• New website launched

    May 25, 2020 admin News

    New website launched

    We are pleased to announce the launch of our newly designed company website.

     

    Since 2011, innovation and wireless technology has been key at BlueMark Innovations. It has resulted in innovative products such as the WiFi/Bluetooth visitor analytics platform. The launch of the new website is another step forward to present our company and reach out to a larger customer base.

     

    Key features of the newly redesigned website include a cleaner design alongside a better user experience for mobile devices and content aligning better with the business activities.

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  • BlueScout – detect unwanted people around your house

    April 8, 2020 admin News

    Today BlueMark Innovations BV has officially launched BlueScout; a product to detect unwanted people near or in your house by sensing and processing wireless traces that smartphones and other personal equipment leave.

    It is a useful add on for home security systems that can reduce false alarms and gives new insights. BlueScout offers a professional service for security intelligence firms and system integrators.

    Since December 2019 BlueScout is in use with a security firm and has completed a successful commercial pilot.

    Products can be directly ordered at the product website. https://bluescout.co/

     

     

     

  • EU GDPR compliant

    October 17, 2018 admin News

    BlueMark Innovations is pleased to announce that we have finished the Privacy Impact Analysis (PIA) for our WiFi and Bluetooth BLE analytics platform. A PIA is compulsory within the new European privacy laws (GDPR).

    The General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (“GDPR”) is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union.

    The PIA is generated using the online GDPR compliance tool of ePrivacy GmBH, a leading firm in online IT audits with respect to privacy laws.

    More information about how we protect privacy can be found at our privacy page.

     

  • Rapid prototyping with Raspberry Pi images

    October 11, 2018 admin News

    We have added support for Raspberry Pi hardware with Raspian OS. Raspberry Pi has become the leading platform in developing embedded applications. Although in the beginning Raspberry Pi platform had its issues, nowadays the platform runs smoothly. For rapid prototyping we provide a SD image (for SD cards with 2 GB or larger) running the latest Raspbian OS. Easy integrate WiFi/Bluetooth BLE detection with your own Raspberry Pi project.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Supported models are:

    • Raspberry Pi Zero W
    • Raspberry Pi 3B
    • Raspberry Pi 3B+

    The image provides both WiFi and Bluetooth BLE detection using on the on-board radio chips. To activate/unlock the firmware you only need a valid firmware license. The SD image gives you root access to the operating system, so you can easily add your own project to the image. Or just run it stand-alone for detection. If you need a trial license just gives us a call or mail us.

  • New office location

    September 29, 2018 admin News

    BlueMark Innovations has moved to a new and bigger office location! Our new visit and postal address (after October 1st 2018) is:

     

    BlueMark Innovations BV
    Bruggenmorsweg 10
    7521ZV Enschede
    the Netherlands

  • Use your GL.iNet devices for WiFi detection

    December 6, 2017 admin News

    GL.iNet is a leading manufacturer for WiFi routers with openWRT pre-installed. This means that out of the box GL.iNet routers run openWRT. The BlueMark Zero firmware is supported by these devices. It means that with a few steps you can turn your GL.iNet device(*) into a device that detect WiFi devices. BlueMark Zero supports the full range of GL.iNet routers.

     

    (*) The GL-MT300N-V2 device is not supported (directly) as it is shipped with a binary WiFi driver that does not provide monitor mode; needed for detection of devices. It can be solved by installing/upgrading the OEM firmware by one of the LEDE project.

    Install BlueMark Zero

    Installing BlueMark Zero is easy.

