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The journey to develop the Gillette order button

© Harald Naumann - Currently only available in Austria, Gillette offers its customers the capability to order new razor blades at the touch of a button.

In 2016, a creative team in Frankfurt had the idea of developing an IoT push button for ordering goods via a cellular module. In principle, something similar to the Amazon Dash button, only using a GSM radio instead of Wi-Fi. A first, and a tricky learning curve for the engineering team. The developers in the […]

How to build the 50 billion IoT devices? What to do instead of talking?

IoT devices with customised antennas

1. IoT buttons In my region, two IoT buttons piqued interest and landed in the basket of the end customers. One is the Amazon Dash button and the other one is the Gillette order button called Gillette Club Station. LoRaWAN and SIGFOX had no chance because of the lack of no deep indoor coverage in […]

NB-IoT coverage in NL, 4471 BTS in band 8 – Captain N.B. episode 5

NB-IoT BTS on band 8 in Den Haag

NB-IoT coverage in NL Ground Control to the #LPWAN shuttle: “Captain N.B. , Wow you leaked the NB-IoT secret of Dutch! Unbelievable, they run 4471 base station tranceivers in band 8 on 41,543 km2 surface. This is 0.929 km2 in average per BTS. This is the best LPWAN BTS density in Europe for sure. Over and […]

Close to 100 German cities got NB-IoT coverage – Captain N.B. episode 4

#LPWAN status scanned by Captain N.B.

Close to 100 German cities got NB-IoT coverage – Ground Control to the #LPWAN shuttle: “Captain N.B. you worked hard today. Within 24 hours, you made a basic scan of the LPWAN coverage in Germany. You found close to hundred cities with NB-IoT coverage. Please be so kind and provide us with some more details […]

M-Bus Master Unit GSS-134 – One more device to reach the goal of 50 billion IoT devices

M-Bus master unit

Some people talk about IoT. My customer do IoT. In this case, it is an IoT device in metering again. The M-Bus Master Unit GSS-134 of Pikkerton is on Quectel GSM module M66 and got a replaceable battery pack. It can run easily without longer installation effort. M-Bus master interfaces: M-Bus Master Unit, 20 Standard […]

NB-IoT live in major German cities

NB-IoT-module on Arduimo shield

Deutsche Telekom AG has its NB-IoT network live in several major German cities (Berlin, Bochum, Bonn, Chemnitz, Dortmund, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Erfurt, Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Cologne, Leipzig, Leverkusen and Mannheim. There are now no longer any obstacles to developing and using NB-IoT applications. akorIoT with NB-IoT + one of 33 STM32 Nucleo or Arduino UNO = your […]

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