CES 2018: Electric Imp to Showcase Real IoT Solutions, Real Customers, Real Ecosystem

It’s a new year, which means it’s time for CES! Electric Imp is once again looking forward to showcasing its secure IoT platform as the show kicks off this week. At CES, we will spotlight “Real Solutions, Real Customers, Real Ecosystem” and feature commercial and industrial demos of applications from customers and partners Pitney Bowes, Microsoft, Salesforce, Eaton, KiWiPower, Smarter and several others.

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If you are planning to attend CES and would like to meet with us, appointments can be made here. Electric Imp is located in the Venetian Hotel, Bassano (second floor) suite 2709, a two minute walk from the Sands Expo Hall.

While many people are still talking about the potential of the IoT, Electric Imp, its customers, and its ecosystem partners have been shipping IoT products in volume since 2012. The Electric Imp secure, all-in-one connectivity platform enables our customers to deliver connected products and services with confidence in record time, backed by certified edge-to-cloud security, massive scalability, and full product lifecycle support.

Meet With Electric Imp at CES to:

  • Experience our wide range of customer products spanning consumer, commercial, and industrial applications
  • Understand how you can leverage the Electric Imp platform and service to deliver connected solutions and transform your business
  • Learn about IoT security and how Electric Imp is the first and only IoT platform to feature UL 2900-2-2 Cybersecurity Certification, which provides unique benefits to you and your customers
  • Engage with our IoT experts, including Electric Imp CEO Hugo Fiennes, who will be on hand to answer your questions

Overview of Electric Imp CES Showcase:

Products and Solutions:

  • Pitney Bowes SmartLink™ Award-Winning Connected Postage Meter
  • EATON Energy Management Circuit Breaker (EMBC) and Data Analytics
  • KiWiPower Smart Metering and Energy Intelligence
  • Petasense Industrial Vibration Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance
  • Smarter FridgeCamTM and iKettle™
  • Actus + Ansync Solution for Commercial Asset Monitoring and Management
  • Breadware customizable WiFi/BTLE gateway
  • Exclusive sneak peeks of soon-to-be-release products and solutions

Technologies and Demos:

  • Microsoft IoT Central™ Connected Industrial PLC Demo
  • Salesforce Smart Fridge Demo
  • MongoDB Stitch Access Control Demo
  • Our full range of software-compatible imp modules, including impC001 module with packaged cellular service and imp004m module with fully integrated WiFi and Bluetooth LE support
  • Electric Imp impCentral™ IoT tools for development, manufacturing, and management
  • Electric Imp QuickStart hardware family and solution accelerators… and much more

We look forward to seeing you at CES!

The Electric Imp Team

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Electric Imp IDE Transitioning to impCentral in March 2018

As announced last July, Electric Imp’s development environment is transitioning from its legacy IDE to the newly-released impCentral. As the successor to the Electric Imp IDE, impCentral combines the best software development and production management features of the IDE with a more intuitive and easier to navigate user experience, plus advanced product and device management features.

For the time being, the legacy IDE will continue to be available at https://legacy-ide.electricimp.com, or via links within impCentral. Users can choose to transition code and devices from the legacy IDE to impCentral until March 2018. At that point, all code and devices will automatically migrate to the new environment and the legacy IDE will be shut down.

Additional information about the transition will be announced through future emails. In the meantime, questions can be addressed in the Electric Imp forums or by visiting the new Electric Imp Dev Center.

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Electric Imp Announces Platform-Native Bluetooth LE Support for IoT Applications

Electric Imp today announced its platform now supports Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) communication, enabling manufacturers to quickly and easily address applications requiring local wireless connectivity.

With WiFi and Bluetooth LE supported natively, the Electric Imp platform can target a wide range of new use cases such as asset tracking, beacon management, wireless sensor integration, local smartphone connectivity, and other low power, low throughput communication applications.

As with the security features of impOS, the Bluetooth LE stack is continuously maintained and updated by Electric Imp, relieving customers of the burden of long-term security and compatibility maintenance. APIs provide powerful facilities such as advanced advertising filtering and GATT server management, enabling complex applications to be delivered quickly without extensive Bluetooth or embedded expertise.

“Support of Bluetooth LE is another way EIectric Imp has made it easier and faster for manufacturers to connect and deploy secure IoT-enabled devices,” said Hugo Fiennes, CEO and Co-founder of Electric Imp. “Through our powerful platform and robust partner ecosystem, Electric Imp enables manufacturers to focus on their core strengths, bringing greater value to the products they offer customers.”

The imp004m WiFi/Bluetooth module, manufactured and distributed by Murata, is the first with Bluetooth LE capability. Tested and approved by both wireless regulatory agencies and the Bluetooth SIG, the highly integrated module makes prototyping and shipping hybrid WiFi/Bluetooth applications easier than ever before.

For more detailed technical information, please see the Electric Imp Developer Center documentation.

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New Electric Imp Dev Center Features Enhanced Database Searches, Improved User Interface, and Much More

Electric Imp has a large and growing IoT developer community which now extends to more than 20,000 users. Consequently, we need to support ever wider ranges of experience and expertise among our developer community. That is the task of the Electric Imp Dev Center, which has evolved into a world-class hub for IoT product creation and Squirrel documentation. The Dev Center now hosts more than 900 pages of content — three times the number of pages three years ago. In that time, the IoT has matured, and our developers are innovating quickly.

