He adds, “We are targeting IIoT applications that have seen massive adoption in mobile asset tracking, smart agriculture, smart cities, capital asset monitoring and drones. The boards that we are building are provided under the open source creative commons licence attribution style. This is the most accommodating of licences offered, used for maximum dissemination.”
There are two core elements of project mangOH. First, a series of open platform designs that you can modify and use to build commercial products. You can deploy these reference designs as is, for prototyping. Or you can use these to build your own platform. Basically, the designs cover 80 per cent of the customer use-cases for the IoT.
Second, IoT expansion cards allow adding different combinations of technology. These cards can be used for prototyping and in actual products. Broken wires or connectors causing major issues can be resolved through it.
Syal comments, “Our latest board is mangOH Red. This platform offers many features, including the capability to build low-power IoT applications that can run for 10 years on a battery, snap-in socket to add any compatible modules (2G, 4G, LTE-M/NB-IoT, etc) to achieve up to 10 years of battery life, IoT expansion card slot to plug in any technology based on IoT expansion card open standard, integration with AirVantage IoT platform to create, deploy and manage solutions in the cloud, and built-in Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.2 BLE with Cortex M4 to provide real-time access to I/O. Next, we are working on massive enablement of next-generation low power wide area (LPWA) applications for LTE-M and NB-IoT.”
Accurate sensor operation relies on careful designing of software and hardware interfaces to meet specific performance requirements. Developers need to carefully consider the placement of the sensor on the board as well as the nature of the housing used to protect sensitive sensors, and optimise sensor accuracy and reliability. For multi-sensor IoT applications, developers need to address issues for each separate sensor to avoid electrical or physical interaction among sensors in the final board design. They need to pay attention at each stage of software and hardware design to achieve reliable humidity and temperature data.
Due to an explosion in the availability of small, inexpensive computing hardware, the IoT is developing at a rapid pace. IoT development boards combine microcontrollers and processors with wireless chips and other components in a pre-built, ready-to-program package. There is sure to be a board that fits your exact requirements, whatever the needs of your product or project.