Thingsquare Mist is a game-changing software system that brings true Internet-connectivity to the Internet of Things.
Thingsquare, a company founded in 2012 works towards simplifying the Internet of Things, with open source platforms that help add wireless mesh networking and Internet connectivity to any and every product. Their latest, Thingsquare Mist, is a software platform that can be used in connected-home products, smart lighting systems and smart city projects.
It is so easy to use that any home owner can use it to Internet-enable home equipment and appliances, and use existing Internet equipment without the hassle of USB dongles or costly home router replacements. In large buildings such as offices or hotels, the Thingsquare Mist mesh technology enables large networks without having to extend the Wi-Fi network. With Thingsquare Mist, it is also possible to connect smart lighting systems to smartphone apps for energy saving. It is also possible to Internet-connect entire cities using battery-powered wireless sensors, which can be used for smart parking, lighting, security or other purposes.
Mist builds on well-known open-source components, has a small memory footprint and low computational requirements, and works with multiple microcontrollers with a range of radios. At the heart of their product is the ‘sleepy mesh’ technology, which helps increase reliability and range in wireless sensor networks without sacrificing battery life.
Thingsquare Mist is supported on a range of hardware platforms so manufacturers have multiple options including system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions and standalone microcontrollers with radio transceivers. Both 2.4 GHz radios and sub GHz radios are supported. For example, Mist supports ST Microelectronics’ SPIRIT1, which is a very low-power RF transceiver, intended for RF wireless-sensor node applications in the sub-1 GHz band, such as automatic metering, alarm and security systems, home and building automation, and industrial monitoring and control.
The package comes with an Eclipse-based development environment. All the necessary compilers and tools are combined into a single download. A simulation environment is also included so that all code can be thoroughly tested before production and deployment.
Engineers must take a look at Mist’s technical merits such as the use of the world’s smallest IPv6 stack, extremely tiny memory footprint, super-efficient mesh networking technology, frequency hopping and over-the-air firmware upgrades.
By Janani Gopalakrishnan Vikram