What is IoT?

What is the Internet of Things? (IoT)

“IoT” describes the revolution in bringing internet connectivity to previously isolated devices, achieving ‘connected devices‘. Early examples include smart thermostats enabling the user to control their central heating remotely, though in the industrial sector this has signalled the arrival of Industry 4.0, heralding a new era in M2M smart manufacturing.

Key issues for the Internet of Things (IoT):

  • – Low power – often battery powered
  • – Reliability to enable mission critical applications
  • – Open standards based platforms
  • Reduced development timescales

The DSL advantage:

We’ve invested heavily to be at the forefront of embedded IoT sensor and gateway technology.
An IoT Sensor is the instrument physically gathering data, be that temperature, humidity, CO2 levels, and so on. An IoT Gateway acts as the middleman between the cloud (internet) and the sensors, collecting, collating and analysing the sensor outputs then feeding the data up to the cloud.

IoT Sensor Nodes
Our AMPIC functional building block sensor development platform enables DSL to rapidly prototype and prove an innumerable combination of possible IoT sensor applications, providing a low risk and fast time to market route for companies desperate to include IoT technology within their offering.

Our capabilities include:

  • – Advanced IoT sensor and sensor array design
  • – Latest design tools
  • – Proven Development Processes
  • – Design capability in RF, Analogue and Digital

IoT Gateways

Our entire Industrial PC range are designed with modular expansion supporting a plethora of wireless communication protocols, most popularly 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi and Bluetooth. Fully functionally and visually customisable, alongside a range of available pre-installed Operating Systems achieve a turn-key IoT Gateway solution.

Design standards:

All of our design engineers are fully trained to recognised IPC CID+ standards for circuit design and PCB design. This includes specific capability in Design For eXcellence (DFX), Design for Manufacture (DFM), Design for Test (DFT) and Design for Assembly (DFA).

Case Studies:

– AMPIC Case Study

The main challenge faced by DSL was to provide potential clients evidence of the expertise and thoroughness that goes into a DSL design, as of course client projects are often heavily under NDA. DSL took the opportunity to design our IoT Sensor Development kit as a fully transparent and public design, with examples of all outputs from every stage available to our clients.

Further reading:

– Industrial IoT: Robust connected embedded devices
Internet of Things security concerns
Developing and expanding IoT Infrastructure at M2M 2015

All courtesy of our Rory Dear, published in Embedded Computing Design