Parking Management and the Internet of Things

February 25 2015

Trying to find parking in a city crowded with cars can be a nightmare of driving in circles. In some city districts, as much as 30% of traffic consists of drivers who are looking for a parking space. That extra traffic adds up annually to thousands of gallons of spent gas and hundreds of tons of harmful CO2 emissions in individual neighborhoods alone—a huge amount of waste if you multiply that by the number of neighborhoods in a city and the number of cities in the world. In this week’s episode of DeconstructingIoT, we’ve tackled the parking management problem by designing a connected hardware application that tracks parking space occupancy.

We hooked an ultrasonic rangefinder up to a TI MSP430 LaunchPad with a CC3100 WiFi BoosterPack, and put it next to a parking space so that it can sense whether the space is occupied. Our Parse Choreos are then used to store the occupancy information and make it accessible to drivers through an iOS app. We also used our PagerDuty Choreos to set up an alert system that lets traffic agents know when a car has been in the same space for too long. It’s a simple app, but it illustrates how the Internet of Things can help cities solve problems like congestion and pollution (and hopefully save their citizens a few headaches as well).

Trying to find parking in a city crowded with cars can be a nightmare of driving in circles. In some city districts, as much as 30% of traffic consists of drivers who are looking for a parking space. That extra traffic adds up annually to thousands of gallons of spent gas and hundreds of tons […]

Monitoring Medicine

January 14 2015

Every year, patient non-adherence to doctors’ prescription guidelines costs the U.S. healthcare system $290 billion. A substantial fraction of that total comes from hospital visits by patients who develop more acute conditions as a result of their non-adherence, and end up requiring expensive medical procedures that they otherwise would not have needed. And for some, even hospitalization is too little or too late—each day, one hundred people in the United States fatally overdose on drugs. Though sometimes intentional, misuse of medication can equally be the result of a patient’s misunderstanding or confusion, especially in the case of elderly patients charged with managing their own drug regimens. To address the issue, a team of six Northwestern University students are building a device to keep patients on track.

Mats Johansen, one of the students working on the project, explained, “Our goal is to create directly observable data on a simple user interface for healthcare professionals and families to monitor patient drug regimens.” The device is called MedCap, and it uses Temboo’s Parse Choreos and support for Arduino and BLE to cleverly track and control how patients are taking their medications:

“Our solution to this problem is a lock-on pill bottle cap with a novel mechanism that allows only one pill of any size to come out at a time. This makes the transition from traditional caps to our device as seamless as possible. A sensor built into the cap relays pill intake data to our secure database thanks to Temboo, making the patient’s electronic medical records accessible to the patient, a caretaker, or a physician via our iOS application. In the event that the pill dosage guidelines are not obeyed, the healthcare professionals receive a distress signal, and appropriate action can be taken.”

By bringing more concerned parties into direct contact with medication usage data, MedCap introduces a social element to prescription monitoring and adherence. It’s an innovative idea, and we’re looking forward to seeing where the team takes it next!

Every year, patient non-adherence to doctors’ prescription guidelines costs the U.S. healthcare system $290 billion. A substantial fraction of that total comes from hospital visits by patients who develop more acute conditions as a result of their non-adherence, and end up requiring expensive medical procedures that they otherwise would not have needed. And for some, […]

Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve

December 12 2014

Here’s an interesting project for those involved in healthcare. Mohamed Abuaziza, a university student, decided to build a blood pressure monitoring device that can upload data to the cloud to make it more easily available to healthcare professionals and caregivers. He wired an FHDA BP101R USB blood pressure monitor to an Arduino Yún, and is using Temboo’s Google > Spreadsheets > AppendRow Choreo to upload a patient’s systolic pressure, diastolic pressure, and heart rate readings to a Google spreadsheet. He’s also developed an iPhone app using Temboo’s iOS SDK to retrieve those readings from the spreadsheet and deliver them to individuals who might be monitoring the patient. We’re looking forward to hearing more from Mohamed as his project progresses, so stay tuned!

Here’s an interesting project for those involved in healthcare. Mohamed Abuaziza, a university student, decided to build a blood pressure monitoring device that can upload data to the cloud to make it more easily available to healthcare professionals and caregivers. He wired an FHDA BP101R USB blood pressure monitor to an Arduino Yún, and is […]

A Friendly Guide to BLE with Temboo

November 4 2014

In September, we added Bluetooth Low Energy to the list of connectivity methods that we support in IoT Mode, and now we’re going to show you how to get started with a simple BLE app! Vaughn has a RedBearLabs BLE shield hooked up to his Arduino Uno, and is going to use IoT Mode to quickly generate the code for an iOS app that, whenever his phone gets too close to the board, will trigger an email using our Google > Gmail > SendEmail Choreo.

In September, we added Bluetooth Low Energy to the list of connectivity methods that we support in IoT Mode, and now we’re going to show you how to get started with a simple BLE app! Vaughn has a RedBearLabs BLE shield hooked up to his Arduino Uno, and is going to use IoT Mode to […]

Temboo Any Way You Like

March 13 2014

Now you can get up and running with Temboo faster than ever with our new getting started pages. They are packed with tutorials that will get you calling Choreos however you like – in iOS, Java, Node.js, PHP, Processing, Python, Ruby, or with our Choreo editor Twyla. Android SDK and REST API tutorials are coming soon.

Check out our new language pages in our redesigned Library.

Now you can get up and running with Temboo faster than ever with our new getting started pages. They are packed with tutorials that will get you calling Choreos however you like – in iOS, Java, Node.js, PHP, Processing, Python, Ruby, or with our Choreo editor Twyla. Android SDK and REST API tutorials are coming […]
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