panStamp is an open wireless home automation platform forming a complete ecosystem of wireless nodes and IP controllers. This solution mainly consists of panStamps, low-power wireless modules programmable from the Arduino IDE, plus a set of software tools, gateways and controllers.
“Although panStamp targets any M2M project, Home Automation is probably the preferred application field by our users” – states Daniel Berenguer, panStamp’s founder. “We provide low-cost hardware for controlling loads or sensing temperatures and humidities. Some other people prefer to develop their own nodes to interface with third-party equipment like PLC’s or energy meters.”
Every piece of hardware and software is released under GPL license. This makes panStamp a long-term solution where the project continuously gets feedback from the community. Thanks to Lagarto (panStamp’s open automation software), wireless nodes get direct representation in the IP world. Lagarto also provides multiple ways to program events, plot graphs and upload values to different cloud data servers. Moreover, Lagarto seamlessly integrates with OpenRemote, an open source solution for monitoring and controlling devices from iPhones, iPads and Android devices.
panStamp is being used in many different applications, including home automation, automatic irrigation, energy metering and air quality monitoring. What makes panStamp different from other commercial wireless solutions is that users can build their own nodes when none of the carrier boards fit their needs. panStamps can then be used as complete appliances or as OEM components into custom devices.
Another advantage of panStamps is that these wireless modules are really low power; they can live for months doing periodic measurements when powered from single alkaline batteries.