Today I’m doing a simple journey going from my home Uppsala Sweden to Stuttgart Germany for a meeting in the Eu project NemoGrid.
No big deal, just book a flight, add a hotel and you’r done in less than 5 minutes with bonus programs and a nice hotel. The map connected sorting routines creates easy choices. Several sites makes it so easy to fly. But that’s a journey generating 324Kg Co2, so to go less fossil than that I choose to go by train for only 16Kg of Co2.
Sustainable innovation is a somewhat unique company where we try to do the right thing and help in enabling a sustainable future. Minimizing Co2 is one goal and our policy’s reflects that, flying should therefore be avoided. So when a compulsory EU meeting in Stuttgart I saw my chance to do a change.
So I start my quest to make the train. Google helps me with finding possible routes (not done by any train companies) and I have to separately find and pay for all parts of the journey, not that easy to create accounts in german, compared with all the flight services. I have put done at least 3h to nail down the alternatives and a suitable hotel.
All in all I’m now on a 17h train journey to Stuttgart to save 300+ Kg of Co2. My time vs saving future generations life, cheap price? Would you do the same?
05:11 passing Arlanda airport
So taking the right decision is usually uphill. The smooth systems around flying is so much easier and less time consuming. This post would have ended here jumping off and doing the security check and boarding of a flight airport transportation etc.
But I’m continuing on the train reflecting. That the time spent is more productive and less stress full. Will it be worth it?
06:20 leaving Stockholm on time
Perfect worktime and a short nap. SJ delivers good internet coverage and an ecological healthy bistro. But 10 min late to malmö. Next stop will be crusial Copenhagen with change time of 15 min to my hamburg train. Please prove me wrong …
13:35 arriving to Rödby for 45 minutes ferry to Puttgarten on time. This is going like clockwork just finished of a few more work things.
16:36 Darn, connection to Frankfurt missed in Hamburg with just a few minutes. But extremely good service at the platform rebooked instantly for 17.25 arriving an hour later to Hamburg but it’s a direct train and no changes …
Update 21:04 at Frankfurt.
It’s going well and it has been really good quality on the trains with access to power and internet. So apart from the ferry and extra hour at Hamburg I have been able to work most of the time. Now it’s just 2h left before arrival at Stuttgart HBF.
23:00 arrival at destination Stuttgart HBF since I new I would be arriving very late I booked a hotel at the station building, good choice.
23:50 update: the local beer is really good. I walked around for a while and found a nice place.
In the #IoT 4real hackaton we won with the watt-s service connected to a smart wallsocket measuring energy and matching it with the corresponding amount of energy that public solarpanels produce in Stockholm. And we are now one of 6 finalists that in January will compete on how to make a ”climate-smart Stockholm”
This Tuesday I made a presentation at the Intel IoT ignition lab in Stockholm. We where three projects covering smart buildings, smart cities and smart homes. We broad collection of innovative Swedish startups that has large ambitions. We had very rewarding discussions on the Swedish possibilities and how to take our entrepreneur out to the international market.
Ngenic, With its smart add on to heating systems making any waterbased system smart
Yanzi, With the largest self deployed IPv6 building network with 1000 nodes
Connode, city range smart connected IPv6 deploying large in India and UK
Over the summer I have mentored a very good student from Hyderadad Adhish Singla he has without prior skills in XMPP worked with two visalisation tools and extensions to the SleekXMPP package to make it simple to create and use interoperable IoT devices talking XMPP.
What is that? It is a collection of open extensions to the famous well proven http://xmpp.org standard that has been used in millions of installations and different applications including settop-boxes and chat clients.
XMPP is a perfect suited messaging backbone for IoT since it can federate clients on different domains to ”friend” each other why not friend your neighbours outside temperature if yours is broken?
Any device running XMPP towards any of the other federated servers can talk to any other device, when you have
SleekXMPP python tools for running on devices. Python is perfect for easy programming of smart devices most of medium and high range devises is equipped with python from the start. like Intel Edison, raspberry Pi, Cubieboard, beagelbone and alike.
The code is currently in a branch on github to incorporate your local IO device you create field’s that can be readable or writeable and you start a GPIO python file r on your device and it is accessable as a device on the xmpp network. You can use any account on any on the available servers around just look at https://xmpp.net/list.php
We have created a Cordova Strophe based client that can be used to view and change values from devices below is a simple example of running the cordova android emulator client and controling a philips_hue lamp available over the xmpp network.
to be able to have a webbased viewer we have incorporated the functionality in the converse.js web chat client it has been incorporated in the http://xmpp-iot.org website