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Taiwan-Japan collaboration unveils IoT gateway in Tokyo

Steve Rogerson
May 12, 2016
A Taiwan-Japan collaboration has produced a customisable IoT gateway that is being unveiled this week during the Embedded Systems Expo Conference in Tokyo. The gateway is based on Taiwanese company Via’s Artigo A900 Android system and was developed in collaboration with Ryosan of Japan.
The system can be optimised for specific smart home and managed living environments through the integration of sensors and devices using the Via Smart ETK (embedded tool kit). With its connectivity and performance, the system has the capacity automatically to collect and manage input from a multitude of sensors, and can be linked seamlessly to supporting cloud-based services that can provide immediate response in situations such as fire, intrusion or health emergencies.
“With a rapidly aging population in Japan, there is a huge demand for home monitoring and connected cloud services that will automatically respond to and assist in case of emergency,” said Satoshi Mizusawa, general manager of Ryosan. “Thanks to our close cooperation with Via, we can quickly penetrate this market and provide customers with a reliable solution that will greatly improve their safety and comfort.”
The Artigo A900 is a fanless compact Android system that provides 2D and 3D graphics and full HD video performance, connectivity and networking features, and software development tools for a wide range of interactive kiosk, home automation, signage, HMI, and other IoT and M2M applications.
“The launch of this new IoT gateway system with Ryosan provides the perfect illustration of the synergies that can be achieved when two companies work closely together to create innovative solutions for emerging IoT markets,” said Richard Brown, VP for international marketing at Via Technologies. “By leveraging our respective domains of expertise, we have a unique ability to offer tailor-made IoT solutions which can be optimised for target environments.”
The Artigo A900 board support package features Android 4.4.2 as well as the Via Smart ETK comprising a number of APIs, including watchdog timer  or safeguarding against system crashes, GPIO access, com port access, real-time clock for auto-power on, and a sample app.
From its headquarters in Tokyo, Ryosan operates approximately 50 sales offices globally. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, Via’s global network links the high tech centres of the USA, Europe and Asia.