ASUS Tinker Board – Single Board Computer (SBC) in an ultra-small form factor

ASUS Tinker Board SBC

Tinker Board is a Single Board Computer (SBC) in an ultra-small form factor that offers class-leading performance while leveraging outstanding mechanical compatibility. The Tinker Board offers creators and developers a reliable and extremely capable platform for building and tinkering their ideas into reality.

Leading Performance

With its powerful and modern quad-core ARM-based processor — the Rockchip RK3288 — Tinker Board offers significantly improved performance versus other popular SBC boards. To provide the flexibility needed for different builds and projects, Tinker Board features 2GB of LPDDR3 dual-channel memory. Tinker Board is also equipped with an SD 3.0 interface that offers significantly faster read and write speeds to expandable microSD cards used for the OS, applications and file storage.

Robust GPU Performance & Functionality

Featuring a powerful and energy efficient design, the Tinker board supports the next generation of graphics and GPU Compute API. Powered by the ARM-based Mali T764 GPU, its GPU enables a wide range of uses, including high-quality media playback, gaming, computer vision, gesture recognition, image processing and stabilization, photography, and much more. Multimedia enthusiasts will appreciate the H.264 video and audio encoders and H.265 compatibility, including HD and UHD* video.

HD Audio Quality

This is an improvement in key areas that many SBC cards lack, Tinker is equipped with an HD codec that supports up to 192kHz/24-bit audio. The audio jack can support both audio and microphone output, without an extension module.

Multiple IoT Connectivity Options

The Tinker Board features standard connectivity options, including a 40-pin GPIO interface that allows connection to a range of inputs from buttons, switches, sensors, LEDs, and more. Tinker Board is equipped with a DSI MIPI connection for displays and touch panels. The secondary CSI MIPI connection is for connection to compatible cameras that enable computer vision, and much more.

Tinker Board also features Gbit LAN for Internet and network connectivity. A dedicated bus resource designed for the LAN port ensures consistent Ethernet performance. The integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth controller on the Tinker Board is protected with a metal cover to ensure minimal interference and better radio performance. An integrated IPEX antenna connector allows for easy antenna replacement or upgrades.

Tinker Board also features a full-size HDMI output that avoids the use of adapters. Plus, it includes four USB 2.0 or 3.2 ports for extensive peripheral and accessory connectivity.

Improved DIY design

Creators will appreciate the visibility and clarity of the GPIO connector enhancements as they are color segmented for quick and easy recognition.

The Tinker Board’s PCB, dimensions, and topology meet a standard that makes it compatible with a multitude of chassis and accessories. The built-in MIPI headers also have colored tabs.

Tinker Board includes a heat sink, which helps to better work under heavy load or in hot environment.

TinkerOS ‧ Supported OS ‧ Applications

A Debian-based distribution ensures a smooth and functional experience, right out of the box. Whether you’re browsing the web, watching videos, or writing scripts, TinkerOS is a great starting point for your next project or build.

Furthermore, TinkerOS has been carefully designed to be extremely lightweight and responsive. Running on top of Debian 10 is an LXDE desktop environment. This GUI is specifically optimized for SBC. It also features Plug & Play NTFS support that allows easy access to Windows-based flash drives and external hard drives. The included web browser has also been carefully selected and optimized. It is based on Chromium and enables speed and stability along with various extensions. The ASUS team has helped enable browser hardware acceleration, which enables better web and video playback, including HD resolutions on YouTube.

TinkerOS also includes a number of popular apps that allow for easy programming and development. These include IDLE/Python as well as Squeak/Scratch.

Alongside TinkerOS and their Debian Linux Tinker Board offering they also support the Android operating system . This enables completely different usage scenarios ranging from media playback, gaming, and much more.

Tinker board is also working closely with a wide range of popular apps to enable support and optimize functionality.

 

Which MTX router best suits the needs of your IoT solution?

MTX ROUTERS

Industrial Routers with LTE/4G/3G/2G

MTX-Router-Titan are innovative industrial routers that comprises a complete set of wireless and wired interfaces. By providing an easy integration and powerful interfaces, it avoids further hardware components.

