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Avnet builds a full vertical IoT offering

Distributor Avnet has teamed up with several partners to provide an offering for the Internet of Things (IoT) from the sensor to the enterprise

By Nick Flaherty

This reinforces the trend for more analytics and data centre integration with embedded IoT technology, as demonstrated by the recent acquisition of chip designer ARM by Softbank of Japan. Just as distributors had a line card of a wide range of devices so they could sell those into a design and get more value out of the sale, so now the additional value comes from having the vertical services from the sensor node through the gateway and up into the cloud.

So Avnet's Silica wing of the company has added Arkessa, a leading M2M managed services provider; Spica Technologies, who offer cloud based service solutions to capture, manage and present data; and UbiquiOS, supplier of embedded software to manage local connectivity and connectivity to the cloud. It has also signed an additional agreement with Sierra Wireless for its entire device to cloud offering so that it now provides SIM and Connectivity services, as well as IoT cloud platform services, in addition to the existing hardware cellular module business across Europe.

Avnet Silica is looking to become a key partner for customers looking for the complete edge-to enterprise solutions, from the chip level design, right through development and manufacture, ending in connected intelligent devices that can be deployed, monitored and managed out in the field.

“It is important to us to align to and partner with the right suppliers so we are able to offer the right technologies to support our customers,” said Philippe Fremont, vice president Technical Marketing, at Avnet Silica. “These new partnerships with data connectivity, cloud services and embedded connectivity software companies along with the extension of the Sierra Wireless product range available through Avnet Silica, positions us as the most well-positioned distributor to offer a full range of technology and services to accelerate the development and deployment of edge-to-enterprise IOT projects.“

The UbiquiOS connectivity platform is a user-friendly, cost effective, and secure software stack for embedded wireless applications. The stack can run on bare metal or in a RTOS and has been optimized for Cortex-M, Intel Quark and Microchip PIC32 MCU’s and supports BT, BLE, WiFi and cellular transceivers. In addition, the stack makes for easy integration into the leading cloud platforms for presentation of data and management of networks.

“The breadth of semiconductor solutions offered by Avnet Silica combined with UbiquiOS’ unique connectivity stack with interoperability, compactness and ease of use will allow developers the widest range of IOT development options in the industry,” said Rusty Stapp, vice president of business development at UbiquiOS.

The partnership with Arkessa adds secure global connectivity service to Avnet’s integrated hardware and embedded software portfolio. This gives OEM companies the ability to design, develop and connect smart sensors and embedded devices and gateway solutions over cellular networking technologies, through to cloud and enterprise software applications. The Arkessa service offering enables OEMs and end users to access global radio network connectivity through a single provider. Managing large scale and multi-network connections via a single user interface simplifies product development and deployment.

“Avnet Silica and Arkessa are both dedicated to making it as easy as possible for customers to connect and scale their IOT products and solutions wherever they are in the world,” commented Andrew Orrock, Arkessa CEO. “Avnet Silica’s Visible Things Platform and their commitment to innovation coupled with Arkessa's proven track record makes this a compelling partnership for IOT solution development and operation in the field whether it be high-data or low-data applications."

Spica Technologies offers its devicepoint IOT application framework, which provides a set of composable services that can be configured to deliver any number of IOT solutions. Enabling customers to connect their devices into the cloud, using secured encrypted messaging, user security, white labelling, a comprehensive set of dashboards, and the ability to quickly and simply generate external reports and analytics, all in a monthly subscription cloud-based platform. Spica also offers “Professional Services” to help customers prototype, pilot and launch solutions.

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