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Introducing the new Dev Kit and C++ API

Introducing the new Dev Kit and C++ API

What’s new in a nutshell
We have been listening! As requested the new Development kit v3.0 composed of 6 wireless sensors and one control unit is almost ready. The new kit will be shown for the first time at the MakerFaire in Rome starting TODAY and we will release it shortly after before the year end.
We are also updating all API’s in order to have full support for the kit before its release. Apart from improving the most popular Python3 API, we will be also releasing a new C++ and a Golang API.

What’s new in detail

Repository changes
The repository has seen seen some name changes. All API’s are named following the format language_name-API convention and will include API, examples and applications in source code and executable (if relevant).
We will also deprecate the JavaScript-Workbench repository as its functionality will be incorporated in the API themselves (when relevant) starting with python-api.

Development Kit v3.0 preview
We are proud to announce that a new kit will be made available that uses wireless battery powered sensors controlled by one wireless hub. The kit contains 6 sensors that communicate with the hub by means of an optimised low power protocol using IR and 868/915 MHz radio channels. Access to the hub will still be as for the existing kits. The new kit will run all the software already made for the old development kits and it allows for far better detection and tracking. We will be updating all our API in order to make its installation and usage simple.

Python API 4.2.0 alfa
This release adds the event monitor application (eventmonitor.py) in the interactive application folders. This application combines tracking with definition of alarms/events and monitoring them. It also supports tracing and usage of GIFS instead of fat dots. The used GIFS can be changed or permanently disabled programmatically as indicated in the code itself.
The eventmonitor.py is currently in alpha pre-release with limited documentation (refer to the release description on GitHub). Beta release is scheduled for later in December.
This release also removes several bugs and improves stability on various OS

C++ API 1.0.0 preview
The first API in C/C++ will include support for the basic data functionality of all kits and command line examples illustrating how to use it.
Testing (on Linux and Windows10) is almost complete and release is scheduled for beginning of December.

Golang 1.0.0 preview
The first API in Golang will include support for the basic data functionality of all kits and command line examples illustrating how to use it.
Release is scheduled for beginning of January for Linux and MacOS.

All Kinsei API’s can be found at https://github.com/xetal-nv/

As a final note, we are holding a competition. Share your ideas on how to use the demo kit for a chance to win one. Enter following this link before the 16th of January. Of course, you retain all rights for the idea itself!

Remember we’d love to hear from you! For problems or requests, let us know via our contact form

DevKit 2.1: A Kinsei monitoring kit for everyone

DevKit 2.1: A Kinsei monitoring kit for everyone

A Kinsei monitoring kit for everyone

We at Xetal are excited to announce the introduction of the Kinsei development kit v2.1. Easier to use, more flexible and lower cost.  With the new development kit we want to encourage anybody to experiment with our innovative technology for people monitoring, presence detection, people tracking, temperature mapping and all other features this kit allows.

Building on the 2.0 development kit, where sensors are integrated in a commercial product, the 2.1 version is a DIY kit using wood or acrylic (3Q2017) cases that can be mounted on standard profiles or used as is. The sensor cases contain three sensors each, just like for the 2.0 version, and are connected to the control unit by means of standard UTP cables with Rj45 connectors.

The control unit is where most changes have been made. It is based on a low-cost board that runs the LEDE OS (OpenWrt) to perform the very same functionality as the 2.0. Furthermore, it support all new and coming API features such as thermal mapping, statistical behavioral analysis and dynamic threshold tuning available as pre-releases starting from the firmware july2017.

The result is a kit with an end-user price of EUR 165 (wood version, excluding shipping and taxes) available for order now.

The development kit is provided with example and API software in python, Android and Erlang. All software is available on the Xetal github page at https://github.com/xetal-nv

The development kit is suitable for everybody: makers, individuals, researchers, developers and companies interested in the evaluation of our technology for a given research project. Be it commercial or personal.  We are always available to discuss with your ideas and possible commercialization strategies.

Want to know more? Contact us, we are always available to answer any question you might have.
Want to see the new kit? Come and meet at at the World Maker Fair in New York (US) or the Maker Fair in Eindhoven (NL)

Kinsei DemoKit v2: People monitoring made simple

Kinsei DemoKit v2: People monitoring made simple

We are announcing a new line of demokits aiming at simplifying testing, evaluation and development of solutions with integrated people detection and tracking technology. It uses Xetal Kinsei sensor to provide a 160 degrees monitoring angle for multiple people detection and tracking. No cameras and wearables needed.

Read more on the kinsei brochure and contact us to order one!

Xetal announced as supplier to Azienda Ospedaliera di Perugia

Xetal announced as supplier to Azienda Ospedaliera di Perugia

Xetal NV secures supplier status to provide bed monitoring system to Azienda Ospedaliera di Perugia, one of the most renown hospitals in Italy.

Starting form December 2015, Xetal will be providing its professional @bed monitoring systems that will help further improving on reducing fall risks. This comes as a result from positive tests the Azienda Ospedaliera di Perugia has held in the course of 2015 in collaboration with SeeingSmart, exclusive partner of Xetal for Italy.

The Xetal @Bed system is a professional bed monitoring system capable to reliably sense when a person is getting out or getting in bed unassisted without the need for cameras or devices to be worn. It is the result of an 18 months collaboration with two leading Belgian hospitals focused on reliability, durability and effective fall risk reduction.

The system is available as of December 2015 in Belgium directly from Xetal and in Italy via Seeing Smart. It will be available in UK and Ireland as of January 2016 via Delta Medical International. It will be made available to other regions in due course of 2016.

 

Azienda Ospedaliera di Perugia

The Azienda Ospedaliera di Perugia, fully integrated with the University, is a center of high medical specialty with more than 900 beds for an average of 45000 admissions per year. Because of its specific skills, available innovative technologies and types of services offered for a wide variety of pathologies, it is a point of excellence for health at Umbrian and National level. With the slogan #CITTADINO TOWN AND THE CENTRE The Azienda Ospedaliera di Perugia resulted in 2015  among the best in Italy in the public audit conducted by Civic AGENAS.

SeeingSmart

Funded in January 2014, SeeingSmart develops and supports discreet surveillance systems based on kinsei technology in collaboration with Xetal. SeeingSmart is also the sole Xetal distributor for the entire Italian territory.

Xetal

Xetal is innovating the way building adapt to people needs. Xetal have developed kinsei: an innovative indoor people localisation technology that does not require a person wearing or carrying any type of device or phone. Kinsei relies on proprietary positioning sensors placed on walls, beds or door frames to detect and track of one or more people with an accuracy of about 30cm. When such an accurate position information is used together with knowledge about the room itself, it is possible to understand what is happening in the room, what people are doing and determine what is likely to happen next. kinsei does not use cameras, audio or any other identification technology making it the perfect technology for when respect for personal privacy is a must.