Blebricks technology can be successfully used to implement new ideas, products or applications in the…
Blebricks technology can be successfully used to realize new ideas, products or applications in the logistics and transport sector.
A set of portable wireless sensors is used to provide information on events that may jeopardize the transportation of goods.
Portable wireless sensors can be used, for example, for the following logistics needs:
Environmental parameters, such as temperature, humidity, pressure
Overturning or collisions
Handling not allowed
Attempts to theft
History of the data recorded by the sensors during transport (Datalogger)
Creation of the prototype and proof of concept
Thanks to our instant prototyping system, it is possible to prototype each electronic device in a few moments at a cost of a few tens of euros, also depending on the sensor configuration chosen.
The prototype device is usually supplied in the Expert version and therefore enclosed in a housing that allows it to be worn or fixed to assets or to pre-existing structures. With our 3D-FLEX service, we can provide, to customers who request them, 3D-FDM printed housings that can be customized for each specific application, with logo and colors chosen by the customer.
With our MakeApp it will be possible to configure and verify on site, via smartphone, the functioning of the individual sensors.
Finally, through Bricksboard, our online platform, it is possible to analyze the data transmitted by the sensors in real time, consult their history and, for outdoor applications, locate the sensors on Google maps. It will also be possible to set specific actions such as sending messages or e-mails, and activating other local devices when certain events occur, such as exceeding critical values revealed by the sensors used.
Finally, the customer can create his own software using our libraries and / or the documentation of the protocols used. Alternatively, you can take advantage of Software solutions created by our Partners for specific applications.
a) Prototype of the hardware device
With the BLE-B you can measure the local temperature value, communicate with any gateway / local control device and perform data-logger operations as well as manage any Blebricks connected to it with auxiliary sensors / actuators including:
IMU: to detect overturning, collisions, unwanted movements, theft attempts
BUZ: to make the device emit acoustic signals in case of alarms
ENV: for a more accurate measurement of temperature (indoor and outdoor), atmospheric pressure, relative humidity (environment / soil), indoor air quality (standard IAQ index) and organic volatile concentration index ( VOCx) such as Carbon monoxide (CO), Ethanol (C2H5OH), Ethane (C2H6), Acetone (C3H6O) Isoprene (C5H8) as well as the relative height to another sensor located nearby with an accuracy of ± 1 mt.
RGB: to detect exposure to infrared sources and daylight (e.g. attempted theft with perforations)
GPS: to detect the outdoor position with GNSS system
Finally with the Blebricks:
RPS or XPS, you can choose the most suitable power supply for the devices
SFX or NBT it will be possible to build an LP-WAN network to send data directly to remote servers / stations
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b) Check the functioning of the sensors
Using our MakeApp or the Bricksboard platform it will be possible to immediately check the functioning of the sensors and set alerts in case particular conditions occur.
The sensors can be configured locally via Bluetooth through our MakeApp available for Android devices and which can be used for:
Collect the data transmitted by the sensors on site
Configure devices (transmission intervals, BLE power, event detection, etc.)
Georeference the devices at the time of installation by sending the coordinates detected by the Smartphone itself.
c) The Application Software
The customer can download our Java or PHP libraries or even the technical documentation necessary to create their own software. Alternatively, you can use the services and / or specific Software solutions already available or developed by our partners for specific applications.
The BricksBoard platform can be used with all modes of data transmission and collection, and customized to allow other processing in addition to:
visualization of the data coming from the single sensors
graphs with the historical data of the individual sensors
display of the position of the sensors on Google maps for outdoor use
activation of alarms upon the occurrence of particular events, such as threshold exceeding
d) Data transmission
The transmission and collection of data can take place in the following ways, namely by:
- Smartphone and MakeApp
It is possible to detect the data transmitted by the sensors locally within a range of tens of meters and view them on the Smartphone, or download the log of the data recorded starting from the detection of a particular event. If needed, the MakeApp also sends the information to the server for subsequent viewing and processing.
Our Gateway with BLE5.0 technology (in free field it can cover distances greater than 300 meters) uses the WI-Fi, Ethernet or 3 / 4G network (optional), thanks to which we can send the information coming from the sensors to the server, in real time, autonomously without requiring any operator intervention.
By adding a Blebrick type SFX or NBT, using the Sigfox or 4G (NB-IoT) network, we can send the information from the sensors to the server in real time and without requiring any operator intervention.
Realization of the custom product
Following the validation of the prototype in the field (PoC), the customer will be able to obtain the supply of their industrialized and customized devices even on small series, through the “Fast Route to Production” service, a turnkey solution that offers services of:
Industrialization, necessary to transform the prototype into a product with optimized costs, form factors, performance and consumption (housing of the final device on request);
production and testing, taking advantage of the fact that predefined production processes, testing equipment and procurement structures, already validated and started, are reused;
certification, with the benefit of reusing parent modules already certified for CE certification or any others upon request. In conclusion, the “Fast Route to Production” service uses Blebricks technology to provide the customer with a product that can be customized with your logo. It is an economical, fast and reliable solution that integrates the prototype devices used for the PoC on a single support, eliminating redundancies in order to make the final product more compact, efficient and less expensive. In this way, development times and costs are reduced on average by 90% compared to competing solutions.