UNIVBRIS and Zolertia Port Contiki to the RE-Mote Platform

Within days after the production of the first batch of RE-Mote devices, George from the University of Bristol visited Zolertia for a 10-day long software development marathon. During this period, he worked very closely with Zolertia’s team, and the outcome of this effort was that the Contiki Operating System will now run on the RE-Mote.

All the basic functionality is in place (clocks, timers, support for LEDs and buttons, IEEE 802.15.4 2.4GHz RF operation over the built-on CC2538 radio). The Contiki port also supports the following of the more advanced RE-Mote hardware features:

  • Native USB.
  • Phidgets.
  • The TMP102 ambient temperature sensor.
  • An ultra-low power benchmark to validate the Re-Mote design and low power operation
George, two RE-Motes, Antonio's notebook and the necessary snacks

George, two RE-Motes, Antonio’s notebook and the necessary snacks

The team during a Contiki crash-course

The port’s sources have already been made available to all RERUM partners, and consortium members have already achieved the following using RE-Mote + Contiki:

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RE-Mote-powered Coin Box

More features are being added all the time:

  • sub-GHz operation over the CC1120 RF transceiver
  • support for the Zonik, Zolertia’s own sound sensor
  • support for more of the RE-Mote sensors. SHT25 – Digital Humidity & Temperature Sensor (RH/T)
  • TSL2563 Light-to-Digital Ambient light sensor

Gartner predicts Internet of Things will spark supply chain reaction, will transform data centres and create challenges

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Techradar published that the analyst firm Gartner published a new report where they predict that a huge increase in the number of devices making up the Internet of Things (IoT), which will reach 26 billion by 2020, up from 0.9 billion in 2009, will have a significant impact on how the supply chain will operate.

According to Gartner, factors such as access to information about the supply chain and exposure to cyber-risk will become increasingly pertinent. In RERUM we also saw these risks in the WSN-based IoT and put the focus of the project in finding a technical solution to add reliability, privacy and security to the communication between devices.

Gartner, in another report published by Techradar, put the data centres in the eye of the storm of the IoT boom derived challenges, including security, consumer privacy, data management, networking, and server technology.

According to Techradar,

Security is a growing concern in the industry, and the increasing digitisation and automation of various devices in many different urban environments is likely to create new security issues. When coupled with the enterprise sector, where increasing volumes of big data present their own security challenges, it is not difficult to see that this will be a top priority.

Tied to security is the issue of consumer privacy, which is in the consumer consciousness now more than ever. The widespread adoption of smart devices means that more data is being collected on people than before, and any breaches in security will have a knock-on effect on privacy.

In RERUM we see also these challenges as opportunities and key enablers for a future with such amount of devices connected to internet that Gartner foresee.