CERTIFICATIONS AND TRAINING
RAKwireless | April 07, 2022
RAKwireless, a pioneer in LPWA end-to-end solutions and IoT technology, has announced the annual Spring Launch Event. Each year, RAK showcases new innovations prepared for the IoT world. This year's slogan is "Empowering the Innovators: Making IoT Your Own."
"We envision these new IoT offerings will empower builders from around the world to think creatively." said Carl Rowan, Technical Documentation Lead at RAKwireless. "Whether starting with a prototype or adding to a final product, the newest launch opens opportunities for IoT enthusiasts and burgeoning engineers to create, tinker and invent more seamlessly. We see the new line as a way to further support our builder community to learn, build and evolve to solve the problems of tomorrow."
Improvements to inspire innovators:
RUI3 – RAK Unified Interface V3 helps streamline and simplify software development, hardware control, and 3rd party library integration. This single, unified platform utilizes some of the most powerful IDEs like Arduino and Visual Studio to support product development.
WisDM – Advanced features are being released to best support efficient fleet management. New functionalities like Network connection management, MultiWAN monitoring, and Firmware over the air have been introduced. Allowing better control over your network infrastructure.
WisGateOS 2 – The firmware that will take our commercial gateways to the next level. With an entirely new look, accommodation of the latest security updates, and exciting new functionalities to come.
A roundup of the newest additions to RAKwireless' portfolio:
WisToolBox – RAK's latest device configuration tool, available in both mobile and desktop versions for easy, user-friendly access to your RAK end devices.
Battery Plus (RAK9155) – A gateway powering solution, incorporating a solar charging system and status monitoring feature that works with WisGate Edge Pro, rendering the gateway perfect for off-grid deployments.
WisBlock – A growing selection of modules for your IoT solutions:
RAK12001 Fingerprint Sensor – Supporting both fingerprint enrollment and matching.
RAK12021 RGB Sensor – Can detect surface color by using red, green, blue, and white light-sensing capabilities.
RAK12025 Gyroscope Sensor – Detecting rotational movements in X, Y, and Z directions.
RAK12028/RAK12031 Through Beam Fork Sensor - Light-based sensor to measure motor speed.
RAK12029 Inductive Sensor – Module that can detect the proximity of metal objects.
RAK13009 QWIIC Interface – Used to connect SparkFun QWIIC and Adafruit STEMMA QT breakout boards without occupying the IO slot.
RAK13800 Ethernet Interface – Adding wired Ethernet communication to the WisBlock platform.
RAK14007/RAK14013 Joystick Interface – By combining a joystick and buttons, this module is a Human-Machine Interface (HMI) suitable for many solutions.
RAK14008 Gesture Sensor – Gesture recognition sensor can detect 9 human hand gestures.
RAK14012 RGB LED Matrix - Intuitive light matrix that can be used to build visual panels that can provide information, warnings, or even a digital clock.
RAK19001 Dual IO Base Board – With 2 IO slots for large modules and 6 sensor slots for sensors, GNSS modules, and similar, this baseboard allows for more complex applications than before.
RAK19007 Base Board 2nd Gen – The 2nd generation of the WisBlock Base Board RAK5005-O but with several improvements.
RAK3172-SiP – Low-Power Long Range Transceiver System-in-a-Package (SiP) based on a STM32WLE5CC chip
RAK4630 Stamp Module – The module introduces an AT command interface for setup of LoRa/LoRaWAN credentials and supports custom firmware development with RUI3.
RAK3272-SiP Breakout Board – It makes it easy to evaluate the power of the RAK3172-SiP module by giving access to all pins.
RAKwireless is a multinational technology company established in June 2014, headquartered in Shenzhen. RAK is changing the IoT landscape by eliminating design complexity and accelerating time-to-market for underserved and emerging markets, including open-source and industrial communities. Creating easy-to-deploy solutions and modular IoT products, RAKwireless is working to grow a community of system integrators, IoT solution providers, and tech enthusiasts who are passionate about taking IoT solutions further than ever before.
NTT | March 17, 2022
NTT Ltd. today announced its collaboration with Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, to deliver Private 5G (P5G) – an on-premise private network solution and digitization enabling platform that can dramatically advance digital solutions in the manufacturing environment. The long-standing partnership between NTT and Schneider Electric builds on existing joint strategic innovations that help clients achieve efficiency and sustainability goals with advanced digital processes within the Industry X sectors.
