In 2003 a
partnership for GSM based
network connectivity solutions was founded by Necoso,
One of the first initiatives resulting
from this partnership is the Windmill-On-Air showcase project. The
project demonstrates the use of GSM and internet technology for
wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. The
Windmill-On-Air project is an interactive GSM showcase built around
largest windmill in the Netherlands which is located next to the
A12 highway, near Zoetermeer.
The showcase project consists of two
parts: a telemetric part that demonstrates wireless M2M
communications using SMS and a visual part the demonstrates GPRS
based communications and control with a remote web camera.
Telemetric station at
bottom of windmill
The telemetric station is positioned
at the bottom of the windmill. It enables a user to retrieve
telemetric information about the windmill using SMS. This part of
the showcase project is already operational. Try it yourself by
sending a SMS message with the text 'meet' or 'measure'
to number +31647358134.
The telemetric station will measure
the current status of the windmill power generator and local wind
conditions and report them back to you in a (free) SMS response
Webcam at the top of
A webcam at the top of the windmill
uses GPRS technology for camera control and transmission of its
This part of the project is currently
not operational yet. It is planned to go live in Q1 of 2004.
The webcam will be publicly accessible
via the internet through the websites of Necoso, Siemens, Zenitel
More information about the
Windmill-On-Air project can also be found on the Siemens website,