Seeed Studio takes AIoT outdoors

  • March 30, 2022
  • Steve Rogerson

Chinese IoT hardware company Seeed Studio is focussing on AIoT in outdoor applications with its latest product launch.

Under the banner IoT into the Wild, it focused on devices from low-power sensors to long-range gateways featuring edge AI.

“We were born in global maker community, and help developers to grow inspiring possibilities into impactful productivities.” said Eric Pan, Seeed’s founder. “Many critical topics like sustainable development, carbon neutrality and wild life protection converge on the scenes in the wild. But they are the frontiers lacking technological efforts and scalable solutions. We’re excited to showcase our latest efforts, and invite diverse backgrounds people to join us to tackle the challenges together.”

Coverage is the foundation of steering IoT projects towards success. According to World Bank’s data, only 3.5%of the planetary land surface is equipped with telecommunication coverage. The promising low-power and wide-area LoRaWan can facilitate interoperability of connected devices, and accelerate IoT change.

Seeed has released the SenseCap LoRaWan gateway, Hotspot app and accessories for outdoor applications. They are for helping system integrators expand LoRaWan and provide worldwide connectivity infrastructure for IoT systems.

Seeed aims to provide an evolving set of easy-to-deploy outdoor LoRaWan sensors to ensure everyone can obtain data with the flexibility to integrate into existing IT systems. The outdoor SenseCap sensors have more than ten years of battery life, IP66 enclosure and up to 10km transmission range. On top of the basic sensors and data-logger, a plug-and-play sensor system has been introduced for people to create their own derivatives.

Powered by low-power machine learning, the sensors perform always-on inferencing with vision and sound. This unleashes possibilities to recognise critical information in real time. The standard machine-learning model is available to be updated and trained in the real-life scenes.

By working with climate change experts, Seeed introduced a ten-in-one compact CO2 station with 5ppm accuracy It’s compact and easy to deploy with flexibility, targeting the growing needs of meteorological monitoring for carbon neutrality.

To enable more AI-based products in the wild, Seeed has released two edge computing devices to make data collection and inference happen in real time. They integrate Nvidia Jetson Nano, Xavier NX and AGX Orin SoMs, and everything needed for an interdependent AI system.

Seeed is also calling for collaborations to create products that address sustainable development goals. The Tech4Good Bounty programme offers a hardware sponsorship to support technological applications to tackle sustainable development challenges. To make it more accessible, Seeed released a LoRaWan dev kit to help beginners build LoRaWan and AI-based products with plug-and-play modules and machine-learning-ready controller.

In the future, Seeed says it will dedicate more hardware support to experts with know-how and software skills, and help them grow prototypes to products.

Founded in 2008, Seeed is a hardware partner for 470,000 global IoT developers. By closely working with chipset companies, it provides thousands of open-source modules for rapid prototypes, and helps scale up projects with agile manufacturing services and global distribution networks.