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We are currently testing the Raspberry Pi 3 with our radio (serial) products.

There appear to be some issues with using the serial port, we are investigating these issues and will post if we have a solution.


Update Thursday 3rd March - it looks like this is a design 'feature'  of the Pi 3. We will have to wait for this to be fixed before our serial based Pi modules will work on the Raspberry Pi 3.


Update Friday 4th March, a workaround:


adding the following lines to /boot/config.txt appears to fix this - at least it works for me.



Note also use /dev/ttyS0 NOT /dev/ttyAMA0

for some reason /dev/ttyAMA0 appears to crash minicom.

Note: the 10 May 2016 Jessie Raspbian release has changed this and it no longer works.

You now need 


in config.txt. Please read this note



Update 6 June 2016

I tested over the weekend and I found that adding





to /boot/config.txt worked in that I could send and receive from my slice of radio (/dev/ttyS0) and use a bluetooth keyboard.

I have not tested to see if all the settings are needed.

I have not tested/looked at any other effect of those settings (such as reduced performance).


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Now Speak the Language of Things with the WirelessThings Keyfob.

Nottingham based Internet of Things (IoT) manufacturer WirelessThings, today announced the launch of The Wireless Keyfob, which comes in 1-5 button varieties.

 This release follows the launch of our range of IoT devices, which is currently home to the Ambient Temperature, Ambient Light Level and the Humidity and Temperature sensor.

 You can program these key fobs to do almost anything – from turning on a relay to a light switch, or opening your garage door. Like all WirelessThings devices these have been built to last over a decade on a single battery.

Whether you are wanting to monitor the environment around you, or control objects with WirelessThings radios attached, you can now do it all at the touch of a button.

Customers suggested examples include:

  • Agriculture - Remotely control garden sprinklers
  • Security – Monitor and interact with contact sensors on garden gates, doors and windows
  • Energy – remotely turn on/off appliances through the use of smart plugs
  • Care and support - using the keyfob as a means for someone vulnerable in need of assistance to alert someone



The Language of Things is an open, licence-free and standardised way to interact with IoT devices. One of Its' features is making interacting with devices as simple as sending a text message or Tweet, opening the IoT up to a wider range of people, with varying levels of skills and knowledge.

The keyfob links seamlessly into the 365Agile business platform to provide automated alerts, when buttons are pressed. This can allow organisations to reshape their response process for care and support, and also trigger requests for repairs & maintenance, thus reducing operational costs whilst improving customer service.

365 Agile will be demonstrating their solutions at the forthcoming ‘Future of Digital Housing’ event at the Etihad stadium on 22nd Oct details here: http://blogs.salford.ac.uk/onecpd/2015/09/14/the-future-of-digital-housing-conference-agile-365-insight/

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The annual cost of poor housing to the NHS currently stands at *£600m, with just under *£20m of this directly due to damp within these properties.

To repair these 54,000 properties would cost *£393m.

Nottingham based Internet of Things (IoT) manufacturer WirelessThings, today announced the launch of The Wireless Humidity and Temperature Sensor, in time for the coldest, wettest winter in 50 years.

This dual purpose sensor is the ideal device to monitor damp levels within properties, just in time for you to make the necessary changes before winter sets in.

This release follows the launch of a brand new range of IoT devices, which is currently home to the Ambient Temperature and Ambient Light Level sensors.

Built to last over a decade on a single battery, this wireless sensor was designed for anyone needing information on the ambient temperature and humidity of their surroundings.
Whether you are monitoring damp and condensation in a property, or in search of the optimum growing conditions for plants, this sensor opens up a world of both technical and commercial opportunities.

All WirelessThings’ devices and sensors use the open messaging standard The Language
of Things to communicate between one another.

 The Language of Things is an open, licence-free and standardised way to interact with IoT devices. One of Its' features is making interacting with devices as simple as sending a text message or Tweet, opening the IoT up to a wider range of people, with varying levels of skills and knowledge.

