Advantech Corp. (Taipei, Taiwan), a vendor of embedded single-board computers, is aiming to dominate the Internet of Things with embedded devices and management software in a shift of strategy.
The company, which was the leading embedded PC vendor in 2011
with over 25 percent of the market, sees the opportunities in the intelligent
sensor and gateway devices, coupled with security and cloud management
Advantech Industrial Cloud Services is also making its SUSI-Access cloud
software available on all its embedded platforms. This allows system
integrators to centralize monitoring and management of remote embedded
devices in real time. The cloud-based application is free for customers
and centralizes monitoring of all remote embedded device. It collects
all device data and provides logs for remote management. When errors
occur it auto-notifies the system administrator via warning opups and
email alerts. If there’s a major failure the applications automatically
reboots to run diagnostics and deploy system recovery procedures.
Advantech has also launched a series of wireless I/O modules using the
same 802.15.4 mesh networking standard as Zigbee with sensors.
The ADAM-2000Z series includes six modules including a Modbus/RTU
gateway, router node and I/O and sensors. The modules run for a year
from two AA batteries and include a wireless site survey tool in the
ADAM software utility.
The Modbus protocol allows the modules to be integrated into HMI and
SCADA networks. The modules include a wireless temperature and humity
sensor node as well as 6 channel analogue and 8 channel digital
versions. This article was first published by sister publication EE Times Europe.