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Avnet builds supplier network for end-end IOT connectivity

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting


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.


The UbiquiOS connectivity platform is a cost effective and secure software stack for embedded wireless applications. The stack can run on bare metal or in a RTOS and has been optimized for Cortex-M, Intel Quark and Microchip PIC32 MCUs and supports BT, BLE, WiFi and cellular transceivers. In addition, the stack makes for easy integration into the leading cloud platforms for presentation of data and management of networks. The UbiquiOS solution can shorten time to market and provides a complete connectivity solution saving development time and money.

Sierra Wireless offers a portfolio of 2G, 3G and 4G embedded modules and gateways. These integrate with its secure cloud and connectivity services, providing a complete device to cloud solution. Sierra Wireless is a global Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), with extensive coverage throughout Europe. The SIM cards support connectivity services on 2G/3G and many 4G networks with a complete set of IOT-specific data and security services. The secure AirVantage IOT Cloud platform provides a complete application enablement service delivering data from connected assets in the field to the enterprise, along with complete SIM subscription and device management services, allowing customers to manage their deployed and future IOT applications.

Avnet Silica, the European semiconductor specialist division of Avnet, Inc; www.avnet-silica.com


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