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U-Box sensor network controller

U-Box is the wireless sensor network controller and gateway responsible for transmitting data from the sensors to the U-Admin platform through one of the three available interfaces: Wi-Fi, 3G/GPRS or Ethernet.

U-Box receives data from the routers and the wireless sensor nodes through unlicensed frequencies using standards-based protocols.


Product Description

  • Easy to install
  • Before installation, the parameters of the primary and backup networks are configured according to the customer’s preferences through the configuration web contained in the U-Box. The three available interfaces are Wi-Fi, 3G/GPRS and Ethernet.

  • Auto-recovery of the mesh network
  • In case connectivity is lost, the U-Box has a mesh network reconfiguration mechanism to forward the data from the sensors to another U-Box. This prevents loss of connection between the sensors and the platform.

    For network settings with a single controller, the U-Box will store in its internal database the information and send it to the platform once the connection is restored.

  • Real-time information
  • The U-Box periodically sends technical data to determine in real time the status of the device and quality of the network connection to which the devices is connected.

  • Remote upgrading
  • The remote upgrading, diagnostics and service tools implemented in the network controller significantly reduce field-based maintenance tasks and costs.

Features / Functions

  • Installation
  • The U-Box should be installed on street lamps, spotlights on walls or other street furniture that have access to a permanent power supply. In case of any temporary failures in the power supply, they will be powered by internal batteries.

  • Safety
  • The Urbiotica sensor network does not generate or transmit personal information. The data measured and transmitted are observations of physical parameters that are encrypted for greater security.

  • Useful Life
  • It has successfully passed the IP54 waterproof, IK08 mechanical resistance and accelerated ageing tests. It guarantees its useful life of 12 years even in very harsh conditions.

  • Dimensions
  • Its casing measures 7.5 cm by 20 cm with a height of 30 cm. It weighs around 1.5 kg.

  • Range
  • The U-Box can receive data from installed sensors and routers at a distance of up to 200 metres. A specific study of the area is carried out in each installation to define the maximum distances between devices and their orientation.

  • WSN
  • The U-Box is the main element of the WSN network collecting all the data captured by the sensors and routed by the U-Flag for transmission to the U-Admin platform.


    How our sensor network controller works

    The parameters of the operator or the Wi-Fi or Ethernet network preferred by the customer and the addresses of the server of the U-Admin platform to which it will be transmitted are configured through the U-Box configuration web.

    U-Box receives the data sent by the sensors and routers that are within its range and forwards it to U-Admin. It also periodically sends data on its status and the quality of the connection with the platform.

    U-Admin processes and transforms the data into useful information which are then distributed to the applications.


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