FreeWave Launches App Server Software for Unmanned Systems IoT Applications

Published: 28 Sep 2017 | Author: Mike Rees

FreeWave Technologies Zumlink radioFreeWave Technologies, a developer of Machine to Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) wireless networking solutions, has announced the availability of its ZumIQ App Server Software. ZumIQ technology combines proven 900 MHz wireless telemetry with the ability to program and host third-party applications, similar to a Linux-based Raspberry Pi embedded in an industrial Ethernet radio. Developers can program with any language that is compatible with a Linux kernel, including: Python, Java, C++, Node-RED and Node.js development environments. The ZumIQ App Server software comes pre-loaded with Node-RED, Python and MQTT for easy industrial IoT app development on multiple ZumLink 900 Series radio models.

In addition, FreeWave showcases the capabilities of this new platform with ZumDash, a Small SCADA App that enables reliable data collection, monitoring, and remote command and control functionality through triggers, alarms and actions. The App supports analog, digital and HART data interfaces with Modbus. ZumDash also provides a “dashboard” with user-defined status updates and data trend visualization from any web-based device. It was created to serve as a replacement to small SCADA systems that rely upon expensive Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) type hardware and monthly recurring fees.

“Once considered unattainable by small- and mid-sized companies, process-driven industrial applications and edge intelligent solutions can now be implemented easily and affordably with FreeWave’s ZumIQ App Server Software.” said Scott Allen, CMO of FreeWave Technologies. “ZumIQ allows customers to automate virtually any industrial site with process control, monitoring and automation without expensive retrofits, recurring subscription fees or costly internal software development teams.”

ZumIQ App Server Software is a real-world intelligent edge and fog computing technology that enables new methods of process control and automation. Developers are encouraged to join FreeWave’s new pilot program to receive a complimentary hardware/software dev kit to write their own industrial IoT applications with developer tools.

FreeWave introduced its ZumLink 900 MHz Series of ruggedized radios to provide power, versatility and flexibility in a rugged and intelligent wireless communications platform. This is the first IIoT platform to provide programmability and implementation of third-party software applications at the edge of outdoor and remote networks. Industries such as government, defense, precision agriculture, oil and gas, unmanned systems, smart cities and utilities can now integrate future-proof IIoT technology into existing networks to solve business problems and maximize operational efficiencies.

ZumLink’s flexible, high-speed, low power consumption radios leverage FreeWave’s ZumBoost Network Acceleration Pack to assure an efficient network platform. ZumBoost introduces techniques such as compression, packet aggregation, forward error correction, and patent-pending Adaptive Spectrum Learning technology to ensure maximum throughput for demanding wireless applications.

The combination of ZumIQ and ZumLink radios allows users to:

  • Integrate Analog, Digital, RS485 I/O devices with Modbus
  • Connect ZumIQ to any pre-existing I/O system
  • Connect to any Ethernet enabled device that connects to sensors
  • Host third party applications with 1 GB of FLASH Storage / 512 MB of useable RAM