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10 Fastest Growing IoT Companies 2017

Libelium works by connecting any sensor to any cloud platform using any wireless technology

thesiliconreview-alicia-asin-ceo-libelium-17From measuring the radiation levels in Fukushima (Japan), detecting forest fires in Spain, improving cocoa crops (Indonesia), preventing plagues in Slovenia, monitoring traffic and environment in Smart Cities (Hoboken), to combating climatic change in the rain forest (Peru), Libelium technology impacts the world. Founded in the year 2006, Libelium designs and manufactures wireless sensor network devices so that system integrators, engineering, and consultancy companies can deliver reliable Internet of Things (IoT), M2M and Smart Cities’ solutions with minimum time to market.

Over 2,000 developers from 115 countries in companies ranging from startups to universities to large international corporations have adopted Libelium’s hardware and software technology for projects in North America, Australia, Asia and Europe. Commercial deployments based on Waspmote include applications as varied as parking, traffic congestion, environmental monitoring, and precision agriculture. Libelium is privately held and has headquarters in Zaragoza, Spain.

Technologies That Foster Connectivity

Libelium platform features a horizontal approach to the IoT adding interoperability at any point of the whole value chain: from sensors to data management on the cloud. Even although Libelium products are extremely modular, some IoT projects need special adaptations:

Sensor integration: Integrate new sensors to cover specific applications.

Device integration: Add third party devices to our Gateway and connect them to the Cloud easily.

New radio communication modules integration: Integrate new radio technologies such as the last LPWAN and NB-IoT families.

Connect Sensor Networks to Cloud

Libelium has partnered with the best Cloud software solution providers to offer you all the necessary components to deploy Internet of Things (IoT), machine-to-machine (M2M) or Smart Cities’ projects with minimum time to market.

What do you want to measure?

Waspmote Plug & Sense- It integrates more than 120 different sensors, adapting to any scenario such as smart parking, air and noise pollution, irrigation control, vineyard monitoring, etc. With its waterproof enclosure Waspmote Plug & Sense! is suitable for outdoor deployment and, thanks to solar panels and its extreme low power consumption, can work autonomously for years.

How do you want to connect to the internet?

Meshlium receives sensor data from Waspmote Plug & Sense and forwards it directly to the Internet via Ethernet or 4G/3G/GPRS protocols depending on the connectivity options available in the area.

In case connectivity fails, data can be stored in an internal data base. Meshlium is encased in a rugged, waterproof enclosure that protects it from the harshest conditions.

Introducing ‘Waspmote’

Waspmote hardware architecture has been specially designed to work with extremely low consumption. Digital switches allow turning on and off any of the sensor interfaces as well as the radio modules. Three different sleep modes make Waspmote the lowest consumption IoT platform in the market (7 µA). There are more than 110 sensors available to connect to Waspmote: CO, CO2, soil moisture, wind, IR presence, humidity, temperature, pH, radiation, liquid, luminosity, etc. Its Sensor Boards allow developers to easily use sensors in Waspmote. There are 16 different wireless interfaces for Waspmote including long range (4G / 3G / GPRS / GPRS+GPS / LoRaWAN / LoRa / Sigfox / 868 MHz / 900 MHz), medium range (ZigBee / 802.15.4 / DigiMesh / WiFi) and short range (RFID/NFC / Bluetooth 2.1 / Bluetooth Low Energy). They can be used solely or in combination of two by using the Expansion Radio Board. The encryption libraries for Waspmote ensure the authentication, confidentiality (privacy) and integrity of the information gathered by the sensors. To do so, different cryptography algorithms including AES 256, RSA 1024 and MD5 have been implemented.

Highlighting the Moments

Libelium’s technology was present in the first edition of the Smart Cities Conference, held in Quito (Ecuador). What was shown at that event were the Waspmote Plug & Sense, the Smart Water sensors that had been acquired by Libelium’s partner in that country, Innovgroup.

Aridea Solutions, engineering company located in West Virginia, has trusted Libelium technology to assist in the development of the WIZARD (Water Intrinsic Zoological Ambient Research Device) Platform.

The IoT Spartans Challenge, the educational online program for future developers powered by Libelium, has reached two cooperation agreements with The Internet of Things Talent Consortium (IoTTC) and Madrid Internet of Things Institute (MIOTI).

What’s In Store?

Libelium is taking part in the E+Salud Conference to be held in Bogotá, Colombia on the 29th and 30th of August. David Gascón will be showing and explaining how MySignals work. MySignals is Libelium’s biometrical IoT platform. By different sensors, it is able to measure 20 different body parameters such as temperature, blood pressure or glucose levels in order to get an accurate diagnosis.

Meet the Legend

Alicia Asin, CEO: Alicia Asin co-founded Libelium in 2006 with David Gascón and has been its CEO since the beginning. She is focused on how IoT is becoming the next tech revolution, starting with Smart Cities. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences on issues related to Smart Cities, Wireless Sensor Networks and the IoT. She is a computer engineer by the University of Zaragoza and graduated by ESADE Business School. Alicia is also the first woman to receive the National Young Entrepreneur at the 2014 meeting of the Spanish Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs (CEAJE).

“Libelium platform features a horizontal approach to the IoT adding interoperability at any point of the whole value chain”