Libelium, a designer and manufacturer of hardware and communication protocols for wireless sensor networks, asserted that it completed the Smart Cities platform that is capable of allowing system integrators to view noise, pollution, structural health and waste management.

The company said that its main lines of research and development are: Waspmote – low consumption sensor device for the creation of wireless sensor networks; Meshlium – multi-tech router integrating Wifi mesh (2.4GHz – 5GHz), ZigBee, GPRS, GPS and Bluetooth technologies in a single unit; and N-vio – proximity marketing and message sending platform via Bluetooth.

The Smart Cities platform will enable the creation of various services that can be deployed by system integrators and the new sensor board is capable of blending with other sensor boards made by Libelium for gas monitoring, radiation detection and Smart Parking.

Officials with the company asserted that urban monitoring – whether relating to noise pollution, traffic management or structural health – can be addressed cost-effectively by wireless sensor network. Libelium is now able to provide system integrators with a complete technology for deploying all the services a Smart City needs using the same modular platform.

The new sensor board consists for four new sensors: noise sensor – which will detect noise from traffic and people and is essential in charting a real-time noise map of any city; particulate matter (dust) sensor – for measuring PM-10 concentrations down to 0.1 microgram level; crack sensor – which detects cracks developed in public buildings and it is capable of detecting displacements that are as small as 10 micrometers; and ultrasound sensor – which measures garbage levels dumped in cans and this measurement will enable city officials to direct waste management services to empty garbage cans that are full and almost full – a process that saves both time and fuel.

Also the Smart Cities platform enables system integrators to deploy a heterogeneous wireless sensor network with a combination of sensor boards for city councils.

Libelium noted that the Smart Cities platform is based on its Waspmote wireless sensing technology. Waspmote is a modular platform for building wireless sensor networks.

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Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell