Developer Kit Speeds IoT Development With Arduino Software

SensiEDGE has launched SensiBLEduino, a development kit that allows the Arduino IDE and language to be used with the SensiBLE development kit SIMBA-DKL and STM32duino ‘Function Pack’. The SensiBLEduino kit can connect to the cloud easily and has a small form factor, making it suitable for use in IoT applications.

The kit combines hardware and software to allow developers get their products to market quickly at lower development costs.

According to the company, over 5,000 customers are already using it’s SensiBLE cloud modules and SensiBLEduino development kits on projects globally which give customers access to a vibrant community.

A demonstration firmware is included in the kit, to allow the visualization of sensor’s data performance through the ST BLUEMS App and a compatible cloud service. For example, IBM Watson, Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS, or a generic MQTT protocol.

More information: https://www.sensiedge.com/sensible

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Google pushes Android Things to Developer Preview 6

Google pushes Android Things to DP6

Search and cloud computing giant Google has launched the developer preview version 6 (DP6) of its Android Things offering.

Billed as an IoT platform, Google’s Android Things is intended to provide developers with a way to build connected devices for many consumer, retail and industrial applications, from smart locks to sensor control systems. 

The latest developer preview of the platform (DP6) irons out some bugs and offers a selection of new features.

Internet of Business has been tracking Android Things since its launch this time last year, and understands that Google intends to position this technology as a means of coding device applications with functions including video and audio processing.

Plans also include the option to enable on-board machine learning using TensorFlow, an open-source software library for machine intelligence.

Read more: Google launches Android Things, a new IoT platform for developers

Launching a launcher

According to Wayne Piekarski, Google developer advocate for IoT, DP6 includes a new ‘IoT launcher’ that allows the user to see the current state of a device and change settings using a touchscreen or USB input devices.

“Settings such as configuring the WiFi, finding the build ID, and checking for updates is now something that can be done interactively, making it even easier to get started,” he said.

Android users have become increasingly used to the notion of ‘launchers’, by virtue of the success of Google’s ‘Now’ launcher for Android. A launcher can perhaps be best described as a software ‘overlay’ designed to provide a new core graphical user interface (GUI) in a defined functionality style.

Read more: Sophos unveils Android Things and Windows 10 IoT device management capabilities

More granular IoT controls

Android Things uses the open-source SwiftShader library, a CPU-based implementation of the OpenGL ES application programming interface (API). Google executives say this enables common OpenGL support across all platforms, even those with no GPU hardware.

“New APIs have been added to Android Things that control the configuration of the local device and device updates. UpdateManager gives developers control over when updates and reboots can be performed, ensuring the device is available for the user when needed,” Piekarski explained. “DeviceManager controls factory reset, reboot, and device locales. APIs are also provided for settings such as ScreenManager to control the screen and TimeManager to control the clock and timezone.”

So developer-centric from the start  – yes. But what Google has done in this latest round of updates is to give more defined pointers on what type of core functionality controls are needed in IoT devices and offer more guidelines to developers on the kind of IoT programming that Google says it champions.

Read more: Volvo teams up with Google to put Android into connected cars

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Silver Spring Networks introduces IoT developer program to Europe and Middle East

Silver Spring Networks has launched its IoT Developer Program in a large number of European nations and some selected countries in the Middle East.

Presenting at the Smart City Expo World Congress, Silver Spring Networks said that expansion of the Internet of Important Things to the new countries will help in speeding up innovation. The expansion for Internet of Important Things into EMEA includes the following: Developer Portal; Milli Shield Dev Kit for Arduino boards and IoT Edge Router, Dev Edition. While the Milli Shield Dev Kit for Arduino boards and IoT Edge Router, Dev Edition are already available to European customers, they will be available in the Middle East by early 2018.

According to Silver Spring, the Developer Program is open to both fresh and existing customers and developers who are formulating sensors, actuators, devices, and applications for use in sectors such as smart city and industrial IoT (IIoT).

Itai Dadon, Senior Director of IoT Product, Silver Spring Networks, said: “By offering developers a proven platform on which to create new solutions, they can focus their innovation on game changing applications to solve real-world challenges. We view these new regions as critical to the growth of the Internet of Important Things and are excited about the future of the program and the potential it holds for the broader smart cities and IoT ecosystem.”

In what was described by the company as ‘an intelligent strategic move’, Silver Spring Networks was acquired by energy and water resource management provider Itron for an amount of £615.6 million (approx. $ 830 million) in September. With the purchase, Itron anticipates nearly $ 50 million in cost synergies on yearly basis, which will be substantially accomplished within 36 months of completing the transaction by optimising combined operations and expenses.

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Apply now for Arduino Core Developer Workshop!

