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LoPy is a MicroPython triple-network dev platform which doubles up as a LoRa Nano gateway. Arduino IDE compatible.
LoPy is a MicroPython triple-network dev platform which doubles up as a LoRa Nano gateway. Arduino IDE compatible.
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Awesome News! FREE CLOUD PLATFORM for all our 1000+ Kickstarter backers… and thats just for starters!

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....yes, dear Amazing Backers, you read correctly! 

As a THANK YOU to you all, we are pleased to announce that we have agreed terms which will allow all our Kickstarter backers free access to one of the world’s most advanced IoT Middleware and Application platforms as we thrive to create an exciting and Plug & Play environment for your IoT projects. 

Pycom is proud to announce we have partnered with IBM to bring you free access to the Open Standard platform Bluemix™ and the IoT middleware platform Binomium (yeah, pronounce that, if you can....) which will ensure vendor independent communication between all your IoT devices. Our current agreement allows you a minimum of 4 months FREE access to binomium.net and a minimum of 30 days FREE BlueMix access, although we are confident we will be announcing a further period extension very soon. 

We have a habit of choosing passionate partners who share our vision of simplifying the process of IoT deployments and this latest partnership reinforces that mission. The detail of the offer is still being finalised and we will bring you further updates very very soon. In essence, however, the spirit of our agreement will ensure LoPy backers are able to have a meaningful evaluation period of the platform before deciding whether they wish to switch to a modest contribution fee own a monthly basis. Bluemix™ is an implementation of IBM's Open Cloud Architecture based on Cloud Foundry, an open source Platform as a Service (PaaS) that lets you quickly create and deploy applications on the cloud.  

Because of its open source roots, Cloud Foundry is vendor agnostic and does not lock you into proprietary software or cloud infrastructure. It therefore complements our other Open Source offerings LoRa and MicroPython. 

The Binomium middleware platform is a highly scalable platform which allows a variety of different communication enabled object to talk to one another. You will also be able to control your various devices from your mobile phone, tablet or desktop PC. Whilst we have initially offered IBM BlueMix to our backers, there will be the opportunity to use AWS or Azure if required. 

Binomium Service Architecture
Binomium Service Architecture

We will also be working with IBM to bring the LRSC layer directly onto the LoPy nano gateway thus ensuring direct communication with IBM’s LoRa network servers. LRSC is a scalable, end-to-end cloud solution for operating a LoRaWAN network - a network of gateways and end devices equipped with Semtech's LoRa radio. It is designed to operate a nation-wide telecommunication grade deployment, but can be scaled down to run smaller private networks.


Campaign Update

It gives us great pleasure to announce we have now reached 54 countries. Some of the latest inclusions are Hungary, Bulgaria and Monaco! So, with still 11 days to go, we have reached over 1000 backers, 54 countries and hopefully more to come! We have not forgotten our University and Arduino Rewards either. We’re only €10k away from the Arduino IDE compatibility now.
From the team here, in the meantime, THANK YOU ALL!

Competition Update

We are working through the entries and will be sharing some of those designs with you early next week. That’s it from us for the time being. Have a great weekend and please keep spreading the word.

Elliot de Haro, Christoph Laib, and 12 more people like this update.

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    1. Pycom 4-time creator on

      @ Chris Q: Hey, no problem!
      We always welcome feedback.
      Best regards
      The Pycom Team

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      Chris Q on

      @Pycom sounds fair.
      I didn't see past my own intended usage, obviously people will use it for more than that.

    3. Pycom 4-time creator on

      @ChrisQ: Thank you for your comment. We intend that all Pycom platforms will be for everyone, hobbyist as well as professional developers. Our aim is to remain neutral leaving you folks to decide what you want to develop.
      The Binomium Platform is only the first of many middleware platforms we hope to be able to integrate to, so that people can get to manage and visualise their data from the moment they successfully connect their Pycom boards and of course, everyone is free to chose their own data management platform.
      We got all excited because typically middleware platform integration costs for developers or enterprises can run into tens of thousands of pounds and so please forgive us for being super happy to be able to offer it for free. Binomium and Bluemix may not be everyone's cup of tea but it gives LoPy users the opportunity to play with a ready made platform that even has a LoRa integration and we think that's great.
      Please let us also reassure you that there's absolutely no money whatsoever changing hands between us and Binomium and Bluemix IBM.
      We always welcome feedback so of there are other middleware platforms you think we should consider we'd be more than happy to engage with you and have a chat about them.

      Kind regards
      The Pycom Team

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      Chris Q on

      I hope IBM are paying you for this and not the other way around.

      It has the feel of preinstalled laptop software or those ads stuck into magazines. You know, things that no one asked for, and few will ever use.

      I guess I'm surprised by your, imo, over-the-top announcement of something like this. If you really are that excited about this, then I guess I misunderstood what the focus of the project was. It seemed more like a IoT platform for hobbyists than something submitting to an industry giants proprietary cloud.

    5. Pycom 4-time creator on

      @ Bwired.nl: thank you for your comment. It is perhaps worth pointing out that it is just an offer. There is no pressure at all to take it. The service will be a free for several months and perhaps longer if we can get agreement. And, of course, we'll make sure all terms are completely clear before people use it.

      Best wishes
      The Pycom Team

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      Bwired.nl on

      Good that you are happy with this, but this not free, its only for a short period, so only for making money for your partner. Also not in line with free Lora

    7. Pycom 4-time creator on

      @Tycho Schenkeveld: Hi Tycho, absolutely we will make sure users can access other LoRa networks e.g. TTN, Proximus etc... This agreement focuses mainly on the middleware application so that you all get to play meaningfully with your data. Best wishes The Pycom Team

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      Tycho Schenkeveld on

      Ah I see this is more server side than network related.. Interesting!

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      Tycho Schenkeveld on

      I hope it'll still work with other platforms though right?

      Like The Things Network?