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Mirantis acquired tcp cloud and became a new member

18 November 2016

tcp cloud in cooperation with the IQRF Alliance visited the OpenStack Summit in Austin, USA back in April and they impressed the whole audience of more than 7500 developers from around the world. Tcp cloud’s demo using also other members’ products appealed the world known company Mirantis. So Mirantis decided to acquire such a successful and flexible company as tcp cloud is.

Mirantis is an American company, member of the OpenStack foundation and is related to open source technologies such as Kubernetes. Mirantis helps top enterprises build and manage private cloud infrastructure. Mirantis with its large experience have seen a potential in the project presented by tcp cloud at OpenStack Summit in Texas. Almost immediately company started negotiations about acquisition of perspective Czech company tcp cloud. The acquisition will support Mirantis' initiative with Google and Intel to enable OpenStack on Kubernetes by equipping Mirantis to continuously deliver OpenStack to customer datacenters.

In September the acquisition was completed and then the IQRF Alliance with Mirantis started to transfer the membership of tcp cloud to Mirantis. Now the process is finished and we are happy that we can welcome such a professional in the field of IoT among our members. Same as Mirantis sees a huge business potential in IoT, they also see huge potential in benefits derived from the membership in the IQRF Alliance.

 

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IQRF Alliance revealed the future of IoT at the electronica 2016

18 November 2016

IQRF Alliance was successfully exhibiting at the electronica 2016 trade fair in Munich, Germany, from 8th to 11th November. The most interesting topics presented were ready wireless interoperable devices and solutions and rapid innovation of the IQRF technology as a Wireless Platform for IoT with a brand new concept of “Interoperable - Simple - Secure”. The highest attention was paid to an exciting “Live Apps Demo Board” of more than 30 interoperable products of different companies.

IQRF Alliance revealed the future of IoT with its live demo. Visitors had an opportunity to control devices from various manufacturers at one place. Live interactive demo consists of the IQRF Alliance members' products such as Microsoft, IBM, O2 Czech Republic, O2 IT Services, AAEON, Zyxel, Netio, Cetin, CITIQ, DATmoLUX, MICRORISC and many more.

The demo is clearly divided into three categories - Clouds & Services, Gateways, and End Devices. Selected groups of the devices are running and measuring real-time data right away from the exhibition and processing them in various clouds, such as Microsoft Azure, IBM Bluemix or IQ Home cloud.

"This demo clearly shows the strengths of the IQRF Ecosystem. You can build up your own solution from ready components exactly according to your needs," added Simon Chudoba, CEO of the IQRF Alliance.

More than 2900 companies from more than 50 countries were exhibiting at electronica 2016. They presented their solutions for the sector of electronic components and IoT. These companies attracted more than 73 000 visitors.

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High school and college students collected sensory data at the IQRF Hackathon

17 November 2016

From 15th to 16th November 2016 the IQRF IoT Hackathon was held at Smíchovská High School in Prague. An event where the various technologies used in the area of IoT were presented to students.
CO2, temperature and humidity sensors by company Protronix, data transmission by the IQRF technology and sending the data into clouds from different providers such as Microsoft (Azure), Inteliments (Inteliglue), CIS (IQRF Cloud). Data integration from different sources was prepared by O2 IT Services.

At the end of the first day the topic of cooperation competition was announced and the competition started.

Topic: Implement a system of automatic ventilation and air monitoring to ensure the optimal environment in the home.

Students were solving the task according to their skills and professional focus. They were allowed to use hardware and software provided by the partner companies.

Next day it was time to present their solutions to professional jury. The results were outstanding. It was almost unbelievable that students were able to solve that complicated task using hardware and software they didn't even know in some cases. It was interesting how they were willing to help each other despite the competition.

Results:

Professional jury decided that the winning project was prepared by the team consisting of Dominik Krisztof (Ječná High School), Jakub Godovčík (High School at Frýdek-Místek), Vojtěch Novák and Zdeněk Kolář (FE of CULS). They have designed their own communication gateway, used MQTT protocol for communication, Node-RED platform and connected everything with Azure cloud solution by Microsoft.

The second place was rewarded to the team – matyáš Dudař, Lukáš Mařík, Ondřej Pilecký and Jan Tesař (Faculty of Biomedical Engineering of CTU). This team designed a system of automatic air regulation in isolated environment, automatically connecting rooms with rooms generating oxygen and consuming CO2 by the plants.

And finally the third place was taken by team – Roman Ondráček, Ondřej Lefler (High School Boskovice), Pavel Marx and Michal Dolenský (High School Jičín). This team successfully collected sensory data, sent them via the IQRF network into cloud where they developed a system of automatic reversed management.

The hackathon was attended by 40 students from 10 schools.

