation of the Smart Water monitoring system

In this project, the company ASM installed four Waspmote Plug & Sense! Nodes to measure water quality parameters:

  1. Waspmote Plug & Sense! Smart Water (2 units)
  2. Waspmote Plug & Sense! Smart Water Ions (2 units)

Each pair of nodes were mounted in a buoy and located in different locations inside the breeding pond in order to cover the biggest possible area in the pool.Taking into consideration the nature of the project with all nodes installed inside the fish farm ponds, the ASM engineering team decided to use solar power in order to ensure a continuous energy supply.

Waspmote Plug & Sense! Smart Water and Smart Water Ions mounted on a floating system

Waspmote Plug & Sense! Smart Water and Smart Water Ions mounted on a floating system

In this project, the values to control were:

  • Water temperature
  • Dissolved Oxygen
  • pH
  • Ammonium
  • Nitrite

Communications diagram of ASM Smart Water project

Communications diagram of ASM Smart Water project

Communication protocol between the devices and the gateway was LoRaWANand between the gateway and the cloud platform, cellular 3G. ASM used Loriot network server for handling LoRaWAN connectivity, being the platform used for visualization Thing+, which allows real-time control of parameters and also obtains diagrams and tables showing sensor values.

ASM Dashboard developed in Thing+ Cloud Platform

ASM Dashboard developed in Thing+ Cloud Platform

Reduce casualties and increase productivity

The return on investment (ROI) of this project includes:

  • Reduction of production costs
  • Time savings
  • Reduction of casualties
  • Increase in productivity

The highest mortality rates in aquaculture are due to the quality of water, and monitoring the water conditions can reduce by 30% to 40% of the casualties. This is also essential to meet international regulations to assure fish quality and farming conditions.

Dissolved Oxygen graphic obtained from ASM Dashboard

Dissolved Oxygen graphic obtained from ASM Dashboard

Thanks to this system, fish farm facilities can demonstrate that implementing their monitoring methods and automating their activities will put them in a much better market positioning than others that are still working in a traditional way.

ASM highlights that Libelium’s sensor platform offers the following key factors:

  • Low power, versatile and semi-autonomous devices.
  • Wide range of sensors and measurement probes.
  • Ability to support standard radio and (secure) communication protocols.
  • Ease of integration with cloud based solutions.
  • Reliability and durability of the IoT platforms and sensors.
  • Accessibility to embedded software platform (open source or otherwise).
  • Affordability of the nodes.
  • Simple and easy installation and deployment of the nodes on site.

The ASM Engineering Team was completely satisfied after the installation of the system. “We succeeded in completing this project with Libelium products and we are fully satisfied with this equipment”, comments Ali Bordbar, Marketing & Business Development Manager at Afarinesh Samaneh Mehr Engineering Co.

Source: Libelium

Libelium IoT Platform Powers Smart Cities in US adding LoRaWAN and Sigfox

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San Francisco and Colorado are the first North American regions with smart water and smart environment projects deployed with Libelium’s technology connected to LPWAN protocols.

Libelium continues powering the Internet of Things (IoT) development adding LoRaWANand Sigfox wireless connectivity for North America to Waspmote OEM and Waspmote Plug and Sense! sensor devices. San Francisco is one of the first cities to deploy this technology, where Libelium is already developing a Smart Water project with Sigfox and San Francisco County. In Colorado, Libelium technology is also enhancing new projects to monitor weather and environment conditions with LoRaWAN connectivity.

Libelium keeps offering the widest interoperability in the great array of connectivity choices for the IoT. The company is joining forces with LoRaWAN and Sigfox global network in response to strong demand for low-energy, long-range and cost efficient IoT connectivity in North America. In terms of network coverage, Semtech is partnering with Comcast to deploy LoRaWAN networks in 30 cities while Sigfox is expanding its network to 100 US cities.

Libelium Waspmote Plug & Sense! available in US LoraWAN and Sigfox

Libelium Waspmote Plug & Sense! available in US for LoraWAN and Sigfox

“We are successfully offering these protocols in their European version since 2015 and checking its viability for environment, pollution, water quality and smart parking applications. We strongly believe that making them available in their American version will speed up market adoption in the 900 MHz markets” states Alicia Asín, Libelium’s CEO.

Customers can make their choice of LPWAN preferred protocol for Waspmote Plug & Sense! in 900MHz or 868MHz bands -depending on geographic destination- when ordering except for Smart Parking model, where both radios (LoRaWAN / Sigfox) are always included. “We have managed to offer a dual radio in our Smart Parking node at a very competitive price, which increases our customers’ options, one of our design principles. They can compare the performance of both technologies in one installation, work in hybrid networks or change from one to another easily from the Cloud. We consider this kind of features crucial to keep a healthy and competitive IoT landscape” explains Asín.

With this update, Libelium IoT Sensor Platform is ready to use the 900-930 MHz band forthe U.S., Canada, Mexico, Singapore, etc. The platform currently includes FCC and IC certifications for the US and Canada.

