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KEYSTONE ELECTRONIC SOLUTIONS ANNOUNCES EMBEDDED LINUX SYSTEM GUINNUX IS NOW AVAILABLE AS A RESCUE SYSTEM IMAGE ON BEAGLE BONE BLACK

11 April 2017 – PRETORIA – Keystone Electronic Solutions, a leading South African provider of rich and robust engineering and electronics solutions, today announced that Guinnux – the company’s own Linux-based distribution – is now available as a Guinnux rescue system image on Beagle Bone Black.   The Guinnux rescue file system allows Guinnux to be distributed as a small, versatile image, without necessitating the download of a large SD card image.   As an operating system, Keystone’s Guinnux distribution delivers improved ease of use, enhanced features and robust performance. The distribution is now based on the Arch Linux ARM distribution merged with Keystone components, providing enterprise resilience and capabilities as standard. The rescue file system allows users to recover or re-install a damaged or broken Guinnux installation without the need to re-flash the complete SD card image.   Keystone Electronic Solution’s Guinnux allows for further development of custom solutions on top of the base Guinnux system.  By using the Guinnux build system, developers are able to develop new embedded software in a way similar to proven Linux server application development.   John Eigelaar, Keystone Electronic Solution’s Founder and Guinnux developer, commented, “We ported our own Linux operating system, Guinnux, to the Beagle Bone Black to further demonstrate the versatility of the Guinnux distribution.”   Guinnux for Beagle Bone Black can be found here: http://wiki.guinnux.org/doku.php?id=bbb:install   About Keystone Electronic Solutions Established in 2007, Keystone Electronic Solutions provides a range of electronic engineering research and development (R&D) services in order to assist customers with product development and preparing the product for the market. www.kses.net   Media enquiries Maria Joubert Purple... read more

KEYSTONE ELECTRONIC SOLUTIONS ANNOUNCES GUINNUX FOR THE NXP LS1043A RDB

Press release      16 March 2017 – PRETORIA – Keystone Electronic Solutions, a leading South African provider of rich and robust engineering and electronics solutions, today announces the availability of the company’s embedded Linux, “Guinnux” , on the industry leading NXP’s quad-core, 64-bit ARM-based processor for embedded networking and industrial infrastructure solutions.   The QorIQ® LS1043A processor is NXP’s first quad-core, 64-bit ARM®-based processor for embedded networking and industrial infrastructure solutions. The LS1043A Reference Design Board is therefore the perfect platform to port Keystone’s newly released Guinnux for Aarch64 onto. Guinnux unlocks the true networking and protocol handling capabilities of the NXP RDB which serves as a test bed for industrial IoT solutions.   John Eigelaar, Keystone Electronic Solution’s Founder and Guinnux developer, commented, “We had ported Guinnux to the Qemu Aarch64 VM, and wanted to try it on actual hardware.  We specifically chose the NXP platform because it is well-suited for industrial IoT applications. Porting Guinnux to NXP is a true testimony of Guinnux’s versatility when it comes to deployments onto vendor-specific platforms.”   Follow the instructions here to get Guinnux for Aarch64 onto the LS1043A RDB and unleash some Enterprise Embedded Linux over the 4 X Cortex-A53 cores.   About Keystone Electronic Solutions Established in 2007, Keystone Electronic Solutions provides a range of electronic engineering research and development (R&D) services in order to assist customers with product development and preparing the product for the market. www.kses.net   Media enquiries Maria Joubert Purple Word Box Office: +27 (0) 12 433 6467 Cell: +27 (0) 61 441 4920 maria@purplewordbox.co.za 3rd Floor Steven House, 570 Fehrsen Street, Pretoria, 0181, South Africa www.purplewordbox.co.za... read more

