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Libelium deploys distress sensors in Madrid

The company Libelium , specialized in hardware IoT has just deployed a network of smart sensors to capture the level of distress in Madrid, taking the smartcity concept to the next level.

Libelium's IoT Platform Waspmote

FotoLibelium’s IoT Platform Waspmote. Source: Libelium.

From their Waspmote platform, core of their systems, they have created a new plate with a series of state-of-the-art sensors, unprecedented until now, capable of capturing the distress in the environment .

In this way, an intelligent network of 1000 sensors has been deployed in the last few weeks in the Spanish capital, strategically located to extrapolate the level of distress of the population of Madrid.

The science behind new hardware

The different types of electromagnetic waves in our brain have been known for several decades. Depending on the brain activity, these vary in frequency and type and are detectable in a relatively simple way thanks to electroencephalograms.

It has been a decade since Steve Faulkner , a professor of neurology at the University of Dakota began to study specifically the Delta , very low frequency waves (0.5-4 Hz), which typically appear in stages 3 and 4 of deep sleep, cases of brain damage or in coma.

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FotoCapture of augmented reality from the Space Tower showing the distress in Madrid.Source: distressa.

In July 2014, Faulkner published an article in the prestigious Science magazine in which he demonstrated that not only is the appearance of Delta waves associated with those moments and states of the brain, already highly contrasted and accepted by the Scientific community, but are detectable in states of personal distress at any time of day and in brains without any damage.

And not only that. The American professor claimed that his tests showed that an electroencephalogram is not necessary to detect them but that they beyond the body and can be received from outside the body with a low frequency receiver, even at relatively short distances Long

The holistic e-distress system

The Libelium engineering team went to work at the beginning of the year 2015, from the works of Faulkner, and developed this new hardware of sensors very sensitive to ultra low frequencies that make possible science fiction.

The final intelligent distress system is called e-distress and includes an integration with IBM’s Bluemix cloud platform that renders sensor data so that the app distorts , Already available in Android and Ios, you can see all kinds of graphs and maps with inferred levels in each area of ​​Madrid.

FotoCapture of augmented reality from a helicopter showing the distress in Madrid. Source: distressa.

From the app itself you can also see in real time and thanks to a system of augmented reality , the current distress level in that place, through the camera of the mobile.

There is also the wearable distressie, already marketed in the form of a colored bracelet with a display, for personal use, although usually this is a residual gadget because one already knows in advance its Own level of distress.

The interesting thing about this complex innovation is to see not only individual levels, but how some affect others. It is being studied even if, as it seems, objects also emit these waves according to their state, so that we visualize the cities from a systemic approach of holistic distress.

Impressions from Libelium itself

Alicia Asín , CEO and visible head of Libelium says that the results are not surprising: “ We always knew that Madrid was like that, even if we did not see it, but we had faith, Headquarters of the company in our native Zaragoza . ”


FotoAlicia Asín and David Gascón, CEO y CTO de Libelium, respectively. Source: Libelium.

For its part, David Gascon , CTO and visionary of the company says that this is only the beginning and wants to launch the sensors in the new probe open hardware Sevillian Alienum Which plans to explore the Milky Way.

David surprised us by commenting: “Studies from the University of Connecticut argue that there could be delta-wave background radiation, which is repeated and amplified indefinitely in some way, probably through antimatter.The presence of this radiation, Would ensure the presence of human life at some point in space or time, or at least some similar form of life. ”

At the moment this is the state of the art. We will keep you update. Good afternoon.

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