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Advantech develops configurable DeviceOn module

Advantech Europe has unveiled the WISE-1510-DOM DeviceOn Module, a certified wireless module that provides instant sensor-to-cloud connectivity, which is delivered in a compact form factor and ready to use with no programming required.

The DeviceOn Module family of modules is a ready-to-use combination of hardware modules and smart device firmware, enabling the rapid deployment of custom or semi-custom sensors.

Potential applications include cold chain/refrigerator monitoring, smart waste management, asset tracking, smart agriculture and smart street lighting.

The module measures 22mm x 30mm and contains a wireless modem, MHF4 antenna connector, Arm Cortex-M4 processor, and various I/O interfaces for sensors. The module is ready to be used on either standard Advantech or custom carrier boards, while the wireless connectivity and sensor interfaces can be easily configured through a graphical user interface.

According to Advantech, by using the WISE-1510-DOM, sensor designers will be able to integrate LoRaWAN long-range connectivity into their devices. The module consumes low-power in transmit and receive modes, and has a deep-sleep mode drawing just 36µA. A number of variants are available supporting cellular NB-IoT/LTE-M, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi. Other standards will become available soon.

The DeviceOn firmware stack, which is already integrated into the module, provides all the software functionality needed to interface with a wide range of supported sensors, permitting dynamic sensor configuration like names and thresholds, sensor and event handling as well as data caching.

Multiple interfaces are provided for sensor and I/O control, including one UART (optional), GPIOs, four ADC channels, PWM, SPI, and I2C. Configuration or firmware updates can simply be performed via USB.

The DeviceOn server layer can be hosted on any platform and Advantech provides default integrations for Microsoft Azure and WISE-PaaS/EnSaaS (the Advantech cloud platform) and interfaces to other cloud platforms such as Google or AWS, as well as On Premise support, either utilising a customer's own IT infrastructure or dedicated DeviceOn server hardware from Advantech.

Advantech also offers a choice of three compatible DeviceOn Module sensor boards that further assist with fast-tracking sensor development. These comprise the DOM-SB-001 for temperature, humidity, and brightness sensing, the DOM-SB-003 that combines a brightness sensor with a time-of-flight proximity and ranging sensor, and the DOM-SB-004 for air-quality and brightness sensing.

Neil Tyler

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