Beacons are so much in demand these days and lots of them are available which analyse the environment and offer people the content on their smartphones. Still, what makers and hobbyists lack is an open-source beacon device. Now, a Finnish Startup Ruuvi Innovations has successfully crowdfunded a 100% open-source Bluetooth 5.0 Ready Sensor Beacon, RuuviTag — which boasts a 1 kilometer open air range unveiling unlimited possibilities for makers, developers, IoT companies and educational institutions.
Conforming to both the Apple iBeacon and Google Eddystone specifications, RuuviTag can not only used be as a standard Eddystone or iBeacon proximity beacon, but also offers temperature, humidity, air pressure, and acceleration sensors in an open-source platform that allows it to be applied in several applications. Further, the tag can be used as a great educational tool.
RuuviTag can be deployed as a remote weather station broadcasting environmental and atmospheric data to an app on a smartphone, or attachment to an object to notify the owner if it is moved.
One of the most impressive features of this beacon is its superior antenna design. A good antenna means lesser transmission power leading to more battery life. RuuviTag thus offers a battery life lasting up to 10 years. Further, although Bluetooth’s maximum range is around 100 meters, the tag’s openair range is proven to reach over 1 km which is 10 times the average Bluetooth range.
“RuuviTag is IoT for everyone. There are many traditional beacon providers out there but the market needs more open-source IoT sensor solutions. That’s why we have released all our hardware design and software codes to the public.” says Lauri Jämsä, CEO of Ruuvi Innovations. “During the design process many world-leading Internet-of-Things pioneers gave valuable feedback to our development team. We’re thankful to Nordic Semiconductor and Google’s Physical Web team for their support of our project.”
Here’s a glimpse of some of the distinguishing features of RuuviTag:-
- Easy, standalone use: the devices can be used without any preinstalled apps.
- Eddystone certified: RuuviTag is checked for full Eddystone support by Google engineers.
- Arduino compatible: the software is compatible with Arduino’s recently announced IoT platform, Arduino Primo.
- Multiple Sensors: to measure temperature, relative humidity, air pressure, altitude and acceleration.
- Bluetooth 5 ready: the new Bluetooth release quadruples range, doubles speed, increases data broadcasting capacity by 800% and brings Bluetooth mesh networking to reality.
- NFC (NearFieldCommunication) support.
- Sleek design.
- 100% OpenSource (both hardware and software).
- A calculated battery lifetime of up to 10 years.
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