TreeTalk at Maker Faire Roma 2018 – European Edition

TreeTalk has demonstrated the working prototypes of devices, software and cloud system at Maker Faire Roma 2018 – European Edition.

TreeTalk became the finalist of the Call4Makers competition in the Innovative Projects category and presented its promising products at the Regione Lazio stand. It is a great honor for us to represent this Italian region at such a major international event.

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show on Earth in the field of invention and creativity. And Maker Faire Rome is the world’s largest Maker Faire exhibition after the “Bay Area” and “New York” in the US. Over 100,000 people participated at the biggest European innovation event in 2018.

It was an amazing 3-day event, transmitting its energy to visitors and participants. Existing companies and promising projects in various fields, such as electronics and prototyping, robotics, space, 3D printing, virtual and augmented reality were presented at dozens of thematic sites of the Nuova Fiera di Roma exhibition center.

Universities, as well as business incubators and Active Spaces (Spazio Attivo) – innovative creative platforms of Lazio Innova, represented their projects. A special place was occupied by master classes and Science Show for young people and children. And, of course, in a country where the art has long become an integral part of everyday life, particular attention was attracted by the places where art and modern high technologies together created new interesting forms.

The attention of visitors was attracted by the tireless iron (literally) rock musicians of the One Love Machine Band, playing in the open air. Amazing products, decorations, clothes and art objects from traditional materials (wood, metal, ceramics, and fabrics), but created using digital technologies, were presented.

 

In addition to the entertainment program, the attention of specialists was attracted by high-tech solutions in the field of Industry and Business 4.0, revolutionary solutions for the retail, agriculture, food industry, and waste processing.

It is worth saying a little about the site where the exhibition was held.
Fiera Roma was opened in April 2006 and is one of the largest and most prestigious exhibition poles in Europe. This is a great architectural work, designed by the architect Tommaso Valle, and this is an excellent futuristic business center. The center is powered by the largest thin-film solar system in Italy, covering about 38,000 square meters of the pavilion roofs. The system generates 1.8 million kWh of clean energy per year.

In addition, Fiera Roma is a center for international trade and communications. Rome is not only a world-famous tourist destination but also a very important business center, strategically located in the midst of economic flows between north and south Italy and Europe. It is a bridge between old and new markets, equipped with modern and functional structures. The exhibition center is part of a multifunctional retail and office district with an area of more than 390,000 square meters.

Fiera di Roma is situated in a strategic location and is served by an excellent transport network. In addition to roads with convenient parking and interchanges, the complex has its own suburban railway platform (2 stops from the Fiumicino international airport or several stops from the center of Rome). At the time of the Maker Faire exhibition, the Italian railways not only increased the number of trains but also organized an information point on the platform with multilingual staff helping visitors to buy tickets and understand the routes.

TreeTalk presented its promising developments at the exhibition. Those are the real-time voice communication devices: the prototype of the car voice communicator “The Terminal One” and the prototype of the stationary communicator “TreeTalk Intercom“. Also were demonstrated: a prototype of a user web interface for managing devices and their groups (TreeTalk Web Panel) and a prototype program for the PC TreeTalk Dispatcher, which combines the functionality of personnel task management and instant communication with a specific employee (selective call) or with the whole team (group call).

We are grateful to the jury of the Call4Makers contest for the high appreciation of our developments and the opportunity provided. Thanks to participation in the exhibition, we were able to acquaint many people with our developments and get extremely useful feedback that will allow us to improve our prospective products.

TreeTalk Intercom Prototype ver. 0.1

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Intercom on the conveyor line

 

For the startup TreeTalk, the summer of 2018 turned out to be really hot, but productive. We moved to Rome, got acquainted with the local innovation ecosystem (the story is still to come), tested the new version of The Terminal One in extreme hot climate conditions. And now this is it – first working version (according to the internal numbering of TreeTalk – ver. 0.1) of a completely new device, code-named Intercom, appeared!

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This is the natural development of the overall concept. Since we already have a ready-to-use infrastructure for voice and device management (TreeTalk platform), why not add devices to the product line that are not quite mobile (but more about that later), but also work with voice information and require grouping together with possible topology of the “star” type, with the dispatcher’s computer in the center.