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*Research conducted by BRE (www.bre.co.uk) and can be found in the Briefing Paper 'The cost of poor housing to the NHS'


 WirelessThings’ 2nd IoT device hits the shelves.

 Following the launch of their Wireless Temperature Sensor two weeks ago, Nottingham based Internet of Things (IoT) manufacturer, WirelessThings, today announces the launch of their second plug & play IoT device, the Wireless Ambient Light Level Sensor.

Built to last more than a decade on a single battery, the Wireless Ambient Light Level Sensor has been designed for anyone wanting to create their own network of connected devices.

The potential applications for this device are varied – from monitoring lighting in communal areas, to optimising growing conditions for plants, you can even start setting some rules in your own software around the data generated – such as:

  • Automatically turning on the lights in your living room when it gets too dark.
  • Monitor all the lighting in your home at the office to help minimise energy bills.
  • Trigger lamps, heaters or irrigation systems if light levels are insufficient for plant growth.


The launch of IoT devices by WirelessThings supports their ambition, to make interacting with your surroundings easier, simpler and more exciting and useful than ever before.

 All of these new and exciting devices and sensors use the open messaging standard The Language of Things to communicate between one another.

 The Language of Things is an open, licence-free and standardised way to interact with IoT devices. One of Its' features is making interacting with devices as simple as sending a text message or Tweet, opening the IoT up to a wider range of people, with varying levels of skills and knowledge.

For further information on this growing range of IoT devices please contact either Rob Pick or William Stone:
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Nottingham based Internet of Things (IoT) manufacturer WirelessThings yesterday announced the launch of the first of over 140 planned Plug & Play IoT devices, the Wireless Temperature Sensor.

Costing £9.99 inclusive of VAT and lasting over a decade on a single battery, the Wireless Temperature Sensor is an attractive option for anyone wanting to create their own scalable sensor network comprised of low-cost, easy-to-use wireless devices.

This Wireless Sensor is the first of an exciting range of products from WirelessThings which use an open messaging standard, the Language of Things, known as (L.o.T) to communicate between one another.

The Language of  Things is an open, licence-free and standardised way to interact with IoT devices. One of the Language of Things’ features is making interacting with devices as simple as sending a text message or a Tweet, opening IoT development up to a much wider range of people with differing skills and knowledge.

Like many within tech circles, WirelessThings believes the IoT to be the next disruptive trend in technology. Where the creation of the Internet spawned millions of web developers, artists, and online shops, the Internet of Things will offer even more opportunities. In support of WirelessThings' prediction, networking giant Cisco has estimated that over the next decade the industry will see $14.4 trillion of value delivered within the emerging market of IoT.

WirelessThings is inspiring everyday people to find ways of improving their own lives and the lives of others, with the use of cutting edge and affordable technology. The premise for its ambition is simple: make connected devices easy to use, and let the users’ imagination and ideas do the rest.

MXC is pleased to announce the proposed flotation on AIM of 365 Agile Limited ("365 Agile"), an innovative, IP rich software business that enables mobile working and monitoring for field based workforces. The flotation will be effected by way of a reverse takeover of Iafyds plc. Iafyds plc today announced the proposed transaction which will be effected by Jafyds acquiring 365 Agile and seeking re-admission to AIM. The company will be renamed 365 Agile PLC (AIM: 365).

MXC is pleased to have supported the management of 365 Agile from our £250,000 seed investment, to helping to identify and execute two acquisitions on the way to this transaction. MXC Capital Advisory LLP is retained as financial advisor to 365 Agile.

Upon admission to AIM, MXC will be interested in 23.2% of the equity in 365 Agile and will hold a warrant over 5 per cent. of the company's issued share capital. Jill Collighan, Finance Director of MXC, will join the Board of 365 Agile to act as the company's CFO.

Peter Rigg, Chairman of MXC, commented "365 Agile has developed exceptional technology that enables more efficient mobile working and harnesses the power of the Internet of Things. Future applications of the software and the IoT IP are very broad and we shall support their expansion into new markets.

