Category: IOT

Virtual Reality and IOT combination

Hello People. This article is about Virtual Reality and IOT combination. You already know that multiple technologies are involved in achieving a custom software solution. So let us see how Virtual reality and IOT combination can be useful in creating a software application.

As one can easily understand, Internet of Things (IOT) is a network of devices that can communicate witheach other. It mainly consists of an electronic circuit which is embedded along with sensor for measuring multiple parameters. Internet connection enables collection and exchange of data. Now coming to Virtual reality,  VR is a computer generated simulation which creates an artificial 3D environment.  VR is being used in educational environments for on-field learning and classroom training across all domains.

IoT and virtual reality are key technologies that can improve productivity and efficiency of several sectors and have a potential to revolutionize digital infrastructure. Development of innovative accessories, wearables, and software by start-ups entering VR space is the recent trend of the IOT and VR industry.

How IoT is enhancing Virtual Reality

Cloud-enabled IoT devices not only serve people’s needs but also react to them. Smart IOT products must constantly evolve according to the desires of consumers and developers must be agile to satisfy them and create value. For example, in cities around the world, air quality is crucial to healthy living, especially with allergies and respiratory problems on the rise. According to consumer insights, people in megacities like Hyderabad and Bangalore want to understand and control air quality in their home from wherever they are. This led to an introduction of Smart Air Purifiers, which provide families with a real-time overview and control of indoor air quality through their smartphone.

Virtual Reality and IOT Combination

Integration of VR and IoT can make a big difference in healthcare technology. For example, one can design a process to monitor the performance of a rail transportation network using IoT sensors and a virtual world operator. IoT and VR can integrate with harmony as IoT can provide the support to facilitate the future of virtual reality.

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Slack as a teamwork tool

Hello People. This article is about how to use Slack as a teamwork tool. As you know, Slack contains channels. You can create a different channel for each of your purpose. Channel contains all the people, messages and files related to a topic in one place.

In short, Slack is basically a messaging app. Teams and workplaces can be use Slack across multiple devices and platforms. You’re able to upload and share files with your groups too. You can also integrate with other apps and services and you can control almost every setting.

Slack Pricing

Slack is mostly free of cost to use. However you’ll only be able to browse and search your team’s 10,000 most recent messages, and you’ll be limited to 5GB of file storage and 10 apps or custom integrations. As of now, there are three pricing tiers available: Free, Standard ($8 or £5.25 a month billed monthly), and Plus ($15 or £9.75 a month billed monthly). A fourth tier, called Enterprise Grid, has special pricing for corporates.

Slack as a teamwork tool

How to start using Slack?

If you are an administrator of a team, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to Slack’s website and enter your email address to sign up 
  2. Choose a name for your Slack team
  3. Edit the URL to your Slack team
  4. Choose a username for yourself
  5. Enter emails of associates you’d like to invite to join your Slack team
  6. Your Slack team chat will then load in a browser window

Slack Settings

Click on your username or the drop-down arrow next to the Slack team name to access a settings menu. From here you can adjust your preferences (themes for the sidebar, messages, emoji style, and more), view your profile and account, access a Help/Feedback page, get Slack apps (more on that later), and set yourself to away.

If you’re an administrator, you can also access team settings, billing, etc. Team members will only see options to access app integrations, customise slack, and jump to team directory.

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IBM Child Tracker IOT

Hello People. This article gives you an idea about IBM Child Tracker IOT project architecture. Child tracker helps parents to monitor their child’s location. Parents can create a geofence around the particular location. Notifications will be generated if the child crosses the geofence. The entire location data will be stored in the database.

A model Child Tracker With Emergency Notifications can be created using resources like IBM Cloud, IBM IoT Platform, IBM Nodered, IBM Cloudant DB. Basic knowledge on cloud services like below would be required.

