Avnet builds supplier network for end-end IOT connectivity

July 25, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Distributor Avnet Silica is extending supplier base, adding agreements with Arkessa, UbiquiOS and Spica Technologies, and exapnding its agreement with Sierra Wireless to provide connectivity for M2M and IOT solutions

Arkessa is an M2M managed services provider; Spica Technologies offers cloud based service solutions to capture, manage and present data; and UbiquiOS, supplier of embedded software to manage local connectivity and connectivity to the cloud. Avnet Silica has also signed an additional agreement with Sierra Wireless to expand the scope of products and services to include Sierra Wireless’ entire device-to-cloud offering. Avnet Silica now provides Sierra Wireless SIM and Connectivity services, as well as Internet of Things (IOT) cloud platform services, in addition to the existing hardware cellular module business across Europe.

Avnet introduced its Visible Things offering at Embedded World in Germany in 2016, aiming to supply complete edge-to enterprise solutions, from the chip level design, right through development and manufacture, ending in connected intelligent devices that can be deployed, monitored and managed out in the field. Philippe Fremont, vice president Technical Marketing, at Avnet Silica comments, “These new partnerships with data connectivity, cloud services and embedded connectivity software companies along with the extension of the Sierra Wireless product range available through Avnet Silica... [offers] a full range of technology and services to accelerate the development and deployment of edge-to-enterprise IOT projects.”

The partnership with Arkessa adds secure global connectivity service to Avnet’s integrated hardware and embedded software portfolio. This gives OEM companies the ability to design, develop and connect smart sensors and embedded devices and gateway solutions over cellular networking technologies, through to cloud and enterprise software applications. The Arkessa service offering enables OEMs and end users to access global radio network connectivity through a single provider. Managing large scale and multi-network connections via a single user interface simplifies product development and deployment.

Spica Technologies offers its devicepoint IOT application framework, which provides a set of composable services that can be configured to deliver any number of IOT solutions, “Enabling customers to connect their devices into the cloud, and realise business value from IOT data in record time.” Features of devicepoint include: secured encrypted messaging, user security, white labelling, a comprehensive set of dashboards, and the ability to quickly and simply generate external reports and analytics, all in a monthly subscription cloud-based platform.