The Raspberry Pi Zero is now fully supported !

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The Raspberry Pi Zero is now fully supported !

Our Quality Team has just announced that the Raspberry Pi Zero has been thoroughly tested and fully works with our Basic6 Cloud Platform! Remote access and control is now as quick as installing software in a few easy steps.   You can get started right here

If you haven't heard yet, the Raspberry Pi Zero is the best deal in IoT hardware: a $5 starter platform.  The Pi Zero has access to all the GPIO fun you will need to connect to switches, sensors and lights.  The device itself is about half the size of a credit card, but packs the same computing 'punch' as it's older brothers.  

 There are a few ways to connect devices to the Raspberry Pi Zero, such as through the OTG-USB port. There are also a few different ways to connect the Pi Zero to the internet; such as by making it a 'Gadget'.

In our lab, the Basic6 engineers chose a more advanced was to get WiFi to the Pi Zero. In true maker form, they cracked open a USB WiFi dongle and soldered it directly to the back of the circuit board! Wow. As you can see, it is a pretty wild way to get the Pi Zero connected to the Internet; but there it is! 

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Get Connected!

We have been getting a lot of signups for our IoT platform lately! That’s exciting news. With Basic6’s IoT platform, you can connect your Raspberry Pi, Arduino, or Beagle Bone controlled devices to our networks and control them remotely from anywhere. Push new scripts and programs to them no matter where they are in the world! Think of all the exciting possibilities! 

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Smart lights are, well, smart!

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If you walk into a Walmart, or a Target, and look up at the ceiling, you’ll probably notice hundreds, perhaps thousands, of lights shining down on you. Most stores around the country don’t use LEDs, but soon they probably will. 

LEDs are more energy efficient, last longer, and comply with environmental regulations, so eventually everyone will be making the switch. And since it’s going to require quite an investment to “relamp” the store, LEDs provide an opportunity to make that money back in lowered energy costs.

If you were the manager of one of these large stores, wouldn’t you want the lights to do something more than, well, light the store? Perhaps it’s time to add some intelligence to these bulbs.

With Basic6’s IoT platform, we can connect all your lights to your network so they can be monitored, individually controlled, and programmed. You could add sensors to your lights that detect the amount of people underneath them, how hot each bulb is, the average air quality in one square meter of a store—anything! We can control one light, or one million. 

We can even help you to make them LiFi enabled. Think of all the things you could with your connected, networked lights if they could also be used to transmit data rather than simply shine! 

Wouldn’t that be brilliant?

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With Apple on board, LiFi is becoming an inevitability.

According to Newsweek, Apple is testing ways to integrate LiFi into their future technologies. This is great news for all of us! LiFi has many superior capabilities to radio wave transmission. It's faster, more secure, and will alleviate some of the congestion on our radio-based networks.   

Connection through light is the next logical step for digital communication. If a company as large as Apple is playing attention, the widespread adoption and integration of LiFi may not be very far away.

Now, we at Basic6 have been working on LiFi for a while now. We've just returned from CES and NRF2016, where we were displaying the fruits of our labor. If you haven't yet seen it, check out this video of one of our engineers demonstrating the technology in action. It's very cool!

We are excited Apple is beginning to explore this technology. The future of LiFi just got a little brighter!   

Check out our website for more information on what we are doing with light based communications, and check our blog for updates.

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Basic6 is going to the NRF show in Manhattan this weekend! Booth #4456

Continuing the tremendous momentum we've accumulated from CES last week, we were able to secure a booth last minute (due to the persistence of our extremely talented VP of business development)  at Retail's Big Show at the Javits Center, Sunday through Tuesday of next week. 

If you missed us in Las Vegas, come see us in Manhattan! Our booth will targeted towards retailers, so we'll be demoing our indoor geolocation and data-analytics targeted product GeoLiFi. But we'll also be showing our one-way data-over-light product, MyLeo. It's really cool. Here is the text of a press release that we're sent out, which can also be seen on our press page:

Basic6 and Oledcomm to show cutting-edge proximity marketing and data analytics through LED lighting at the NRF Big Show 2016, Booth 4456

New York City, January 12, 2016 – Partners Basic6 and Oledcomm will be showcasing their highly accurate indoor positioning, proximity marketing, and customer and employee analytics solution for retailers using theLED lighting infrastructure at the National Retail Federation’s BIG Show at the Javits Center in New York City from January 17-19.