The configuration of the MTX-Titan routers can be intuitively done from any computer with a web browser. We can connect locally via Ethernet or WiFi, or remotely via 3G. We can also connect via SMS, Modbus RTU, Modbus TCP and SNMP.

IoT Routers

 

 

 

DIANA, SEAT S.A.’s autonomous prototype and Webdyn’s MTX-Router-EOS

DIANA is the autonomous car pilot project promoted by SEAT S.A., in collaboration with the Centro Tecnolóxico de Automoción de Galicia (CTAG).

DIANA is an innovation project to test autonomous driving functions in anticipation of Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS).

The vehicle has been created on the basis of a SEAT Leon and is equipped with 5 lidar sensors, 5 radars, 6 cameras, 12 ultrasounds and 8 computers that give it a 360º vision. These elements generate environmental data that are processed in milliseconds and sent to a module where the location is stored. Thus, the car knows its location, what obstacles are in its environment and is able to decide where it has to go and autonomously execute the actions on the steering wheel, brakes, accelerator and gear change.

Matrix Electronica contributes to this project with the MTX-Router-EOS from Webdyn, our own IoT brand.

The MTX-Router-EOS is a router developed for industrial applications, it features dual SIM, 3x Ethernet, VPN client and 3 antennas included (another one for GPS optional)

 


Webdyn’s MTX-Router-EOS

 

Monitoring of Water Canals in Peru with IoT devices

Monitoring of water canals in Peru

There is growing demand for IoT devices that can operate in remote places without the need for high maintenance, frequent replacement, or a power supply. Such is the case of the Peruvian National Water Authority (Autoridad Nacional del Agua), that needed a solution to monitor water canals all around the country.

Thousands of kilometers of water canals, many of them from the pre-hispanic era, make agriculture possible in the desertic areas of Peru. That is why the National Water Authority needed a very specific device to allow the maintenance of 16,658 km of canals in 22 different regions. A better monitoring of these canals will reactivate the agricultural activity on those areas, as well as create productive job opportunities.

Device: MTX-StarSensor, IoT modem for sensor control with IP67, ULP, batteries

Other equipment: any radar sensor

 

Webdyn’s MTX-StarSensor is an autonomous modem that powers any radar sensor to measure the water level of the canals, without the need of a power source, giving the device an autonomy of up to 10 years in case of one daily measurement reading.

The modem functions with primary batteries, a very necessary feature for any equipment installed in remote locations deprived of electricity. It also has an IP67 enclosure to protect it in the midst of harsh environments, and make it resistant to water. Thanks to its innovative Ultra Low Power firmware feature, this device can be programmed to wake up every hour along with the sensor, powered by a 24V power output. Afterwards, the sensor takes a measurement and the equipment stores the data or sends it through the cellular network to an IoT platform via FTP/s, and then goes back to sleep until the next reading. The reading times can be changed remotely via SMS.

In this case, the device is programmed to send the data six times per day, except when it detects an unusual change of the water level. If that happens, the device sends an alarm along with the gathered data. With this set up, the batteries do not need to be replaced for more than three years, resulting in a considerable reduction in maintenance costs, driving time, and human resources that would be needed in case they had to be changed more frequently. This solution also reduces the risk of flooding and the water waste, maximizing this precious resource for agricultural purposes.

Another important feature is its Bluetooth interface, which facilitates the remote configuration or data extraction without the need to manipulate a device that may be installed in locations with difficult access. A magnet is all that is needed to unlock the equipment for its programming.

According to National Water Authority engineers, the purpose of the project is the registration of organized and reliable water information through the continuous measurement of water at the head of the irrigation blocks and catchments on the coast of Peru. They affirm the results “will be reflected in the improvement of the management of water resources, the control and monitoring of the exercise of the right to use water, and the improvement in the efficiency of water use and economic compensation.”

The MTX-StarSensor is an ideal solution for a wide range of applications like monitoring of tanks and silos, pumping stations, distribution of water through canals, tank filling based on the demand and the electricity price, regulation of gates, monitoring of land (humidity, pH, light) for crops, etc. It allows 4G/3G/2G connectivity and can send the data via MQTT/s, HTTP/s or FTP/s. It also has all the functionalities of the powerful MTX-Tunnel firmware, and it is compatible with Cervello Stem – IoT Platform.