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And here is the very first workable prototype of the product of this series. Externally, it really looks like a door phone or an intercom, and it’s as simple from the outside – the user just press and hold one TT button (TreeTalk or ToTalk, whatever you want) to contact his team or dispatcher. So far, everything seems familiar. But then – the differences begin:

  • TreeTalk Intercom does not require the laying of cable communication lines – it works with existing Wi-Fi, LTE, 3G, 2G, any data transmission networks (depending on the modification chosen). However, on twisted pair it can work too.

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    Old-style Intercom Control Desk – photo by H.stadler
  • TreeTalk Intercom does not require hardware control desk, switches or commutators – it runs on a cloud-based TreeTalk platform, and it’s enough for the user (figuratively speaking) to make a few clicks of the mouse in a convenient and intuitive user web interface to create a group of devices, to make the necessary settings, and to link it to the dispatcher’s program.
  • TreeTalk Intercom is a digital device and the quality of the transmitted speech is also digital.

  • TreeTalk Intercom has useful features – an indication of the incoming message and its  replay (if necessary) or a response on the reverse channel, depending on how the second button is configured.

Where is needed all that? Briefly – everywhere, where constant connection

and voice communication in real time is required – in warehouses, in shops, in offices, workshops and garages, in manufacturing and on the conveyor, on

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Aged Bolinders Teleradio

technological machines and transport, in elevators and basements. And on the doors and gates with access control system, too 🙂 Slightly modified communication modules can be built into ATM, parking meter, self-service kiosk, and so on.

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Loudaphone on Queen Mary – photo by Binksternet

For example, if an ATM swallows a card, or the vending machine is acting up, nowadays you have to find a hotline phone number, to call, to wade through annoying ads and “press 1 for this, press 2 for that”, then explain the problem to the service employee a long while. Instead, simply press a button and talk – TreeTalk connects instantly, and the operator is already known exactly where you are, and probably what happened.

Let’s look into the nearest future. You definitely will see Big Button with Purple TT Sign on the dashboard of self-driving cab, taking you home. Because even if algorithms, controlling the autonomous vehicle, look ideal, always there is a room for surprise in the real life. So the people inside and, maybe, outside the vehicle must have the opportunity of instant voice connection to the dispatcher / control tower / support.

Afterward, imagine a goofy delivery robot obtruding the wrong sort of pizza, which you have not ordered — you just may to push a similar button on it and instantly tell the operator what do you think about Artificial Intelligence.

They say “Hardware is hard”. But anyone who developed hardware from the outline (“from 0 to 1”), will confirm that it’s hard to compare to something th

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TreeTalk Intercom 3D model

e feeling, when an idea generates a sketch, then 3D model appears, and now there is something to hold in your hands, and here it WORKS! There will be many tests, iterations, modifications ahead, before the device will be ready for production. But the working capacity of the concept is proofed, the further is just a matter of technology and grind work.

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TreeTalk Intercom

TreeTalk: The Terminal One – Field Tests 2018. Summer. Hot Summer.

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TreeTalk Terminal

Moving to the other city to the other country and is very time consuming. And, of course, is exciting. Especially if “the other city” is the Eternal City. Any movement is also distracting, but we are strong 🙂 So, despite the traditional Italian vacation time, we are trying to work. August is hot this year, and people run to the seaside. But we are already here and ready to take full advantage of the ardent heat.

If you can remember, once upon a time, we tested our very first prototype in the really harsh conditions of Siberian winter. Now we have reincarnMeteoStation_48ation number 3 of that prototype, and it’s time to trial it under the Southern sun. The conditions appear harsh enough, too, but in the opposite sense. The terminal was subject to temperature extremes up to +55 Celsius (131 Fahrenheit). The temperature inside the black metallic enclosure was 10-20 degrees more. During the test time, the built-in audit system recorded the slightest failures in the network connection, in the electronics and embedded firmware.

We have got a lot of data, most of which we still have to process, but we have first interesting results.