  • IBM Watson IoT Platform
  • Node-RED Service
  • Cloudant DB

To create an IBM Cloud Account, refer to the link here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xIvEuFcUJY

To start your project, please install Python IDE. Click here for the reference video of python installation.
Install the required python libraries. Install Watson IoT python SDK to connect to IBM Watson IoT Platform using python code. Enter the following command in command prompt: pip install wiotp-sdkpip
Download the required files from the link
Create a fast to SMS service for sending the messages and get the API:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIsvRgzQt0o

IBM Child Tracker IOT

Project Flow:

  • The GPS coordinates of the child will be sent to IBM IoT platform
  • Location can be viewed in the Web Application
  • Parent can create a geofence in the web application
  • Web application will check if the child is inside or outside the geofence
  • Notifies the parents if the child goes out of the geofence

To accomplish this, we have to complete all the activities and tasks listed below:

  • Create and configure IBM Cloud Services
    • Create IBM Watson IoT Platform 
    • Create a device & configure the IBM IoT Platform
    • Create Node-RED service
    • Create a database in Cloudant DB to store location data
  • Develop a web Application using Node-RED Service.
    • Develop the web application using Node-RED
    • Integrate the geofence & google map
  • Develop a python script to publish the location details to the IBM IoT platform 

Create And Configure IBM Cloud Services

In this milestone, create and configure the IBM Cloud services which are being used in completing this project.

IBM Watson IoT platform acts as the mediator to connect the web application to IoT device, so create the IBM Watson IoT platform.

In order to connect the IoT device to the IBM cloud, create a device in the IBM Watson IoT platform and get the device credentials.

Configure the connection security and create API keys which are used in Node-RED service for accessing the IBM IoT Platform. Here is the reference link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Doh9ADU8CyU

Create Node-RED Service

To create a web application create a Node-RED service.

Refer the below video for reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R46iK-XYKW4

Create A Database In Cloudant DB

Launch the cloudant DB and create a database to store the location data.Refer to the below video for reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxC0D9KDWD4

Develop a Python Script

Develop a python script to publish the location details to IBM IoT platform. Develop a python code for publishing the location (latitude and longitude) data to the IBM IoT Platform. Reference is here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJNw6_e4kkA

Develop a Web Application Using Node-RED

The web application should have the following features:

  • Connect to IBM IoT platform and get the location data
  • Display the location in Google map
  • Check whether the child is inside the geofence or not
  • Send the notification if the child goes out of the geofence
  • Store all the location data in the cloudant DB

Connect to IBM IoT platform and get the location, store the data in cloudant DB.

Integrate the geofence to check if the child is inside or outside the geofence and display the location in google map.

Send the notification if the child is out of geofence.

You should need dashboard nodes to be installed to build a dashboard.

  • Follow the below steps to install 

When you open your node-RED flow it looks like the image below.

Please click on the drop-down list and select manage palette as shown below.

In the manage Palette search for “node-red-dashboard” and install it.

also, we need geofence nodes for creating a geofence. to install it search for “node-red-node-geofence” in the manage palette and install them.

We need world map nodes for displaying the location in worldmap. search for “node-red-contrib-web-worldmap” in the manage palette and install them.

Here are the reference links: first link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM3f-UtCUOI and second link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtQtSAzqcyw

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WordPress Site Health 

Hello People. This article discusses how to achieve 100% in wordpress site health. WordPress site health feature helps website owners to monitor performance and security issues. This feature looks for common performance and security issues and gives a health check score to the website based on various tests. For example a test that checks if your website is running the latest PHP version. Using older PHP versions can make your website slow and may not be compatible with popular WordPress plugins. To achieve 100% wordpress site health, focus on the following things.

WordPress Hosting

Chosing the right web hosting service is the most important decision you make for a website. Using an unreliable hosting provider can affect your WordPress site. They use older software and do not have all the PHP modules installed. It is recommended to use Bluehost, SiteGround, Dreamhost. These are officially recommended WordPress hosting providers.

Install SSL / HTTPS

SSL protects the website by encrypting data transfer from server to user’s browsers. SSL enabled websites use HTTPs in their URLs.

Update your wordpress

Always make sure that you are using the latest WordPress version.

Update WordPress Plugins and Theme

WordPress themes and plugins are regularly updated. So look for the available updates and install them to keep your site updated. Plugins and themes use updates to deliver new features, fix bugs, and close security issues. You need to install updates to make sure that your website is not vulnerable to any known security issue. Please go to Appearance » Themes page to install an update.

Use the Latest MySQL or MariaDB Version

Always make sure that your website is running the latest stable version of MySQL/Maria. You can check the information about your database software version by switching to the info tab in site health.

Use The Latest PHP Version

WordPress is written in the PHP programming language. It is a server-side language. It runs on your hosting server to dynamically generate WordPress pages. Using the latest PHP version gives your website a performance boost. It also ensures compatibility with new WordPress plugin features that may require the latest PHP version to work correctly.