KEYSTONE ELECTRONIC SOLUTIONS MAKES EMBEDDED LINUX SYSTEM GUINNUX AVAILABLE AS A RPI NOOBS OS IMAGE

Press release Keystone Electronic Solutions makes embedded Linux system Guinnux available as a RPi NOOBS os image   7 February 2017 – PRETORIA – Keystone Electronic Solutions, a leading South African provider of rich and robust engineering and electronics solutions, today announced that Guinnux – the company’s own Linux-based distribution – is now available as a Raspberry Pi NOOBS os image.   Unlike other NOOBS images, Keystone’s version ships with the Guinnux fallback rescue system, which is then used to download and install the base Guinnux packages. This greatly reduces download and install time.   As an operating system, Keystone’s Guinnux distribution delivers improved ease of use, enhanced features and robust performance. The distribution is now based on the Arch Linux ARM distribution merged with Keystone components, providing enterprise resilience and capabilities as standard. The rescue file system, which co-exists with the NOOBS image on the SD card, allows users to recover or re-install a damaged or broken Guinnux installation without the need to re-flash the complete SD card image.   Keystone Electronic Solution’s Guinnux allows for further development of custom solutions on top of the base Guinnux system.  By using the Guinnux build system, developers are able to develop new embedded software in a way similar to proven Linux server application development.   John Eigelaar, Keystone Electronic Solution’s Founder and Guinnux developer, commented, “The Raspberry Pi is one of the most popular boards today. We ported our own Linux distribution, Guinnux, to the Raspberry Pi in order to showcase its capabilities to the wider Linux user base.”   Guinnux for Raspberry Pi can be found here: http://wiki.guinnux.org/doku.php?id=rpi:install  ... read more

Keystone Electronic Solutions announces the availability of enterprise embedded linux for 64-Bit ARM cores

Press release Keystone Electronic Solutions announces the availability of enterprise embedded linux for 64-Bit ARM cores 19 January 2017 – PRETORIA – Keystone Electronic Solutions, a leading South African provider of rich and robust engineering and electronics solutions, today announced that Guinnux – a Linux-based operating system distribution – is now available as 64-bit ARM cores for true Linux enterprise embedded solutions. Guinnux for 64-bit ARM cores is now available from the Guinnux arch64 repository while the accompanying toolchain, incorporating the proven Guinnux toolchain dependency management system, is available for download from the Guinnux site  here. Instructions on how to get Guinnux aarch64 up and running in a qemu VM can be found here. John Eigelaar, Keystone Electronic Solution’s Founder and Guinnux developer, commented, “The Guinnuz aarch64 port opens a world of opportunities for Guinnux in the media and data processing space. On top of increased performance, the 64-bit platform allows for the deployment of more complex solutions into remote locations. Problems such as advanced image processing can now be done in real-time at sites in the field. We know that 64-bit ARM is the future of embedded Linux platforms, and we strive to be the market leaders; our solution enables clients to stay ahead in a very competitive environment.” About Keystone Electronic Solutions Established in 2007, Keystone Electronic Solutions provides a range of electronic engineering research and development (R&D) services in order to assist customers with product development and preparing the product for the market. www.kses.net Media enquiries Maria Joubert Purple Word Box Office: +27 (0) 12 443 6467 Cell: +27 (0) 61 441 4920 maria@purplewordbox.co.za 3rd Floor Steven... read more

