Configurable module slashes IoT wireless sensor development time

Configurable module slashes IoT wireless sensor development time

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By Nick Flaherty

Advantech Europe has launched a certified wireless module for sensor-to-cloud connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT) in a compact industry-standard form factor with no programming required.

The WISE-1510-DOM DeviceOn Module is a a ready-to-use combination of hardware modules and smart device firmware, enabling rapid deployment of custom or semi-custom sensors.

The modular approach for smart sensor solutions means that sensor OEMs can concentrate on their core business around the sensing technology while using Advantech’s capabilities in data transformation and transfer. Potential applications include cold chain/refrigerator monitoring, smart waste management, asset tracking, smart agriculture and smart street lighting.

The WISE-1510-DOM DeviceOn Module is a 22mm x 30mm M2.COM-compliant module that contains a wireless modem module, MHF4 antenna connector, STM32L443RC ARM Cortex-M4 processor from STMicroelectronics and various I/O interfaces for sensors. The module is ready to be used on either standard Advantech or custom carrier boards, while the wireless connectivity and sensor interfaces can be easily configured through a graphical user interface.

The DeviceOn firmware stack provides all of the software functionality needed to interface with the IO, giving dynamic sensor configuration, sensor and event handling, along with data caching and event based or bulk transfer, to fully map to a low power network. The first version is for LoRaWAN low power wide area network (LPWAN) using the SX1276 from Semtech. Other wireless modules for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE, NB-IoT/LTE-M and WiFi are planned.

The WISE-1510-DOM allows sensor designers to easily integrate LoRaWAN long-range connectivity into their devices. The module consumes low-power in transmit and receive modes, and has a deep-sleep mode drawing just 36µA. 

Advantech’s WISE-DeviceOn firmware is already integrated into the module. Multiple interfaces are provided for sensor and I/O control, including one UART (optional), GPIOs, four ADC channels, PWM, SPI, and I2C. Configuration or firmware updates can simply be performed via USB.

The DeviceOn server layer can be hosted on any platform, Advantech provides default integrations for Microsoft Azure and WISE-PaaS/EnSaaS (the Advantech cloud platform) and interfaces to other cloud platforms such as Google or AWS, as well as On Premise support, either utilising your own IT infrastructure or dedicated DeviceOn server hardware from Advantech.

Advantech also offers a choice of three compatible DeviceOn Module sensor boards that further assist with fast-tracking sensor development. These comprise the DOM-SB-001 for temperature, humidity, and brightness sensing, the DOM-SB-003 that combines a brightness sensor with a time-of-flight proximity and ranging sensor, and the DOM-SB-004 for air-quality and brightness sensing.

An evaluation kit is available in three configurations for engineers to get up and running without any additional hardware; a boards only option, the boards with an enclosure, or the boards with an enclosure and a WISE-6610-E100-A LoRaWAN gateway allowing scalability up to 100 nodes.;

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