GeoLiFi™ from Basic6 and Oledcomm is an innovative end-to-end solution which uses a store’s lighting infrastructure to anonymously deliver proximity messaging, deeper information about products, related promotions, and visual shopping lists to customers and employees. At the same time, the solution provides the retailer with detailed analytics down to the end-cap, if desired, of such metrics as customer and employee engagement rates as well as store, department and aisle dwell times.  

Through GeoLiFi, retailers can provide information to and glean information from customers and employees through an existing piece of their infrastructure, saving energy costs. Organizations can tailor the installation of the lights through retrofitting existing LED installations or installing new that can work directionally to produce as precise a target area as six inches. Retailers and museums can utilize the technology to increase sales, differentiate the customer experience and collect real-time data about customer and employee patterns and activity, merchandising and advertising effectiveness, and hot and cold zones.

“The energy savings of LED lighting are enormous. Today, Basic6 and Oledcomm can connect those lights into a network for energy management bringing additional savings. We can also communicate data from each light, including streaming music and the internet from LEDs, so that every light is an information channel. Through GeoLiFi, retailers can implement a communications infrastructure today that is poised for the future,” said Edward Samson, CEO of Basic6.

GeoLiFi can be combined with beacons for a hybrid solution. LiFi lighting can be installed in overhead lighting or as a pin light in a store fixture for a very precise area of coverage.

This partnership connects Oledcomm, French hardware manufacturer, member of La French Tech and numerous Prix d’Innovation, who brings LiFi (or light fidelity) capability to LED lights, with Basic6, an American cloud and software company named Best Startup at Interop, that brings LiFi installations to life with their proximity marketing and data analytics software suite.

To see a demo of Basic6 and Oledcomm’s products and services at NRF, visit the Basic6 Oledcomm booth #4456. Visit Basic6 for more information on GeoLiFi for retail and Oledcomm for more information on LiFi communication through light.

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Media contact-  [email protected]

Nancy Corbett

203-292-8442

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CES was a huge success!

Basic6 and Oledcomm would like to thank all who visited us last week at CES for making the show such a joy to be part of. Over the course of four days, we spoke to many fascinating people from around the globe—apparently the entire show drew about 170,000 people!

We had quite a bit of interest in our booth. Here is a great series of interviews that our Engineer, Victor, gave to J Technology TV:

On GeoLiFi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6Pb9X2LYS0

On GeoLiFi and connected lights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qV8j3DvTbd8

On one way LiFi / myLeo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIsY_0aLK2Q

On LiFiNET: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LqukHRF1Zk

And here is a very well produced video on LiFi in Dutch

Thanks to everyone for their interest! We are absolutely thrilled that LiFi is causing so much excitement. We're excited too! It really feels like LiFI could be the breakout technology of 2016!

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Data Analytics Demystified: Blogging

This is the second post in our series on smart data. To see the first post, click here.

This post is a bit meta—this blog post is going to talk about how to use data analytics to publish better blog posts! And it’s an easy example to start with because you don’t need to run any real statistical tests to make useful conclusions. You only need to mentally compare information. 

To do this, you’d need some analytics service enabled in your blog. Google analytics is a good example.

With Google Analytics enabled, you can view metrics related to the time and date that your site’s content was accessed. Let’s say that, through a cursory glance at a month’s worth of  records, you notice that each time you publish something new on a Sunday night, you get fewer visitors than you do when you post on a Thursday night.  

If you’re only going to post once a week, you should therefore post on Thursdays. Right? 

And Google Analytics will also tell you which articles are most popular; maybe your posts on data analytics are (not surprisingly) way more popular than your posts on everything else. You can use this information to plan the topics you will write about in the future, to optimize your readership!  

Perhaps, once you have built up an audience that now religiously checks your blog every Thursday night to read your entertaining and educational posts about data analytics, you can ever so subtly slip in other things you might want them to know about! And they will probably engage with those new things more predictably than if you posted them randomly, on their own. 

If you remember from the last post, we discussed how a consumer's behavior can affect a manager's behavior, which can then, in turn, affect a consumer's behavior. This is an example of such an interaction! See? I didn't make that up!

The next post in this series will explain how we can use smart data in more complicated applications too! Check in often to get more thrilling information about how data can inform everything we do. And check in to read about other interesting things too! 

