IoT

Modular IoT platform aims to reduce time-to-market

24th February 2015
Barney Scott

Connect One has introduced an IoT end-to-end platform to help customers bring IoT products to market faster. The iChipNet includes all the building blocks required for IoT product design, hardware, software and connectivity. Since industry IoT standards are not yet in place, end-to-end solutions from a single vendor can ensure interoperability so that components seamlessly ‘talk’ to each other.

Such interoperability enables reliability and maintainability of products once they’re being used in consumers’ homes, building control, or medical devices, and beyond.

Connect One’s iChipNet platform incorporates four building blocks. Embedded technology includes internet controller chips, Ethernet modules and WiFi modules for embedding inside IoT products. An optional gateway or hub is offered, to connect IoT products to the local network and to the internet with a zero-configuration feature. A cloud-based server software or service manages deployed IoT products, and an app library make it easy for customers to provide a smartphone app with their IoT product

The IoT comprises smart devices connected to the network and services that, for example, manage energy usage, provide doctors with real-time medical information, or monitor a baby or child remotely. Such services require a complete IoT platform that can efficiently manage data and ensure fast and reliable delivery to the consumer.

When developing such solutions, customers need an IoT technology vendor that can provide all the building blocks, and confidence that these building blocks work seamlessly together. Over time, by using a single vendor, customers protect themselves from software updates or upgrades that apply to a single part, rather than the whole system, and cause unnecessary system failures.

Connect One has provided IoT chips and modules to market segments like home automation, medical, security, POS, asset management and smart energy, since long before the market was called IoT. Building on its M2M expertise, Connect One is tailoring these market-proven chips and modules for the IoT era and consumer space.

Connect One’s IoT building blocks include everything product designers need to develop, deploy, and manage their IoT products securely and reliably. iChipNet embedded technology, available in many form factors and configurations, recognise the gateway/hub and seamlessly connect to it without end-user intervention.

The cloud solution keeps in touch with the iChipNet-based products, enabling a simple and robust management solution for products in the field. The IoT module connects to the iChipNet cloud solution automatically and its I/O ports can be controlled and managed via the cloud interface. The module has an embedded web server that enables the developer to configure and name the I/O ports according to function in a simple and intuitive manner. Finally, the smartphone app libraries and examples make it easy to build and promote a smartphone app as part of the solution or service provided by the customer.

“In the absence of IoT standards, Connect One is making it easy for anyone to design an IoT device and service and get them to market quickly,” noted Erez Lev, General Manager for Connect One. “By providing all the building blocks needed, we assure customers of ongoing interoperability of our technology as their product evolves in the market. We believe IoT products should be simple and we have designed our technology to provide this.”

Connect One’s IoT Building Blocks will be displayed at Embedded World 2015 in Nuremberg, Germany, February 24-26 in Hall 5-251.

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