Avnet Introduces Development Kit for Industrial IoT Applications

Avnet has introduced a new starter kit specifically designed for the development of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications. The SK002 Visible Things Industrial IoT Starter Kit comes as a part of Avnet’s Visible Things platform, which offers a complete development solution enabling efficient designing, testing and deployment of IoT systems and applications. The kit was launched at the Internet of Things World 2017 event in California, USA.

Targeting a wide range of industrial markets, the new kit combines secure, integrated hardware and embedded software to connect smart sensors and embedded devices, via gateway solutions or low-power wide area networking technologies, to the cloud and smart enterprise software. This highly flexible development platform aids in the design of a broad portfolio of industrial applications, including: remote monitoring, predictive maintenance of motors and drives, room control in homes and buildings, lighting, security and surveillance, smart energy metering and healthcare, as well as industrial automation applications such as inspection capabilities, drive monitoring and sensor hubs.

Key Features of SK002 Visible Things Industrial Starter Kit:

  • The new SK002 Visible Things Industrial IoT Starter Kit offers all the benefits of the platform’s debut starter kit (SK001), with additional functionality, including smart pressure and energy-harvesting sensors, controller area network (CAN) and NFC connectivity, embedded vision and audio, as well as delivering Power over Ethernet (PoE).
  • The Renesas Synergy S7G2-FBGA224 kit is based around an ARM M4 Cortex microcontroller. The Renesas Synergy Platform is a complete, verified, and qualified system solution that includes software, a scalable family of microcontrollers, and development tools.
  • Like the original kit, the industrial version includes a smart sensor board with Bluetooth connectivity to send data to a Wi-Fi gateway board, which manages connectivity through cloud services, where sensor data can be visualized and managed via simple tools. Additional communication options are also available.
  • The Visible Things platform is supported by an Avnet-designed mobile application that runs on iOS and Android, and provides users with easy device configuration locally while supporting connections to cloud services. This fully integrated application comes with a quick start guide to facilitate edge to enterprise system connections and provide a rapid proof of concept.

Independent design house and original design manufacturer, FDI provides technical and training support for the Visible Things platform. Avnet provides further support through local Field Application Engineers and online resources. The kit will be available for purchase in June 2017.