Calling all developers in Italy and beyond! We will be hosting a three-day workshop in our Turin office, September 29th to October 1st, designed for students, hackers, and engineers ages 18 to 28 with a deep interest in microcontrollers, IoT, and open source development.

The workshop will focus on three main topics:

Teamwork and Open Source

  • GitHub and GitHub Flow
  • Hands-on collaborative projects on GitHub

Microcontrollers

  • Review of framework for MCU development
  • Introduction to Arduino core architecture
  • Arduino ecosystem tools
  • C++ and Stream
  • Understanding the difference between Arduino and other frameworks
  • Hands-on project with AVR, ARM, ARC32

Internet of Things

  • The future of IoT
  • Security, networks, protocols
  • Low-power
  • Hands-on “Chinese whispers” project involving multiple protocols, e.g. infrared, WiFi, BLE, Sigfox, LoRA, and Zigbee.

The workshop will be tutored by Martino Facchin, senior developer at Arduino, and is open to a maximum of 25 selected participants. The cost (150 EUR) covers all of the necessary materials, lunches, and social activities (breakfast with Massimo Banzi and aperitivo with the Arduino team).

Interested? You can start by applying here (deadline: September 10th). All confirmed participants will receive an email on September 12th with a link to buy their seat at the workshop (deadline: September 17th) via the Arduino online store. For more information, feel free to email us at events@arduino.cc.

ARDUINO DEVELOPERS WORKSHOP

DATES: September 29 – October 1, 2017, from 9.30am to 6pm

VENUE: Arduino c/o Toolbox Co-working, Via Agostino da Montefeltro 2, Torino

TUTOR: Martino Facchin

COST: 150 EUR + VAT

Application for the event can be found here. Additional information at events@arduino.cc.

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Arduino Launches Developer IoT Kit for LoRa Developers – Joins LoRa Alliance™

Arduino Launches Developer IoT Kit for LoRa Developers - Joins LoRa Alliance™

Developers Build Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Management for Fleets, Supply Chain & Logistics, Metering, Digital Cities, Agriculture & Environment, Healthcare, and Smart Buildings.

Arduino, today announced the availability of its IoT Developer Kit for LoRa developers based on Semtech’s LoRa® devices and wireless RF technology (LoRa Technology).

Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC) and Arduino collaborated to announce the individual LoRa-enabled nodes and gateway shields earlier this year.

“The IoT and IIoT are extremely high growth markets. Accenture claims the IIoT alone will add $ 14.2 trillion to the global economy by the year 2030,” said Federico Musto, Arduino CEO. “The IIoT offers incredible opportunities for developers to digitize the world in ways we haven’t even thought about yet. From saving water to managing herds to understanding how to manage pharmaceuticals, Semtech’s LoRa technology offers low-cost ways to solve problems using open technology. We look forward to seeing how LoRa technology can save money and create new revenue streams today and into the future.”

Arduino officially joined the LoRa Alliance™, the global association of over 450 companies backing the LoRaWAN™ standard for low-power, long-range, wide-area IoT networks.

Using Arduino Primo, Tian, and other boards, developers can integrate Semtech’s LoRa products and wireless RF technology into existing projects. Benefiting from operating in an unlicensed spectrum, like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, but instead operating at sub GHz frequencies, LoRa technology adds long range radio frequency functionality tailored for IoT to Arduino boards, giving developers the ability to transmit data over tens of kilometers with seamless mobility at very low costs and with very long battery life.

Mike Wong, Vice President for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group, said:
“As more industries adopt IoT applications to improve their organizations, developers need open source hardware and software that is easy to deploy and cost-effective.”

“Arduino’s developer tools will help increase the adoption of LoRa technology in multiple industries including IIoT, Metering, Digital Cities, Agriculture and Environment, Healthcare, and Smart Buildings.”

Using Arduino LoRa-enabled shields, gateway devices are able to communicate on multiple channels at the same time, and bridge traffic to a backhaul network. The Arduino shields are configurable by default to connect to various LoRaWAN networks, including Senet, The Things Network, and others, which allow for ‘things’ to talk to the Internet without cellular or Wi-Fi. The Arduino shields are compatible with the LoRaWAN specification standardized by the LoRa Alliance, meeting its communications standards and compliance tests that products must pass to be LoRaWAN certified.

“Senet was one of the first users of the Arduino IoT development kits and collaborated with Arduino to integrate the Arduino Tian gateway on the Senet public network”, said Steve Ball, Senior Director of Consulting Services at Senet. “Senet is pleased to contribute towards the coalition of the Arduino developer ecosystem and the LoRa Alliance ecosystem, and we are excited to observe the results that come from it.”

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