Schools:

  • High School of Electrical Engineering Ječná
  • Faculty of Biomedical Engineering of CTU
  • Technical High School in Frýdek-Místek, Business Academy and Language School
  • Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CULS)
  • Technical High School Jičín
  • High School Boskovice
  • Technical High School Smíchovská
  • The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication of Brno University of Technology
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering of University of West Bohemia in Pilsen

 

Presentations:

Ivona Spurná, MICRORISC, IQRF Smart School Project Manager Martin Kučera, Protronix, Technical department
Martin Šimeček, Microsoft, Technical Evangelist Tomáš Půža, Inteliments
Martin Stránský, CIS Michal Ruda, Milan Salajka, O2 IT Services
Petr Jirásek, AFCEA, Regional Vice President Lukáš Holman, Scientica, ESERO Manager Czech Republic
Martin Slanina, SIX, Director Tomáš Mejzlík, JIC

  

 

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CETIN joined the IQRF Alliance

07 November 2016

We would like to announce that CETIN, company from the area of Czech telecommunication infrastructure, joined the IQRF Alliance. CETIN manages and operates the largest telecommunications network in the Czech Republic, covering the entire geographic territory of the nation.

CETIN is famous for its philosophy to provide open access to the network with equal conditions to all operators. 99,6% of the population in the Czech Republic is covered by CETIN's mobile GSM, UMTS, LTE and CDMA technologies build on almost 6000 base stations. CETIN is not only provider of mobile technologies but also of fixed SDH, WDM, Ethernet and IP technologies. The company owns 20 000 000 km of metallic cable pairs and also 38 000 optic cables all over the Czech Republic in almost every household. These days CETIN is working on adding more optic cables every day. CETIN is also working on providing the international infrastructure of products and services in London, Vienna, Bratislava and Frankfurt, with expansion to Hong Kong coming soon. We believe that this new partnership will bring innovative technologies and processes for all the members in the IQRF Alliance.

 

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Zyxel joined the IQRF Alliance

04 November 2016

It is our pleasure to welcome such a successful company as Zyxel in the IQRF Alliance. Zyxel is global manufacturer of DSL and other networking devices located on Taiwan. Zyxel is distributing its products on five continents through strong network of distributors. Company has nearly 30 years of experience in the area of IT business. Focused on innovation, Zyxel is working on its solutions and devices for the Internet of Things.

We are happy that Zyxel chose the reliability of the IQRF technology for its future IoT products and solutions. The members of the IQRF Alliance can help Zyxel to meet its goals in building high quality networks of tomorrow.

Petr Doutnáč, Regional Manager for Central & Eastern Europe, on the occasion of the entry into the IQRF Alliance said: „Experiencing very solid history and background, width and scope of possible applications and most of all tremendous potential of IQRF concept, we as ZyXEL have decided, that joining the IQRF Alliance is a must if we, as worldwide networking vendor, want to break through in the Smart IoT world. We believe, that the choice of the IQRF Alliance was a choice of winner's side."

"We are excited to welcome Zyxel on board of the IQRF Alliance. Zyxel brings unique expertise and hi-end gateways into the Alliance portfolio and without any doubts Zyxel is going to be an excellent networking ally for all of our current members," adds Simon Chudoba, CEO IQRF Alliance.

 

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Bredengen represented the IQRF Alliance at the Cutting Edge festival 2016

27 October 2016

Every October, during Oslo Innovation Week, is organized the Cutting Edge festival involving areas such as research, education, science, technology, businesses and industries. The part of the festival are various workshops, keynotes and debates covering those areas. A broad spectrum of innovative people and companies are gathering interesting ideas and information resulting in huge opportunity for projects being commercialized, groups of people being formed into start-up companies and more.

This year of the Cutting Edge festival was not without participation of the IQRF Alliance. Bredengen, one of IQRF Alliance's Sales Partners, had a stand there as a part of bigger Tekna's stand. Tekna is the Norwegian organization for engineers with more than 70 000 members. So this was a great opportunity to acquaint public with the IQRF Alliance, its members and the IQRF Technology. With more than 1000 paying visitors, 30 minutes long speech of Prime Minister of Norway and lot of important international guests it was nice success to be there.

 

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Polish companies interested in the IQRF technology

27 October 2016

The IQRF Alliance Meeting in Warsaw is over and we would like to thank all the participants for joining us there. The companies in Poland have great ideas and many opportunities for future projects based on the IQRF technology. We are glad that all the participants showed an interest in the IQRF technology.

Presentations:

IQRF Alliance Microrisc
IBM Intel
AAEON IQRF Alliance - Case Studies
IQ Home IBEMAG
PIAP FIMS

 

At 8:30 AM first participants arrived and soon there was the whole lobby full of representatives mainly from Polish companies or Polish branch of global companies chatting even without knowing each other.

Sebastian Hopp from Microrisc launch the IQRF Alliance Meeting in Warsaw with his cordial opening speech.

 

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Šimon Chudoba, CEO of the IQRF Alliance, came to the stage with the first keynote of the day. Mr. Chudoba introduced the IQRF Alliance its purpose and how the Alliance helps its members. Šimon Chudoba came up with very nice phrase: "IQRF Alliance creates the MESH topology with human beings." He mentioned the growing trend and also introduced companies that joined recently such as AAEON, Zyxel and Netio. Strategies for the future were discussed as well.