"We believe that this is an exciting investment for our shareholders and look forward to continuing to work with the team at 365 Agile to realise its full potential".

Jonathan Holyhead, CEO of 365 Agile, comments "Joining AIM is a big step in realising the potential of the technology we have developed. We are very grateful to MXC for its guidance and continuing support".


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Wireless Things are pleased to announce that as of Tuesday 17th March they have been acquired by 365Agile, the secure multi-purpose software platform, who have a large custom base within the UK social housing sector. 

This deal brings together Wireless Things’ secure two-way communication protocol, long range low power wireless sensor range, and 365Agile’s secure software to create an end-to-end Internet of Things (‘IOT’) solution. 

Combining this technology puts the company in a leading position to deliver a range of shrink-wrapped IoT solutions. 365Agile already has over 80 UK Social Housing customers and WirelessThings has 41 resellers over 20 countries with  50+million hours of run-time of its devices in the field.

The company’s strategy is to deliver a range of solutions including Environmental monitoring, Measurement of Electricity, Water, Gas usage and the ability to interface to any electrically operated device or system (smart plug, switch etc.) to a number of sectors.


Miles Hodkinson, CEO of Ciseco is quoted:
“Finally the reality of linking Humans to Devices to deliver a true IoT solution with the power and capability to transform service delivery is here. Our solutions will drive huge cost reductions whilst simultaneously improving customer service”


Tagged in: Wireless

I know these findings will be useful to some people. I've done the simplest of test (boot up to a promt) and written down the readings from my multimeter. To do anything accurate I'd need to get a scope out and do some longer testing, but hey something is better than nothing. Test was 5V regulated supply, basic multimeter, same stock Raspbian, HDMI plugged in and a Maplin wireless KB/Mouse dongle.

Model B 380ma

Model B+ 240ma

Compute Module 100ma

Conclusions: The USB/Ethernet uses more than the micro.

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I was keeping an eye on a thread on a Linked In forum. It had been started by a chinese manufacturer asking if anyone might be interested in selling thier Zigbee radios. I was not surprised that few people were eager to take up the offer. Many of you know us guys at Ciseco think Zigbee is too heavy for really long life battery powered devices, so although we created LLAP (lightweight local application protocol) on XBee's in the early days, we made the bold move to build our own radios for ultra low power. I'd always talked to people about Zigbee being ultimately doomed because I saw it did nothing "well". So when you read what happened below you'll see why I was utterly shocked!

A guy called Bhupender Virk posted "Zigbee is dead". I thought he was poking fun at the fast falling from grace standard so I posted "@BV - That's a bit harsh, don't you mean Zigbee is dying ;)"

I then looked at who Mr Virk is, here's his personal summary on Linked In "Leader in IEEE 802.15.4 IP Stack
Founder of ZigBee Standard for Wireless Networking. Previously Created and sold several companies. The latest in 2005 May. CompXs Inc. to Sequoia Capital. July 2008 Integration to SiLabs."




This week we began the 12 week Next Business Generation program. We are going to identify from all the things we do, which we are going to aim focused attention at that will scale best. It comes at a time when we have managed to raise over £140,000 this year to put towards CISECO's next big thing.

This'll come as a shock to many (it did us).

Ben came in on Monday saying he'd gone into business with two others to produce the MeArm. We wish him all the best with his new venture.

This means the position open for an exceptional Technical Writer to improve our documentation is available again. If you think you are up for a challenge,fun and success then please get in contact by phone with Will 0115 822 6333

Posted by on in Hardware

Some history.....last December Ciseco started shipping the XRF v2.0. On the XRF v2.0 is the SRF v1.3 which saw the removal of the on board chip antenna. There were a number of benefits derived from the change, which were all covered in Matt's post at the time. One of these was that the complexity and cost of the SRF was reduced and this was immediately reflected in the bulk price of the SRF. Unfortunately due to the high cost of supporting less experienced users of the SRF the single unit option was dropped. However with some added disclaimers and pleas for the inexperienced to purchase other products it is back in the store as of today in quantities of 1 and upwards!

