Say Cheese! An Eye-Catching LoRa-Based IoT Camera Solution with Blink Services’ Jakob Blomberg

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In this episode of First Things First, I chat with Jakob Blomberg of Blink Services about a unique LoRa project you wouldn’t normally find synonymous with low-power, wide-area networks – cameras! Jakob first tells some of the origin story of Blink, a Swedish LoRaWAN network operator looking to make Smart Cities deployments easier than ever for municipalities across Europe and the world. Equipped with MultiTech-designed (and Telit cellular module backhauled) LoRaWAN bay stations, Jakob lets us in on the development process of a camera-based LoRa solution with billion-dollar Swedish security solutions provider Axis.

The Story:
An Enterprise Gets Creative – and Agile – with LoRaWAN IoT

Cellular is often unsuited for some of the most commonly thought-of use cases for IoT – basic sensor applications. One of the most appropriate and accessible network technologies for sensor-based application is LoRa. Swedish security company Axis builds an accelerometer-based solution to monitor concrete pedestrian safety barriers – but soon finds the logistics of sending humans to check on the barriers after a notification is limiting the effectiveness of their solution.

The Lesson:
Expect the Unexpected!

At the least, every IoT deployment has a stage 2 – and many times, a stage 3, 4, 5, or 6! Here are just a few of the lessons we can take from Jakob’s story:

  • Stay Agile. Axis was confronted with a problem that required an innovative work around. ‘Camera’ and ‘LoRa’ almost never go with each other – but that doesn’t mean that they can’t!
  • Work with key partners. Providers of up-and-coming IoT technologies – whether they be hardware, software, or communication networks – have an incentive to work with you to help you succeed! Seek out and engage with these partners.
  • Identify Accessible Technologies. In some cases, certain IoT technologies are highly accessible with development kits. Evaluating these and finding the right ones that can scale to a full-fledged enterprise-grade deployment can save a lot of time transitioning from one phase into another.
Jakob Blomberg, Blink Services

About Our Guest: Jakob Blomberg

Jakob is the product manager of Blink Portal, the Blink Services platform for administration of the LoRaWAN networks built together with regional city network companies throughout Sweden. Jakob is responsible for setting Blink Services strategy for how Blink Portal shall evolve to meet our customers’ needs in both extending the LoRaWAN network coverage as well as making sure that service providers can easily setup their services and get sensor data to their platforms.

Jakob has been with Blink Services a little more than six months but has worked within the IoT space for many years. Within in the Swedish military-industrial complex, Jakob worked with large system integration projects, which has given him vital knowledge to bring into his work in IoT domain.

He possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Lund.

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