The focus of this year’s Hannover Messe was on Industrial Internet of Things services and products. With over 6,500 exhibitors and more than 225,000 visitors it is the world’s largest industry fair. And with IoT being a main topic, our appearance was obligatory. Lemonbeat’s technology offers a flexible framework to quickly enable the “IoT-zation” of all kind of things: from sensors and actuators to products and machines for consumer and professional needs. Already in use in the field of Smart Home, Smart Building, Smart Energy and Smart Garden systems, Lemonbeat’s range of use is vast.
North Rhine-Westphalia in mid-western germany is one of the strongest industrial regions in Europe. No surprise that it had its special appearance at Hannover Messe 2017. Once the center of Germany’s heavy industry, the federal state has successfully undergone a structural transformation into an innovative business location: the companies in the region are among the leaders in growth sectors such as logistics, nanotechnology, environmental economics and energy. In partnership with the ministry for economic affairs 34 local companies presented their showcases at the world’s largest industry fair in Hannover in the last week of April. Lemonbeat was one of them.
“Exhibiting for the first time at Hannover Messe, we were glad to see the enormous interest to our product offering”, states Guido Vogel, Lemonbeat’s Head of Sales & Marketing. “Even though automation is very advanced in Industry 4.0, it still requires fresh and modern solutions.”
Admittedly, it’s not always easy to sum up the nature of the Lemonbeat Technology into one or two sentences, but one might break it down into this: Based on established internet standards, Lemonbeat offers an IoT Framework consisting of pre-built embedded software building blocks that can be flexibly combined to create individual functionality for all kinds of intelligent devices. It comes along with ready-to-use connectivity based on Sub-GHz Radio but can also be used with other physical transmissions such as LoRa or even ethernet.
Above it all, we provide LsDL, our Lemonbeat smart Device Language, as an open XML-based language that configures the devices, partners them, lets them interact directly with each other and even enable reconfiguration during runtime.
We define “things” by their building blocks, not by their capabilities. Each single block, a piece of software or a service with individual capabilities needed for intelligent behaviour, can be combined with another block to create a “thing”. May it be a lamp, a water pump or a complete IoT environment for a smart home setup. When buidling a new device, our customers pick the suitable services for their devices. This significantly reduces the development of new products and shortens time-to-market.
Using Lemonbeat in greater IoT enviroments like in the field of Building Automation or Smart Warehouses can also save time and money: The technology itself reduces the hardware requirements. Since the devices interact directly and without a central control unit, the number of gateways, repeaters, etc. can be cut down. Still, data necessary for management or monitoring purposes can be send anytime to an a software on a central server or into the cloud.
“Our edge computing approach received great feedback, and wireless solutions are gaining ground all over,” Guido Vogel sums up our first experiences at this years fair.
The next Hannover Messe will run from 23 to 27 April 2018.