MAFI News – October

Multi ERS Bracket – Extra Large

Since August MAFI is shipping a new Multi ERS Bracket.

The bracket can hold up to six standard or four Heavy ERS units (or a mix with a maximum total weight of 80 kg/bracket, or 176,4lb), and it can be mounted either to a pole, wall, angle tower or square tube. It is optimised for ERS units with a hole pattern of cc 30 mm and/or cc 80 mm.
The bracket allows for a mix of different ERS units. The kit is delivered with all necessary bolts and nuts for pole mounting.
The MAFI 6029 is designed to provide a secure mounting solution for larger installation scenarios.

IoT Sweden is building an Internet of things

IoT Sweden is currently building a network that will be used by things that ”communicate” with other things, which soon will cover about 85 per cent of the country´s population.

”We have chosen to build and operate our own network so we can ensure that it´s always up and running. Well, at least 99.5 per cent of the time,” says IoT Sweden´s CSO Lars Lindmark.”
IoT, or The Internet of things, is one of the fastest growing segments of the telecom segment at the moment. IoT Sweden is buying its license from Sigfox, which according to Mr Lindmark, is the world`s leading provider of Low Power Wide Area Network in the world, currently operating in 52 countries, aiming for 60 in 2018.

Lars Lindmark explains that some of the advantages of Sigfox´s system are that it is long range, an object could be 20km away, it requires low power to connect, objects can last ten years on small batteries, and the cost of connection is very low (as low as about 1.60 USD/per item and year). However, they are limited in terms of the size of messages you can send.
”With such networks, you can start wireless connecting any sensors directly to the cloud,” Lars Lindmark continues. ”Sensors such as temperature, humidity, battery status, GPS location and so on. In addition to these sensors, you can also start having objects communicating together on pre-programmed scenarios.”
”For example: If your water meter was connected and the sensor was detecting a leak. Instead of just sending you an alert message, it could decide to act on another type of sensor to cut a specific water access point before it was too late. It could also directly contact the water company to fix the problem.”
”These kinds of solutions or scenarios are opening a new world of automatization that was never possible before because it was too costly and required too much energy.”

IoT Sweden is currently rolling out its network. Since the antennas are rather small, IoT Sweden often uses a MAFI solution he calls ”MAFI feet”.
”Its proper name is MAFI 4112 Freestanding light,” Lars Lindmark says. ”We like it since it´s fast to put in place – and it´s all about moving quickly in a roll-out, isn´t it? – and it stays where you put it, as long as we are talking about plane rooftops, which is usually the case.”
IoT Sweden has about 100 customers at the moment, but Lars Lindmark is convinced that that number will grow significantly.
”There are hundreds of ways IoT can make things more efficient, and thereby also more cost-effective, in lots of areas. Utilities, agriculture, industry, cities and health and assisted living, to mention some.”

”These solutions or scenarios are opening a new world
of automatization that was never possible before.”

Lars Lindmark, CSO at IoT Sweden, a company that´s building its own network, aiming to cover 85 per cent of Sweden´s population in a few months from now.

MAFI 4112 is a freestanding equipment pole for low wind-load generating equipment such as RRU´s placed in areas of low risk. The 4112 is assembled on sites allowing it to be carried by one man alone in components weighing less than 25 kg.

The Internet of Things is growing fast

The Internet of things (IoT) is the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and connectivity.

This network enables these things to connect, collect and exchange data creating opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems, resulting in efficiency improvements, economic benefits, and reduced human exertions.

The number of IoT devices increased 31% year-over-year to 8.4 billion in the year 2017 and it is estimated that there will be 30 billion devices by 2020. The global market value of IoT is projected to reach $7.1 trillion by 2020. IoT involves extending Internet connectivity beyond standard devices, such as desktops and smartphones, to any range of traditionally non-internet-enabled physical devices and everyday objects. Embedded with technology, these devices can communicate and interact over the Internet, and they can be remotely monitored and controlled.

The arrival of driverless vehicles is an example of a branch of IoT, the Internet of Vehicle that starts to gain more attention.
Other examples are:
IoT devices are created for consumer use, including connected vehicles, home automation/smart home, wearable technology, connected health, and appliances with remote monitoring capabilities,
IoT devices that are used to monitor and control the mechanical, electrical and electronic systems used in various types of buildings, and the seamless integration of various manufacturing devices equipped with sensing, identification, processing, communication, actuation, and networking capabilities that can be realised with Iot. Based on such a highly integrated smart cyber-physical space, it opens the door to create whole new business and market opportunities for manufacturing.