KEYSTONE ELECTRONIC SOLUTIONS ANNOUNCES PROJECT V – A CENTRALLY MANAGED VIDEO SURVEILLANCE PLATFORM

Available immediately, Project V provides centrally managed video surveillance through event/alarm triggered video or via VOD interface   19 October 2016 – PRETORIA – Keystone Electronic Solutions, a leading South African electronics research and development company, today announced Project V: a video surveillance solution, aimed at providing centrally managed video surveillance – either through event/ alarm triggered video streaming, or via a video-on-demand interface.   The stream on trigger video platform is not only able to provide Digital Video Recording (DVR) archiving on the central Project V server, but also at remote sites. Integration with customer systems, such as network management systems, access management systems, trouble ticket management and reporting tools, can be provided through an open integration Application Program Interface (API).   Project V consists of remote site equipment in the form of Keystone’s Remote Site Monitoring (RSM) unit and a central surveillance platform, which is deployed in a central data centre. All user access to the central surveillance platform is provided through a web user interface. This is accessible via a standard web browser without the need to install or maintain any user applications.   John Eigelaar, Director and co-founder of Keystone Electronic Solutions commented, “We are extremely excited about Project V. As far as we are aware, there are no other products available today that can match this technology. We have had a dedicated team work on this project over the past few months and have had a few field trials with select customers. Project V can overcome a number of challenges for our customers – it makes security and surveillance much easier and more effective,... read more

Keystone Electronic Solutions announces Internet-of-Things-ready processor module

Over 13,000 packaged applications and libraries PRETORIA – 7 June 2016 – Keystone Electronic Solutions, a leading South African provider of Electronic Engineering Research and Development solutions in South Africa, today announced an upgrade to its flagship product Blue Penguin – a CPU module that allows users to create computers and open-source platforms to fit their own specifications. Blue Penguin gives users complete control over how they develop and create solutions in a cost-effective and customisable environment. Relying on Keystone’s version of Linux, dubbed Guinnux, its operating environment closely follows desktop and server Linux environments in order to create a familiar and predictable Linux development experience. Guinnux provides access to over 13,000 packaged applications and libraries, available for installation from the Guinnux web repository. By leveraging the power of open source protocol stacks and applications, Blue Penguin is perfectly positioned for the deployment of IoT solutions. Onboard support for scripting languages such as lua, PHP and Python allows for immediate onboard application development and deployment without the use of cross compilers, while the Guinnux cross compile tool chain and development libraries are available for customers from the Guinnux site. Further, Linux Device Tree support enables the quick and easy deployment of the Blue Penguin module on any custom hardware and allows Keystone to provide services such as the design and development of bespoke Blue Penguin mother board PCBs, customisation of the Linux kernel and drivers for specialised hardware as well as Linux application development and integration. Ivan Popov, Director and co-founder of Keystone Electronic Solutions commented, “The value of this technology is that it offers superb control, management and... read more

Keystone electronic Solutions industrialises guinnux distribution

Keystone Guinnux framework now Arch Linux ARM based with significant benefits and features 7 April 2016 – PRETORIA – Keystone Electronic Solutions, a leading South African provider of rich and robust engineering and electronics solutions, today announced its version of Guinnux v5, a Linux-based operating system distribution. Keystone has significantly enhanced its Guinnux offering to assure clients of improved ease of use, enhanced features and robust performance. The latest Guinnux distribution is now based on Arch Linux ARM distribution merged with the Keystone resilience and capabilities as standard. “There is a noticeable difference between Guinnux V4, which we were working on prior to this, and Guinnux V5, the system we have in play now,” says John Eigelaar, Director and Co-Founder of Keystone Electronic Solutions. “It has a number of failsafes and support structures which will make a huge difference to our clients.” Keystone’s version of Guinnux is more industrialised than existing Guinnux ARM solutions. The Guinnux rescue file system which allows users to boot into flash should the embedded system fail, has been retained and upgraded to allow for a simpler system recovery. The system can now be recovered without having to re-flash an image – a useful addition which saves more than just time. Keystone has also adapted the boot loader so users are able to boot kernels from any external file system. This allows for Keystone to distribute and upgrade kernel packages from anywhere and at any time, without interrupting service. “We have customised the build tool which comes with the arch distro so it is a lot easier for our clients, and ourselves, to construct custom... read more

Keystone Electronic Solutions forges alliance with CK Solutions to deliver robust market offering

