Category:Projects - monitoring and control

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Computing by Gumstix

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Nottingham Scientific -- Global Navigation Satellite System

Nottingham Scientific is using an Overo Earth board to run some of their satellite receiver software. Michele, one of the software engineers, writes, "Not only can the OMAP3503 reliably record the raw GNSS stream, but it is also capable of processing 16 GPS -or Galileo BOC(1,1)- channels in real-time, continuously!" See his blog post for more details.

nControl^2 - General Purpose Computing

Ncontrol initial design

Clearbox Systems is developing its next generation nControl product which will be called nControl^2 (or nControl Squared). It is a small general purpose computer based on the Gumstix Overo module and will be officially released in Q4 2009. The development of this product can be followed at Clearbox Systems Development Blog and we would appreciate any feedback or suggestions over the next month or so during the prototyping phase.

This product will feature a compact size, robust wide input power supply, and 8 USB host ports for easy expansion. It is aimed to be used in Remote Monitoring & Control, Automation, CarPC, UAV and Robotics applications, however it should be suitable for many other purposes and industries.

TIMS - Telecom Infrastructure Management System

Inside the Powertech network controller

Map of Powertech across India

Powertech Automation Solutions provides an innovative platform for remote asset monitoring and management. Their patented product helps companies with asset monitoring, energy management, real time data acquisition and analysis, mobile work force management and work flow integration.

TIMS, their telecom infrastructure management system, is powered by gumstix technology and uses the GPRS network to talk to central server.

The product picture on the right shows the internal layout of the Powertech system.

The map on the right indicates Powertech installations in the country of India as of January 2009.

"Thanks a lot for making a great product". Ashish Sirasao, Powertech.


Ad-hoc wireless network for Emergency Workers

Mica creates Ad-hoc wireless network

Ad-hoc wireless networks may soon tell emergency workers how to deploy transmitters.

Building an on-the-fly wireless communications networks is a vital part of firefighting, handling hostage situations, and dealing with other emergencies. But it is difficult to build such networks quickly and reliably.

Soon these emergency wireless networks could help build themselves. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently presented details of two experimental networks that tell emergency workers when to set down wireless transmitters to ensure a good signal.

Gumstix on the Matterhorn Hornligrat in Swiss Alps

Helicopter over the Matterhorn, in the Swiss Alps]

PermaSense observes physical parameters related to permafrost in steep high-alpine terrain over a period of multiple years. Live sensor network data is transmitted from the Matterhorn, Switzerland field site at 3400 m a.s.l. every 2 minutes.

Gumstix verdex is the base station computer high on the mountain.

PermaSense Live Data Viewer

Contact: Jan Beutel at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich.

Gumstix on the Iceland icecap

The Glacsweb project used Gumstix (connex) together with a low power sensor board to control a sensor network installed in the summer of 2008 in the glacier ice of the main icecap in Iceland. The gumstix runs control scripts in Python to fetch sensor data from probes in the ice and a dGPS on the surface. It uses GPRS to copy data and fetch scripts from the server in the UK.


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