Now the time has come to lay the foundations for the expansion of our communities and the Dev Center over the next three years and beyond. So we are excited to bring you our next-generation Dev Center.

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A colorful new paint job overlays a powerful engine

The brand new site, created from the ground up, uses Drupal. For those who haven’t heard of it, Drupal is one of the leading lights in the world of online publishing content management systems. It is an open source product that has many big-name users around the globe and is backed by a diverse community of coders who keep it up to date, secure and ensure its relevance for many years to come.

Drupal brings some immediate benefits to Dev Center users:

  • More rapid updates
  • Faster, more accurate search
  • Responsive user interface
  • Platform for great new developer features

Drupal also allows us to provide a Dev Center that can continue to grow at the pace we’ve experienced over the past four years — roll on the next 900 pages! — while remaining responsive to developers accessing its resources from their browsers, and to Electric Imp’s engineers and writers as they keep the existing content up to date and add more.

You can get a taste of this flexibility in the new Dev Center’s Knowledgebase, which provides a speedily searchable database of technical notes, known issues, hints and tips, and FAQs organized by subject matter. We couldn’t offer that with Jekyll, the system we currently use to build the Dev Center.

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The new Electric Imp Knowledgebase

We have also taken the opportunity to brighten up the design. In particular, we have made finding your way around the site much more intuitive and quick. The site has been reorganized into functional areas: getting started, software development, hardware design, manufacturing information, tools documentation and, with the Knowledgebase, a beefed up help section — all with the intention of making it easier for a given user to get straight to the information they need.

The primary site navigation — moved from the right to the left of the screen — is section-specific and expandable, enabling you to reach the content you want quickly without cluttering your workspace. New and updated content is flagged on the homepage, and within each of the sections, along with popular documents and library refreshes.

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Improved navigation

Finally, we have given the new site its own location on the web, so please update your bookmarks. The new Dev Center can be found at https://developer.electricimp.com/

For an initial period, we’ll continue to host, but not update, the old Dev Center, so please begin making use of the new site straight away. All the content from the original site is available in the new one, which is already being updated as Electric Imp’s impCentral™ rollout continues. We’re aware of some small presentation issues, which we’re working on at the moment, but please feel free to drop us a line via the Electric Imp Forum if you spot any issues.

You are Electric Imp’s community of developers and customers, and the Dev Center is your resource. All the changes have been implemented to create a site that is more responsive and accessible for makers, engineers and manufacturers, so please do let us know if  you have comments or suggestions for improvements.

We appreciate you helping us build a resource that is here to assist you for the long haul.

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Petasense Accelerates Industrial IoT and Simplifies Predictive Maintenance with Electric Imp’s Secure IoT Platform

Electric Imp®, Inc., a global leader providing enterprise secure IoT, today announced that Petasense, an innovative Industrial IoT startup headquartered in Silicon Valley, has been utilizing the Electric Imp IoT Platform to successfully accelerate the development of its machine learning based predictive maintenance technology. The Electric Imp IoT Platform, which features secure connectivity, scalability and lifecycle management, has enabled Petasense’s industrial customers to harness the power of predictive maintenance at a fraction of the cost and complexity.

Petasense’s technology features the Mote – a wireless, triaxial vibration sensor – which embeds Electric Imp technology for WiFi connectivity. The Petasense and Electric Imp clouds integrate to collect vibration sensor data, so that it can be trended and analyzed using machine learning algorithms.

Petasense recently announced it logged more than two million sensor measurements comprising 25 billion vibration readings. This increase in data insight is enabling their customers to make informed maintenance decisions, schedule repairs, distribute loads and improve overall reliability.  

“Although predictive maintenance technology has powerful advantages, it has historically been limited in applicability by the complexity and cost of deployment,” said Hugo Fiennes, CEO at Electric Imp. “By building on our secure IoT Platform, Petasense was able to simplify the deployment and lifecycle management of its predictive maintenance sensors, while reducing upfront costs by up to 50 percent – a savings that can be passed down to customers.”

In addition to robust end-to-end security, the Electric Imp integration enables secure over-the-air updates for simplified lifecycle management. Helping to curtail development costs, Electric Imp’s existing operating system (impOS) and cloud services eliminated the need for Petasense to hire a team of embedded engineers.

“Electric Imp’s connectivity and security expertise allows us to focus on our core strengths, which are the design of hardware sensors and development of core prediction software,” said Abhinav Khushraj, co-founder of Petasense. “The Electric Imp Platform supports reliability and security by design, and provides a host of powerful advantages that allowed our team to dramatically reduce the time and cost of embedded software development.”

The Petasense solution embedded with the Electric Imp platform is already being implemented by a Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (JLL) facility to monitor critical HVAC equipment. The Industrial IoT and machine learning technology makes is possible for JLL to continuously monitor, analyze and predict equipment health with actionable diagnostics in real time. As a result, JLL is able to make informed business decisions within minutes that translate to massive productivity gains and cost savings.

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“Petasense delivers on-demand predictive maintenance at a disruptive price point,” said Sean O’Connor, reliability engineer at JLL. “They are simplifying Industrial IoT by making use of wireless sensing and machine learning. It is big data without big problems.”

To learn more about the JLL case, please visit: https://petasense.com/jll-invests-in-machine-learning-and-industrial-iot-to-maximize-equipment-availability/

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