Source: Libelium

Libelium Adds LoRaWAN for Full Compatibility with Smart Cities Networks

Waspmote sensors integrate new LPWAN radio module for large-scale IoT deployments worldwide

Libelium has released a new radio module bringing LoRa Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) wireless connectivity to Waspmote Internet of Things (IoT) sensors for applications that require low-energy, long-range data transmission on a large scale.

Protocols known as Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) are accelerating smart city and IoT deployments in Europe, Asia, and North America. Semtech’s open LoRaWAN standard is the backbone for many IoT uses that require bidirectional data communication and geolocation information. Libelium LoRaWan sensors send information to base stations in the field, and have successfully completed tests on Kerlink LoRa base stations for 868 MHz bands operating in Europe, on the 900 MHz band for the U.S., and for the 433 MHz band connectivity used in China, Japan and Korea.

Waspmote Plug & Sense! features LoRaWAN Connectivity

Waspmote Plug & Sense! features LoRaWAN Connectivity

How it works:

“Waspmote sensor nodes are extremely energy efficient, intended for massive deployments in cities and the industrial IoT,” said David Gascón, Libelium CTO and co-founder. “Our sensor platform is a perfect fit for purpose-built LoRaWAN, designed to carry complex data that characterizes Smart Cities applications, and thereby enable connectivity for the billions of devices and sensors predicted for the IoT.”

Libelium’s LoRaWAN radio module is fully integrated with the Waspmote sensor platform and is also available as an upgrade for all existing Waspmote sensor devices. Waspmote Plug & Sense! devices offer easy network configuration for smart cities applications to monitor environmental factors, noise pollution, water quality, as well as parking, and smart lighting applications. Paired with Libelium’s LoRaWAN module, Waspmote Plug & Sense! received CE marking earlier this month, making it the first horizontal sensor platform certified for use in Europe.

Waspmote LoRaWAN Integration

Waspmote LoRaWAN Integration

Libelium is a member of the LoRa Alliance, and is building an ecosystem with partners providing LoRaWAN solutions that are compatible with Waspmote. In addition to Kerlink gateway compatibility as a turnkey solution, Waspmote LoRaWan sensors offer out-of-the-box connectivity with Actility, and network deployment and management capability with Loriot and Orbiwise backends. Please consult Libelium’s commercial department for further information.

Technical Characteristics – Waspmote + LoRaWAN Integration

Key Features Why it Matters
Libelium LoRaWAN radio module supports 868 MHz band (Europe); 433 MHz band (China, Japan, Korea), and will feature 900 MHz band support in 2016 (North America). Many Smart Cities and Industrial IoT applications require low bandwidth data transmission over distances, both indoors and outdoors, often in areas of high electromagnetic interference. Waspmote Plug & Sense! sensors and the Libelium LoRaWAN radio module received CE marking on the 868 MHz band, in November 2015. Certifications for the U.S. version are currently in progress.
Embedded radio module in Waspmote sensor nodes sends information directly to base stations. Fast response, and simple, immediate network setup to connect devices to the LoRaWAN IoT network.
Secure IP connection assured between devices, base stations, and Cloud servers. Accounts activated with strong, unique API keys. Secure authentication maintains data integrity and privacy of information transmitted by the sensor nodes, and also when data are stored on servers, gateways, and the Cloud.
Extensive documentation, tutorials and LoRaWAN developer kits are available for Waspmote OEM & Waspmote Plug and Sense! devices. Waspmote is a complete technology platform for the IoT, integrating any sensor, any communication protocol, and any Cloud system. Waspmote OEM is oriented to developers for prototyping, pilot projects and proofs of concept; The Waspmote Plug & Sense! sensor line is an out-of-the-box solution pre-configured for quick deployment of IoT, Smart Cities, and M2M services and applications.
Libelium LoRaWAN is also available for the OEM / DIY platforms Arduino and Raspberry Pi. Arduino and Raspberry Pi are key learning platforms for the IoT, widely available at low cost, and offering options for IT professionals to participate in the IoT and add IoT electronics

technology skills to their resumes.

Libelium Adds New Cloud Options to Build the Industrial IoT and Smart Cities

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Sensor platform ecosystem expands to include specialized Cloud partners worldwide

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., and ZARAGOZA, Spain—September 15, 2015—Today at Dreamforce, Libelium announced new Cloud integration options from software partners specialized in automotive systems, business process management, civil engineering, industrial applications, supervisory control and data systems (SCADA), and Smart Cities solutions, in the latest build-out of its wireless sensor network ecosystem.

Libelium’s new Cloud partners include software providers from Asia, North America, and Spain, reaching markets all over the world. Based on the Meshlium wireless gateway, Libelium’s Cloud connector framework allows easy configuration of Cloud platforms without the need of programming or further integration to reduce time-to-market for IoT and Industrial IoT (IIoT) applications. Existing Meshlium customers can access this new group of Cloud platforms by upgrading their Meshlium software.

