ARM extends mbed to aid mass deployment of IoT

November 10, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
ARM is releasing a suite of products to accelerate secure IoT technology deployments on a large scale by businesses. ARM mbed IoT Device Platform products and technologies include mbed Device Connector, a free service that businesses can use to connect and securely manage IoT devices.

The release also includes the enhanced mbed OS (Technology Preview version) and new mbed Reference Designs. The products will shorten hardware design time, giving innovators greater ability to focus on product differentiation.

“ARM mbed partners now have access to the fundamental building blocks to develop and securely deploy IoT devices at any scale,” said Krisztian Flautner, general manager, IoT business, ARM. “Since the launch of the mbed IoT Device Platform last year, we have focused our efforts on providing the mbed Partnership with the tools to scale deployments from a single cloud-connected sensor to a host of more intricate devices that enterprise-grade IoT solutions demand.”

The latest ARM mbed products will accelerate the deployment of IoT devices and provide enhanced features that enable more scalable and secure devices:

- mbed Device Connector allows developers to connect devices within prototype deployments, build secure web applications quickly and integrate them with cloud solutions. Available at, mbed Device Connector is free for developers to use on up to 100 devices, handling up to 10,000 events per hour.

- mbed OS Technology Preview version is the latest iteration of the modular, efficient OS for Cortex-M based MCUs. Built to enable the IoT to scale, developers can take advantage of product innovations including mbed TLS, a native OS support for Thread and basic manageability of devices. It is available from

ARM has also created two reference platforms as part of a roadmap of mbed Reference Designs that will help developers cut the time from prototype to final device design with the use of open-source resources. The first two designs comprise:

- mbed Wearable Reference Design, featuring an efficient wrist-based connected device capable of delivering a fully interactive user-experience while achieving a battery life of around eight weeks.

- mbed Smart City Reference Design aimed at infrastructure monitoring and smart industrial applications using Sub-GHz 6LoWPAN & CoAP mesh network protocols for large