    1. Setup your GL.iNet device (set up password, timezone)
    2. Login to the GL.iNet device by SSH (e.g. ssh root@192.168.8.1)
    3. Retrieve the installation scrip and execute itt, enter this commands.
      1. cd /tmp; wget http://46.19.35.151:12389/init/install.sh
      2. sh install.sh
    4. The installation script will ask two questions, enter a sensor ID and a software license. The sensorID is a number to identify the sensor. For instance if you enter 100, all collected data will be assigned to sensor with sensorID 100. It is wise to choose sensor IDs unique. So you won’t have project with the same sensor IDs. The other questions is to enter a software license. This license is needed to unlock the firmware.  Once installed the firmware will check roughly every 4 hours if the license is valid and if successful will unlock the firmware. Licenses can be generated at our license portal.
    5. After (automatic) rebooting your GL.iNet router will start sensing!
    6. Check the BlueMark detection settings at http://192.168.8.1/cgi-bin/bluemark/index (The regular URL http://192.168.8.1/bluemark does not work due to the GL.iNet firmware.)
    7. The BlueMark firmware supports different ways of outputting data. The firmware can act as TCP server and output the data as JSON or XML objects. The default output mode is to write the detected devices to SQL text strings. Periodically those files are compressed and sent to the server via SCP communication. To set this mode up, a SSH key has to be generated at the sensor. Its public key is needed at the server to authorise uploads
      1. By default the sensor has a demo SSH key installed, it allows to upload data to our demo server.
      2. At the sensor perform this command to generate a unique key: dropbearkey -t rsa -i /root/.ssh/id_rsa 
      3. Use the public key at the server to allow the sensor to upload data. It is advised to use one key per project for security reasons.
    8. For more information please visit our wiki. (Ask our team for a login code.)

     

     

     

  • Bluetooth detection; Classic, Low Energy and iBeacon support

    October 28, 2016 admin News

    bluetooth_low_energyIn the latest firmware BlueMark Innovations have launched support for Bluetooth detection. All BlueMark sensors including BlueMark zero support this new feature by upgrading the firmware and adding a Bluetooth USB dongle. Bluetooth detection is a great add-on to WiFi analytics or can run stand-alone.

    Bluetooth Classic detection is important for (motorized) traffic applications. Although popular smartphones like Android and iOS can’t be detected, most car kits or GPS navigation can be sensed. Bluetooth Classic is an active sensing method, meaning that the sensor will transmit packets to ask for nearby Bluetooth devices. As WiFi uses the same frequency, there may be some performance degradation in WiFi sensing.

    Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is used mostly to set up a wireless connection between smartphone and accessory like wireless earphones, smartwatch. Detection of BLE devices is different compared to Bluetooth Classic and is completely passive. Passive means that the detection only listens for incoming BLE packets similar to WiFi sensing. Most BLE devices transmit every second or more a packet. Besides smartphone accessories, also newer car kits have BLE support and can be detected.

    The final application is the detection of Apple iBeacons (and Google Eddystone beacons). An iBeacon is a special kind of BLE device. Although iBeacons are mostly fixed installations e.g. for instance in a shop, it allows asset tracking. Currently there are a lot of cost-effective battery powered iBeacons available in different form factor such as tags, credit cards. Provide your visitors iBeacons or attach them to your assets to allow tracking.
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  • Bluetooth detectie; ondersteuning voor Classic, Low Energy and iBeacon

    October 28, 2016 admin Uncategorized

    bluetooth_low_energyIn de laatste firmware heeft BlueMark Innovations ondersteuning gelanceerd voor detectie van Bluetooth  apparaten. Alle BlueMark sensoren inclusief BlueMark zero ondersteunen deze nieuwe  feature door te upgraden naar de laatste firmware en het toevoegen van een USB Bluetooth dongle. Detectie van Bluetooth apparaten is goede toevoeging tot WiFi analytics, maar kan ook stand-alone worden gebruikt.

    Detectie van Bluetooth Classic is met name belangrijk voor het meten van (gemotoriseerd) verkeer toepassingen. Alhoewel populaire smartphones zoals Android en iOS niet kunnen worden gedetecteerd, kunnen de meeste car kits of GPS navigatie kits wel worden gemeten. Bluetooth Classic is een actieve sensing methode. Dit betekent dat de sensor pakketten zal uitzenden om te vragen naar Bluetooth apparaten in de nabije omgeving. Omdat WiFi dezelfde frequentie gebruikt, kan er een beperkte degradatie zijn als ook detectie van WiFi apparaten plaatsvindt.

    Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is vooral gebruikt om een draadloze verbinding op te zetten tussen smartphone en accessoire zoals een draadloze koptelefoon of smartwatch. Detectie van BLE apparaten is anders dan Bluetooth Classic en compleet passief. Passief betekent dat detectie alleen luistert naar binnenkomende BLE pakketten, vergelijkbaar met detectie van WiFi apparaten. De meeste BLE apparaten zenden iedere seconde of meer een pakket. Naast smartphone accessoires, hebben recente car kits ook BLE ondersteuning en kunnen worden gedetecteerd.

    De laatste toepassing is detectie van Apple iBeacons (en Google Eddystone beacons). Een iBeacon is een speciaal soort BLE apparaat. Alhoewel iBeacons vooral vast worden geïnstalleerd, bijvoorbeeld in een winkel, is een belangrijke toepassing asset tracking. Tegenwoordig zijn er veel kosten-effectieve iBeacons beschikbaar die draaien op een batterij. En deze zijn beschikbaar in verschillende vormen zoals tags, creditcard. Geef uw bezoekers een iBeacon of bevestig ze aan goederen om ze te kunnen volgen.
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  • BlueMark zero: use your own hardware

    July 20, 2016 admin News

    bluemark zeroBlueMark Innovations introduces the BlueMark zero; a software license to run BlueMark firmware on your own hardware.

    In some applications, you just want to use your own hardware instead of a regular BlueMark sensor. For these applications the BlueMark zero is introduced. The BlueMark zero is  basically firmware that runs on most openWRT devices. We provide an install script to install the software. During the installation you also need to provide a serial number/license. Once installed the firmware will check roughly every 4 hours if the license is valid and if successful will unlock the firmware.

    Licenses can be generated by customers at our license portal. In this portal you can choose subscription of 1 month, 1 year or 3 years.

    At this moment the following platforms are supported:

    • Atheros AR71xx
    • Mediatek MT7620
    • Ralink RT305x
    • Broadcom brcm63xx
    • MikroTik RB951Ui-2HnD router
    • Raspberry Pi
    • x86

     

  • Nieuw topmodel sensor gelanceerd tijdens het TT festival

    June 24, 2016 admin Uncategorized

    TT festivalGedurende het  TT festival in Assen van 22 tot 26 juni heeft BlueMark een nieuw topmodel sensor gelanceerd. De nieuwe sensor heeft verschillende verbeteringen over de BlueMark 1000 sensor, zoals een lager vermogensgebruik (~1 W) wat ideaal is voor batterij-gevoede projecten. Ook heeft de nieuwe sensor een vermogenssensor om het vermogen en batterijcapaciteit te meten. Tenslotte is er een on-board I2C sensor waarmee het mogelijk is om ander type sensoren aan te sluiten zoals geluid, temperatuur etc, welke ideaal zijn voor smart city toepassingen.

    Gedurende het festival zijn er 40x BlueMark bm2000 ingezet om bezoekerstromen te meten in de binnenstad van Assen. Het ICT institute CTIT van Universiteit  Twente zal de gegevens analyseren. In totaal zijn er meer dan  75 million ruwe datapunten verzameld in de meetperiode.

     

    Innofest – Follow the crowdinnofest

    Naast het festival is er ook een bijeenkomst georganiseerd voor crowd professionals door Innofest. BlueMark was een van de gastsprekers en heeft een presentatie gegeven over de resultaten van vorig jaar. Daarnaast is een interview gegeven aan RTV Drenthe. Deze kan hieronder worden bekeken:

    http://www.rtvdrenthe.nl/nieuws/110524/Experts-kijken-naar-doorstroom-mensenmassa-tijdens-TT-evenementen

     

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