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Redpine platform simplifies development for IoT devices

Steve Rogerson
August 27, 2015
 
Redpine Signals has introduced an IoT platform for device makers – the Wyzbee – that includes a flexible hardware platform, development environment, cloud software and services framework. The platform aims to reduce the time it takes to develop and bring to market IoT devices by providing integrated sensing, computing, communicating, power management, cloud and application support.
 
California-based Redpine is also accelerating IoT device development by providing developers a portfolio of things profiles such as sensor, audio, GPS, GSM and GPRS.
 
“With the new Wyzbee platform, we are removing multiple layers of complexity and cost in product development while giving product and application developers everything they need in a compact solution to jumpstart their IoT device or application,” said Venkat Mattela, chief executive officer of Redpine Signals. “Redpine Signals doesn’t just want to enable the internet of things, we want to unify the IoT maker process from product development to the customised cloud and application software.”
 
The Wyzbee board includes Redpine’s WiseMCU wireless secure MCU with multi-protocol wireless module providing Wifi, Bluetooth 4.1 and Zigbee connectivity, six-axis inertial sensors, an infra-red receiver, debug port, push-buttons, LEDs, USB ports, and Wyzbee Thing expansion connector. The WiSeMCU module runs an embedded TCP/IP networking stack with SSL, TLS and HTTPS security, apart from complete Wifi, Bluetooth 4.1, and Zigbee stacks.
 
The Wyzbee Thing expansion headers accommodate a host of other symbiotic devices, with a number of peripherals – called things – already available from Redpine including audio, GSM, GPS, capacitive touch display, rechargeable battery and additional sensors. Application development is supported with a choice of development environments – IAR, Keil, and the free CoIDE from CooCox.
 
The platform is supported by the Wyzbee IoT Cloud – a Redpine hosted cloud framework that offers flexible and customisable connectivity, analytics and user interfaces. The RS9113 chipset integrates a PUF-based hardware security block that provides for unique, individual device entities, ensuring that each IoT device can be individually authenticated and software delivered to it that cannot run on any other device.
 
The platform also includes Wyzbee Workbench, a debug tool that addresses a common debug need that arises when engineers validate systems that communicate with the cloud. This tool is integrated into the development environment offered for Wyzbee and provides a debug analysis of data traffic between the device and the cloud. This enhanced debugger includes the capability of analysing all transactions with the cloud, including secure SSL protected exchanges.
 
“Oursensors coupled with Redpine’s ultra-low power wireless technology and Wyzbee platform provide an optimal platform for device creators in the IoT space,” said Ben Lee, president and chief executive officer of MCube. “We are pleased with the concept of creating IoT devices with Wyzbee product synthesis and power profiler to maximise battery life. We will provide a variety of inertial sensors on the Wyzbee platform to enable optimal designs for wearables and the internet of moving things.”
 
The Wyzbee IoT platform kits and Thing adaptor cards are available now.
 
“Redpine Wyzbee IoT device maker platform makes it possible to accelerate device development with wireless technologies and IAR Systems is pleased to support the interface to the Wyzbee development environment,” said Anders Holmberg, IoT manager at IAR Systems. “We have learned from our customers that wireless functionality is one of the biggest hurdles in migrating applications for IoT solutions today. Enhanced cloud protocol debugging features will enable shortened time to market for IoT applications as well as address the growing need of wireless technologies.”