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Don’t throw away your old Touchatag tags

Do you have tons of old Touchatag (or even tikitag) tags lying around? Are you worried that they are now useless now that the Touchatag community site is closed. Don’t despair though. You already can use them with the standalone IOTOPE:node.
But not only that, we have an agreement with the owners of the now closed community site that the URL that is burned on the tag now redirects to the IOTOPE:server. 

What does this mean? If you touch the old tags with an NFC enabled phone you will be redirected to the IOTOPE server. Once the server is fully operational you can do some nifty things. We will support the classic URL redirect and social business cards but an Android app is also in the works. The app in combination with the server opens up a lot of possibilities. We already have a few ideas, but if you have an idea, why leave your toughs on the Google groups.

But we will have to disappoint on the timeline though. All our resources are now going into our first deployment in the field. They will come free after November 19th though and the Android app for the event will be reused for IOTOPE community. So by the end of the year will should have something up and running.

So for now, keep you tags nearby and why not install IOTOPE:node and play with them on your computer.

IOTOPE for Android

Worried that it’s a bit quite on the IOTOPE front. We’ll don’t be. We hard at work evolving the platform. What’s more exciting is that we will have our first “in the field” roll-out of the technology in November. I can’t say a lot about this particular case yet, but I can tell you a bit about how it will impact the platform.

Two important building blocks are still missing for this particular use case:

  1. NXP Mifare Classic read/write support
  2. An Android application
  3. The server

As the server here is of minor importance we’re concentrating on the Android and Mifare Classic support. Both are developed in parallel. But the nice thing about the Android platform is that you can reuse our Java code we’ve written for IOTOPE:node. So all the Mifare Classic code we’re written for the Android app will also enhance IOTOPE:node.

Because the platform needs to mature, we’re also hardening the code by writing unit test for all the the components. By using the TDD (Test Driven Development) approach it makes it also a lot easier to develop the NFC interactions. You don’t need the actual hardware and NFC tag anymore to add or enhance a feature.

As you see, a lot of work, but we’re excited to see our first real deployment in a few months.

First connection between IOTOPE node and server

First message from IOTOPE server

It’s alive, the first tag event has been send from IOTOPE:node to the server in our lab. Although it’s still quite brain-dead it’s always nice to see it’s first movements.

We’re hard at work to define a clean REST interface, so IOTOPE:node can talk too IOTOPE:server, but also make it possible for other systems to integrate with us.

Also expect a small patch on IOTOPE:node with a few bug fixes in the coming days.