For further information, visit basic6.com

 

 

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What exactly is LiFi: The Future

In the last post I talked about the past and the present of LiFi. Now I want to talk about the future:

 The refinement of the LED component as a practical replacement for the everyday light bulb, has started people thinking about using them to transmit data in the open air. Besides being far more energy efficient and reliable than traditional lighting, LED’s have the ability to be switched on and off at very fast rates; even faster than we can see! This uses the same persistence of vision that movies and TV’s have been using for a long tim

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Consumer behavior, demystified.

By studying the behavioral patterns of customers, you can gather a lot of useful information, and make better predictions about what they’ll do in the future. It’s a very simple premise, yet it reveals a lot about how a space can influence the actions of the people in it.

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Advanced User Stuff: What exactly is LiFi?

LiFi has become a big deal in the tech world, and a big buzzword as far as ‘The Next Big Thing’ goes. ‘LiFi’ is a term a that was adapted from ‘WiFi’ to try to describe a network between the lights above you and other electronic devices. While the term is not really accurate, and pretty vague, the idea of a ‘Light Network’ is very exciting. Combined with emerging IoT ideas and the capability of modern cellphones, LiFi can quickly become an important technology in our everyday lives.

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GeoLifi offers innovative ways to engage your customers

All successful retailers know that customer satisfaction is essential, yet in this era of outsourcing, customers are feeling neglected.

An Oracle research report found that 81% of customers would be willing to spend more for superior customer service. Additionally, 44% said that were willing to pay more than a 5% premium for superior service (1). The data is clear—retailers cannot afford to ignore their consumers. 

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Have you heard of LiFi?

Depending on what time you're reading this, you may be sitting next to your desk lamp, or underneath your ceiling lights. It's probably not something you give a second though to after you've flipped the light switch. We are quite used to light illuminating the room, helping us to see; we've had electric light for over a hundred years, so the thought of a lightbulb is probably not very interesting to you.  

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Basic6 at the 2015 World Maker Faire.

On Saturday, September 26th , some of the basic6 staff went to the World Maker Faire in Queens, New York hosted at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI).

First off, it was big..REALLY BIG. We estimated it was 2 to 3 times to size of the Maker Faire last year. Lots and lots of kids of all ages attended and there was lots for them to do. Free workshops of all kinds were open and inviting anyone to learn how to make all sorts of things. Everything from DIY robots, to rubber-band-powered-boat racing. We even saw kids making parachutes from recycled plastic bags and launching them into the air with a home-brew fan launching system!

On the Internet of Things side, there were more new industries involved with connected devices.

Biology and new plant growing techniques are using more sensors to efficiently deliver resources such as light, heat and water. Customized growing environments allows denser foliage and higher yields. Sensor networks are able to use the Internet to get the temperature and sunlight predictions for the future, and replace artificial water and heat with natural resources.

Medical monitoring services are using IoT technologies to remotely configure and administer deployed equipment. More and more of this equipment is based on the newer and cheaper hardware available, as well as taking advantage of the fact that almost everyone has access to high speed Internet.

Then there is the 'Fun' category! Kids are learning how to use small, modular IoT systems that are disguised as toys to sense and control their environment. Most of the small IoT enabled building platforms, designed for learning, can send environment data to the Internet for visualization. Want to know how fast you can really run? Wearable sensors can send that data to the Internet to create a easy-to-read graph.

The Internet of Things is slowly developing into something real; the only question is: What will you build?

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Advanced User Stuff: the Device Token

The device token is an important part of using the b6Launch service. Your personalized device token is issued when you first create a user account with basic6. It's pretty easy to find if you look at your User information at the top right of the b6Launch window. Click on your user name, and there will be a tab for handling your device token. Write it down someplace handy, and it will always be ready when you want to add more devices to b6Launch

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Simplicity—The b6launch Advantage

The b6launch platform for Internet of Things devices has always had Makers in mind. The goal is to have a service that can give access to many IoT platforms. You bring it, you can connect it. Right now, basic6 supports the most popular boards such as Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone Black and the Arduino Yun, and the list of supported devices is growing.

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Raspberry Pi Internet Monitor

Ever find yourself wondering if your internet is down, or if your computer is the problem? Maybe the wireless router is waaaaay on the other side of the apartment, and you can't be bothered to get up and check. Wouldn't it be easier if you could tell if there was a network problem just by glancing? Well, now you can!

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Ed Samson, CEO of Basic6, gives a B6Launch overview.

Your Internet of Things project can easily get out of hand when you start using more than a handful of boards. Lucky for you. b6Launch was designed especially to help with this problem. Our platform moves all the SSH and remote access windows into something far easier to manage.

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