IEEE: IoT development kits overshadow kits of old


There are a myriad of sensor-laden kits hitting the shelf that will help you create wearables, immersive gaming, augmented reality, 3-D mapping—virtually all IoT-targeted designs. If you’re looking to improve power consumption (and who isn’t?), or make your designs painfully smaller, rest assured that there are comprehensive kits that will help you cut through the IoT’s considerable complexity…

Another example includes IoT starter kits announced at Embedded World 2016 by Farnell’s element 14. Dubbed Entrepreneur and Enterprise, the kits target the development of flexible, cost-effective and intelligent building products for hospitals, homes and more. The Entrepreneur kit features EnOcean sensors and Raspberry Pi and EnOcean Pi boards. In addition, it provides access to IBM’s Watson IoT Platform and Bluemix services. In comparison, Enterprise includes EnOcean OEM self-powered sensors and EnOcean Gateway combined with access to IBM’s Watson IoT Platform and IBM TRIRIGA facilities management program…

Intel also just unveiled the latest version of its IoT starter kit for IoT, Developer Kit 3.0, that includes support for a variety of sensors. It also enables devices to connect to IBM‘s Bluemix cloud platform. Thanks to this integration, developers also can take advantage of Watson application programming interfaces for analytics, speech and image recognition. IoT will be the primary development tool for Intel’s recently announced Robotics Development Kit that includes a developer board with an Atom processor and a RealSense 3-D camera…

The Avnet MicroZed Industrial IoT Starter Kit is an easy-to-use, out-of-the-box system that accesses solutions from IBM, Wind River and Xilinx. The MicroZed Industrial IoT Starter Kit enables edge-to-cloud development of Internet-connected solutions and includes building blocks for developing a production-ready, IoT-enabled, industrial processing system. The platform is based on Avnet’s MicroZed system-on-module with a Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC from Xilinx and pluggable sensor solutions from Maxim Integrated and STMicroelectronics. It integrates IBM’s Watson IoT Platform agent on a custom-configured, certified image of Wind River’s Pulsar Linux OS. IBM’s Watson IoT Platform agent enables registered, secure connection to the Watson IoT Platform and additional cloud services and applications from the IBM Bluemix portfolio…

[Admin: This post is related to the 02.24.16 post about Farnell element14 IoT starter kits that tap into IBM technology.]

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IEEE to host first International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2)


IEEE will host the inaugural International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2) in Guadalajara, Mexico October 25-28, 2015 at the Hilton Guadalajara. With a conference theme “Smarter Cities for Sustainability,” ISC2 will focus on solutions to fuel sustainable economic development in cities facing ever-changing factors such as population growth, climate change, and congestion.

ISC2 provides a forum to exchange ideas and share best practices about the cities that promote and prioritize the use of information and sensing technology, citizen engagement, quality of life, manufacturing efficiency, economic development, and environmental sustainability.

The ISC2 conference will offer an opportunity to hear from keynote speakers including Roberto Saracco, IEEE senior member, president and node director, EIT Italy; Charles G. Sheridan, co-director of Intel Labs Energy and Sustainability Lab; Wanda Reder, IEEE fellow, vice president, S&C Electric Company; Steve Adler, IEEE senior member, IBM Chief Information Strategist; Roberto De Marca, IEEE fellow and 2015 IEEE past president; and Derrick De Kerckhove, former director of McLuhan Program.

To register for the International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2) at a discounted rate, visit the event website before September 14, 2015.

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