Spoiler: most of the tests completed successfully, clearly confirming the advantages of the TreeTalk terminal over conventional and trunked radios in the reliability and quality of the voice and in the convenience of handling.

Contrary to expectations, the extreme heat itself did not effect electronics much. But we could mark, thanks to specific environments, two peculiarities.

First one is an unstable data transfer speed of the local mobile carrier. Despite the fact that the signal almost did not disappear anywhere at all, the real data transfer speed varied in the wider range, then we use to see earlier, and the frequency switched from 3g to 4g and back more often. Perhaps, this effect is tied to uneven distribution of tourists (and their smart phones). Fortunately, our specially developed protocol, and speech-compression technology was made for working in low-speed second-generation networks. So, “LTE tourist challenge” was not a problem for our device.

RomeAlso, we found, that stability of geo-positioning was not as good as always in the narrow streets and small squares of the old Rome center. Sometimes, the majority of satellites became invisible to the GPS antenna, and precision of geo-positioning deteriorated. It seems to me, we finally unraveled the reason for the mysterious disappearances and quantum leaps of Roman buses on the maps of transport applications 🙂

Quite seriously, we anticipated this issue and evident solution will be to try using the geo-positioning chips that have real-time multi-system tuner, instead of a multi – system tuner, working in the switching mode. Perhaps, we should also slightly tune the predictive algorithm in order to make it more intelligent in the such cases. All these improvements will be done in the next version of the hardware. We hope that the next version of the terminal will be even more robust.

 

Real-life test of TreeTalk terminal and system. Part 1. Hands-on.

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TreeTalk has begun conducting the real-life tests of the voice terminal. Now the prototypes are being tested in the cars, which is riding around the city and near suburbs in a mode of normal use. Thus, during parking, warm-up and on the move the terminals are subject to temperature extremes from -30 to +20 Celsius (-22 to +68 Fahrenheit). All this time, the built-in audit system records the slightest failures in the network connection, the electronics and embedded firmware.

First trial run confirmed all of the declared advantages of TreeTalk solution. Yes, it still looks like a professional (conventional or trunked) two-way radio. It inherits the pluses of LMR/PMR: broadcasting, constant connection, instant calls, and simplicity. Additionally, TreeTalk adds its own features.

The differences are becoming clear from the very beginning.

Proto_DINFirst, users of the TreeTalk devices do not need to spend time and effort to complex mounting. The device fits the standard 1-DIN slot perfectly and there is still enough place remaining for the car audio. Professional transceivers are heavy and usually hot. They are energy consuming, thus require dedicated power line from the car battery, made of thick wires. In contrary, TT terminal is light in weight and require minimum power (0.5 Amp). It is omnivorous (10-26 V), so did not require any special DC-DC converter. Its installation is easy, because our specimen has not any wires or connectors on the back panel to connect somewhere.

Strict design looks good in the dashboard of the car. Frontal speaker gives a sound loud enough, even on the medium volume level.

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Second, TreeTalk terminal works without any external antenna. Radio hobbyists and professionals know that antenna, sticking out of the car top, is a weak spot and eternal headache. It is always going to be lost or broken, and the cable tends to be tangled and torn. So no antenna – no problem.

Third, the terminal is very friendly. All manipulations with the buttons are accompanied by signals or voice announcements (in English). If you miss the last message, led indicates that it is recorded — you can just push ‘REPEAT’ button to listen to it. (If you did not understand or resolve some important information, you can make that again).

(To be continued…)

Traction and Plans

"If you want to make God laugh, tell him your future plans." Woody Allen

 

 

 

 

 

Our first R&D study, funded by FASIE, was successfully finished, and now it’s the time for summarizing and planning.
(We know that lists are boring, but here it is inevitable).

Some milestones are here.

Done:
July 2014:  Investment of founder.
Dec 2014:  Grant for R&D has been won in the FASIE “Start” contest.
Apr 2015:  Working prototype of the Terminal is ready.
May 2015:  First prototype of the dispatcher’s software is developed.
Nov 2015:  Prototype of Web Front-End is developed.
Jan 2016:  Winter field tests.
Feb 2016:  Participation in the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum – 2016 (KEF).
Feb 2016:  First R&D study, funded by FASIE, was successfully finished.
Apr 2016:  Web UI and server infrastructure betas were made.
May 2016:  U.S. Patent N 9,338,275 B2 was issued.