With it back in stock and available to all and sundry for the sum of £9.99 excluding VAT you'll be wanting to get the best performance from this small surface mount module. There are a few ways to do this.

The first is to use an 8.2cm wire whip antenna. Add a hole on your PCB close to the surface mount landing pad of the SRF antenna and solder the wire whip in place. Wire whip antennas seem to be the most robust solution to the problem of an RF antenna. They are the least affected by the layout of the board the SRF is to be attached to and therefore best.

The second solution is to add a chip antenna. A chip antenna will usually require tuning to the PCB layout to get maximum range (impedance matching). This is really only an option you'll want to consider if you want to make a product of your project and you want maximum benefit for minimum cost. We'll be covering more on the design and tuning of chip antennas in future posts, and Matt has published an example of a chip antenna layout in the Ciseco Github. Tuning requires selection of the three components used with the chip antenna. This can be done by trial and error or carefully calculated using some meaty formulae. 

 Third would be to add a socket for a larger external antenna. However the experience within Ciseco says that a wire whip will often produce better results than one of these more expensive bits of kit (the ARF however does love the new rubber duck, you'll get close to 20db more)

For now my advice if you're using an SRF with your own board is to............whip it, whip it good!

Tagged in: Antenna SRF Wireless XRF

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Some of our customers have asked for an example on how it intergrate the Johanson Chip antenna diretly into their own PCB designs, now that we have moved away from a integrated chip antenna on the SRF (it's all because the overall performance is related to how well the host PCB is impedance matched, some people got great range others got poor range)....ever wished the laws of physics would bend? :)

I have just updated the Eagle Cad design for the SRF Shield and the XinoRF with our latest version, which shows using the SRF and chip antenna in one pcb.

I've also produced a very baisc example of the new RFµ footprint using the same chip antenna, you'll notice the few parts before the chip antenna, these are to impedance match the antenna to the SRF, I'll publish the parts values once I get a PCB to test out from Ragworm. 

We are currently working on the documentation to accompany this so there'll be much more data to come but I wanted to help those who wanted an example footprint as soon as possible.

I always start with a single 0 ohm resistor and then use the VNA (posh test kit) to help me tune the design to it's optimum performance, I suggest you start with a 0 ohm also


BTW: An 8.2cm wire connected to pad 1 usually gives good dependable performance and is a good thing to compare a chip design against using the RSSI test modes of ATNT3 & 4.

Tagged in: RFu XinoRF

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As part of the current Kickstarter campaign for the SRF-Shield we are releasing the full schematics and eagle cad files. We are also releasing the lastest XinoRF and Slice of Radio files.

Our aim when designing products is to make them simple enough to use, that a schematic is not really needed. But as we grow so does the level of experience our customers have.

We know some like to get in and know every little detail. In posting the designs for these three products we also hope it show you just how easy it is to integrate the SRF directly into your own PCB designs.
I've posted all the files to a new github repo here and if your not comftorble with using github you can also get them all in a zip from here(link)

There are PDF version of the schematics as well as the native eagle files each in there own directory. Click the pics below to go straight to the PDF's or click here to read more

b2ap3_thumbnail_R017---SRF-Shield-v1.0.jpgXinoRF v1.3 schematic


I'm just trying to put the finishing touches to a Kickstarter project to help lauch a new wireless shield for Arduino shaped boards. Called the SRF shield it has some unique features:

Has the same advanced switching circuit of our XBee shield that means no jumper flipping or unplugging when you do a normal sketch upload

Has an onboard chip antenna (upto 100m) but has also pads for adding a wirewhip, SMA or u.fl connector to get ranges upto 1000m

Support wireless sketch uploads direct from the IDE without any extra software, we are the only people in the world to offer this

It's £9.99 including VAT (that's about a quarter of what an XBee + adapter would cost)

It's just the kind of producet we hoped we could make (exceptional price and performance), it's all down to the growing number of people who love our radios that we are now making SRF's in such quantity we can achieve such a low price.

