Electric Imp QuickStart Aims to Accelerate IoT Adoption

January 11, 2017 by Jeff Shepard

Electric Imp announced the availability of the first products in its new IoT QuickStart Family. Based on reference designs Electric Imp experts have developed over the past five years, the IoT QuickStart Family is designed to help address the most frequently demanded connectivity and device prototypes for a fraction of the time and cost of custom-built solutions.

Multiple analysts identify insufficient expertise, limited engineering resource availability and cybersecurity complexity as the major barriers to IoT adoption. Conducting pilot projects to validate business benefits and leveraging experts and technologies proven in IoT are the most widely recommended actions to overcome deployment barriers.

“The ability to fail-fast and iterate in prototypes and trials—without compromising on robust, silicon-to-cloud security—is critical to every IoT success we’ve seen, whether that story involves an established global manufacturer or a team of startup entrepreneurs,” said Hugo Fiennes, CEO and co-founder of Electric Imp. “Time to market and optimizing engineering effort are also crucial. We have seen customers cut 9 to 12 weeks from prototype and trial schedules, and up to 6 months of engineering time when using early versions of our IoT QuickStart products and designs.”

The IoT QuickStart Family initially includes three distinct product lines: the new impAcceleratorâ„¢ Solution Kits, new impExplorerâ„¢ Kits, and the growing line of Electric Imp Breakout Boards.

The impAccelerator Solution Kits expedite development of complex, secure IoT cloud and edge applications and devices. The first three models available include: impAccelerator: Fieldbus Gateway -- Designed for HVAC control and monitoring, predictive maintenance, lighting controls, factory automation and other industrial control systems, the Fieldbus Gateway delivers a securely programmable endpoint that can interact with multiple field buses, including Modbus-RTU, Modbus-TCP, BACnet, and more. Powered by power over ethernet (PoE), 8-40V AC/DC or USB, it communicates over Ethernet or dual-band WiFi, and can be easily expanded with its Mikrobus & XBee sockets and USB host port.

impAccelerator: Wireless Communications Gateway -- This flexible alternative to Linux wireless gateways helps improve security and dramatically lower both initial and ongoing maintenance costs. For application flexibility, the gateway is capable of supporting multiple wireless networks including Zigbee®, ZWave, LoRATM, sub-GHz radios and more.

impAccelerator: Battery Powered Sensor Node -- Provides secure environmental monitoring with 4 built-in sensors for applications such as commercial refrigeration, stores or transport. Also supports 1-Wire(R) devices and is powered for years using two AA batteries.

Electric Imp Breakout Boards are the next step in IoT-creation. Available for each module in the imp family, the Breakout Boards provide power to the imp-authorized hardware module, include all necessary antennas, and expose the available interfaces on the module, allowing for quick prototyping and characterization in real-world device, cloud and mobile applications. Three versions are currently available based on modules from Murata, including the imp003, imp004m, and imp005.

impExplorer Kits help software developers learn about - or train others - on connecting to the IoT using the imp platform without needing to breadboard or add additional components. The process of collecting environmental data, including temperature, humidity, air pressure & movement, is simplified and data securely sent to a wide range of off-the-shelf cloud service integrations. The kits also provide real-world output, with an RGB LED and Grove connectors for solderless expansion.

Each of the Quick Start Family products work out-of-the-box with Electric Imp’s market-leading IoT platform. With both device and cloud as managed services, Electric Imp provides security as a service: monitoring, patching and updating over the air (OTA) as necessary. All aspects of the Electric Imp platform operate in real time to ensure the continued security for the full lifecycle, from PoC to EoL, of its customers’ devices and data.