TechBlog:Stay up-to-date on the various technical aspects of IoT developing.

The blog is written by our tech-team with Andreas Schmidt, CTO of ThingForward. He and his crew are always happy to “talk tech” with you. If you have any questions or comments please get in touch. 

23.10.2018 Grove Connector Shield for Adafruit Boards, part 2

As promised, here you can keep reading how our Grove connector works! The main motivation of producing this connector shield is to simplify hardware connections and programming part of your embedded/IoT project. This module will allow you to implement your sensors/actuators easier and faster. It also helps you to get rid of the breadboard and cables. Thanks to this small connector shield, the practicality of Grove sensors/actuators is compatible with your project now!

10.10.2018 Grove Connector Shield for Adafruit Boards, part 1

We thought it would again be the time for some custom hardware, so here's an update on what we've been building. For prototyping purposes we're making use of the Grove system with it's sensors, actuators and easy to use connectors. This time we needed to bring together grove connectors and the Adafruit form factor, to connect out NB-IoT hardware.

27.09.2018 Narrowband IoT: Choosing a module according to project requirements

n our last blogpost, we laid out the foundation of Narrowband IoT knowledge, what it's about and what kind of IoT projects it might be used for.

NB-IoT is a new way of communication for the "things" which use the subsets of LTE standard, and which carry small volume of data transmission over long periods. Narrowband offers both low power consumption and low cost hardware expenses.


Now for a prototyping project, a typical question is exactly what module to buy because there are quite a few to choose from. In the past few weeks we've been working intensively with chips from Quectel, and we're happy to share our insights!

19.09.2018 ThingForward at Solutions.Hamburg

Last week, ThingForward attended Solutions.Hamburg. This event is Germany’s largest digitalization conference where leading strategists and innovators came together with decision makers from all lines of business to exchange ideas and find practical solutions for companies in the digital age. There were more than 500 talks as well as workshops, networking events, and many high profile speakers.

13.09.2018 REWE Digital HackDays

Last week, ThingForward got to attend REWE HackDays, a three day event in REWE Digital in Cologne with REWE employees from all over Germany.


Over the course of three days, 270 attendees worked on 27 projects, with ThingForward and our partner Zerynth in attendance giving talks and being there to support developers. The projects that the attendees worked on were both internal projects for REWE, and innovative solutions for REWE customers.