Thousands of different existing sensors are currently deployed across farms and industrial sites, and most of these sensors use 3G networks in order to get the data back to the cloud. This is costly to have a SIM card in each device, and also presents challenges in regions of poor reception. In order to utilize the latest in long range, low power radio-network technology (such as LoRa), these sensors would each need to be separately re-engineered. The ***Blue Node*** provides connectivity to a myriad of devices, with simple software setup to configure what type of sensor is connected.
The ***Blue Node*** was created by a team with a decade of experience in low power, wireless embedded system design. Built upon the [IoT Cores](http://iotcores.com) platform by ***LX***, the solution was able to be brought to market almost as soon as the latest LoRa network technology was commercially available, providing a unique advantage in the remote telemetry market. Working closely with the end users, the simplicity of configuration and install was always kept at the forefront of design decisions, allowing the ***Blue Node*** to be setup within 30 seconds of being removed from the box.
The sheer simplicity of taking a ***Blue Node*** out of the box, plugging in a single sensor connector cable and then tightening up the one bracket bolt to mount means that installation is simple enough for anyone to complete out in the field - no technicians or field engineers required. The device is also extremely long life, so users can 'set and forget' with no need to head back out to remote sites to change batteries. Real time data streams allow better decision making - e.g. Irrigators are saving money by looking at real-time moisture levels in the ground prior to watering.
* Miniaturised electronics design with innovative 'quadruple sided', double stacked circular Printed Circuit Boards * Long Life - ultra low power electronics design combined with sophisticated Lithium Thionyl Chloride battery technology allows a battery autonomy of 10+ years * Range of over 40 kilometers is possible from the Blue Node to the Base Station by leveraging the latest in LoRa radio communications technology * Incredibly rugged design and construction - the Blue Node body is milled from a single block of aluminium and the internal free space is practically nil to guard against thermal expansion in extreme environments * Incredibly simple setup and mounting - one wingnut to tighten the bracket and a single 14-pin Chogori connector to connect sensors * Integrated power switch within the connecting sensor cable, so that there are no physical switches on the Blue Node * Aesthetically stand out compared to similar products that are typically plastic boxes. Users genuinely appreciate the look and feel * Unparalleled versatility - connect thousands of existing third party sensors to the Blue Node and have their data appear on the cloud * Durability - choice of materials and connectors, laser etched body engraving * The Blue Node data is made available through a simple [API](http://smartelements.io/developer) to integrate with other software