With Hotspot coverage now in 21,616 cities and 142 countries, Internet of Things (IoT) devices have come to life across the globe. These solutions belong both to the people of the Helium Network, as well as to companies making use of the Network’s ubiquitous LoRaWAN coverage. Whether a solution is used for GPS tracking of a pet, belonging, or loved one, or for an industrial case such as fleet management, water leak detection, or smart parking, the Network provides valuable coverage to help people with what they care about most.
Highlighting the vast nature of inspiring use cases is why we first introduced The People’s Products a couple of months back. Since then, we’ve received some incredible submissions from developers and businesses in the ecosystem. Today, we’re thrilled to showcase one of the latest IoT contributions from RAKwireless, the first to come in a series of product highlights.
Please say hello to the first feature of The People’s Products, the WisNode Button 4K from RAKwireless. RAKwireless is known to many in the Helium community as simply a Hotspot manufacturer, but the company is that and much more. In fact, RAKwireless can be better described as a global market leader in the constantly evolving IoT landscape.
As a leader in the global market, RAKwireless focuses on helping organizations and individuals eliminate connectivity and interoperability barriers through high-performance, energy-efficient solutions. This goal ultimately lowers design complexity and accelerates time-to-market for underserved and emerging markets, including open-source and industrial communities.
Most recently, RAKwireless released the all-new WisNode Button 4K: A compact, wireless IoT button controller that can be installed practically anywhere there is Helium Network coverage. Rechargeability and low-energy requirements mean that the WisNode Button 4K can be deployed for months on a single charge, ready to transmit data at any time. Once the button is pressed, LED lights signal that the action is received by the Helium Network.
The WisNode Button 4K can be utilized for a number of use cases only limited by imagination, from customer feedback in hotels to public facility cleanliness.
The WisNode Button 4K allows managers to collect customer feedback related to a particular service, such as experiences within hospitality. For example, hotel Casa Santa Fe in Colombia places the button on their reception desk to elicit guest feedback with just one click instead of spammy survey emails.
Ensuring cleanliness in public areas is difficult without instant feedback and real-time monitoring. The WisNode Button 4K does all this and more to provide managers with data when it matters most. For instance, a facility manager may desire increased insight into facility restrooms. Having regular cleanliness checks by staff members takes time away from performing other tasks. However, a WisNode Button 4K within the room may collect instant feedback — ultimately notifying staff when their attendance is really required.
“Helium makes such simple and easy-to-install solutions even more effortless with the low-power draw required to send data on the Helium Network and the low-cost data transmission.” — Carlos Sandoval, Hotel Manager at Casa Santa Fe
Helium Network + RAK = Easy IoT
The process of setting up the button on the Helium Network is a simple process. Small quantity buyers, for example, can buy a single button a deploy it simply using the provided tool:
- Connect the WisNode to your computer, and configure it using the RAK serial port tool.
- Create a device on the Helium Console, input your device details to the WisNode Button 4K.
- Connect Helium Console with the RAK WisNode Button 4K dashboard and select your favorite IoT data service.
- Access data such as frequency and timestamp of each button press
The system allows buyers to gain access to data that would have previously have required either an expensive bespoke system or an antiquated system. It also negates the need for extensive monitoring, such as manually collecting and counting responses.
For larger quantity buyers, RAKwireless offers a complete list of EUI and Keys to batch load devices either to Helium Console or private OUI deployments. All WisNode Button 4K’s include a barcode of the EUI which can be scanned at deployment.
The WisNode Button 4K is another installation in RAKwireless’ journey to becoming an IoT market leader alongside the Helium Network and other trailblazers in the ecosystem. To learn more, check out the RAKwireless site and get yourself the all-new WisNode Button 4K here.
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