WordPress Site Health 

Enable WordPress Automatic Updates

WordPress has built-in ability to update itself and install the latest security releases. These are minor releases. But they are crucial for the safety and security of your website. These security updates are automatically installed on websites. Always make sure that automatic updates are enabled on your WordPress site to keep your site secure.

Remove Unused WordPress Plugins & Themes

It is better that you delete any inactive plugins that are not required.

Enable Rest API

REST API in WordPress allows developers to securely use HTTP requests to perform actions on a WordPress site.

Make Sure Required PHP Modules are Installed

PHP Modules and extensions are additional libraries that extend the functionality of the PHP programming language. WordPress recommends several PHP modules to be installed for optimal performance.

Disable Debug Mode

WordPress comes with a built-in debug mode which allows you to see if a plugin, theme, or custom code is having some errors. This feature is intended to be used by developers or advanced users. It is not recommended to turn on the WordPress debug mode for a live website.

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Arduino boards power supply

Hello People. This article is about Arduino boards power supply. There are several power pins on an arduino board.

The different power pins are as follows:

  • VIN. This pin can take input voltage to the Arduino board when it’s using an external power source (as opposed to 5 volts from the USB connection or other regulated power source). You can supply voltage through this pin, or, if supplying voltage via the power jack, access it through this pin.
  • 5V. This pin outputs a regulated 5V from the regulator on the board. The board can be supplied with power either from the DC power jack (7 – 12V), the USB connector (5V), or the VIN pin of the board (7-12V). Supplying voltage via the 5V or 3.3V pins bypasses the regulator, and can damage your board. We don’t advise it.
  • 3V3. A 3.3 volt supply generated by the on-board regulator. Maximum current draw is 50 mA.
  • GND. Ground pins.

The Arduino Uno can be powered via the USB connection or with an external power supply. The power source is selected automatically.

External (non-USB) power can come either from an AC-to-DC adapter (wall-wart) or battery. The adapter can be connected by plugging a 2.1mm center-positive plug into the board’s power jack. Leads from a battery can be inserted in the Gnd and Vin pin headers of the POWER connector.

The board can operate on an external supply of 6 to 20 volts. If supplied with less than 7V, however, the 5V pin may supply less than five volts and the board may be unstable. If using more than 12V, the voltage regulator may overheat and damage the board. The recommended range is 7 to 12 volts.

Arduino boards power supply

Summary

There are mainly three methods of supplying power to arduino board. The Vin, 5V, 3.3V, and GND pins are Arduino power pins. You can use the Vin pin to Power your Arduino with an unregulated 7 to 12-volt power source. Like a 9V battery or a wall adapter that is in the range of 7 to 12 volts. Alternatively, you can power your Arduino through the 5V pin with an external regulated 5V power supply. It can be a wall adapter that gives out constant 5V or a DC-DC converter that is connected to a battery or a set of batteries. You can use both the 5V pin and the 3.3V pin to provide power to modules that are connected to the Arduino. But you can’t use the 3.3V pin to power your Arduino Uno/Nano.

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Arduino UNO Pins explained

Hello People. This article is titled Arduino UNO Pins explained. Arduino Uno is one of the most popular microcontroller. It has the development board based on 8-bit ATmega328P microcontroller. In addition to ATmega328P MCU IC, it consists other components such as crystal oscillator, serial communication, voltage regulator, etc. to support the microcontroller.

Arduino Uno has 14 digital input/output pins (6 of them can be used as PWM outputs), 6 analog input pins, a USB connection, A Power barrel jack, an ICSP header and a reset button.

How to use Arduino UNO Pins

As explained above, the 14 digital input/output pins can be used as input or output pins by using pinMode(), digitalRead() and digitalWrite() functions in arduino programming. Each pin operates at 5V and can provide or receive a maximum of 40mA current, and has an internal pull-up resistor of 20-50 KOhms which are disconnected by default.  Out of these 14 pins, some pins have specific functions as listed below:

  • Serial Pins 0 (Rx) and 1 (Tx): Rx and Tx pins are used to receive and transmit TTL serial data. They are connected with the corresponding ATmega328P USB to TTL serial chip.
  • External Interrupt Pins 2 and 3: These pins can be configured to trigger an interrupt on a low value, a rising or falling edge, or a change in value.
  • PWM Pins 3, 5, 6, 9 and 11: These pins provide an 8-bit PWM output by using analogWrite() function.
  • SPI Pins 10 (SS), 11 (MOSI), 12 (MISO) and 13 (SCK): These pins are used for SPI communication.
  • In-built LED Pin 13: This pin is connected with an built-in LED, when pin 13 is HIGH – LED is on and when pin 13 is LOW, its off.
Arduino UNO Pins explained

Along with 14 Digital pins, there are 6 analog input pins. Each of them provide 10 bits of resolution, i.e. 1024 different values. They measure from 0 to 5 volts but this limit can be increased by using AREF pin with analog Reference() function.  

