second-generation IoT reference platform

The second-generation Intel IoT platform accelerates IoT time-to-market and increases scalability.

Intel has unveiled a new reference architecture for the Intel IoT platform, along with its hardware and software. The premiere of new products is part of the activities aimed at creating one of the most complete offers in the field of IOT (Internet of Things).

The platform includes two reference architectures and a suite of products from Intel and its partners to leverage the power of the IoT concept. New products include Intel Quark processors for IoT devices, simple, free operating systems from Wind River, and a full suite of cloud computing and analytics software. All of these are designed to create intelligent, integrated solutions spanning devices and the cloud.

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The new Intel IoT Platform reference architecture for connected smart devices is primarily intended to enable Intel partners to develop and integrate safe and smart everyday objects. As part of the platform, model solutions are available to accelerate the introduction of innovative products to market. They simplify design and allow you to clearly define how smart devices should securely connect to the cloud and share confidential data with it. IoT solutions based on the new Intel IoT platform were announced as the first SAP company to build complete enterprise-class IoT systems using the Intel platform and its own cloud computing platform – SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

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New Intel Quark processors for IoT devices enable the creation of smart, yet energy-efficient products. The Intel Quark SE SoC and Intel Quark D1000 and D2000 microcontrollers provide relatively high computing power with very low power consumption. Due to the wide operating temperature range (allowing operation in harsh conditions) and high durability and reliability, the new products are ideally suited for use in IoT devices.

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The Intel Quark SE SoC for IoT devices has an integrated sensor hub and pattern matching engine that can analyze complex sensor data in real time at the edge of the IoT infrastructure. The Intel Quark D1000 microcontroller is available now and the D2000 model will go on sale by the end of this year. The Intel Quark SE SoC chip for IoT devices will be available in the first half of 2016.

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The new solutions are already used by industry leaders, since Yanzi (specialized in the design of intelligent buildings) creates the Yanzi Plug and Yanzi Motion solutions based on the Intel Quark SoC – they allow the collection of a complete range of data on the operation of an office building – from the use of space to the use of lighting. Yanzi Plug is a monitoring sensor that allows you to optimize energy consumption in smart buildings based on the use of space and perform preventive maintenance, it also gives access to analytical data at the edges of the system and in the devices. The proposed solution helps reduce operating costs and total cost of ownership of IoT systems in smart buildings.

In turn, Honeywell presented a prototype network solution for employees, which uses Intel Quark technology. A portable, industrial-grade device monitors the working conditions of people performing critical tasks, such as emergency responders, industrial workers, and firefighters. The project showed that integrating data from multiple employees can predict hazardous events and prevent potential accidents or equipment failures that could compromise people’s safety and lead to costly downtime.

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Wind River’s new offering was created with makers (hobbyists using modern technologies to build smart devices) and equipment manufacturers in mind. The solutions we offer simplify and accelerate the development of IoT devices and related applications – thanks to them, application development can be started in 10 minutes. Core to Intel’s IoT platform, the offering includes free, cloud-connected operating systems compatible with multiple architectures (Wind River Rocket and Wind River Pulsar Linux), plus a full suite of SaaS products (software as a service).

A complete solution comprising devices and the cloud enables manufacturers and developers to fully utilize the potential of IoT and paves the way for customers to bring solutions to market – from experimental testing, through development work, to to full implementation under market conditions. With the latest products, Wind River strengthens its position in the cloud computing industry and enters the microcontroller operating system market.

Realizing the full potential of the Internet of Things requires careful analysis of the massive amounts of data generated by smart connected devices. Therefore, a key component of the new Intel IoT platform is a solution called Trusted Analytics Platform (TAP), which enables the practical use of available data and can be an integral part of an end-to-end IoT system. The TAP platform – designed for programmers and data analysts – works well in many sectors such as healthcare, retail and manufacturing. The platform integrates with the Intel IoT Platform Reference Architecture in the areas of data management, protocol abstraction, load balancing, and computational execution.

Using the TAP platform, Levi Strauss & Co. analyzes inventory in near real-time, and the more accurate data it collects helps increase the level of customer service in stores. Honeywell, on the other hand, uses the TAP platform to improve real-time decision making as part of a network solution that increases industrial worker safety.

Source: Intel

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