April 07th, 2021
You can see it in the pictures where the prototype is being tested. And with success. It is waterproof, floats well, can take a good beating, never sinks and is powered by solar energy and Lithium as a fall-back system. This solar tracker is an autonomous die-hard. In addition to transmitting its GPS position up to every minute, the tracker is also equipped as an IoT device for receiving and sending sensor data.
This prototype is being tested for cleaning up rubbish floating on the oceans. Other applications are buoys that form a hazard when they are broken loose. With this solar tracker they are easy to trace. Or applications on floating fishing nets orfloating energy parks at sea.
Our design approach is based on modularity. This GTTS-5000 solar tracker is based on the modules in our now proven GTTS-3000 Iridium tracker. This ensures a fast - within 6 months - time-to-market. By reusing the modules and also by knowing that the software is stable. The photos show the successful tests in the North Sea last December. And now the path to production has been started.
If you are interested in this modular structure for applications at sea, we will be happy to inform you about the possibilities.
Primeur: Cat1 Transceiver For applications where human life might be in danger.
Minor Order: Choice of Components
The assignment originated from an earlier application and that seemed a nice challenge for a minor assignment. A 12-sided die and they make the die themselves, electronics and software. Challenges are: which side is on top after rolling the die, what are the g-forces and the sector calculations. And when building, the choice of components. One of those components is the Bluetooth 5 mesh network which allows multiple dice to work together and allows you to play yahtzee, for example.
Loan bike with Track and Trace
Cargoroo has already introduced the concept to the market; they are active in a number of major cities such as The Hague and Arnhem. However, the inventors wanted a robust solution for track and trace of their cargo bikes, including all kinds of information such as battery status, power of support, gears used, time and trip registration. Because the standard electronics they now use cannot do that, they came to Leap Development.
We are now developing a robust solution using our LTTS Core Module (Leap Trace-and-trace system). The LTTS Core Module is a basic module with which we build an application on the wishes of Gargoroo. This makes it a cost efficient development: most of it has already been designed and tested. That is the strength of the LTTS Core Module.
Special connections make it specific to the cargo bike.
And that is quite unique: this market is organised by the Netherlands Space Office and is the highest 'ranks' of defence. We were therefore honoured that as a company we were asked to present our robust track-and-trace products for the Iridium Satellite Network. The market will be in Amsterdam on 13 November 2019.
Since 2014, the Ministry of Defence has been involved in an international partnership in the field of Research and Development, called Responsive Space Capabilities (RSC). The projects within this collaboration with Dutch involvement concern (nano) satellite communication, earth observation and/or other space applications for military use.
The market will be held on 13 November 2019 at the Scheepvaartmuseum, Kattenburgerplein 1, 1018 KK Amsterdam.
Antenna design for prototypes. The approach is to make a prototype as soon as possible after the design. Perhaps not yet with all functionalities, but as much as possible with the complete hardware and housing. Antenna operation and radiation diagram can then be measured and adjusted. A design adjustment has much less impact than if this is done at a later stage.
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Jan ten Thije
Writes articles on the integration of antenna, electronics and housing. For robust and reliable communication solutions in track-and-trace, industry and RF-ID/IoT.