ToDo:
2017 Q1: Dispatcher / workstation app beta.
2017 Q3: Pilot batch of terminals. Field tests.
2017 Q4:  Preproduction model of the Terminal One.
2018 Q2:  Certification, launch of manufacturing.
2018 Q2:  Launch of sales (initial market). Mobile app.
2018 Q3: Certification for NAFTA / TPP / EFTA.
2018 Q4:  Launch of server infrastructure and merchandise distribution in NAFTA / TPP / EFTA markets.
2018 Q2-Q4: Testing and debugging of Terminal Two.
2019 Q1: Infrastructure upgrading and scaling.
2019 Q3: Break-even point. Return of investments.

Field Tests – 2016. Winter.

TreeTalk has conducted regular field tests of the voice terminal prototype.

The terminal is designed for professional control room and group real time communications. In fact, this is a new class of mobile devices, in which the traditional strengths of radio communication (instant connection, broadcasting and simplicity) were coupled with the advantages of modern data networks. The voice signal is digitized, compressed, and transmitted by the Terminal to other similar devices and dispatching computers without loss of quality. Thanks to a specially developed protocol, even low-speed second-generation network, covering 90% of the world population may be used as a transport medium.
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The methodology of the current test was designed to assess the stability of the device and firmware in real operating conditions.
Within 14 days the equipment was tested around the clock in the laboratory. After that, withinIMG_2611_600 7 days the experimental model of the terminal was working in a car that was moving around the city and nearby suburbs in a mode of normal use. Thus, during parking, warm-up and on the move the terminal subjected to temperature extremes from -30 to +20 Celsius (-22 to +68 Fahrenheit). All this time, built-in audit system was recording the slightest failures in the network connection, the electronics and embedded firmware.
Then, a mobile measuring and laboratory benches were installed and the parameters of the speech signal were measured (in particular, the signal-to-noise ratio and frequency response), which describe the intelligibility and voice recognition when it is transferred from the terminal to other terminals or to the control room computer.

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Current testing has been specially planned for the winter period and held in harsh conditions. However, most of the tests completed successfully, clearly confirming the advantages of the TreeTalk terminal  in the reliability and quality of the voice, and the convenience of handling over conventional and trunked radios.
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Users of TT terminals do not need to spend time and effort to obtain radio frequencies, search for a suitable location for the control tower and to install bulky antennas. It will be sufficient to purchase the required number of terminals and combine them into a virtual channel via a simple web interface to start using. TreeTalk LLC specialists believe that their technology, due to the convenience, the digital signal quality and additional features, will soon replace the obsolete analogue radio and will be used wherever you need a reliable, constant and instant voice communication.

TreeTalk on KEF-2016

Thanks to KRITBI, which gave its residents the opportunity to participate in the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum – 2016 (KEF), TreeTalk took part in that huge event that gathered more than 6000 participants from different countries. Our b2b project fitted well to the format of the event. That allowed us to make a lot of contacts and to proof our ideas.

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Stand of TreeTalk in KEF-2016 hi-tech alley, just a couple steps from the main stage.

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We demonstrated newly developed workable prototypes of the TreeTalk’s Terminal and of dispatcher software.

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U-Laika the huskies (mascot of Winter Universiade 2019) suddenly visited TreeTalk stand on KEF2016.

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TreeTalk  flashed on the federal news.
OTR (Public Television of Russia)  noticed us in the evening Economy news:

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/hn8UxK7nCAI

RenTV weekly program “Dobrov on the air”  showed our exhibition among others:

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/-4IxV272zL0

New TreeTalk Presentation

We hope this simple presentation (15 slides in English) will make our ideas and our traction more understandable.

Links for direct downloading:

TreeTalkPresentation_2016_1.pdf

TreeTalkPresentation_2016_1.pptx

TreeTalkPitch_2016_3min_Hinted.pdf (for investors – 12 slides, in English)

SlideShare player:

Browse on SlideShare:  Tree talkpresentation

 

Now We Have a Prototype.

