HERE’S WHY SMART IOT IS FUTURE

Analytic Insight | February 15, 2020

The term ‘connectivity’ is no more confined to laptops and smartphones, as we’re witnessing a transition towards smart cities, smart homes, smart retail, connected cars along with connected healthcare to name a few. In this arena where advanced technologies have been blooming at a tremendous rate, IoT is also catching up. IoT has been one such technology that is going to have an impact not only today but also in the coming future. The base for IoT is designed for storing and processing IoT data and is the core of all IoT-related devices and solutions. The base has been set in such a way that it provides an intake of huge volumes of data generated by sensors, user websites, applications and then accordingly initiates actions based on real-time responses and analytics.

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The boom of the Internet of Things poses many questions that marketers must begin considering today. What role can my brand play in this new connected world? And how can I reach my customer in a world of exploding channels? Dive into the three most popular categories in the Internet of Things – wearables, smart televisions and home automation – and explain the growing interest in each Examine the opportunities available to marketers and consumers alike to enhance and customize brand experiences using IFTTT (If This Then That) technology Look into the types of consumers that are most likely to purchase smart products, exploring their demographics, attitudes and behaviors to help marketers craft more resonant messages and media strategies to reach this audience.

Spotlight

The boom of the Internet of Things poses many questions that marketers must begin considering today. What role can my brand play in this new connected world? And how can I reach my customer in a world of exploding channels? Dive into the three most popular categories in the Internet of Things – wearables, smart televisions and home automation – and explain the growing interest in each Examine the opportunities available to marketers and consumers alike to enhance and customize brand experiences using IFTTT (If This Then That) technology Look into the types of consumers that are most likely to purchase smart products, exploring their demographics, attitudes and behaviors to help marketers craft more resonant messages and media strategies to reach this audience.

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DEVICES

Renesas’ RZ/N2L MPUs for Industrial Ethernet Simplify Implementation of Network Functionality in Industrial Equipment

Renesas | August 10, 2022

Renesas Electronics Corporation a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced the RZ/N2L microprocessor units (MPUs) for Industrial Ethernet communication that make it easy to add network functionality to industrial equipment and devices. The RZ/N2L complies with many industry-standard specifications and protocols to facilitate the development of industry automation devices that require real-time capabilities. The new products support the increasingly popular Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) Ethernet standard that ensures real-time communication. Equipped with an integrated TSN-compliant 3-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and an EtherCAT slave controller, the new devices also support all major industrial network communication protocols, such as EtherCAT, PROFINET RT, EtherNet/IP, and OPC UA, as well as the new PROFINET IRT. By using the RZ/N2L as a companion chip complementing the host CPU, customers can add Industrial Ethernet functionality to their equipment without major changes to its internal configuration. This enables customers to develop industrial equipment utilizing rapid and precise synchronized control for factory automation. “Revising the full design of equipment in order to implement Industrial Ethernet functionality creates a substantial development burden in terms of both time and cost,” said Hitoshi Shirakabe, Vice President of the Industrial Automation Business Division at Renesas. “To address this challenge, Renesas developed the RZ/N2L, which is optimized as an add-on to existing systems. I am confident that it will enable customers to quickly deploy cutting-edge industrial networks with minimal system modifications.” “I anticipate that the RZ/N2L, which supports the fast-growing TSN standard, will further accelerate the spread of Ethernet in the factory automation market, We are planning to release GOAL middleware for the RZ/N2L targeting multi-protocol real-time communication to help our customers implement Industrial Ethernet communication technology to their devices.” Dietmar R. Franke, CEO/CFO at port industrial automation GmbH Optimized as a Dedicated Networking Companion Chip The RZ/N2L has both parallel and serial host interfaces that connect to the host CPU for external applications. This allows direct connection between the RZ/N2L and the CPU for high-speed access. In addition, the external CPU can directly access communication data stored in the system RAM of the RZ/N2L. Since the RZ/N2L can perform network processing independently of the external CPU, Industrial Ethernet can be added to systems without the need for major changes to the existing application software. Remote I/O, Sensor Hub, Inverter, and Gateway Supported on a Single Chip RZ/N2L is built around the Arm® Cortex®-R52 with a maximum operating frequency of 400 MHz. It integrates large capacity ECC RAM and peripheral functions such as a delta-sigma interface, A/D converter, and PWM timer, allowing the RZ/N2L to be used as a standalone device to develop applications such as remote I/O, sensor hubs, and inverters. The UART and CAN functions enable the RZ/N2L to serve as a gateway for converting from a fieldbus based on RS485 or CAN to Industrial Ethernet. Functional Safety Support The RZ/N2L can also be used as an MPU that supports functional safety. Renesas’ functional safety solutions such as self-diagnostic software for the RZ/N2L, functional safety platform software soon to be offered by Renesas and secure networks can reduce the time and workload associated with development. Renesas plans to release a functional safety solution for the RZ/N2L in 2023. Winning Combinations with RZ/N2L Renesas has released two new Winning Combinations with working PoC (proof of concept) boards using the RZ/N2L. These solutions use complementary Renesas devices that work together seamlessly. The Gigabit Industrial Ethernet SOM Solution uses Renesas power management ICs, photocouplers, EEPROM and other mixed signal devices to provide a configurable industrial Ethernet in SOM + Carrier board architecture. This solution has two Gbit Ethernet interfaces and Pmod & Arduino interfaces to build a system with different peripherals. It also uses a single configurable power supply to support different RZ MPUs. The 220V AC Servo Solution integrates motor control and EtherCAT to provide high-speed and high-precision motor control through time-sensitive industrial Ethernet communications. It includes a physically isolated motor encoder, power drive and system control blocks with high degree interconnect. Using this monolithic solution helps reduce bill of materials cost, when compared to a two-chip system that handles motor control and EtherCAT separately. Renesas provides these solutions together with reference circuits, Gerber, and sample program code to accelerate product development. Renesas Winning Combinations have technically vetted system architecture from mutually compatible devices that work together seamlessly to bring an optimized low-risk design for a faster time to market. Renesas offers more than 300 Winning Combinations with a wide range of products from its portfolio About Renesas Electronics Corporation Renesas Electronics Corporation empowers a safer, smarter and more sustainable future where technology helps make our lives easier. A leading global provider of microcontrollers, Renesas combines our expertise in embedded processing, analog, power and connectivity to deliver complete semiconductor solutions. These Winning Combinations accelerate time to market for automotive, industrial, infrastructure and IoT applications, enabling billions of connected, intelligent devices that enhance the way people work and live.