  • Analog pin 4 (SDA) and pin 5 (SCA) also used for TWI communication using Wire library.

Arduino Uno has two other pins as explained below:

  • AREF: Used to provide reference voltage for analog inputs with analogReference() function.
  • Reset Pin: Making this pin LOW, resets the microcontroller.

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Printed Circuit Board designing business

Hello People. This article discusses about Printed Circuit Board designing business. Designing PCB circuit is a complicated process and it requires an advanced skillset. In the highly-competitive field of printed circuit board design, assembly, and fabrication, you must understand that you must go the extra mile in order to win a customer’s business.

Important steps in PCB design process

  • System & Board Level Architecture Specification
  • Engineering Design Specification
  • Component Selection
  • Component Obsolescence & Planning
  • Symbol Creation
  • Schematic Drawing/Capture
  • Timing Analysis
  • Netlist Generation
  • BOM Generation
  • Tools: (OrCAD, Concept HDL Altium, PADs, Expedition)
Printed Circuit Board designing business

To better have an understanding about the PCB designing as well as manufacturing process, let us look at the process in detail. From PCB schematic design and PCB board layout to testing, validation, and certification, here is the full cycle of the PCB design process. See the detailed breakdown of printed circuit board design and manufacturing.

Preparing a technical specification

Preparing a project specification is an important part of a custom PCB design service. It may include technical requirements, block diagrams, deliverables, assumptions, a preliminary bill of materials (BOM) and BOM costs, tools and technologies specified for the project development. The specification allows PCB designers to stay on the same page with customers and meet their expectations.

Schematic design

The process of PCB board design always starts with schematics. A schematic or a circuit diagram conveys the electrical connection between different electrical components like integrated circuits (ICs) and discrete components. To deliver this PCB design service, PCB designers use professional CAD software, such as Fritzing, Altium Designer etc to define modules and design the connectivity between different components.

PCB layout

Once the schematic is imported to the PCB layout, PCB designers place components on the board and route the traces. They take into consideration the number of required layers and the dimensions of components that may be limited by the size of the housing. Within the PCB layout services, they analyze signal integrity and evaluate electrical limitations to ensure the safety of the board level architecture. For a complex layout, they include various simulations into their custom circuit board design services. PCB specialists arrange proper conductor routing, which is the primary factor affecting the price of PCB manufacturing. They run DFM/DFA analysis to minimize PCB design revisions, cut development costs, and reduce time to market.

PCB fabrication and testing

Once PCB design layout is approved for production, they export it into the format the manufacturer supports. They prepare a bill of materials (BOM) and Gerber files that describe design requirements for each image of a circuit board. Manufacturers use this documentation as a reference for board fabrication and PCB assembly. For certain projects, they also create a 3D model of a PCB to make sure it fits the housing. Testing is essential for both PCB layout design services and the fabrication stage. They provide the manufacturer with the data and software necessary to perform an electrical and impedance test. After the prototypes are manufactured, they test them in-house.

Mass production

After the prototype validation, they prepare the files for mass production and assist the customer throughout the manufacturing process. They arrange special software, hardware, and testing procedures. Using them, the manufacturer can test each PCB at the factory.

Technical support

Upon completion of the project, PCB manufacturers create a full document package that comprises BOM and Gerber files, 3D models, and technical manuals. In addition, they set a warranty period for PCB design services. During this period, they fix bugs and provide other technical support covered by the warranty. After the warranty period ends, they stay in touch with customers and can consult them when needed.

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Clients for Mobile app development

Hello People. This article discusses how to get clients for Mobile app development. Finding clients is a major problem for IT startups and entrepreneurs. Here are few useful tips to get clients for app development companies.

Firstly highlight the skill you are expert in. For example we have good command over android development so what we would do is that we find websites which have no apps yet in the playstore. We will drop a mail to owner on that website that you are lacking much audience because this era is of app users and there are trillions of folks using smart phone. We can build your app at a very reasonable price. In this scenario if client gets ready you could be able to build up portfolio.

