Companies join forces to deliver IoT modules for smart applications

26-05-2020 | Panasonic | Test & Measurement

Arrow Electronics, Panasonic Industry, and STMicroelectronics have launched a low-power wireless multi-sensor edge-intelligence solution for smart factory, smart home and smart life applications.

The IoT Solution Module combines Arrow’s engineering and global distribution abilities with Panasonic Industry’s IoT modules based on the ST BlueTile (STEVAL-BCN002V1B) multi-sensor dev kit. This combination allows customers to test their ideas simply and deliver new IoT products to the market faster.

The module offers ST’s latest BlueNRG Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0 SoC paired with many inertial, environmental, and audio sensors. The onboard sensors allow the cost-effective delivery of a wide range of compact and valuable IoT applications for smart factory, smart home and smart life scenarios.

“Building on the outstanding features and design of the ST BlueTile sensor-node development kit, the modules now available from Panasonic Industry through Arrow Electronics are ideal for speeding creation of a wide range of edge-node sensors for all kinds of Internet-of-Things applications,” said Philip Lolies, EMEA vice president, Marketing and Application, STMicroelectronics.

”Panasonic’s IoT Solution Modules inspired by ST BlueTile support customers by cutting down their time to market in this fast-paced era,” said Dr Sara Ghaemi, team leader, IoT, Panasonic Industry Europe GmbH. “Panasonic Industry is able to offer an unrivalled customer service throughout all stages of the product lifecycle ranging from design, development and validation to aftermarket. The modules support customers in reducing their development efforts and overall product costs while guaranteeing the highest quality and required certifications. This new solution will serve the customer’s needs in smart factory, smart home and smart life applications.”

“The modern embedded design requires sensors and wireless connectivity. This is accelerating based on the breadth of wireless standards being integrated into products”, said Matthias Hutter, vice president of product management and supplier marketing at Arrow Electronics in EMEA. “However, using sensors and designing the supporting circuitry for the task would take a lot of time and resources to develop. Additional certification time is needed on top. Using pre-qualified wireless sensor modules in the system design is saving development time and budget, which speeds up time to market for our customers. By working with ST and Panasonic, we are bringing the fundamental sensor and wireless building blocks in a great package for accelerated design.”