Electric Imp at Embedded World 2018: See Real IoT Solutions, Real Customers, Real Ecosystem

At Electric Imp, we know that building and delivering real world IoT solutions can be challenging. That is why we provide a unique and fully integrated edge-to-cloud platform, device and cloud programmability with OTA software deployment, production-grade tools and managed services that make building proofs of concept and scaling to commercial-grade solutions seamless and fast.

Visit us in booth 4A-533 at Embedded World to see how our platform is enabling a range of commercial and industrial IoT applications from customers and partners including Pitney Bowes, Microsoft, Eaton, KiWiPower, Smarter, Cypress, STMicroelectronics and others.

While many people are still talking about the potential of the IoT, Electric Imp, its customers, and its ecosystem of partners have been shipping IoT products in volume since 2012.

Meet With Electric Imp at Embedded World 2018 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 Embedded World 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 FridgeCam™
  • Exclusive sneak peeks of soon-to-be-released products and solutions

Technologies and Demos

  • Microsoft IoT Central™ connected industrial PLC Demo
  • Secure, massive-scale OTA firmware updates of ST microcontrollers via Azure IoT Hub
  • Electric Imp impCentral™ IoT tools for development, manufacturing, and management
  • Our full range of software-compatible imp modules, including:
    • impC001 module with packaged cellular service
    • imp004m module with fully integrated WiFi and Bluetooth LE support
  • Electric Imp QuickStart hardware family and solution accelerators… and much more

Additionally, on February 27th at 5:00 p.m., I will deliver a presentation titled “Build an Industrial-Strength Device-to-Cloud IoT Application in 30 Minutes… No Smoke and Mirrors Involved.” In the workshop, we will discuss a proven approach to reducing complexity of IoT solutions and attendees with learn how they can build a secure, scalable, and customized device-to-cloud IoT application using Electric Imp in minutes. Every participant will receive an Electric Imp developer device!

If you are planning to attend and would like to meet with us, appointments can be made here.

We look forward to seeing you at Embedded World!

Terrence Barr
Head of Solutions Engineering
Electric Imp

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Scientists at TU Vienna develop tiny electric field sensor

An electric field sensor based on silicon

Researchers at the Technology University of Vienna have developed a sensor capable of measuring electric fields that is a fraction of the size of comparable devices. 

The ability to measure electric fields with accuracy is vital for industrial applications in manufacturing, weather forecasting and the maintenance of electricity infrastructure.

Now, researchers at the Technology University of Vienna (TU Wien) have developed a silicon-based sensor that acts as a microelectromechanical system. Unlike many conventional measuring devices currently in use, it is able to measure electric fields without distorting them.

The device has been developed with the help of the Department for Integrated Sensor Systems at Danube University Krems. A paper detailing the new concept has been published in the electronics journal Nature Electronics.

Read more: Cornell engineers program tiny robots to react like insects

Measuring electric fields without distortion

Current methods for measuring electric fields can be inaccurate and clunky. “The equipment currently used to measure electric field strength has some significant downsides,” said Andreas Kainz from the Institute of Sensor and Actuator Systems at TU Wein.

“These devices contain parts that become electrically charged. Conductive metallic components can significantly alter the field being measured; an effect that becomes even more pronounced if the device also has to be grounded to provide a reference point for the measurement.”

Another drawback is size. Traditional equipment tends to be both impractical and difficult to take from one place to another. The TU Wein alternative appears to counter both of those issues.

Being made from silicon avoids interfering with the field it’s attempting to measure. Its small size makes it easy to transport, tiny enough to fit into wearables and promises to simplify the measuring process.

Read more: Powervault to give electric car batteries a second life in smart homes

Silicon structures

The device works by utilizing small, grid-shaped silicon structures that are just a few micrometres in diameter. These are fixed onto a small spring. When the silicon is exposed to an electric field, a force is exerted on the silicon crystals, causing the spring to compress or extend.

Another grid – this one fixed – is located above the silicon grid and is lined up with such precision that the grid openings on one grid are entirely covered by the other. So, if an electric field is present, the silicon grid will move out of alignment and cause light to pass through the gaps.

The strength of the electric field is calculated from the amount of light escaping by using “an appropriate calibrated device”.

Read more: Marine biologists use connected sensors to monitor shark behaviour

Tiny silicon sensor brings precision

The new silicon sensor is designed to measure the strength of an electric field rather than its direction. It’s precise enough to measure fields of a relatively low frequency of up to one kilohertz.

“Using our prototype, we have been able to reliably measure weak fields of less than 200 volts per metre,” said Kainz. “This means our system is already performing at roughly the same level as existing products, even though it is significantly smaller and much simpler.”

“Other methods of measurement are already mature approaches – we are just starting out. In future,” he said, “it will certainly be possible to achieve even significantly better results with our microelectromechanical sensor.”

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Entrust Datacard and Schneider Electric Bring New Innovation to the IoT Security Ecosystem

Entrust Datacard and Schneider Electric Bring New Innovation to the IoT Security Ecosystem

Entrust Datacard and Schneider Electric Bring New Innovation to the IoT Security Ecosystem

The new partnership enables customers to choose identity-based security to support their Internet of Things (IoT) projects.

Entrust Datacard, a leading provider of trusted identity and secure transaction technology solutions, today announced it will join Schneider Electric’s Collaborative Automation Partner Program (CAPP).

The collaboration will allow Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, to offer its industrial customers Entrust Datacard’s ioTrust™ Security Solution to accelerate the adoption of identity based security solutions within their industrial operations.

The ioTrust Security Solution creates a trusted infrastructure for the secure flow of M2M data, thereby mitigating risk and enabling greater visibility in industrial environments. The technology-agnostic software solution is designed to achieve a high degree of integration and scalability, and is compatible with industrial protocols and standards, enabling Schneider Electric to optimize its existing infrastructure and accelerate IoT deployments.

Josh Jabs, Vice President, Office of the CTO and General Manager – PKI and IoT, Entrust Datacard, said:

“To successfully transition to the digital economy, companies must secure not only their own operations, but also be confident in the security and authenticity of services and physical components which are used in the construction of their solutions.”

“This collaboration with Schneider Electric ensures the convergence of application, devices, and user security requiring a breadth of tools that all interact seamlessly and securely. The Entrust Datacard ioTrust Security Solution enables businesses to remain flexible in choosing devices, backend applications, and data analytics platforms best suited to their specific environments. The secure-by-design approach provides robust visibility in real time, with easy to manage data functions and access control to sanction productive and profitable decisions.”

CAPP enables Schneider Electric to offer complete business solutions by integrating innovative technologies developed by its partner ecosystem into its own offerings. The partnership with Entrust Datacard adds a key component to Schneider Electric’s cybersecurity solutions that are delivered through the company’s EcoStruxure™ for Industry architecture.

About the partnership, Dan DesRuisseaux, Director Cybersecurity, Industry Business, Schneider Electric, commented:
“In the past, industrial users often implemented self-signed certificates or physical attributes to identify devices, but these are not as secure as identities issued by a certificate authority.”

DesRuisseaux continued: “In addition, it is essential for critical infrastructure to be provisioned for local and cloud based identity enrollment and life-cycle management capabilities in order to deliver authentication and authorization services that work within the protected network or connect ecosystems via global distributed and hosted infrastructure.”

“Certificate authority solutions require a proven partner, and in this instance Entrust Datacard’s added expertise in both internally networked and publicly connected certificate authorities is also of value to our customers,” says DesRuisseaux. “We are excited to have Entrust Datacard bring its significant expertise to the industrial market.”

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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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