Kurtis McBride and Frank Voisin of Scotland have established a huge 475,000 sq.ft. warehouse as a base for their dream project—an IoT hardware warehouse. As the Internet of Things (IoT) perpetuates business and lifestyle with varied implementations, the hardware systems have to gear themselves to match the imagination of the software solution providers. Here are five IoT hardware features for agile software solutions.
1. Wi-Fi, Low-Power RF, Bluetooth, and Ethernet Support Chip
A classic example of this feature is the OpenKontrol Gateway by Ciseco that can be used for 24 hours with the incredibly low power of just half a watt. It has built-in XRF radio, SD, RTC, SRAM and XV Wi-Fi module. The Arduino Yun is also a hybrid board with built-in Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity features.
2. Linux Platform Computing
The Raspberry Pi gave wings to our imagination of a chip that is built on Linux platform and has USB ports, a HDMI port, a Ethernet port, and a Wi-Fi facility. It has a vast community that makes IoT project development feasible. The Beaglebone Black is a low-cost development platform that runs in the Linux environment and built with ARM Cortex A8 processor. It has built-in Ethernet connectivity features and HDMI port to connect a monitor. It’s strong community makes it the best platform for IoT solution development
3. Wi-Fi Module for Microcontrollers
Wi-Fi modules give internet connectivity to microcontrollers via UART communication. The ESP8266 comes with TCP/IP protocol stack integrated into its system and these modules further come pre-programmed with AT commands which are easy to plug and play IoT projects. With GPIO pins, specific application devices and sensors can be used for playing specific modules.
4. Prototyping Platforms
Prototyping platforms come fully equipped with Ethernet boards and WI-Fi connectivity features that make them essential for working with IoT. Netduino is a famous open source electronics prototyping platform built around STMicro STM32F4 controller and runs in .NET Micro Framework. Some platforms even offer additional features such as UART, I2C, SPI and SD card connectivity. Arudino boards are again familiar devices that come with built-in Internet connectivity and their Ethernet shield can be used for wired connections and the Wi-Fi shield can be used for wireless connection to the internet.
5. Multi-Development Platforms
A single chip for development on multiple platforms. These are definitely open source, community-driven and cost-effective. The UDOO is one such platform that works with Linux, Android, Google ADK 2012, and Arduino. The board provides a flexible environment to work with IoT innovations. HackBerry is also a popular system that works with Android and Linux PC with both WI-Fi and Ethernet.
IoT hardware forms the foundation for executing robust software solutions and hence it is essential to IoT development success.
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