Introducing Proxidyne.  Deploy and Manage iOT sensors.

Introducing Proxidyne. Deploy and Manage iOT sensors.

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016

An introduction video to Proxidyne and our proximity sensor network.

 

Automatically notify staff with our new Proxidyne Motion Sensor [Video]

Automatically notify staff with our new Proxidyne Motion Sensor [Video]

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016

When a customer walks into an area that has high value merchandise, use the Proxidyne Motion Sensor to alert staff over smart phones, tablets and two way radios.  Watch the video to see how it works:

 

 

Keep your cashiers focused on customers with our new Proxidyne Cashier Call Button [Video]

Keep your cashiers focused on customers with our new Proxidyne Cashier Call Button [Video]

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016

With a press of a button, notify staff that a cashier needs change or assistance with our simple, yet powerful, cashier call buttons.  They are small #iot devices that can make announces to any device, such as an smart phone, tablet, or two way radio.

 

Press a button, get a push notification (or radio announcement) [Video]

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016

See how you can take a simple wireless call button, #iot enable it, get it on the devices you use every day!

 

Got a question for your customers? Ask it with the new Proxidyne Survey Button [Video]

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016

Check out the video I did of our wireless survey button.  Use your own questions and branding to get answers immediately!

 

The New Proxidyne Sensor Starter Kit [Video]

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016

I created a new video showing off our sensors and bridge that comes with our new starter kit.  Check it out on YouTube:

Amazon AWS iOT Button Deep Dive

Amazon AWS iOT Button Deep Dive

Posted by on Sep 5, 2016

I got an AWS iOT Button to take a look at. We discuss how it associates with the WiFi network, how it uses MQTT, public key cryptography, and the AWS iOT service.

Check it out!

Proxidyne iOT Cashier Call Buttons

Proxidyne iOT Cashier Call Buttons

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016

We are excited to announce our new Cashier Call Button, a wireless call button so your cashiers can quickly and easily call for assistance without interrupting the checkout process.  With a simple press of a button, a customized announcement is made over a two-way radio or sent to a tablet.  The messages are customized for each button and each cashier, so your cashier gets the help they need fast!

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change needed 125 Cashier needs change? Press a button and a customized announcement gets change there fast!
Alcohol Sales Are some of your cashiers under 21? Press the Alcohol button and an announcement is immediately sent and help is on the way!
Price Check Need a price check? Press the price check button and all staff that are available to do the price check are immediately notified. No muss, no fuss.
manager A cashier can call a manager over just by pressing the manager button. The manager doesn’t need to see a flashing light, but can be anywhere in the store.

Learn More

 

To learn more, check out the the Cashier Button page on our website or watch a movie about it,

IoT Fundamentals – LoRa and LoRaWAN

IoT Fundamentals – LoRa and LoRaWAN

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016

Great post by Paul Sabadin on LoRa and LoraWAN, for long range iOT communication.

…we see that LoRa has a star-of-stars topology and can span great distances, even over a single End Device link (on the order of 15 km), making the technology very IoT friendly.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/iot-fundamentals-lora-lorawan-paul-sabadin

 

Bleu Station Installation with external antenna

Bleu Station Installation with external antenna

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016

We had a customer looking for a solution to automatically open a gate when the owner’s vehicle approached. We helped him with a prototype of our new beacons and an external antenna.  Here is his experience.

Article written by Robert Predovich:

The Goal

We wanted to automatically open a sliding wrought iron gate at the entrance of a new home as the homeowners approached it within their vehicles. The “open gate” command is available via custom programming within SmartThings and attempts were made to use geofencing on their iPhones to recognize proximity and create a trigger. However, this proved very inconsistent and unreliable. The concept of using a locally installed Bluetooth beacon that would trigger an app on the iPhones, which would in turn trigger an event within SmartThings, was then considered as an alternative.

The Challenge

The location is near Toronto, Canada and so weather, especially cold and snow in winter, become a major issue with regards to determining where a beacon could be installed. Not having to rely on battery power that would be susceptible to a shortened lifespan with the cold temperatures was a significant design consideration. Therefore, an enclosed area that could be serviced with AC power was desirable.

The General Plan

The gate is controlled by a DoorKing unit that provides a user interface for visitors. The hope was that a beacon could be mounted within its metal enclosure without interfering with that unit’s electronics. This would provide the protection and AC power required.

Plan “A”

Initially a Proxidyne Bleu Station Series 100 Beacon was installed. The small size of the unit, even when powered via the AC adapter, was perfect. However, the metal enclosure severely restricted its range. Considering the homeowners would be in their own “metal enclosure” (their vehicle) as they approached the gate, the result was that there was no perceived benefit of an automatic reaction by the system to open the gate compared to their ability to manually trigger the opening of the gate as they arrived.

Plan “B”

When I explained the dilemma to Tim Perfitt and Russell Scheil of Proxidyne they recommended that I do an experiment with a prototype Bleu Station Beacon that had the ability to have an external antenna attached. In this way the beacon could be mounted inside the metal enclosure, safely away from the weather elements and powered via AC, with the dipole antenna sitting on top as illustrated by the photos.

The Result

The beacon range, which was only a few meters from the enclosure when the antenna was inside it, was increased to approximately 110 meters during testing when walking away from it. Although the range during normal use is expected to be reduced by the fact that the iPhones will still be within a metal vehicle as they approach, the external antenna has made this concept a practical solution for us.

 

Thanks for the great writeup, Bob!

Here is a photo of our Series 360 Beacon with external antenna, powered over mini USB or 2 AA batteries:

360 External Antenna 2

If you are interested in an external antenna for your iBeacon application, or more information about our beacons and bluetooth devices for deployment, get in touch!