MTX joins Webdyn for a new brand identity

Webdyn and MTX, Flexitron Group’s IoT brands, merge their corporate identity and product portfolio. 

Just a few months ago, the Spanish conglomerate Flexitron Group focused on IoT sectors, acquired Webdyn SAS to extend its footprint in the energy transition market. Today, it announces the merge of the product portfolio of both Webdyn and MTX devices, as well as their corporate identity.

MTX was Flexitron Group’s own line of IoT equipment manufactured in Spain, that will continue to be supplied and developed under the new name of Webdyn. Webdyn SAS products will also continue to be available, now under the new corporate identity and together with previous MTX products. All future developments will be a joint effort under the new brand, which will focus on the main IoT vertical markets like Smart Grid, Smart Cities, Smart Metering, Smart Home & Building, Smart Industry 4.0, and Smart Transportation among others. All of Webdyn’s products and related documentation can be found on the new webdyn.com website.

With its longstanding experience, Webdyn has an international presence starting by its headquarters in Madrid and Paris. It also has commercial offices in Portugal, India, and Taiwan, and supplies customers all over the world. Webdyn devices are part of all kinds of IoT solutions worldwide, with a unique portfolio and footprint in Smart Metering and Energy Control markets. 

Particularly well-known is its WebdynSun Product portfolio, which enables photovoltaic developers and operators to manage their solar farms more efficiently, its WebdynEasy product range for smart building applications, and the MTX-StarEnergy Family ideal for the reading of electricity meters. Among other highlights, there are the innovative MTX-IoT-S modems known for their versatility to address a variety of IoT verticals, as well as the MTX-Router-Titan Family with a powerful software that turns every compatible equipment into a smart device. The range of Webdyn products can be complemented with Cervello IoT Platform, developed by IoTBlue SAS, the IoT software branch of Flexitron Group.

“The identity merge is another step towards the consolidation of our products”, says José María Vilallonga, chairman of Webdyn. He continues: “By uniting our R&D forces, our products acquire new strength and capabilities to further address the IoT market needs.”

Webdyn is confident that even in the midst of the difficult situation we are facing today, they will be able to move forward stronger, and be able to supply even better equipment that helps develop a better smart world.

Which modem is ideal for your IoT solution?

MTX has different IoT modems that adapt to infinite solutions with different requirements and needs. From the large number of inputs and outputs of the MTX-IoT-S, to the basic MTX-IoT-XS, MTX-T and MTX-T2 modems, through the modular and adaptable MTX-IoT. Discover at a single glance which of our IoT modems best suits your needs.

All MTX modems incorporate MTX-Tunnel software.

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Webdyn becomes part of Flexitron Group and joins forces with MTX

At Matrix Electrónica we are very excited to announce that Webdyn, a specialist in energy and environment markets, has joined the family of the technology investment holding Flexitron Group.

Due to the recent acquisition of Webdyn by the Flexitron Group, Webdyn and MTX customers will have a more complete catalog for all types of solutions for smart city, energy control, or metering. The synergy between MTX, specialized in generic devices and communications equipment for vertical sectors, and Webdyn, an expert in concentrators, gateways, end equipment and sensors for smart grid, smart building and photovoltaic segments, could not be more ideal, since both brands are focused on different areas of the same kind of market, and thus they become a provider with a unique ability to meet any IoT project need.

Webdyn, founded by Philippe Faugeras in 2000 has been a pioneer in the development of IoT solutions with a unique portfolio and footprint in Smart Metering and Energy Control markets. Webdyn is particularly well-known for its WebdynSun Product portfolio, which enables photovoltaic developers and operators to manage their solar farms more efficiently and its WebdynEasy product range for smart building applications. Webdyn’s products are sold worldwide, and particularly in Europe and India where Webdyn has a subsidiary. The company has been backed by Kreaxi and Trophy Investissement who are successfully selling their shares to Flexitron Group.

