Avnet's HoriZone RA Development Kit and IoTConnect Platform Bring Real-time IoT Sensor Data to the Cloud

By Tiera Oliver

Assistant Editor

Embedded Computing Design

January 19, 2021

News

Avnet's HoriZone RA Development Kit and IoTConnect Platform Bring Real-time IoT Sensor Data to the Cloud

Avnet launched the HoriZone RA development kit designed to enable proof-of-concept designs for edge-to-cloud Internet of Things (IoT) applications that require secure communications.

Avnet launched the HoriZone RA development kit designed to enable proof-of-concept designs for edge-to-cloud Internet of Things (IoT) applications that require secure communications. Powered by Renesas Advanced (RA) microcontrollers for secure IoT endpoints and edge devices, the kit delivers security features for Resource Constrained Embedded Systems (RCES) connected to Avnet´s IoTConnect Platform based on Microsoft Azure cloud. 

As a multi-sensor solution, the Avnet development kit is scalable and provides an ideal path from proof-of-concept, to project, through to deployment, including all the required building blocks. The kit includes sensors for humidity, temperature, ambient light, air quality and air pressure, plus microphone, digital accelerometer, digital gyroscope, and inductive proximity sensor for positioning information. 

The board integrates several components from Renesas, including the RA RA6M3 microcontroller, which is suitable for IoT applications that require TFT, Ethernet, security, large embedded RAM, and USB High Speed (HS). Also included are the ISL88014 voltage supervisor and ISL80102 synchronous boost converter for power management. Out of the box, engineers can start developing IoT endpoint and edge devices for a range of applications, including industrial and building automation, metering, healthcare, and home appliances.

 Per the company, the IoTConnect Platform is cloud based and scalable to address common industry needs and challenges. With a standardized way to harness IoT, designers can build smart apps and solutions on the platform, extending capabilities and supporting best practices and data-driven decision-making. By leveraging Microsoft’s Azure hybrid cloud computing service, the IoTConnect Platform enables ideal distribution and analysis of data across cloud and on-premise systems.

Avnet will host a HoriZone RA kit webinar focusing on the integration of high-end security into an MCU-based IoT device. For more information on the webinar, visit: https://bit.ly/2LeMQRg.

The HoriZone RA development kit is available now in the Americas.

For more information, visit: http://avnet.me/HorizoneNPI

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Tiera Oliver, Assistant Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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