In early 2022, the P5G platform will be piloted at Schneider’s Lexington Smart Factory, the first of Schneider Electric’s U.S. plants to become a Smart Factory showcase site leveraging IoT connectivity, Edge analytics, and predictive analytics to drive energy efficiency and further sustainability goals. The P5G will power key use-cases that solve challenges around equipment availability, machine performance, and product quality. For example, the companies will integrate ‘machine vision’ capabilities (industrial cameras with specialized optics) into existing factory and warehouse automation systems, that identify faults as well as wear and tear for incident root cause in near real-time.
Through co-innovation, the solution will provide a model for operational integrity management that scales across a broad footprint of global factory environments to power Industry 4.0, enabling Network Edge platforms.
Additional P5G use-cases to be addressed include:
Unfettered connectivity for improved management of AGV devices across a factory footprint that yields more efficient and accurate workflow systems.
Machine vision application to detect anomalies in machine performance to ensure high performance, availability, and quality of product.
Augmented reality solutions that enable remote worker support for enhanced equipment maintenance and management and worker experience.
With this strategic partnership, we are confident that NTT's P5G solution will support Schneider Electric business and service level objectives with a powerful machine vision solution that solves for operational continuity and performance throughout the Lexington and Lincoln plant facilities. Our P5G platform brings full-stack managed services, process workflow and IoT application integration capabilities that both addresses strategic objectives towards factory high performance and net zero carbon emission goals.”
Shahid Ahmed, EVP New Ventures and Innovation at NTT.
“In partnering with NTT, Schneider Electric further extends its manufacturing expertise along with data center and network solutions to drive innovations for self-contained Edge Private 5G use-cases,” said Luc Rémont, Executive Vice President International Operations at Schneider Electric.
“Above and beyond superior security and control offered through this partnership, wireless networks offer superior benefits over a wired network from a sustainability perspective – smaller copper cabling footprint means minimizing energy usage and aligning to our net-zero carbon goals,” Rémont added.
To further the partnership, NTT will deploy its Private 5G services and data centers with Schneider Electric technologies, including a prefabricated data center to integrate and test its edge offerings using EcoStruxure™ solutions. This is expected to be 100% operative in Schneider Electric factories during the 2nd QTR 2022.
Schneider Electric’s prefabricated data centers help cloud and service providers scale quickly and efficiently while also meeting their sustainability goals. In addition to a 60% reduction in up time compared to traditional data centers, these prefabricated modular data centers are manufactured with sustainable construction methods and features that boost reliability, optimize operational energy savings, and leave a smaller environmental footprint.
About NTT Ltd.
NTT Ltd. is a leading, global technology services company. To help our clients achieve their digital transformation goals, we use our global capabilities, expertise, and full-stack technology services delivered through our integrated services platform. As their long-term strategic partner, we help them enhance customer and employee experience, transform their cloud strategy, modernize their networks and strengthen their cybersecurity. And across their transformation priorities, we automate their business processes and IT, drawing insights and analytics from their core business data. As a global ICT provider, we employ more than 50,000 people across 57 countries, trading in 73 countries and delivering services in over 200 countries and regions.
Telit | January 27, 2022
Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced the WE310G4 module, which enables device vendors to add dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 5.0 connectivity quickly and cost-effectively to their products. Based on Realtek Ameba system on chip (SoC), the WE310G4 is ideal for a wide variety of embedded devices, including smart lighting, home appliances, medical wearables, smart city sensors, aftermarket telematics and industrial robots.
The Telit WE310G4 is ideal for vendors that have limited Wi-Fi or BLE expertise, as well as those with extensive RF experience that want to reduce time to market for new products. The module is IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth certified, and complies with all Wi-Fi Alliance and Bluetooth SIG-v5 requirements, eliminating the time and expense of testing and certification.
The WE310G4 provides device vendors with a low-cost, high-speed serial-to-Wi-Fi/BLE connection to an embedded design built on an 8/16/32-bit microcontroller. Furthermore, the module can be implemented as a host-less solution offering up to 456 Kb of SRAM dedicated to customer application development. With marketing samples available in February 2022, the module includes a comprehensive package of features and capabilities:
Integrated, dual-core SoC, a high-performance application processor (running on ARM Cortex-M33) and a low-power MCU (ARM Cortex-M23) for Wi-Fi and BLE.
Support for a wide range of peripherals: SDIO, SPI, UART, ADC, PWM, GPIO, I2S, I2C and USB.
Low power consumption to maximize battery life.
Industrial grade temperature range (-40 °C to +85 °C).
Self-contained with full Wi-Fi, BLE and TCP/ IP networking stacks.