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ENTERPRISE IOT

UVDI's new UVDI-360 room sanitizer has IoT smart device communications

UVDI | June 14, 2022

UVDI is delighted to confirm the next generation UVDI-360 Room Sanitizer at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Conference, which is now integrated with UV Smart Connect cloud communications technology, making it even easier and more efficient to use. Over 1,100 hospitals around the world rely on the new UVDI-360 for its independently validated effectiveness and user safety features. With automatic, real-time Smart Device communications, UV Smart Connec technology simplifies device usage, fleet management, and device service. In addition, the UVDI-360 is connected to UVDI's easy-to-use, cloud-based operator portal via Instant UV Smart Connect cloud communications, which are powered by modern cellular and wireless technology. Automatic, real-time transfer of device usage data to the cloud 24-7 device health monitoring by UVDI and end-user notifications Automated over-the-air (OTA) software updates for continuous device improvement Secure dual network connectivity via cellular and Wi-Fi communications Offline communications enabled through an onboard battery Intuitive remote control included allowing approximately 45 feet of range through walls Enhanced servicing via remote device monitoring as well as a detachable power cord "As Healthcare professionals are more time-stretched than ever, they should not have to make tradeoffs when it comes to UV room disinfection efficacy and ease of use. The addition of advanced UV Smart Connect™ technology streamlines UVDI-360 device operation and fleet management, while still delivering the same proven efficacy trusted by hospitals around the world," Peter Veloz, CEO, UVDI In Q3 2022, the UVDI-360 Room Sanitizer with UV Smart Connect will be available for healthcare facilities in the United States, with international availability by the end of 2022.

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SOFTWARE AND TOOLS

Hanshow Elevates Retail Digitalization with Its New IoT Platform

Hanshow | June 03, 2022

European merchants were among the first in the world to use electronic shelf labels (ESLs) to cut costs and lay the groundwork for retail digitization. The new IoT platform All-Star is being released and introduced by digital solutions provider Hanshow (EuroCIS booth - 9 D13) at this week's EuroCIS 2022 trade show, ready to drive Europe's brick-and-mortar retail into a new era of efficiency and profitability. Hanshow has been a significant driver of this transition since entering the European market in 2016, with approximately 100 million ESLs installed across the continent. Hanshow is showcasing a variety of new solutions at EuroCIS 2022, ranging from AI-powered shelf monitoring to self-checkout trolleys and in-store marketing, and is continually evolving the smart shops of the future. The IoT platform All-Star, which focuses on the retail industry and is built expressly to assist merchants extend and update their digitalization, is one of the latest innovations showcased by Hanshow at EuroCIS. All-Star provides one-stop IoT solutions ranging from IoT device management to digital operations upgrades, empowering retail customers to quickly establish IoT equipment management capabilities and be able to flexibly build business applications and integrate customized business connections to boost operation efficiency of smart stores further and elevate customer in-store experience. The AllStar platform serves as an integrated system for managing a store's full digital devices, with SaaS and private deployment options that offer unified user authentication and third-party application access integration via an open API based on HTTP. As a result, one of its key product innovations is to address the new challenges posed by the growing number of IoT devices, all of which operate on different networks and communicate using different transmission signals, as a single store may require a number of different login systems, each requiring operations personnel who are trained in each. As a result, each retail solution management platform can now be accessed through All-Star for a holistic integration of all essential business operation activities, making device maintenance substantially easier. "Hanshow has developed All-Star and the rest of its solutions specifically with global retailers in mind to achieve a more holistic form of digitalization. These new solutions, software, and transmission technologies all combine to help retailers in Europe move into an exciting new era of digitalization. This unlocks great new opportunities. We're just seeing the beginning of what's possible," Shiguo Hou In addition to the All-Star system, Hanshow has created an industry-first communications protocol that employs a single transmission frequency to communicate with all Hanshow IoT devices, reducing the number of signal frequencies required previously.

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