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  • Key Trends in Deployment of Visual Artificial Intelligence

    Key Trends in Deployment of Visual Artificial Intelligence

    One of our team members recently attended the Edge AI and Vision Alliance Summit to learn about the recent developments and trends in Visual Artificial Intelligence (AI). We thought we would share some of these learnings with you....

    Nov. 10. 2020

  • Artificial Neural Networks on the Edge

    Artificial Neural Networks on the Edge

    Introduction As Artificial Intelligence (AI) becomes more prolific, we at Beta Solutions, are increasingly investigating how these technological advancements can unlock new and unique features for our clients' projects. This article...

    Sep. 24. 2020

  • 5G for IoT

    5G for IOT?

    5G Technology Today: The 5G technology that has been launched in New Zealand already is a great first step. One of the immediate benefits of this technology (over existing 4G technology) is a lower latency (or ‘delay') connection....

    Jul. 30. 2020

  • A Closer Look at the MISRA C Firmware Coding Standard

    A Closer Look at the MISRA C Firmware Coding Standard

    B is for … Bug Have you ever been working on your computer and suddenly your mouse stops moving? Maybe you’ve been on your phone and suddenly your app crashes for no apparent reason. I’m sure like most people...

    Jun. 18. 2020

  • Agritech Trends

    Agritech Trends

    According to a United Nations Report the world's population is expected to reach 9.7 billion people in 20501 - and to feed that population, crop production would need to double2 . With a growing global population and...

    May. 21. 2020

  • Changing How We Work Post COVID19

    Changing How We Work Post COVID19

    I am happy to report that Beta Solutions has managed the transition to remote working relatively easily. As we had already adopted integrated, cloud-based software solutions and cloud-based communication and data storage solutions we were...

    May. 01. 2020

  • Bluetooth 5.1 - A game changer for local positioning?

    Bluetooth 5.1 - A game changer for local positioning?

    Bluetooth 5.1 is the latest iteration of the wireless technology, and introduces the ability to detect the Angle Of Arrival of the wireless signal. Such disruptive technology introduces a vast range of new opportunities - such as going a...

    Apr. 09. 2020

  • COVID-19 Beta Solutions is Open

    COVID-19 Update: We Are Still Open

    Beta Solutions COVID-19 Trading Update. To our valued Clients, Have you tried turning 2020 off and then on again? It is certainly a surreal situation and our thoughts go out to everyone who is affected by COVID-19. I just wanted to...

    Mar. 26. 2020

  • Low Power Firmware Design for Wireless Sensor Networks

    Low Power Firmware Design for Wireless Sensor Networks

    Introduction Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are a rapidly growing technology which enable us to better understand and manage the environment we live in. Their applications are vast and they can bring benefits to a wide range of...

    Nov. 29. 2019

  • Precision GPS Drone Landing

    Precision GPS for NZ... on it's way

    Background Back in September 2017, we wrote a Blog on New Zealand Trialling Centimetre Level GNSS . We are excited that the New Zealand government have now announced that they have budgeted nearly $2m to support the development of a...

    Jul. 30. 2019

  • Beta Solutions Techweek 2019 Business Breakfast Event

    Key Takeaways from Techweek19 - Innovation and Industry 4.0. What to do when there is no off-the-shelf solution

    Introduction: With over 500 events, in more than 30 towns and cities around New Zealand, Techweek is a National Tech Innovation Week aimed at building enthusiasm around new technologies being developed in New Zealand. This year...

    Jun. 21. 2019

  • Outsourcing Benefits

    Why Outsource Your Electronic Product Design?

    Introduction Outsourcing involves the contracting out of a business process to another party.  To outsource is primarily a business decision for companies because it can reduce their overhead to produce a product, thereby...

    Mar. 28. 2019

  • Artificial Intelligence

    Artificial Intelligence - A Closer Look

    Introduction Believe it or not, the concept of artificial intelligence (AI) has been around for quite a while. The first digital computer was developed in the 1940s, and with medicine at the time having discovered that the brain is...

    Feb. 28. 2019

  • 20 Things to Consider When Planning an IoT Solution - Part 2

    20 Things to Consider When Planning an IoT Solution - Part 2

    Part 2  This post is Part 2 of a 2-part series on what to consider when planning an Internet of Things (IoT) solution.  As we discovered in Part 1, IoT is a complex subject which crosses many disciplines ranging...

    Jan. 17. 2019

  • 20 Things to Consider When Planning an IoT Solution - Part 1

    20 Things to Consider When Planning an IoT Solution - Part 1

    Part 1:  You have heard of IoT and can see the benefit of sensors and data collection, but don't know where to start... You are not alone, many entrepreneurs feel this way, so this post is part 1 of a 2 part Blog series on what to...

