Advantech, ARM, Bosch Sensortec, Sensirion, and Texas Instruments are to co-operate on a physically interchangeable standard for wireless IoT sensor nodes and have started an industry body. Based on the 22x30mm M.2 (also known as NGFF – next-generation form-factor) physical shape, developed for computer expansion boards, it is to be know as M2.COM and will combine wireless technology, a microcontroller and networking capability. The industry body will share the M2.COM name.
There could be more than a million new embedded IoT device developers in the next five years and they will be relying on new types of design tools which will be easier to use.
This was the startling message from the IoT Design Conference and exhibition, which was organised byElectronics Weekly in London this week.
As the next evolution of computing, the IoT adds sensing, processing and connectivity to everyday “things” such as thermostats, locks, lights and sensor nodes.In recent years, the IoT has transformed industries and opened new markets. The IoT is poised to do much more as countless devices are getting connected to each other and to the cloud.
Amiho Technology has designed one of the industry’s smallest wireless modules for connecting smart meters and internet of things (IoT) devices.The module’s 15x15mm size means it can be placed very close to small sensors in meters and other IoT devices.The AM090 module uses a Freescale Kinetis microcontroller running at 868MHz and it is fully compliant with the European standards (EN13757).
TI reckons it’s the go-to guy for IoT and it certainly has all the building blocks, so I asked its svp for embedded, Greg Delagi, the big one: are TI’s IoT offerings unhackable?“Unhackable is a word we wouldn’t use,” replies Delagi, “though we believe we’re giving customers what they need to be secure, we believe we’re giving them the best and the greatest.”
Hail Gadget Master Frederick Vandenbosch. He has just won a “Forget Me Not” challenge in which 15 finalists were challenged to create a home automation system inspired by the “Internet of Things”.
Frederick, from Belgium won the grand prize for his “IoT Pet Care System“, while a safety monitoring device was voted Community Choice Winner.
The main prize for the Element 14 Design Challenge competition was an all-expenses-paid trip to Electronica 2014 in Munich and a product bundle valued at around $20,000.
Toshiba is providing the UK with a 1MWh lithium-ion battery for research into power storage on a smart grid.
It will be part of the Grid Connected Energy Storage Research Demonstrator project, led by the University of Sheffield, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), with support from both industrial and academic partners.