What is IoT?
IoT stands for “Internet of Things”. It is the solution to use sensor devices via wireless connections to aggregate information (data) or to control devices. “Dumb” devices without any processing capabilities are connected to the Internet.
As example: you want to monitor the degree of corrosion of bolts on the Golden Gate Bridge: every bolt has a tiny sensor device to measure the degree of deformation, forces or corrosion and send wirelessly to another device collecting such data for further processing, e.g. via Cloud Computing.
What is Long Range?
Usually, IoT sensor or actor nodes are connected via Bluetooth LE (BLE) or WiFi. Both are Short Range wireless communication technologies. BLE supports more peer-to-peer communication, e.g. one sensor tag and a smartphone to use it.
Long Range uses Sub-GHz frequencies, e.g. in North America the ISM band (915 MHZ).
A lower frequency can much better penetrate walls (e.g. in buildings) or bridge or larger distance. Long Range solutions can cover miles. With few Long Range transmitters you can roll out your license-free city wide private sensor network.
What is Swarm Networking?
“Swarm Networking” is using the state-of-the-art “Smart Intelligence” computing solutions to implement self-organizing wireless networks.
A “Swarm Network” does not need or have a central intelligence, a central node or hub. It can act as a very dynamic Ad-Hoc network, capable to react on changed situations, needs and features.
It does not need to be configured as a big network, as a complex infrastructure. It acts really like a native swarm, e.g. as a swarm of birds or ants would do as well:
they figure out the best organization structure to operate effectively without a “master”.
What is it all used for?
Imagine: you need sensors for Smart Cities, or you want to connect the sensor nodes miles away. But you want to roll out your own, private, license free network, cover your home town or rural areas just with few and cost-effective nodes:
Use Long Range solutions and “Swarm Networking”: just drop few new sensor nodes or hubs anywhere you can do. The network will configure itself. And via hop-by-hop links you can reach your nodes miles away. And the network will figure out where to get access to the Internet, e.g. for Cloud Solutions in order to process your data.
What is MeshedPi?
MeshedPi is based on the micro-computer called Raspberry Pi. It is extended by a board with FOUR Long Range wireless link modules. It uses GPS, BLE, WiFi and LoRa plus Linux Applications for applications and connectivity.
The FOUR Long Range modules provide flexible features for your own city-wide network.
Freedom for your applications, four modules, four directed antennas, four segments or clusters, four times N connections , four times power ... do you get a clue?
What can it do?
It can support: Diversity, Repeater, Gateway and ... and ... and features:
Increase network coverage via better signal reception, extend range via retransmission, meshed networks, triangulation for node localization, bridge wireless technologies, e.g. BLE device (e.g. smartphone) connected to a BLE end node, but over miles: WiFi/BLE-to-LongRange and have access as any other IoT sensor or actor nodes.
No limits: infinite range and solutions.