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Verizon and Arrow team with Renesas on IoT development kit

Steve Rogerson
November 3, 2016
 
Verizon and Arrow Electronics collaborated on the Renesas Synergy S7G2 IoT enabler kit, offering an easy-to-use, all-inclusive developers environment that reduces the barriers to entry for companies developing applications for the IoT.
 
The 4G LTE Cat 1 IoT kit provides end-to-end IoT development with wireless options, sensors and example projects. Users can leverage this environment to progress from the development stages of evaluation through the prototyping and production stages.
 
“IoT connectivity and design complexity is challenging to navigate whether you are an IoT start-up or an enterprise integrating IoT into your infrastructure,” said Semir Haddad, Japan-based Renesas’ director of marketing in America. “Developed together with Verizon and Arrow, the Renesas Synergy S7G2 IoT enabler kit takes advantage of the Synergy platform to address these pain points with a seamless path to IoT design. We are excited to expand our collaboration with Verizon and Arrow to make connected cloud development more accessible to a growing IoT design community.”
 
The kit provides out-of-the-box connection to the Verizon Cat 1 LTE network and Verizon ThingSpace, with a trial data plan. It includes a Synergy S7G2 ARM Cortex-M4-based MCU, the Synergy software package and tools, nine sensors, and multi-wireless standard support, including wifi, Bluetooth Low Energy and Cat 1.
 
“We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Renesas to help reduce the barriers for developers by providing a seamless, secure and reliable on-ramp to accelerate innovation through ThingSpace, our open development platform combined with our ubiquitous 4G LTE network.” said Warren Westrup, director at Verizon Enterprise.
 
The kit provides an integrated educational experience with three example projects and five labs with step-by-step instructions. Expansion capabilities include Arduino shields, Grove connectors and Pmod connectors.
 
“Arrow is teaming up with Renesas and Verizon to help simplify the complexity of designing and deploying IoT,” said Murdoch Fitzgerald, vice president of semiconductor marketing at Arrow. “Arrow oversees one of the most complex IoT ecosystems in the world – everything from hardware, sensors and design to data analytics and even secure, sustainable end-of-life asset retirement. We’ve seen first hand how simplifying IoT development is driving adoption and innovation.”
 
The companies are hosting a series of technical seminars that will run from this week until March 2017, with sessions in 17 cities across the USA and Canada. The seminar series provides in-person training sessions with Renesas, Arrow and Verizon team members, including hands-on labs where attendees will learn how to use the sensors and wireless modules included in the kit, and how to use Verizon security credentials to connect securely to the Verizon Cat 1 network.