IoT Sensor Platform launched at embedded world

29th February 2016
Joe Bush

Advantech, along with ARM, Bosch Sensortec, Sensirion and Texas Instruments (TI), announced the collaboration of a new Internet of Things (IoT) sensor platform called M2.COM at embedded world 2016. The IoT era brings new opportunities to traditional industries and drives business evolution for the next generation of products and services.

To enable a diverse range of IoT applications, and to standardise different platforms and technologies, an open platform for IoT sensors and sensor nodes was established by sensor makers and module makers for more efficient IoT development. By joining M2.COM, participants will define and drive the leading platform to empower the IoT.

Miller Chang, VP of Advantech Embedded Computing Group said: “Data collection will be one of the main challenges for IoT. Sensors, wireless technology and embedded computing will be the three major core abilities for data acquisition, and that’s the reason Advantech worked closely with industrial partners to define the M2.COM open standard. With this standardisation, we envision M2.COM will accelerate IoT sensor device deployment.”

“A standards-based industrial computing and sensor format is key to fulfil the changing demands of the IoT market,” commented Zach Shelby, Vice President of Marketing, IoT Business, ARM. “The ARM mbed OS provides the perfect foundation for this new format, supporting the needed communication protocols and formats to securely and easily integrate M2.COM-based sensor devices with IoT cloud applications.

“One of the key challenges hindering a fast growth of sensor enabled devices in IoT relevant markets today is the lack of widely adopted open Platform,” said Jeanne Forget, VP Marketing of Bosch Sensortec. “For Bosch Sensortec as the leader in MEMS and other sensor technologies it’s therefore essential to actively participate in developing open platforms like the M2.COM. We believe that through the collaboration of these competent partners the M2.COM open platform will become a strong driver for sensors in IoT markets.”

“Collecting data and creating wonderfully smart systems and devices will only move the IoT forward if those things are able to interoperate or communicate with one another. Therefore, we are proud and convinced, that we are doing the right thing by defining a standard – M2.COM to simplify the integration of sensors IoT development,” commented Pascal Gerner, Director Product Management of Sensirion.

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