Flexitron Group is a Spanish conglomerate focusing on IoT sectors. The group has its headquarters in Madrid with employees worldwide with offices in Europe, Africa, Latin America, USA and Asia. Some of its major companies include Matrix (with the brand MTX) for IoT hardware solutions, IoTBlue for IoT software and Taxitronic, the global leader in taxi management solutions.  MTX devices are part of all kinds of IoT solutions wordlwide, with active projects in sectors such as smart transportation, smart city, metering or industry 4.0.. Taxitronic has more than 150,000 active taximeters on the market and more than 30,000 data terminals connected to a radio taxi with Taxitronic technology, with a presence in the main countries of Western Europe, North America (especially New York), the Middle East and North Africa. The group is privately owned and led by José María Vilallonga Presas & José Luis Vicente García.

Philippe Faugeras is very pleased with the acquisition by Flexitron Group: “ As a founder, I was looking for an acquirer who would help us continue to grow Webdyn with a similar entrepreneurial spirit. First, we identified strong products and market synergies between the two entities. Second, we liked Flexitron Group’s team. We share a common vision in terms of on our goal to contribute to energy transition and believe our teams can work well together to leverage those synergies. We are very happy to be joining forces.”

For José María Vilallonga Presas, chairman of the Flexitron group, Webdyn is a nice fit in the Flexitron Group family: “Webdyn has a unique product portfolio: customers love their products and appreciate their functionalities and quality. Our team saw the market potential of Webdyn’s portfolio and how we can extend Webdyn’s reach with our market access. In addition, we believe that the staff of Flexitron Group and Webdyn share common values of trust, ethics, and professionalism. We are very excited to welcome Webdyn into the Flexitron Group.”

 

ABOUT WEBDYN

Webdyn is a specialist in industrial IoT solutions with a unique footprint in energy and environment markets. Webdyn core products are concentrators, gateways, end points and sensors for Smart Grids, Smart Building & Photovoltaic segments. Webdyn has unique expertise in cellular, Lora, Wireless-Mbus, RF and PLC technologies. Webdyn has 30 employees based in Saint Germain outside Paris and in New Dehli, India.

More information: www.webdyn.com

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/webdyn/

Twitter: @M2MWebdyn (https://twitter.com/m2mwebdyn)

 

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New MTX-DigitalHeat System, smart IoT system for the telemetry of heat cost allocators

MTX-DigitalHeat System is an intelligent system for the wireless collection of the measurements of heat cost allocators and the subsequent sending through narrow band communications (NB-IoT). A Head End System platform extracts and unifies the information for its delivery to any final management platform.

HOW DOES IT WORK

1. DATA COLLECTION

Collects the data of all the cost allocators through Wireless M-Bus thanks to the MTX-StarWater modem.

2. STORAGE AND TRANSMISSION

It stores the data in the internal memory of the MTX-StarWater and sends it, in the configured connectivity windows, through NB-IoT.

3. UNIFICATION: HEAD END SYSTEM

Cervello Stem, which acts as Head End System, unifies the frames and protocols of each cost allocator and sends the data to the final platform.

4. DATA VISUALIZATION

The final platform receives a single data frame, integrating the system with any brand of cost allocator and any final platform. In addition, Cervello Stem also functions as an IoT Platform for device management (allowing remote configuration and updating) and viewing of received data for monitoring and maintenance.

 

 

Nuevo MTX-StarSensor para control de sensores

We’re launching the MTX-StarSensor, an innovative and powerful solution for the most demanding monitoring applications. The IP67 case allows it to be used in any environment, regardless of dust, humidity or water. Thanks to the special MTX-Tunnel firmware, with improved ULP and battery management features, the device can handle analog sensors for years, without the need for external power. The data collected by the sensor can be stored locally (datalogging) or sent remotely via 4G. In addition, the MTX-StarSensor is compatible with the Cervello Stem IoT Platform, free for one year with this device.

 

SOME OF ITS MAIN SOFTWARE FEATURES

  • Ability to power an analog sensor without the need for an external power source.
  • Collection of analog data, transformation and sending through MQTTs to Cervello Stem or another platform in the cloud.

Which MTX router fits better with your IoT solution?

MTX has different IoT routers that adapt to different solutions with different requirements and needs. From the complete set of interfaces of the MTX-Router-Titan, to the basic ones like the MTX-Router-Titan II-R. Discover at a glance which of our IoT routers suits your needs best.

ALL MTX ROUTERS ARE COMPATIBLE WITH IOT CERVELLO PLATFORM.

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