All posts by Kai Schmidt

I am a passionate blogger and Technical Content Manager at EBV talking about technology, trends and hot topics. Let me know what you think via comments, Twitter or connect with me on LinkedIn.

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First products are using the latest OPC specification called OPC Unified Architecture (UA) v1.04. This interoperability standard enables new opportunities to increase the efficiency of and further automate production lines and systems. Reason enough to take a deep dive on the specification, its features and application scenarios. From OPC Classic over OPC UA… The first specification from the OPC Foundation released in 1996 and referred to as “OPC Classic” enabled secure and reliable exchange of data in the industrial automation space and other industries. The group of client/server standards enabledRead More
The EBVchips Iris makes it so incredibly easy to develop for the IoT. Actually we think it’s so easy that you need nothing more than Iris, a good idea and creativity to build a great product. The ultra-simple design process and the extensive services from DeviceDrive that you can get along with the hardware are just stunningly versatile. What that means for you? Well, get some coffee and start engineering something great – the possibilities of Iris are endless and only limited by your mind! Learn how to get startedRead More
Do you love going outside? Is any of the following activities one of your hobbies: hiking, kayaking, cycling, paragliding, surfing, windsurfing, sailing, golf, skiing, snowboarding, kite surfing, drone flying or backpacking? Do you like to be prepared? If you answered these three questions with “Yes” then you will love this: The Skywatch BL – an ultra-compact weather station that fits into the palm of your hand and connects to your smartphone and tablet via Bluetooth. The stunning little device that looks a little like a tiny laser sword (another reasonRead More
For consumers the IoT or in other words ubiquitous connectivity and access to nearly every device makes life easier. But let’s face it: for a big number of companies and developers it’s a pain in the ***. The thing is, even if you are familiar with electronics and do have the expertise necessary to build wireless connectivity into your products it is still a major effort. Certification, hardware development, software development, security features, cloud storage, device management, data analytics… there is a vast amount of things you need to considerRead More
eCozy smart thermostat
Smart home adoption is rather crawling instead of running towards our homes. The main reason: user experience and security issues. However there is a third important factor – the old technology already installed in our homes and well proven but “un-connectable” to the internet. One of the best examples are the heating systems in most European homes. A huge number of houses and apartments use water radiators mounted to the wall and controlled with a simple nob that you turn in order to adjust the temperature. The good news aboutRead More
smart city
Cities are all about the people living in them. The infrastructure and face of municipal areas have always reflected changes within society. Since a couple years we are seeing a lot of influences on the lives of people through new technologies, the IoT and social media. Therefore cities will need to transform into “smart cities” in order to support our changing lifestyle. Through the intelligent implementation of operational technologies, civic technologies, IoT, cloud technology and advanced data analytics cities will be able to profit from a huge variety of newRead More
Smartphone Sensors
The process of the digitalisation of our environment and the connection of nearly everything to the Internet creates tons of new possibilities. Possibilities which need intelligent user interfaces and control. Buttons tend to vanish and are often replaced by touch screens and gesture control. The Need For Sensors Those modern control interfaces and displays need sensors in order to adapt to their surroundings. There are two main parameters which need to be observed. The first is the proximity to other objects in order to switch the display on and offRead More
By now you might have read about our versatile high performance and low power IoT sensor hub MAREN (if not click here). The feature-rich reference design platform which is equipped with Bluetooth and NFC as standard can be extended with additional connectivity solutions via Atmel XPLAINED PRO interface. A couple days ago we described the possibilities created by using the Atmel ATA8520-EK-3 extension in order to connect MAREN to the Sigfox network (read more here). In this article we will take a look at a new solution based on theRead More
colorful world of wearables
Wearable technology is booming. Not many other high-tech segments have polarised more over the last years. Electronic devices worn on or even inside the body have long outgrown their image as part of the IoT and manifested themselves as own segment. Companies like FitBit and Withings have managed to establish themselves as successful players in the market in just a few years. Regarding activity trackers they are eye-to-eye with huge enterprises like Nike and Adidas that struggle to keep pace with the small and innovative fitness device manufacturers born asRead More
IoT PaaS vs DIY
IoT service platforms – also called IoT Platform as a Service (PaaS) – are on the uprise and offer companies the possibilities to save costs. They also improve services and capabilities of products and shorten time-to-market. In the following we will take a look at the challenges of IoT platforms and how IoT PaaS can help to overcome them. The IoT will be realised through a great number of systems, which will have to fulfil different requirements.  Those will make use of hardware and software components, which will vary greatlyRead More