Waspmote Sensor Platform Cloud Partner Ecosystem:

“IoT project integration should be as flexible and easy as possible to nurture new development and incorporate legacy systems, and that is why we are giving customers access to such a wide selection of Cloud software solutions,” said David Gascón, CTO at Libelium. “Because it is modular and scalable, Waspmote is a complete hardware platform for the Internet of Things, capable of integrating any sensor, any communication protocol, and sending retrieved data to any Cloud system for analysis or storage.”

At Dreamforce, Libelium CEO Alicia Asín will speak in the IoT Customer and Partner panel discussion today at 2:00 pm at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel, Grand Ballroom A, and present a talk on Smart Cities 2.0 at 4:30 pm. Visitors to the IoT Zone can experiment with IoT sensors in a hands-on workshop featuring Waspmote.

Source: Libelium

Libelium Releases Smart Cities Sensor Platform for Precise Urban Monitoring

Libelium has released a newSmart Cities sensing platform, based on Waspmote Plug & Sense! sensor nodes, that integrates hardware and software design improvements developed in response to feedback from scores of Smart Cities projects over the last four years.

Increased urbanization is a market driver for the rapid growth of the global Smart Cities market, forecast by Frost & Sullivan to reach $1.56 trillion by 2020. Cities aim to give citizens a quality lifestyle in terms of economic growth, well being, and sustainability.

Libelium’s modular sensor solution enables cities to establish a platform to build future smart city applications and services, such as traffic management, environmental sensors, smart parking, water quality and conservation, noise pollution, and urban resilience.

Designed to meet sophisticated demands of municipalities, Libelium’s new Smart Cities sensing solution, based on Waspmote Plug & Sense!, reduces installation, integration, and maintenance costs, and offers flexibility and scalability for Smart City applications. The platform includes a new array of sensors for advanced Smart Cities deployments, is compliant with international standards for sensor accuracy and offers out of the box integration with existing Cloud solutions.

Libelium’s new Smart Cities sensing solution, Plug & Sense! Smart Environment PRO

Libelium’s new Smart Cities sensing solution, Plug & Sense! Smart Environment PRO

“City managers recognize they are in transition from digital cities to Smart Cities,” said Alicia Asin, Libelium co-founder and CEO. “Municipalities are far more educated now in terms of technology and infrastructure investment, and they prefer accurate readings over more nodes. They need information they can use across departments to amortize expensive equipment purchases like sonometers. ”

New Gases PRO Sensor Board for Waspmote OEM

New Gases PRO Sensor Board for Waspmote OEM

With Libelium Waspmote and Plug & Sense! sensors, municipalities can combine solutions from a variety of technology partners, including Cloud providers, data management solutions, network operators, or application developers.

New Smart Cities Precision Platform

Key Features Why it Matters
New particle matter – dust sensor (PM1 / PM2.5 / PM10)detects different types of particulate matter by size. New pollen sensor measurements range from 10 to 40um. For ambient monitoring more accuracy in monitoring gas concentration levels and the amount of PM2.5 and PM10 dust particles allows cities and government agencies to meet international Air Quality Index (AQI) compliance values, and better advise the public of air quality and health risk.
Calibrated gas sensors for Smart Cities sensing devices include CO, CO2 NO2 O2, O3, SO2, etc.; They are delivered calibrated from the factory. With calibration, the new gas sensors are fine-tuned to provide the exact value of gas concentration in ppm, instead of a less accurate range of values. Older versions of these gas sensors are much less sensitive.
Noise sensors for Smart Cities allow continuous reading in the 40-100dB range. Noise pollution from air and road traffic, industry, and construction is a prime factor that affects and harms citizens. Monitoring environmental sound levels in cities and urban environments is an important issue.
Light sensors for Smart Cities feature light intensity levels measured in luxes, for high accuracy in control and automation. Smart Lighting applications allow municipalities to save money and energy by dimming lights during low traffic hours, and to enhance security by lighting dark areas when people are present.
Waspmote Smart Cities sensor platform is ready for use in any Smart Cities application with sensors for gas, noise, light, temperature, humidity, and atmospheric pressure. Waspmote Plug & Sense can integrate up to 6 sensors per node, maximizing network infrastructure and reducing installation costs.
Sensor probes and SIM cards can be added or replaced without uninstalling. This is critical for maintenance operations. All gas sensors expire eventually, and taking the node back to the factory for replacement is not viable. Plug & Sense! sensor probes can be replaced as easily as changing a light bulb.

The two key features of this new Smart Cities sensing solution are the inclusion of theCalibrated Gases PRO Sensor Board (with a wider range of gas sensors available and highly increased accuracy) and the particulate matter sensor—commonly known as dust sensor (it allows the measurement of PM1, PM2.5, and PM10 particles).

Smart Environment PRO with new particle matter - dust sensor (PM1 / PM2.5 / PM10)

Smart Environment PRO with new particle matter – dust sensor (PM1 / PM2.5 / PM10)

For more Technical information go to Waspmote and Plug & Sense! website, and to theGases PRO Technical Guide.

For more information about Smart Cities Sensor Platform contact the Libelium Commercial Department.

Source:  Libelium