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Dev't platform streamlines IoT edge-to-enterprise projects

03 Mar 2016

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Avnet Memec-Silica, an Avnet Inc. company, has rolled out the Visible Things platform for the development of Internet of Things (IoT) systems and applications. Aimed at various industrial markets, Visible Things is a highly flexible and comprehensive evaluation and development platform for edge-to-enterprise IoT projects, stated the company.

The platform delivers tested, proven, secure and integrated hardware and embedded software to connect smart sensors and embedded devices via gateway solutions or low-power wide-area networking technologies (LPWAN), right through to the cloud and enterprise software applications.

According to the company, the platform provides a unique set of benefits such as: fast deployment due to integrated and tested features; highest degree of flexibility with a range of smart sensor and connectivity options; simple 'out of the box' setup and experience; low power; and size, cost, power and production optimised to closely match the end product.

The platform supports short-range connectivity to a gateway, and Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G cellular communications to the cloud and enterprise software applications. It also supports the SIGFOX and LoRaWAN IoT networks. These networks have been designed with specific features such as secure low-cost narrowband information messaging to meet the requirements of the IoT and smart city, M2M and industrial applications.

Visible Things platform

Avnet Memec-Silica will continue to augment the Visible Things IoT evaluation and development platform with hardware and software technology options in the coming weeks and months, including a chip that integrates a secure element for deployment in smart sensor edge devices.

To help users get up and running quickly with their IoT project, there are three reference-design starter kit boards available at launch, each managed by ARM Cortex based MCUs.

The first kit comprises: a smart sensor board including Bluetooth Smart connectivity and a range of sensors including motion, temperature/humidity and light/proximity; a gateway board, which manages all the necessary connectivity to the cloud service via Wi-Fi; and a mini-USB cable. A GSM peripheral module with embedded SIM and SIM-connector options is available as an expansion option to the gateway board to enable cellular connectivity up to cloud enterprise software services. The starter kit is exclusively available from Avnet Memec-Silica.

The second and third kits are designed for use with the SIGFOX and LoRaWAN networks, and include respective SIGFOX and LoRaWAN module sensors, with each board also integrating additional motion and light sensors. IoT application messages can be exchanged with the cloud service without the need to communicate via a gateway.

Also available in the Visible Things platform is a mobile app that runs on iOS and Android and provides users with easy access to local hardware configuration and also supports connection to cloud services. The app also provides a quick start guide to make it simple to connect and configure the system from edge to enterprise.

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