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Avnet launches Industrial IoT starter kit

It's not very often you hear distributor and Internet of Things in the same sentence; but Avnet is looking to change that with the launch of a new IoT starter kit

When you think of key players in the world of IoT technologies, distributors probably aren’t at the top of the list. However, Avnet is working hard to change that with the launch of its own Industrial Internet of Things Starter Kit.

The distributor has leveraged its deep partnerships with suppliers to create the MicroZed Starter Kit, an out-of-the-box system, backed by industry-leading solutions from IBM, Wind River and Xilinx. Avnet says that the starter kit is designed to ‘simplify customers’ prototype and development efforts, while providing an easy and quick transition to production’. 

“The MicroZed Industrial IoT Starter Kit builds on Avnet’s commitment to support customers’ edge-to-cloud development of Internet-connected solutions and includes all the necessary building blocks for developing a production-ready, IoT-enabled, industrial processing system,” the distie said in a statement.

The platform is based on Avnet’s MicroZed system-on-module (SoM) with a Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC from Xilinx and pluggable sensor solutions from Maxim Integrated and STMicroelectronics.

The kit integrates the Watson IoT Platform agent, enabling a secure connection to the IBM’s super-duper-computer, as well as additional applications from the IBM Bluemix portfolio.

“Avnet’s MicroZed Industrial IoT Starter Kit, supported by IBM’s Watson IoT Platform, enables IoT developers throughout the channel ecosystem to create new products that offer a differentiated level of user interaction and experience,” said Jack Desjardins, vice president, Alliances & Ecosystem Business Development, IBM Watson IoT. “By simplifying IoT device-to-cloud integration with this kit, IBM and Avnet are helping to inspire a new generation of cognitive IoT systems and applications that have the ability to learn from the physical world. This is a significant step forward in the drive to capture the full value proposition of the IoT.”

The starter kit sells for $299, with no mention of European pricing, and is available to pre-order now. For your three hundred bucks, you  get the MicroZed SoM, pre-loaded with Wind River’s new Pulsar Linux operating system and the IBM Watson IoT agent, MicroZed’s Arduino Carrier Card, a motion and environmental sensor board from STMicroelectronics and a Thermocouple-to-Digital Pmod sensor module from Maxim Integrated; as well as a free trial of IBM's Bluemix services.

“The market for IoT-connected systems is exploding, but ensuring that all the pieces of an edge-to-enterprise solution work properly requires a broad range of technologies and expertise,” said Eric Williams, vice president, Internet of Things, Avnet. “Avnet has done much of the integration from sensor data collection to cloud connectivity, saving IoT developers months of effort, while giving them a superior foundation for building and producing truly differentiated IoT-enabled, industrial processing systems.”

 

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While I think ongoing advances will leapfrog any chance to corral IoT, providing the necessary tools is a great start. The tools from Avnet are definitely worth using as the company is watching the industry growth.
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The ability to bring together sensors, custom software development, data warehouses, data analytics, bespoke integration into existing enterprise applications, creation of user portals combined with the traditional hardware and software infrastructure, is the very reason why Avnet is going to be a key partner for the channel when it comes to IoT
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