Category:Projects - monitoring and control
nControl^2 - General Purpose Computing
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 is aimed to be used in Remote Monitoring & Control, Automation, CarPC and Robotics applications, however it should be suitable for many other purposes and industries.
TIMS - Telecom Infrastructure Management System
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
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
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.
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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