Avnet intros 'Visible Things' development kit for Industrial IoT applications

May 24, 2017
Avnet says its SK002 Visible Things Industrial IoT Starter Kit offers a complete development solution that enables engineers to get IoT systems and applications quickly designed, tested and deployed.

At this month's Internet of Thing World (May 14-17) in Santa Clara, CA, global technology distributor Avnet (NYSE: AVT) introduced a starter kit specifically designed for the development of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications.

The SK002 Visible Things Industrial IoT Starter Kit adds to the company’s Visible Things platform, which it says offers a complete development solution that enables engineers to get their IoT systems and applications quickly designed, tested and deployed. Targeting a wide range of industrial markets, the 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. The distributor says "the 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."

According to a press release, "The 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."

The kit will be available for sale in the Americas in June. “Visible Things simplifies the complexity of secure, edge to enterprise IoT technology,” said Lou Lutostanski, vice president, Internet of Things, Avnet. “This new starter kit significantly accelerates the development of IoT-enabled industrial projects and applications.”

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