Thank you to every single one of our customers



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The Raspberry Jamboree 2014 is being held in Manchester on the 27th & 28th of February.

Miles and I will be there with a range of Ciseco products to show of and sell.

Due to the event we are out of the office for a few days and so forum registrations and question might not get processed or answered as quick as normal

Tickets are still available 


There is also a family Hack-day on Saturday 1st March which we are also attending 








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In the 2013 Postscapes Internet of Things awards, our Wireless Inventors Kit achieved:

  • People's Choice runner up in the “Best Open Source Internet of Things Product” category

If you have not got one of these very popular Wireless Inventors Kits yet, you will want to get one from our shop:http://shop.ciseco.co.uk/raswik


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Our Raspberry Pi Wireless inventors Kit is up for Open Source IoT product of the year. If you can spare 8 seconds, I'd be over the moon if you were to click the heart icon and vote for us?




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 As of the middle of last week we started shipping the new XRF v2.0.

This was a little sooner than we intended and we have not yet had chance to update our documentation. 

Why the change?

The 2.0 is based on the SRF v1.2 on a carrier rather than being built as a single module. By moving our radio range over to SRF based devices we are able to simplifying production. Only having to build and test one shape of radio makes things much easier for production and as we build the SRF in larger batches, the cost of manufacture will hopefully go down. This is also part of our move towards certification of our radio modules. 

PIN Compatibility

There are a few changes to the pins on the XRF v2.0, these will not affect Serial operation but do have an effect on LLAP devices and compatibility with CCB kits.

Pin 20 is now P0_5 not P2_4, as a result “restore defaults on power up” is no longer on pins 19 & 20. For the v2.0 short pins 7 & 8 

Pin 14 is now connected to +3v3, This should be treated as a Do Not Connect. (As of v2.1+ this pin is not Not connected internally)

LLAP Compatibility 

The following LLAP personalities will work as before







The personalities below are affected in the as described


Is currently not recommend for use!

ButtonA is no longer available as the pin is no longer brought out onto the headers.

As a result it is also no longer possible to fit the external pull up required by ButtonA this means you will likely see random button presses.  

Users should also not connect a button the XRF pin 14 as this is now 3V3 and given common wiring setup pressing the button would cause a short to GND

We are working on a new llapButton firmware and an accompanying kit.


OUTD is no longer available due to the pin change on pin 20, everything else works as before. 


Why the pin changes?

When we get certification done it will be against the R005 - SRF-U (the USB version). 

The SRF-U is based on the CC1111 chip and the SRF on the CC1110.

Due to the way pins are multiplexed on the CC chip and the SRF PCB we get different connections on a few pins when we build them as either SRF or SRF-U, the table below shows the pin numbers and there function for either SRF (CC1110) or SRF-U (CC1111). 

SRF pin XRF v2.0 Pin Function CC1110 Function CC1111

19 14 DVDD DP

20 20 P0_5 DM

21 15 P0_7 P0_5

The change on SRF pin 21 (XRF 15) will not affect any devices as this is compensated in software.

But you can see that SRF pin 19 (XRF 14) is connected to DVDD (3V3) on a CC1110(SRF) device but is used for USB DP on a CC1111(SRF-U) device.

By wiring up these pin on the XRF v2.0 it means that future version built with the SRF-U may be able to support USB functions.




Congratulations and huge kudos to Andy.  Here is a link to a great blog post on how he created a colour LLAP display.

As a new initiative to encourage people to build new and exciting ideas with our hardware, we are going to be giving back the cost of the our parts used in projects as credits in our store.

YEP, that's FREE hardware (but you have to write it up and do something original so we can reblog it)

Check out his project