IoT & Gateway Applications
Radio and Control Technology in the Barn
Signal or prompt feeding helps to reduce stress for pigs living in a group. Rivalries and aggressions on the feeding system occur repeatedly when eating. Signal feeding is a method of teaching pigs to engage in response to a signal and proceed to the feeding trough.
The method is based on call or signal-based feed management. Individual signals are interpreted by animals as indicators for their own feeding. This signal is made up of acoustic signals or vibrations released by a pig's ear tag. As a result, the ear tag serves as both an actuator and a sensor. Movements of the pig are recorded and transmitted via close range radio (BT or 868 MHz) to the superior IPC unit. The IPC with display and touch piA-SF is the gateway between cloud and barn. This Linux terminal is designed for extremely harsh environments such as the pigsty.
The fully automatic feeding system in the pigsty in Dummerstorf (FBM) was developed to optimally feed pregnant pigs living in small groups. A fully automatic system was created that ensures a more rational use of the feed, determines optimal feeding times, ensures the needs-based supply of nutrients, vitamins and trace elements and, above all, minimizes animal fights at the trough.
Animal Welfare & Innovative Technology
The access control system is used to develop modern feeding stations and also to convert older feeding stations into modern feeding stations. An inexpensive way to ensure optimal feeding and stress reduction in the pigsty.
Modern technology can make a significant contribution to improving animal welfare in agricultural livestock farming. In order for it to be accepted by the target group, it must be reliable and, above all, intuitive to use.
Control Unit for Barn Systems
The system is based on our panel PC piA-SF with a 10.1" multi-touch display, which was specially developed for harsh environments with high humidity. The panel PC ensures continuous operation at a temperature of up to +60°C, is fanless and supports the following interfaces: CAN / CANOpen, Ethernet, WLAN, RS485, USB, GSM/UMTS/LTE. Accessories for antennas and fastening material are standardized for the Linux terminal.
Radio Module for Ear Tag
The sensor and transmitter unit is based on a BT LE or 868 MHz radio module. The electronics and software developed were integrated into an ear tag from Smartbow. All ear tags are optimized for the lowest energy consumption. In addition to the radio unit, a button cell supplies a buzzer and a vibration module. During normal operation, the ear tag is in a stand-by mode. If the higher-level control computer sends an activation signal by radio, the pig is activated by acoustic signals and the vibration motor.
Based on animal behaviour and known animal parameters such as age and body weight, the control program estimates the approximate rank of each pig in the social hierarchy of the group. The social rank is used to account for the natural feeding order in a series of calls, reducing feeding-related fights even further. The calculations are done directly in the Linux control computer and serve as the foundation for controlling the ear tags - sensor nodes.
Action to Activate the Cities
Street-Points is a walking and movement game to activate people in urban areas. The smart game boxes are distributed in the districts. The overall system game is an IoT project in a classical sense. The game boxes are IoT end nodes, while the players, objects, and portal as an administration system are cloud solutions.
"Kreuz und Quer" (crisscross) is a variant of the Street Points campaign. The smart game boxes are distributed in the city districts. Equipped with a flyer and an RFID game card, the children and families go in search of the boxes and collect climate and activity points.
The game boxes are energy-independent devices that are powered from a battery pack for several weeks. Each game box has an RFID reader for scanning the RFID cards, an e-paper display, GPS for locating the boxes and mobile communications for data connection to the Street-Points background system. The IoT devices are intended to be maintenance-free and functional in harsh environments.
For the People
The smart game boxes are distributed all over the city. Equipped with a flyer and an RFID game card, the children and families set off in search of the boxes. The achieved score is displayed directly on the screen. The players "level up" and are happy about their successes. Thanks to the use of RFID cards and the absence of an app for mobile phones, the children are on an equal footing. The campaign is non-discriminatory.
The data from the IoT game boxes is sent to the background system via mobile communications. The backend contains the database and controls for the overall game. The game boxes themselves are monitored and RFID cards, users and user groups are administered. The frontend for the game's administrators is clearly laid out and complies with current data protection guidelines. Extensive statistics prove the effectiveness of the game.
The game has several positive effects for the cities. Street-Points is a building block on the way to climate neutrality in cities. Issues such as parental taxis, lack of parking space or traffic jams are being permanently changed by influencing people's awareness of mobility. It starts with the traffic education of the children. People become more conscious of their surroundings as a result of playing, they learn to live without a car and to use alternative modes of transportation.
Spexor - The Multifunctional IoT Device
Spexor from Bosch is a mobile security assistant. It not only detects burglaries, but also monitors the air quality and reports an alarm in the event of frost or heat. Many small sensors continuously measure the monitored environment, providing protection in a variety of everyday situations.
The only 12 cm small mobile security assistant scans the environment with its high-quality sensors. Spexor recognizes a break-in by evaluating the combinations of sensor data. Motion, light, temperature, noise, and air quality sensors provide the necessary monitoring data. It also evaluates the room's air quality. If the sensors detect an anomaly in the monitored environment, Spexor notifies the background system and thus the smartphone.
The alarm gadget works without cords or a router, and its battery lasts up to 2-3 weeks in power saving mode. This enables Spexor to be used in a variety of monitoring scenarios, such as burglary detection.
Alarm system with WOW effect
Our developers and designers of pironex were not only able to convince with the ergonomic and compact design. Every detail of this product has been carefully planned and implemented in a user-friendly manner. The capacitive buttons and the double-click function enable communication without an app, and the colour and acoustic signals provide information about the air quality. You can find more information about Spexor at: https://www.spexor-bosch.com/de/
Pironex engineers conceived and designed the design concept with the basic requirements for the device (design, function, ergonomics, etc.). In addition to aesthetic functions, functional requirements for usability, manufacturability and durability were also included. A large number of sketches and renderings were developed and presented for the selection of the basic form. The Spexor design is timeless and beautiful.
A manufacturing and construction concept was created parallel to the design draft. From the component separation to the complete installation space arrangement (package), all design-relevant details (such as circuit board attachment, battery holder or antenna guide) were constructed and specified three-dimensionally in CAD. 3D printing of the individual elements enabled a quick and cost-effective functional test in the development process.
In the next step, the first prototypes of the Spexor were built. Thanks to our fully equipped prototype construction department, we were able to hand over a first functional "Spexor" prototype to our customer in just a few weeks, in coordination with the procurement of the components. The assembled circuit boards fitted perfectly. The functional software also worked as hoped and the connection to the native app could be established and tested.
The Spexor is controlled by users via native apps for iOS and Android. These apps form the interface between the device and the users. pironex develops the functional apps on the basis of extensive design drafts with coordinated UX design. Functional groups such as user management, device control and displaying the current sensor data as well as events are things that we understand and represent in the interests of the user.