Connected-device support package spans sensor-to-cloud; from distribution

February 25, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Distributors in the Avnet group have assembled a support package for Internet of Things projects. The Visible things evaluation and development platform delivers hardware and embedded software to connect smart sensors right through to the cloud and enterprise software

Targeting a range of industrial markets, Visible Things is an evaluation and development platform for edge-to-enterprise IoT projects. 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.

“With Visible Things we are one of the first distributors in the market offering a highly flexible edge-to-enterprise solution devoted to enable fast and easy development of industrial IoT applications,” said John Jones, director of innovation at Avnet Memec – Silica. “Unlike other supplier specific solutions which consist of a headline part with the rest of the building blocks left for the customer to optimise, Visible Things was developed based on best-in-class technology regarding function, cost and long term availability.”

The platform aims to provide;

- 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

- Lowest power solution

  • 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, machine-to-machine and industrial applications.

Further development promised within months include an IC that will integrate a secure element for deployment in smart sensor edge devices.

There are three reference design starter kit boards available at launch, each managed by ARM Cortex based microcontrollers:

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