25 September 2013, Stockholm, Sweden—Internet of Things startup Thingsquare today announced the availability of the Thingsquare Internet of Things evaluation kit. Unlike many Internet of Things solutions, the Thingsquare system does not depend on a gateway. Instead, all devices are connected directly to the Internet, using a wireless radio with much lower power consumption than WiFi. Using self-forming and self-healing mesh networking, the range of a Thingsquare system can be very large – a single network can cover an entire city.
Building on the success of existing Thingsquare-based systems, the new Thingsquare kit opens up a new range of applications, including street lighting, smart appliances, meter reading, and wireless sensing. The kit is built on the Texas Instruments (TI) low-power CC2538 2.4 GHz System-on-a-Chip (SoC), an IoT-ready integrated radio transceiver and ARM® Cortex™-M3 microcontroller.
“We are excited to see ready-made evaluation kits for the emerging IoT market,” said Oyvind Birkenes, general manager, Wireless Connectivity Solutions, TI. “The Thingsquare software with TI’s CC2538 SoC opens new application opportunities to further grow the Internet of Things.”
“With direct Internet-connectivity for the radio chips, the Thingsquare evaluation kit makes prototyping and building IoT applications faster than ever before,” said Thingsquare CEO Adam Dunkels. “The TI CC2538 SoC is a powerful platform that can be taken directly to production.”
The Thingsquare evaluation kit is available for immediate purchase for 795 EUR from the Thingsquare website. http://thingsquare.com/
June 4, 2013—Internet of Things software startup Thingsquare today unveiled two customer success stories from innovative companies: the tado° smart thermostat and the LIFX WiFi bulb. Both tado° and LIFX exemplify the emerging Internet of Things landscape, where smartphones are used to interact with physical things.
"By choosing Thingsquare, we were able to develop our product in a surprisingly short amount of time," said Johannes Schwarz, tado° CTO and co-founder.
"Thingsquare's technology provides the network stability needed for long-time deployments," said LIFX co-founder and project lead Daniel May. "The low power consumption of the Thingsquare mesh is key to long-term energy savings for the user."
The customer case reports can be downloaded from the Thingsquare website: http://thingsquare.com/
May 7, 2013—Thingsquare today announced Thingsquare Code, to help connect products such as light bulbs, thermostats, and smart city systems to smartphone apps. Thingsquare Code is the world's first online interactive development environment (IDE) for the Internet of Things and works with a number of recent chips that target the emerging Internet of Things market, from leading chip vendors Texas Instruments and ST Microelectronics.
Thingsquare Code lets developers of Internet of Things products program their wireless chips from a web browser. Before Thingsquare Code, developing Internet of Things products used to be time-consuming and would require extensive expertise on behalf of the developer. With Thingsquare Code, developers can quickly prototype and validate their products, directly from their web browsers.
"The latest IP/6LoWPAN solutions for IoT applications from Texas Instruments (TI) will be ready for Thingsquare Code," said Oyvind Birkenes, general manager, Wireless Connectivity Solutions, TI. "Thingsquare opens the door to developers from various disciplines to connect their products faster to the Internet. This is truly revolutionary."
"Thingsquare Code already works with a number of microprocessor platforms, including the ARM Cortex M3 and the TI MSP430," said Thingsquare chief architect Adam Dunkels. "With our secure cloud connectivity solution, devices can be programmed without cables and without having to install compiler toolchains, which is a large step forward for IoT programming."
Thingsquare Code is currently available for beta testers and will be available for use with a number of wireless chips for the emerging Internet of Things market developed by Texas Instruments and ST Microelectronics.
Scalable open source IP/6LoWPAN connectivity for home automation products, connected lighting systems, and smart city projects
DALLAS, March 12, 2013—To further support the development of the Internet of Things (IoT), Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) today announced support of the Thingsquare Mist IoT open source firmware for select TI hardware platforms for connected home automation products, connected lighting, and smart city projects. For maximum scalability, manufacturers can select from several TI IP/6LoWPAN solutions including the sub-1 GHz CC1101 or CC1120 radio frequency (RF) transceiver combined with an ultra-low power MSP430™ microcontroller (MCU) or the CC2538 system-on-chip (SoC) with integrated ARM® Cortex™ M3, RF transceiver and memory. Building on well-known open source components, Thingsquare Mist is a game-changing, lightweight and proven software system that brings true Internet connectivity to the IoT.
"Supporting open standards, such as IPv6, RPL, and 6LoWPAN, are important for the emerging IoT market to expand and support growing consumer demand," said Oyvind Birkenes, general manager, Wireless Connectivity Solutions, TI. "Thingsquare Mist gives our customers a robust and open source Internet connectivity solution for their wireless products with the CC2538 and the MSP430 MCU combined with CC1101 and CC1120."
"We see a strong customer pull for TI's CC2538 SoC as well as the sub-1 GHz CC1101 and CC1120 solutions combined with the proven MSP430 MCU platform," said Roger Bergdahl, CEO of Thingsquare. "Working with TI provides manufacturers with a wide range of options for building IoT products based on the Thingsquare Mist open source software system."
