CHALLENGE

Building an advanced research platform on the IoT

Supported by the French National Research Agency (ANR) in the framework of the program for investments in the future, INRIA (the leading French research institute on ICT) drives the construction and installation of a research platform dedicated to the scientific community to test, simulate and develop around the future of Internet of Things (FIT). The FIT platform is composed of various subsystems among which a large-scale platform of smart objects: FIT IoT-LAB, managed by INRIA.

Based on its know-how and expertise in the fields of wireless sensor networks, embedded electronics and wireless communication protocols, HIKOB has been selected by INRIA to design and build 1700 acquisition nodes and gateways that will equip the largest research platform in France on the IoT.

Roger PISSARD-GIBOLET
Research Engineer

We selected HIKOB because of the agility of its team, its skills in the IoT and wireless sensor networks domains and its expertise on such large scale platforms.

The systems provided by HIKOB gave us the ability to build a larger and more efficient platform. We managed to achieve a larger scale installation with more than 1700 nodes. We have been able to carry out experiments in the field of the Internet of Things that we just could not do before.

SOLUTION

1700 wireless nodes and gateways with multiple features

M3 nodes

  • ARM Cortex M3 32-bit microcontroller
  • Memory: RAM 64 Ko and Flash 512 Ko
  • 3D accelerometer and magnetometer MEMS sensor
  • Environmental sensors: temperature, light
  • Wireless communications: physical layer (PHY) IEEE 802.15.4 in the 2.4 Ghz bandwidth
  • USB Port and JTAG port
  • Extension connector for access to I2C I/O, SPI, GPIO, ADC, UART
  • FreeRTOS, Contiki et Tiny OS support

A8 nodes

  • ARM Cortex A8 32-bit microcontroller
  • Memory: RAM 128 Ko and Flash 128 Ko
  • Wireless communications: physical layer (PHY) IEEE 802.15.4 in the 2.4 Ghz bandwidth
  • USB and Ethernet ports
  • Power supply through USB ou PoE
  • GPS module
  • Linux OS support
BENEFITS

Accelerating the R&D cycle

  • Delivery in a record time of 1700 nodes and gateways based on the latest components and technologies available on the market
  • Design, build and production integrated services that allow to deliver advanced research equipment to INRIA
  • Reduced investment costs for INRIA thanks to HIKOB’s resources mutualization and integrated services
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