    Nov. 15. 2018

  • Formula E - Racing into the future

    Formula E - Racing into the future

    Introduction Motor racing with the absence of screaming engines and grid girls would have been a recipe for catastrophe only 20 years ago. But here we are, 2018, and this is exactly what Formula E (FE) offers and it seems be...

    Oct. 18. 2018

  • The 4th Industrial Revolution blends the physica, digital and biological worlds.

    The 4th Industrial Revolution

    “The possibilities of billions of people connected by mobile devices, with unprecedented processing power, storage capacity, and access to knowledge, are unlimited. And these possibilities will be multiplied by emerging technology...

    Sep. 06. 2018

  • Firmware Design Patterns in Embedded Systems

    Firmware Design Patterns in Embedded Systems

    Introduction This article discusses firmware development in embedded systems, specifically common design patterns implemented today. The article defines what a design pattern is, why it should be used in firmware development, and outlines...

    Aug. 15. 2018

  • Beta Solutions 10-Year Anniversary

    T+10 years and counting

    It doesn't seem so long ago that Beta Solutions was founded, and now as I write this, the company has just had it's ten year birthday.  That's ten whole laps around the Sun - something certainly worthy of celebration and reflection....

    Jul. 04. 2018

  • Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Compliance - Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

    Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Compliance - Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

    So you've got an idea for a brilliant new product that you want to develop and then put to market? And you've heard about this thing called 'EMC' but you don't know exactly what it is or why it should matter to you? Or how long will it take?...

    May. 31. 2018

  • 3D Printing to Mass Production

    3D Printing - The Move to Mass Production?

    Introduction: The core technology of “3D Printing” or “Additive Manufacturing” has been around for almost four decades (the early 1980s), but it wasn’t until the advent of low cost Fused Deposition Modelling...

    May. 04. 2018

  • Sigfox Network for IoT Connectivity

    Sigfox Technology Review

    In this blog we take a closer look at the Sigfox technology that was first introduced in our December Blog: "LPWAN Benefits for IoT Connectivity". To recap, LPWAN - which stands for Low Power Wide Area Network - is a communication protocol...

    Mar. 29. 2018

  • Budgeting for Innovation

    Budgeting for Innovation

    "I believe in innovation and that the way you get innovation is you fund research and you learn the basic facts." - Bill Gates Can you afford NOT to invest in innovation? Being new product developers in the high-tech electronics...

    Feb. 28. 2018

  • SpaceX 5 Startup Insights

    Five SpaceX Insights for Startups

    Perhaps you identify with being an entrepreneur? Maybe you already own or manage a startup business, or have an interest in them? This blog takes a high-level look at five key traits which have enabled SpaceX to “concur the...

    Jan. 31. 2018

  • Kids at Work Day

    Kids at Work Day

    I remember hanging onto my Dad’s every word when he talked about his work and the people he worked with. That’s where he spent all his time away from us and it was a big part of who he was after all. I always marvelled at the...

    Dec. 15. 2017

  • Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN)

    LPWAN Benefits for IoT Connectivity

    Due to an increasing demand for an “interconnected world”, by the year 20301 it is predicted that 130,000,000,000 (or if you prefer words: one hundred and thirty billion) devices will be connected to the internet. This...

    Dec. 01. 2017

  • The New Bluetooth Mesh in an Indusrtial Setting

    A Closer Look at the New Bluetooth Mesh

    After a few years of being "around the corner" Bluetooth Mesh is finally here. Several product designers and developers have made their own meshes based on Bluetooth LE in the long wait for a standard (indeed we have also developed our own)....

    Oct. 27. 2017

  • Electronic Product Compliance

    Electronic Product Compliance - Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

    What is compliance? Inventing and developing the next big electronic product is a significant step but is not the last step before that product can go to market. New Zealand, and most overseas markets have laws and regulations which...

    Oct. 05. 2017

  • Global Navigation Satellite Systems - GNSS

    New Zealand Trialling Centimetre Level GNSS

    Since the Global Positing System (GPS) was launched by the United States in the late 1970s, modern civilisation has developed an ever increasing dependence on global navigation systems. Think of the many GPS equipped devices and applications...

    Sep. 08. 2017

  • Beta Solutions' New Website

    It’s here! Announcing the launch of our new website.

    Beta Solutions is excited to announce that our new and refreshed website, which has been many months in planning, is live. The updated site can be found at the same place: The main objectives were focused...

    Jun. 15. 2017

  • Coding standards for firmware

    Test Driven Development

    There are a multitude of coding standards and methods available for writing modern day firmware and software. One of the more popular approaches that has been floating around for us and in the wider coding community is Test Driven Development...

    May. 29. 2017

  • Beta Solutions Office 44B King Street, Palmerston North

    Beta Solutions Move to Palmerston North City Centre

    After eight years of continuous growth, Beta Solutions Limited recently moved its design team to bigger, brighter, custom refurbished premises in the heart of Palmerston North. The building dates back to 1925 and we worked closely with the...

    Mar. 31. 2017