Stockholm, Sweden, and Geneva, Switzerland / 12 Mar 2013—Thingsquare, a pioneering provider of open-source software for the Internet of Things, and STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, have cooperated to bring Thingsquare Mist Internet-connectivity software to ST’s SPIRIT1 radio transceiver on the STM32L microcontroller platform.
Thingsquare Mist is a game-changing software system that brings true Internet-connectivity to the Internet of Things. Used in connected-home products, smart lighting systems, and smart city projects, Thingsquare Mist builds on well-known open-source components, has a small memory footprint, low computational requirements, is battle-proven, and works with multiple microcontrollers with a range of radios.
ST’s SPIRIT1 is a very low-power RF transceiver, intended for RF wireless-sensor node applications in the sub-1 GHz band, such as Automatic Meter Infrastructure, alarm and security systems, home and building automation, and industrial monitoring and control. The SPIRIT1 uses a very small number of discrete external components, integrates an embedded ‘listen-before-talk’ (CSMA/CA) engine and an AES 128-bit encryption co-processor for secure data transfer.
The SPIRIT1 transceiver works in tandem with ST’s ARM® Cortex™-M3-based STM32 L1 microcontroller series, which boasts ultra-low-power consumption with no compromise on performance. The microcontroller adds a wide range of integrated peripherals like USB, analog-to-digital converter and LCD controller that make it suitable for industrial, consumer, fitness, and healthcare applications.
“Thingsquare Mist makes it possible for customers to quickly add Internet-connectivity to their products,” said Marcello San Biagio, High End Analog and RF Business Unit Director at STMicroelectronics. “The Thingsquare Mist ‘sleepy mesh’ technology is extremely efficient and helps increase reliability and range in wireless sensor networks without sacrificing battery life.”
“The SPIRIT1 combines exceptional performance in the sub-GHz band with very low power consumption,” said Fredrik Österlind, Thingsquare CTO. “With its range, the SPIRIT1 can be used in both indoor and outdoor applications.”
The SPIRIT1 support is integrated in the first release of Thingsquare Mist that is available at http://www.thingsquare.com. The SPIRIT1 transceiver is available from ST, orderable online at http://www.st.com.
March 12, 2013—Internet of Things pioneer Thingsquare today released the open source code for the Thingsquare Mist firmware, for a number of hardware platforms from leading global semiconductor manufacturers STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI). Thingsquare Mist connects battery-powered wireless microcontrollers to the Internet, allowing product manufacturers to quickly connect products such as smart lightbulbs and home appliances to smartphone apps and database backends. Thingsquare Mist is used in a number of products in the connected home, smart lighting, and smart cities markets.
Thingsquare Mist builds on open Internet standards, such as IPv6, RPL, and 6lowpan. The key innovation behind Thingsquare Mist is the exceptionally lightweight router software, which connects an IPv6 mesh to the Internet in less than 4 kilobytes of memory. The launch source code has support for TI’s CC2538 2.4 GHz 802.15.4 SoC, and CC1101 and CC1120 sub-GHz transceivers with TI's MSP430 microcontroller as well as the SPIRIT1 sub-GHz transceiver on the STM32L microcontroller platform from STMicroelectronics.
"With Thingsquare Mist, our customers can bring true Internet connectivity to a wide variety of lighting, home automation and smart city products,” said Oyvind Birkenes, general manager, Wireless Connectivity Solutions, TI. “Combined with scalable solutions including the CC2538 802.15.4 SoC and CC1101 or CC1120 sub-1 GHz transceivers with TI's MSP430 MCU, we believe that the Thingsquare Mist software platform will propel the Internet of Things market with simplified and robust solutions."
“Thingsquare Mist allows SPIRIT1-based sub-GHz wireless sensor node applications to be quickly connected to the Internet”, said Marcello San Biagio, High End Analog and RF Business Unit Director at STMicroelectronics. “Combining long range in both indoor and outdoor systems with a very low power consumption, the SPIRIT1 radio transceiver in tandem with Thingsquare Mist sets to advance Internet of Things in home and building automation, smart metering, security systems, and industrial control.”
“We are proud to release the source code for Thingsquare Mist”, said Adam Dunkels, chief architect and co-founder of Thingsquare. “TI's CC2538, C1101 and CC1120 as well as the ST SPIRIT1 give Thingsquare Mist users four excellent platforms to choose from when building Thingsquare Mist-based products.”
The Thingsquare Mist open source code is available for download from the Thingsquare website. Thingsquare Mist-compatible hardware kits and reference designs will be available. Thingsquare sells subscription to Thingsquare Mist source code updates, custom Thingsquare Mist-based software solutions, and a range of training options for Thingsquare Mist users.
29 January 2013—Thingsquare today announced the launch of the world’s first professional training program for the Internet of Things. The program is aimed at IT decision makers and developers, who want to get a broad overview of how the Internet of Things can drive their business and who want to learn how to quickly develop world-class Internet of Things products.
The training program covers Internet of Things business concepts, technology, software, and cloud connectivity. Like the Internet, the Internet of Things relies heavily on open source software and the training program therefore has a strong open source focus.