Maybe it sounds too passionate; and someone can remember the Bruce Willis’ popular message “Now I have a machine gun.TreeTalk Prototype 2 Ho-Ho-Ho” from the “Die Hard” movie. But we really proud to present something that we can take in hands, to install into the vehiclTreeTalk Prototype 1e, and to test properly. That’s it.

This experimental device already has some essential features, which distinguish it from conventional LMR transceivers, as following: Continue reading Now We Have a Prototype.

Resident of KRITBI Took “Start”

12/22/2014 14:43
Resident of KRITBI Took “Start”
NIA-Krasnoyarsk

The Fund for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises in science and technology has conducted the expert jury of the program “Start”.

Within the full-time expert jury, 142 applications for participation in the program was heard, and 60 of which are recommended for funding, coordinated by the Expert Council and approved by the Bureau of the Supervisory Board.

Development, presented by the company TreeTalk – a resident of the Krasnoyarsk regional innovation and technology business incubator – passed competitive selection. The company develops wireless voice terminals and special networking software for servers.

Under the terms of the programme “Start”, realizing by the three stages, each stage is implemented within one year. In the first year the Fund allocates funds in the amount of 1 million Rubles for the implementation of research, and controls the results. From the second year, the Fund provides financing on an equal basis, that is, the enterprise should attract extra-budgetary sources of funding, or invest their own funds in the same amount as that of the Fund. In the second stage Assistance Foundation allocated 2 million Rubles, the third stage – 3 million Rubles.


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Source (in Russian): http://www.24rus.ru/more.php?UID=118156
the same: http://www.kgs.ru/newsk/block-494449/

Underground Radio is Talking

08/09/2013

Even such old technical means like radio, may undergo significant changes. The development of Omsk innovative company “HF communication” made a splash at the International Speleological Congress in the Czech Republic: new two-way radio was able to communicate under the ground that was previously considered impossible in principle. This portable device allows you to talk without interference in the distance of at least 100 meters. On the surface of the earth this device allows to send voice messages up to 50 kilometers. The station allows you to communicate in caves and mines. The development of Omsk inventors has already attracted an interest of EMERCOM rescue units from Yakutia.

Another innovative type of wireless communications was invented specifically for the taxi drivers. It was offered by the Krasnoyarsk innovators from the TreeTalk company. They propose to replace the taxi two-way radios by the terminals for wireless voice communication, which will be connected through wireless networks. There are plenty of such networks in the cities (for example, data networks of mobile phone carriers and Wi-Fi hotspots). The project was supported by the regional business incubator; the required investments are estimated at 35 million rubles.

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Source (in Russian): http://ko.ru/news/2427

Taxi’s Two-Way Radios will Be Replaced by the Wireless Terminals.

Monday, August 5, 2013 14:18

Krasnoyarsk innovators offered the Novelty in Wireless communications specifically for taxi drivers.

The new project of  TreeTalk LLC  has found the support of the regional business incubator. The company has already become its resident. In general, the required investments are estimated at 35 million rubles. Money is needed for the development of equipment and network infrastructure.

Nowadays, the two-way radio for a taxi is a necessary mean of information transfer. Selecting the radio, taxi drivers usually take into account the capacity, number of channels, and reliability. It is also important the way radio works.

Typically, radio transmitters, which are now installed in a taxi, are of poor quality and do not provide a connection for more than 500 meters [Actually, it’s a misprint, evidently. The distance may vary up to 30 km, but the quality will be progressively decreased – Note of translator]. Therefore, in order to improve the quality of communications, the project of the wireless voice terminal is developed.

“With the introduction of our invention, the connection will be carried out through wireless data networks, which are covering the city, for example, via mobile phone networks and WI-Fi. The voice uplink will be of a digital quality. Also the reliability of its work will be ensured,” Igor Yanovskiy (the inventor of the terminal, the CEO of TreeTalk LLC) said.

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Source (in Russian): http://1line.info/ecomonic/item/19154-terminal