A complete suite of advanced security features including Secured Boot, TrustZone for Cortex-M, WPA3 personal and enterprise security modes, as well as upper-layer security protocols such as TLS-1.3/SSL and HTTPS.
Serial-to-Wi-Fi hosted implementation.
Telit IoT AppZone IDE for host-less application development.
Pin-to-pin compatible with the Telit WE310F5 (single-band module), enabling rapid migration of existing hardware and software to the WE310G4.
Available with (WE310G4-I) and without (WE310G4-P) antenna.
"Ultra-low power consumption, small size, and high security are critical for modules integrating with the global IoT ecosystem. While the IoT market offers a wide range of small modules, none compares to Telit's WE310G4 when it comes to quickly and cost-effectively adding dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity into their customer products. Combined with Realtek Ameba SoC, the WE310G4 is the perfect solution for home, medical, and industrial IoT applications."
Yee-Wei Huang, Realtek's Vice President and Spokesman
"The new Telit WE310G4 module gives vendors a fast, easy way to add Wi-Fi or BLE to their products — even if they have little or no in-house RF expertise," said Manish Watwani, Chief Marketing and Product Officer, Telit. "It's ideal for vendors that want to develop wearables, IoT sensors and other products with enterprise-grade security, long battery life and other market-differentiating features, and then have them in customers' hands before competitors do."
Telit simplifies onboarding of connected 'things' with a portfolio of enterprise-grade wireless communication and positioning modules; cellular MVNO connectivity plans and management services; edge and cloud software; and data orchestration, IoT and Industrial IoT platforms. With over two decades of pioneering IoT innovation experience, Telit delivers award-winning, secure, integrated IoT solutions for many of the world's largest enterprises, OEMs, system integrators and service providers, so they can connect and manage IoT at any scale.
SOFTWARE AND TOOLS
UserTesting | March 28, 2022
UserTesting (NYSE: USER), a leader in video-based human insight, today released new test templates for the UserTesting Human Insight Platform that enable companies to see first-hand how people experience the Internet of Things (IoT) and other connected devices. As more devices become linked via the Internet and cloud computing and the expectations of customers change, there is a heightened need for companies to understand how people interact with and react to these connected devices and new experiences.
As the number of IoT devices increases, forecasted to nearly triple from 8.74 billion in 2020 to more than 25.4 billion IoT devices in 2030, companies are innovating the means in which they interact with their customers – from VR headsets and self-driving cars, to wearable devices and smart home assistants and appliances. The increase in connected devices in both business and consumer worlds presents more opportunities for brands to engage with customers. Companies can gain a great deal of value through learning how their customers utilize and benefit from connected devices, and UserTesting’s new templates help companies provide greater experiences for their customers.
UserTesting’s connected device templates provide companies a competitive advantage by giving them access to a more complete picture of their customers’ expectations in their use of connected devices. For example, a large commercial airline has been using UserTesting to develop a new voice assistant feature with insights gathered around travelers’ information needs. Understanding needs, frustrations, assumptions and more is crucial to building a best-in-class device experience and the ability to elevate the connected experience to a new level. The latest templates feature pre-built sample questions that organizations can use as-is or customize to fit their exact testing requirements.
Digital transformation is accelerating, more consumers are connected via their devices, and companies want to know how to meet customer expectations in ways they couldn’t have anticipated. Research by the McKinsey Global Institute shows the Internet of Things has the potential to grow in value between $5.5 trillion to $12.6 trillion by 2030. Companies mastering the Internet of Things early have a decided advantage in opening new markets and meeting customer demands.”
Janelle Estes, Chief Insights Officer of UserTesting.
Companies that struggle to capture the value of IoT can turn to the templates to gain rapid user feedback using UserTesting’s technology to better understand how digitally connected devices perform. UserTesting provides video recordings of actual interactions of customers who have opted in to share their perspectives and experiences as they execute a pre-built series of tasks and instructions online.
The new connected device templates add to the more than 100 pre-built testing templates available on the UserTesting Human Insight Platform.
UserTesting has fundamentally changed the way organizations get insights from customers with fast, opt-in feedback and experience capture technology. The UserTesting Human Insight Platform taps into our global network of real people and generates video-based recorded experiences, so anyone in an organization can directly ask questions, hear what users say, see what they mean, and understand what it’s actually like to be a customer. Unlike approaches that track user behavior then try to infer what that behavior means, UserTesting reduces guesswork and brings customer experience data to life with human insight. UserTesting has more than 2,300 customers, including more than half of the world’s top 100 most valuable brands according to Forbes.