A Champagne Moment
Yes, it's finally happening! Over the last few months, the team (in particular Andrey and Roman) have worked tirelessly to get to this all-important milestone: the code running on Field Units, as well as the 3-tier Portal is ready for testing "in the real world". Shortly I will contact some of our partners to make arrangements.
Moments like this call for special attention, which I like to call a "Champagne Moment": celebrating a milestone with my friends and family. The cost of a (small) bottle vanishes in light of the time, effort, energy and hard investments that went into this phase of the development - we might as well celebrate to keep the spirits up.
@Roman and @Andrey: here's to you too! Thanks to our early-morning Scrum-like Skype meetings you were able to transform my wishes and requirements into operational code.
The first batch of Field Units
With the imminent completion of the software running on the Field Units, I thought it would be nice if all our units were assembled and activated at the same time. Some months ago I had ordered 10 custom enclosures from Germany (note the typo on the top shell), as well as a sample batch of 10 status-LED assemblies and 10 system boards from China. Combined with a 10-port USB power supply, assorted nylon screws and bolts and a batch of fresh LAN cables, I made this Christmas tree:
All status lights are green, so they're connected to the main information system out in the Cloud. From the web-based portal I can fully control the units, receive test data and create charts to show the "health" of the network:
Introducing the Alpha program
With a full batch of 10 Field Units and a working Portal, it's time to do some real-world testing. And although I've lined up a number of partner companies earlier in the development phase, there are now opportunities for other parties as well to get their hands on this technology early on - through the Alpha program:
For a limited period of time I offer interested parties this:
In return I ask your feedback on the system as-is, as well as possible suggestions for improvements and enhancements. You can find more details HERE (en) or HERE (nl), and if you're thinking about signing up, please drop us an email @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeroen J.A. Tirion is a networker by training. After "discovering" computers in 1982, he has been working in the field of computer networks since 1990 - with a particular focus on performance as perceived by the end-user.