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FreeWave app server software powers IoT programmability at edge

Steve Rogerson
October 5, 2017

FreeWave Technologies has created app server software that can power IoT programmability at the edge. The technology combines rugged wireless telemetry with the ability to develop and host third party apps for intelligent control and automation of remote sensors and devices in the field.
The Colorado company’s ZumIQ technology combines 900MHz wireless telemetry with the ability to programme and host third-party applications, similar to a Linux-based Raspberry Pi embedded in an industrial Ethernet radio.
Developers can programme with any language that is compatible with a Linux kernel, including Python, Java, C++, Node-Red and Node.js development environments. The app server software comes pre-loaded with Node-Red, Python and MQTT for easy industrial IoT app development on multiple ZumLink 900 radio models.
In addition, FreeWave can show the power of this 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 analogue, digital and Hart data interfaces with Modbus. ZumDash also provides a dashboard with user-defined status updates and data trend visualisation from any web-based device. It was created to serve as a cost-effective replacement to small scada systems that rely on expensive programmable logic controller 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."
FreeWave introduced its ZumLink 900MHz ruggedised radios to provide power, versatility and flexibility in a rugged and intelligent wireless communications platform. This is the first industrial IoT platform to provide programmability and implementation of third-party software applications at the edge of outdoor and remote networks. Industries such as government, defence, 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 increase operational efficiencies.
The ZumLink 900MHz series is available in enclosed, board level and embedded form factors to provide programmability and implementation of third-party software applications at the edge of outdoor and remote networks.
The radios use the ZumBoost network acceleration pack to improve network efficiency. ZumBoost introduces techniques such as compression, packet aggregation, forward error correction and patent-pending adaptive spectrum learning technology to increase throughput to meet the demands of today's wireless applications.