Wifi sensors connect directly to cloud servers
Libelium announces the launch of the new Wifi module for the Waspmote sensor platform. The new radio module adds an extra layer of intelligence to the nodes allowing them to send the collected data to any web server in the Cloud. The Wifi sensor nodes will also be capable of sending data to any iPhone or Android device nearby by creating direct links with them.
Libellum claims that this Wifi radio extends the possibilities of The Internet of Things to iPhone/Android apps developers as it completes the current connectivity possibilities (already covered by ZigBee, Bluetooth and 3G/GPRS), allowing direct communications between the sensors and the smartphones even without an intermediate router.
Libelium’s new Wifi sensors enable system integrators to create intelligent monitoring systems for the urban environment. Libelium’s CTO David Gascón says, “Now sensor nodes can connect directly to Cloud servers using a standard protocol such as HTTP”. He adds, ”This is a milestone to ensure a quick spread of Internet of Things applications since sensor devices may connect automatically to existing Wifi networks deployed in cities or even to our own home routers making new deployments an easy task”.
These new Wifi sensors are also capable of using the secure version of the standard web protocol (HTTPS) ensuring the privacy of the information sent. They can also create TCP and UDP connections enabling developers to design their own communication framework between the sensor nodes and the Cloud servers. Demo applications for iPhone and Android are available for free, in order to test the new Wifi sensor capabilities from any Smartphone.