This document describes how open-source licensed RuuviTags can be used for different purposes.
RuuviTag is a CE + FCC + RoHS certified Bluetooth® product designed and manufactured by Ruuvi Innovations Ltd (Oy).
The certifications and the Bluetooth declaration are valid only when the product is manufactured by Ruuvi Innovations Ltd (Oy).
To keep the certifications valid under all circumstances, the certification sticker shown below must remain intact on the bottom of the device and should not be permanently covered.
RuuviTag’s electronics design files are licensed using a free cultural approved license Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0).
Source: Creative Commons.
Major parts of RuuviTag’s firmware and mobile applications are licensed with BSD-3. For more accurate information, visit our GitHub.
With the BSD-3 clause, you will not be required to divulge your source code, nor the source code of the open source libraries. It’s a very lenient license and as such does not require you to give permission to your users to re-distribute the binaries.
You are, however, expected to display any copyright statements from the BSD libraries, and you must also display the BSD license text where it makes sense to do so. For example, if your software is an application, you may include this information in an “About this Software” section. Alternatively, software documentation is another good place where this text may be added.
Kaltio Technologies is using RuuviTags as part of their tracking product - Smart Tracker. The devices are purchased from Ruuvi, but they have custom color enclosures and the customer’s own sticker on top. The original Ruuvi certification sticker, however, remains on the bottom of the device. On their marketing material, they mention RuuviTag.
Photo by Kaltiot Technologies Oy
CorvusGPS is using RuuviTags in their original form for their own tracking application. They advise their users to purchase the sensor units directly from Ruuvi.
Image by CorvusGPS
A hypothetical company purchases original RuuviTags from Ruuvi Innovations. They download Ruuvi’s online marketing materials in order to change RuuviTag’s name to something different.
This cannot be done, because using or altering Ruuvi’s marketing materials without a written permission from Ruuvi Innovations is prohibited.
Document Updated: February 13, 2019