You can also try getting business through LinkedIN. Visit your profile page on LinkedIN from your mobile app or desktop, and if business feature is turned on for you, you’ll see a box under your profile photo/headline that talks about how to showcase the services you provide. Click “Add Services,” and then fill out the form to provide details about the services you provide. Be as detailed as possible so members who view this section have a good sense for what you provide. Click “continue” and this will automatically be added to your profile.

Clients for Mobile app development

For finding clients on linkedIn, you must have a good connection with your targeted audience. You can search clients by their posted requirement like: “Looking for the freelancer designer or developer”. Once you type a statement like this one in the search box you will get the list of a result as you have to sort the list by “Content”. Then you can able to view all the posts related to that “keyword/requirement”. You have to pitch to that Author who has posted the requirement. You can simply comment or you can connect with him for further discussion.

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Node Red and its application

Hello People. This article explains you What is Node Red and its application. Node-RED is a programming tool for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services. At the core of Node-RED is Node.js, which (as you know) is a JavaScript runtime that has an active community.

Because of its ease of use, node-red is ideally suited for building IOT and Home control dashboards and automations as well as many other applications.

Node-Red IOT and Home Automation

Industrial IOT and home automation applications will generally use one or more of the following protocols.

  • MQTT
  • HTTP

Nodes for these protocols are part of the core nodes.

Node Red and its application

Various platforms

Node-RED can be used on various platforms. That’s because Node-RED itself is a Node.js application. If you have a runtime environment for Node.js, you can run it. It is mostly used on Edge devices, cloud services, and in embedded formats.

The perfect starting point for Node-RED applications is the ADAM-6700 series modules that come complete with Node-RED installed, plus onboard I/O and an extensive built in library to assist with utilising the ADAMs functions. Other functions and sample code can be added from other Node-RED users or by building your own applications and importing them into other projects you may do in the future.

An example of an application using Node-RED could be for a specific signalling arrangement for alarm monitoring. This could include analogue, serial, or ethernet devices all covered in a single unit that provides email and SMS support via a network. It could also include a dashboard on the local network with raw data that the alarms are based on, with logging on board using an SD Card.

A router using Node-RED can provide monitoring of 4G signal reception, alerts for signal loss, network performance and data usage just to name a few. As with modern equipment, Node-RED can provide benefits to make products intuitive to the user’s requirements whether for additional features or just using the dashboard function for service acknowledgement or fault reporting.

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Software Development company for IoT projects

Hello People. This article discusses how to choose a software development company for IOT projects. The Internet of Things is a concept in which many everyday appliances and consumer electronics are computerized and connected to the Internet. Choosing an IoT developer today is very difficult.

IoT development cost

IoT development is very complex and therefore cannot be cheap. Immediately eliminate companies that offer their services 2-3 times cheaper. You will probably end up with a low-quality product if you choose them.

Blog posts and social media

Regular posts on social networks and a blog by a company indicate that the company has something to share with the audience. It is a great way to understand IoT’s level of expertise and company scale. It is enough to read a few articles to understand the material’s relevance and cultural level.

Plan for long-term

When it comes to the corporate, planning for the long term is the best. As it is a far-reaching, well thought, and comprehensive strategy that has the capability to change your life completely, the former applies to it too. 

Additionally, there’s always a level of uncertainty associated with this dynamic and disruptive technology, that may lead to unpredictable consequences in the future. This calls for the need for long-term planning that allows you to stay prepared for or unexpected events and take actions based on the ever-changing business environment and changing technologies.

Software development company for IOT projects

Figure out the basics

While your business might be successful with the adoption of this smart technology, relying on mere data collection may lead to failure in the next phase of a project. IoT is more than just collecting data with the help of connected devices, and you must consider several other factors to make your IoT project successful. 

It’s worth brainstorming how you are supposed to gain profitable business values from your internet-connected assets. Moreover, while you are collecting data, you need to make sure that it is driven by the real-world needs of a business and is organized properly. 

Secure IoT Private Networking

Protecting and securing your data is a serious business regardless of what industry you’re in. To have secure networking it’s better to create different ways for customers to build and own their IoT private network from end to end.

Regardless of whether you’re utilizing AWS VPC peering, AWS Direct Connect or IoT LANs, the IOT development company should plan to scale their customer’s business without compromising on their data.

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