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Open Picus
Industry Internet of Things
Headquarters Rome, Italy, Italy

openPicus is an Italian company producing hardware for the Internet of Things. The modules are empowered by a powerful but light Free and Open Source OS (FreeRTOS) and embed a full dedicated TCP/IP software stack as well as an embedded web server. The software stack as well as the IDE are released as an open source software as well.[1]

The company produces mostly two hardware products:

  • Flyport is a system on module based on Microchip Technology PIC processors with different kind of connectivity to Internet: Wi-Fi and Ethernet. Flyport modules are used to connect and control systems over Internet through an embedded customizable webserver or the standard TCP/IP services. Flyport modules with microcontroller and transceiver all in one. Microcontroller runs your application, no host processor needed. Pinout is customizable by software.
  • Nest expansion boards that are created for specific applications, compatible with each Flyport.
  • Also a Free IDE development tool is provided by the manufacturer to create, compile and download applications (firmware) to the modules and for importing external web pages.

The complex communication stack that works in the background managed by FreeRTOS that helps control the events. Flyport modules are based on the Microchip Technology PIC microcontrollers and a communication Transceiver (Wi-Fi or Ethernet). Different modules, such as Flyport Wi-Fi and Flyport Ethernet, are mechanically and pin to pin compatible with each other in order to save on expansion board and give more customizability.

The FlyPortboard has been used to connect with external actuators as well as to measure sensed information [2] An existing integration with Microsoft Kinect [3]

The product has also been interfaced with several cloud servers such as Paraimpu or ThingSpeak [4]

Magazine Postscapes have also inserted openPicus team into the 100 most influential Internet of Things thinkers [5]

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