I have recently discovered the smartEverything prototyping board for Sigfox. This board was used during the SigFox maker tour and It is really nice for creating some prototypes and evaluate the technology.
The board is an Arduino board based on an Atmel SAM D21 MCU (Cortex M0) with 256KB of flash and 32K SRAM running @48Mhz
The most important part is concerning the sensors available on the card and this is clearly the best point about this board : you have a lot of them available : crypto authentication chip, BLE module, GPS, NFC, Accelerometer / gyroscope / magnetometer, Pressure / Humidity / Temperature sensor, proximity light / sensor, RGB Led, Led & push button. It can be powered by USB or external 2xAA batteries.
The board cost is about 106€ and can be found at RS. It is provided with a sigfox network access to the backend.
After making my kit on my own, I finally got the official Telecom Design TD1204 kit (thank you TD) There is no big issues to use it once you have the right entry point, but as I had some email exchange with support to be fully ready for using it, I’m prefer to share some words with you on what to do and how it works.
Basically, the TD kit is an EFM32 Tiny Gecko Starter kit (STK3300) with some little modifications. The EFM kit have two interesting functions : in own a Jlink JTAG/SWD programming and debugging interface and its EFM32 MCU can be use to monitor power consumption with precision.
I needed to access a mongodb instance to manage my collections. I was looking for something like phpmyadmin for mongo but the first tool I found was mongoclient.
This tool is an application for desktop provided for many OS including mac OsX. The quality of the tool is really good.
The mongodb was installed on my server remotely and protected by a firewall so the easiest way to access it was to open a ssh tunnel. Mongoclient is supposed to manage the ssh tunnel in the application but it was not working for me so I had to manually connect the tunnel :
New version of the Telecom design SDK has been released for TD1208 / TD1208R / TD1204 and now officially supporting TD1205.
This new version provide some bug fixes, like a crash after 21285 transmissions that could be after 212 days in case of full use… some I had in touch with could be interested… @pioupiou and also a bug that disable gpio interrupt after sigfox transmission (I experimented it !)
For the main evolution, this version is supporting FCC and TD1508 and improving sigfox transmissions.
From my experience, this version is also a good way to decrease the size of your binary files.
This post is about upgrading from a SDK 5 to SDK6 and the impact you can when recompiling your projects.
To install the SDK from scratch, just follow the well documented official post here.
I’m actually doing some experiment with the French LoraWan network operated by Objenious. To receive the message on your backend application, one of the way is to build a callback function to proceed the data.
Due to LoraWan protocol, you have different type of possible callback like for: joining network, uplink messages and downlink report.
This post gives an exemple on how to implement an uplink message callback handler, with php, for your application backend server.
Today Sigfox is releasing a really good document about antenna design. This pretty document can be found following this link (available on July 7th). This document from TI also contains really well detailed information about the alchemy of antennas and the different kind of product you can find. From Silicon Labs you also have an interesting development kit for 868 antennas with performance published in this application note.
This is to say antenna is one of the most important part of a 868 object, as for Sigfox as for LoRa where the problem is basically the same. I discussed with different sigfox object designed and every-time the antenna was a big project issue. Some has payed about 10-15k€ to get a custom optimized design.
I never experiment a custom design but I made test with various antennas and the purpose of this post will be to give you my feedback on the different solutions.
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