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Iomote and U-Blox partner on industrial IoT platform

Steve Rogerson
February 1, 2018



Swiss module maker U-Blox and Italy-based Iomote have developed an end-to-end Industry 4.0 platform so businesses can connect existing machines to the cloud to increase efficiency and augment their service.
 
The centrepiece of the platform is Iomote’s smart, programmable X400 gateway, which adds cloud connectivity to industrial applications.
 
Iomote provides the MyMote web dashboard for IIoT system administrators. MyMote is used to manage operations such as provisioning, remote software upgrades of devices in the field and system notifications.
 
Telemetry data on the other hand are sent directly to Microsoft Azure and are exclusively available to the user, without third parties involved.
 
Industrial IoT services require real-time, bidirectional connectivity between the device and the cloud. Ensuring continuous connectivity was paramount for this application.
 
“We tested our X400 in remote areas where the cellular signal was very weak and unstable, and the overall performance was robust thanks to the U-Blox Sara cellular modules it uses,” said Claudio Carnevali, CEO of Iomote.
 
Flexibility was another factor in Iomote’s decision to work with U-Blox.
 
“Form factor and pin-to-pin compatibility between 2G, 3G and 4G variants of the Sara cellular module mean that customers have the possibility to choose their cellular communication technology,” said Carnevali. “We really benefit from the possibility of tailoring the technology to each customer’s needs. In the end, regardless of the cellular technology used, our customers can rely on the U-Blox module to send messages flawlessly to the cloud.”
 
The Iomote platform is designed to enable Industry 4.0 applications in a broad range of vertical markets. To facilitate customisation for individual applications, the X400 gateway includes two processors.
 
Connectivity, security and over-the-air programming (OTA), which provide the backbone for industrial IoT applications, are handled on the Iomote core processor.
 
Customer applications are run on the separate application processor, which is programmable using the Arduino integrated development environment (IDE). Field applications can be created in a matter of hours by leveraging the Arduino IDE and the libraries and software that are available.
 
“We’re excited about the new Iomote industrial IoT platform because we believe it will strongly contribute to growing the industrial IoT ecosystem, giving rise to more and more smart connected devices,” said Patty Felts, principal product manager at U-Blox. “And we are convinced that customers in Europe will appreciate our most recent addition to the U-Blox Sara cellular module family, the Sara-R412M with quad-band 2G fallback, to smoothen the transition towards low-power wide-area LTE cellular networks for industrial applications.”

With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, U-Blox has offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.