 

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Second on stage was Vladimír Šulc, CEO of Microrisc, who talked about brand new IQRF OS 4.0 which is currently being finished and will be released in the beginning of the year 2017. One of the main topics of Mr. Šulc's presentation was security. This is why AES-128 encryption is implemented in the new version of IQRF OS. Also new bonding mechanism, tweaks of system stability, performance and deep sleep optimization (consumption only 35 nA) were announced. Vladimír Šulc ended his presentation with: "Prevention is always better than elimination of the problem."

 

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Przemyslaw Galinski, Sales Leader or Cloud Services for Poland and Baltics of IBM, and Michal Kowalczyk, IBM Cloud Evangelist, summed up what companies expect from IBM Bluemix. They mentioned that innovation is very important in the fast evolution in the area of the Internet of Things. Mr. Galinski nnd Kowalczyk impressed the audience with their live demo of IBM Bluemix that showed how to easily monitor smartphone's gyroscope and accelerometer data in real-time.

 

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Dawid Skading from Intel familiarized the participants with Intel's strategy in the IoT, its Intel IoT Lab for research and with local IoT Solutions. The IQRF technology complements the Intel's idea of the Smart City so there is definitely plenty of space for cooperation between Intel and members of the IQRF Alliance.

 

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Presentation about AAEON had Maciej Talalaj, its strategy based on four main topics – retail and fiscal, smart manufacturing, intelligent transportation, network security. AAEON boasted the cooperation with Intel, IQRF Alliance and Microsoft. The portfolio of intelligent IoT gateways was introduced.

 

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Šimon Chudoba was on the stage for the second time, he led the presentation about examples of members' implementation projects. CITIQ and his street parking system, Damolux's street and industrial lighting, Austyn International and its heating system were promoted there.

 

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József Kopják, CEO of IQ Home, said few words about the company before introducing huge success with using the IQRF technology in locomotive at Researchers' night. IQ Home revealed their interest in bringing ready to use sensors and gateways for other members of the IQRF Alliance. IoT live demo visualizing data from temperature humidity and CO2 sensors arranged in the meeting hall made an impression on the audience.

 

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Przemyslaw Sierodzki from IBEMAG introduced Ingeo system the portfolio of the company which has a real potential for members of the Alliance.

After previous presentation Krzysztof Trzcinka from PIAP told few words about main areas of interest of their company such as automation of industrial processes, mobile robotics, measurement systems and 3D printing. PIAP was looking for low-cost, energy efficient technology and they chose the IQRF.

The last presenting company was FIMS and its CEO, Michal Smolnik, who came up with really unconventional use of the IQRF technology – real-time sport triggering equipment. He praised short development and implementation time if you choose the IQRF.

 

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At the end it was time for a technical training led by Piotr Antończyk from Microrisc and then individual meetings and networking. The very successful day was ended with a networking dinner.

 

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We are happy for that successful meeting and we hope that it will bring any awesome projects.

 

 

CTU FIT and NTNU joined the IQRF Alliance

19 October 2016

We are pleased to announce that Faculty of Information Technology of Czech Technical University in Prague and Norwegian University of Science and Technology joined the IQRF Alliance. Both universities joined the IQRF Smart School program where they can cooperate with other schools from all over the world.

Being a member of the IQRF Smart School program is great option for schools how to provide their students opportunity to acquire a IQRF Technology knowledge certificate. This certificate helps the student to attract technological companies on the labour market.

"It is our pleasure to welcome the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and the Faculty of Information Technology of Czech Technical University in Prague in the IQRF Smart School program. Both technical schools have great potential in their students and in their professional background for future cooperation with the member companies of the IQRF Alliance," adds Ivona Spurná, Smart School Manager.

 

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Netio joined the IQRF Alliance

19 October 2016

The IQRF Alliance is growing! New member is the Czech company Netio which decided to join the international community of developers, manufacturers, system integrators, sales professionals, research and innovation centers, technical high schools and universities which, together, create the IQRF Alliance.

Netio is manufacturer of power sockets with network features. Those power sockets feature Bluetooth 4.0 LE connection, power management, remote control, Wi-Fi connection, automated control of plugged in devices. Netio provides easy access to the power socket settings through any web browser without installing any software. With Netio's products you are able to set your energy consumption limit or control your devices wirelessly and therefore save the costs. A cooperation between Netio and other members of the IQRF Alliance will definitely lead to more interesting products and solutions in the area of Smart Homes and Internet of Things.

 

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Researchers' Night at Óbuda University

04 October 2016

Researchers’ Night is an annual event in Hungary when universities and research centers are open to the public providing stimulating and interesting activities that offer a lot of fun until the late hours of the night.

In this year's event instructors at Obuda University created an interactive simulator that enabled visitors to use their smartphones and to control various features of an electric locomotive that is located just outside the main entrance of Kalman Kando Faculty of Electrical Engineering. Researchers utilized the capabilities of the IQRF-DPA network to communicate with and to instruct the locomotive's control units. Participants were able to turn the front lights on/off, change the color of the front lights from red to white, move up and down the pantographs of the locomotive.

 

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