Keystone Electronic Solutions, a leading South African provider of rich and robust engineering and electronics solutions, has formed a new partnership with CK Solutions, a premier engineering company with expertise in the telecoms industry. This alliance will see CK Solutions leverage its extremely strong relationships with core customers and its ability to devise forward-thinking solutions alongside Keystone’s capabilities and vast experience in engineering, programming and software design. “We develop a range of electronic monitoring products through our own engineering team and realised early on that Keystone brings something unique to the table,” says Marlon Naicker, Business Development Executive at CK Solutions. “The team at Keystone does the software and electrical engineering at a faster rate than we do so it made sense for us to form a partnership so we can go to market faster.” The range that the alliance is currently focusing on is the Remote Site Monitoring device called RSM Blue. The agreement ensures that CK Solutions have complete access to the product while remaining responsible for sales, distribution and support. Keystone’s responsibilities are to include development along with engineering the physical units, maintenance and getting the product ready for market at a competitive rate. “CK Solutions has impressive relationships with the right customer base and a superb customer reach,” says John Eigelaar, CEO and co-founder of Keystone Electronics. “They also have an exciting young engineering team that is as energised about ideas and solutions for the future as we are.” While there are other products on the market that are well entrenched with the prospective customer base, the Keystone Electronics and CK Solutions product offering is... read more

Keystone electronics develops app that connects any android device to RSM solution

Keystone Electronics, a leading South African provider of rich and robust engineering and electronics solutions, has developed a simple and seamless app for swift management and control of their Remote Site Monitoring System (RSM). The Keystone RSM allows for the supervision of all IP-enabled equipment on a site over LAN with SNMP and the app provides a much more convenient method of configuring and observing data on the system. “The app, named BlueGoo to tie in with the RSM Blue device names, can be used as an alternative interface for RSM devices alongside the current web interfaces,” says John Eigelaar, Co-Founder and CEO of Keystone Electronics. “This provides our clients with a reliable and easy method for configuring the system and observing the data and readings on the RSM. Originally they were only able to use a laptop and a working network and now, with this app, they can use any Android device from anywhere.” BlueGoo has a significantly faster response time than the traditional web interface currently in use when communicating with the RSM. Not only does this streamline management processes, but it helps to reduce the amount of time spent on working on the system. “BlueGoo can connect to RSM Blue via either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi on a network,” says Eigelaar. “It can almost be described as a portable Human-Machine Interface for RSM thanks to its ubiquity and capability. Users can download it easily from Google Play for free and any updates will automatically be applied through the site as well.” Developed in-house by Keystone engineers, the BlueGoo app is rich and dynamic, able to handle an... read more

Keystone creates Blue Penguin processor module

The concept of the Arduino board with a Made In South Africa stamp Keystone Electronic Solutions, provider of Electronic Engineering Research and Development solutions in South Africa, has developed their Blue Penguin CPU module that allows users to create computers and open-source platforms to fit their own specifications. Blue Penguin gives users complete control over how they develop and create solutions in a cost-effective and customisable environment. Relying on Keystone’s version of Linux, which they dubbed Guinnux, its operating environment closely follows desktop and server Linux environments in order to create a familiar and predictable Linux development experience. Guinnux provides access to an ever growing number of packaged applications and libraries, available for installation from the Guinnux web repository. Onboard support for scripting languages such as lua, PHP and Python allows for immediate onboard application development and deployment without the use of cross compilers. Further, the Guinnux cross compile tool chain and development libraries are available for customers from the Guinnux site. Further, Linux Device Tree support enables the quick and easy deployment of the Blue Penguin module on any custom hardware and allows Keystone to provide services such as the design and development of bespoke Blue Penguin mother board PCBs, customisation of the Linux kernel and drivers for specialised hardware as well as Linux application development and integration. Ivan Popov, Director and co-founder of Keystone Electronic Solutions commented, “The value of this technology is that it offers superb control, management and maintenance. The device is based on the principles open development and creativity that are inherent in Raspberry Pi and Arduino and we have designed it so that... read more

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