“Thingsquare’s mission is to make the Internet of Things easy to build and to use, but the Internet of Things isn’t quite there yet” said Adam Dunkels, chief architect and co-founder of Thingsquare. “With the Thingsquare training program, product developers will get hands-on knowledge that will let them get to market faster.”
“Our training program lets IT managers, CEOs, CTOs, and CIOs understand how the Internet of Things will affect their bottom line”, said Roger Bergdahl, CEO and co-founder of Thingsquare. “The Internet of Things holds a tremendous market potential that is waiting to be unleashed.”
Two courses are already scheduled for March in Stockholm, Sweden. Schedules and prices are available on the Thingsquare website.
14 November 2012—Innovative greentech startup tado° today launched their Internet-connected tado° home thermostat. tado° connects the heating system with a smartphone app to combine instant comfort with energy savings by adjusting indoor climate to weather forecasts, user behavior, and individual building characteristics. The tado° system uses Thingsquare Mist to connect the tado° thermostats to the Internet.
Unlike traditional thermostats, tado° does not have knobs, buttons, or even a display. Instead, tado° uses a smartphone app to control the indoor comfort, allowing tado° to save energy by turning down the heating or AC when the last person has left the house – without anyone having to lift a finger. Being Internet-connected, tado° thermostats use a range of energy-saving features that keeps on improving as the number of tado° installations increase. In a pilot study, tado° users have already saved up to 30% on their heating bills.
“The tado° system leads the way for a new generation of Internet-connected consumer products, often called the Internet of Things”, said Thingsquare co-founder Adam Dunkels. “tado° is a striking example of how innovative products can make effective use of emerging Internet of Things technology.”
“By choosing Thingsquare Mist, we were able to develop an Internet-connected product in a surprisingly short amount of time”, said tado° co-founder and CTO Johannes Schwarz. “Internet-connectivity is at the heart of our product and our customers value hassle-free installation, something that Thingsquare Mist helped us bring to our system.”
The tado° system is available immediately via http://www.tado.com/, with an introductory price of 99 EUR per year.
October 2, 2012—Thingsquare, a pioneering provider of software connecting the physical world through the Internet, has selected IAR Embedded Workbench for developing its Thingsquare Mist connectivity platform for home and building automation, and for smart lighting. IAR Systems’ embedded software development tool chain gives Thingsquare and its customers the compact and highly efficient code that is fundamental when smart objects communicate with each other via the Internet.
Thingsquare and its customers contribute to the growth of systems for smart homes, smart offices and smart cities, based on battery-operated systems and low-power Internet communication. Thingsquare Mist uses Contiki, the open source operating system for the Internet of Things, created by Thingsquare co-founder Adam Dunkels.
IAR Embedded Workbench is the world’s most widely used tool chain for 8-, 16-, and 32-bit MCUs, and is available for more than 7,400 devices. The highly-optimizing C/C++ compiler and debugger tool suite is a completely integrated development environment for developing, building, and debugging embedded applications with strong requirements on performance and reliability.
“IAR Embedded Workbench provides an easy-to-use, efficient and reliable tool chain,” says Fredrik Österlind, CTO at Thingsquare. “Many of our customers demand tools from IAR Systems for their development projects and we are very pleased to show that IAR Embedded Workbench provides excellent development tools for Thingsquare Mist-based solutions. As it supports such a huge and comprehensive bandwidth of devices suitable for smart systems, it will also help us to stay flexible in our hardware choice.”
“Thingsquare is a truly visionary, innovative and future-oriented technology company and we are very pleased that IAR Embedded Workbench plays a role in their product development,” says Liselott Lundeborg, Nordic Sales Manager at IAR Systems. “We look forward to supporting Thingsquare and its customers in their development projects and will be quite proud as new smart systems enter the market.”
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September 20, 2012—Thingsquare, a pioneering provider of open-source software for the Internet of Things, today announced Thingsquare Mist, a standards-based mesh networking platform. Thingsquare Mist allows developers of smart lighting systems, smart cities, smart homes and smart buildings to quickly add Internet connectivity to their devices.
A key feature of Thingsquare Mist is its ability to seamlessly connect Mist networks with existing networks based on the Internet Protocol (IP), without need for manual configuration.
"The Internet of Things market is growing quickly due to new low-cost hardware and manufacturing technology," said Adam Dunkels, founder of Thingsquare and author of the Contiki operating system. "The Internet of Things needs open standards and straightforward software to move forward. Thingsquare Mist makes the Internet of Things dramatically easier to develop and deploy."
Thingsquare Mist uses open standards such as the Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), IPv6 for low-power wireless networks (6lowpan), the Routing Protocol for Lossy networks (RPL), and the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). Thingsquare Mist is open-source software and runs the open-source Contiki operating system on the devices. Key innovations in network protocols, over-the-air software update mechanisms, and network maintenance tools, makes Thingsquare Mist systems easy to develop, deploy, and operate.
Thingsquare is working with several leading hardware manufacturers to bring Thingsquare Mist to a wide range of hardware platforms. Thingsquare Mist is currently in private beta with a set of selected customers and will be available by Q1 2013.