We are just back from the IoTday in London where FlyportPRO impressed the visitors for several reasons. What is clear now is that IoT (Internet of things) business is getting a shape and people are looking for solutions that are not suitable only for prototypes (like Arduino or Raspberry), but for the real building block for their IoT projects.
Let’s start with the question: what people is looking when they design an IoT product?
- Low power since most of the applications are battery powered
- Real time (try to read an analog input with a Linux board…)
- Scalability from prototype to mass market
FlyportPRO excels on each point, let’s see how:
Low Power our framework manages 2 kinds of low power modes, Hibernation and Sleep. On the first mode the microcontroller on FlyportPRO is fully active while the transceiver is off. On Sleep the transceiver is off and the microcontroller is in very low power mode but it’s ready to wake up in mS by a GPIO or by its internal Real Time Clock. What does it mean? FlyportPRO Wi-Fi has a power consumption of 180uA (Sleep) and it can turn on every n minutes to read some sensors, then every x hours it can send data to the Cloud.
Real Time most of the platforms that are today into the IoT arena are Linux based. Yes cool, but what about Real Time and management of buses like SPI or I2C? Even an analog input reading is not really simple. FlyportPRO handles (simultaneously) 4 UART ports, 2 I2C, 1 SPI and Analog/Digital I/Os. Our users are really squeezing our module to the max since most of the IoT applications are not so simple like sending 1 value to the Cloud.
Flexibility Hardware is not software. Flexibility means thousands of $ saved in inventory and in R&D. When we created FlyportPRO we had this clear in mind: to create the most flexible hardware module to let user save time in R&D and on inventory. R&D enjoys a saving of 6 months normally since our APIs and free IDE are dramatically cutting the development time (even if you are not an embedded hardware specialist). From the inventory point of view the main benefit of FlyportPRO modules is that all the 3 different models (Wi-Fi, GPRS and Ethernet) are perfectly interchangeable and with the same processor onboard. What you get at the end of the day is that you just need to make a simple carrier board that with FlyportPRO transforms in 3 different products!
Scalability IoT is an impressive growing market. Anybody can make a nice prototype using different boards available today, but what if you want to make a real business? The answer is again FlyportPRO: you can use it from prototype to thousand pieces. And, last but not least, it’s CE/FCC certified. This means that you will save lot of money and effort to go to prototype to mass market.
A nice overview of the benefits of FlyportPRO are on this short presentation, feel free to download/share.
So, are you ready to kickstart your IoT business with FlyportPRO?