Arrayent recently announced the availability of its Internet-Connect DevKit. The kit lets embedded system designers connect their products wirelessly to web applications hosted in the “Internet cloud” in one day. These applications are typically used by consumers to monitor and control devices in their home or small business office from a browser on a smartphone or a PC. Cloud based servers enable a simpler and less expensive solution than embedding a server into the product.
There are three components in the Internet-Connect DevKit: RF module, an Ethernet gateway, and the Arrayent software. The module has terminals and I/O to make an easy connection to the gateway. I/O available on the module includes: digital input lines to sense on/off conditions, digital output lines to control devices such as relays or LEDs, analog input lines to sense proportional signals such as temperature or light, and a RS-232 interface for in-depth integration with the product. The gateway provides “Internet dial tone” to Arrayent-enabled devices in the home. The software includes web-based applications that provides a library of application utilities (graphing, scheduling, etc.) and “web services virtualization interface” that connects a web application to the consumer product without additional software development.
The Internet-Connect DevKit costs $1900 and is available now.