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By Guillaume Crinon   -   September 6, 2018
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Whether you have an in-house team or are exporting the building of infrastructure to a trusted partner, make sure the team is asking the right questions when it comes to implementing and deploying IoT solutions.
IoT: More Than Just Cool Technology
By Alex Iuorio   -   April 25, 2017
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I can’t remember the last time I read an article about the Internet of Things (IoT) that didn’t start with market projections about the phenomenal number of devices that will be enabled in the next five to 10 years.
Strange Bedfellows: Marketing and IT
April 14, 2020
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The Internet of Things (IoT) is creating a special alliance between two business departments that aren’t always a natural fit: Marketing and IT.
It is time to say goodbye to Micro USB!
November 11, 2019
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Type-C’s greatest advantage is its integration capability. In addition to not having a right or wrong side (a perennial problem for Micro USB users), Type-C is able to offer integrated power delivery (PD) during charging.
Data Defines Your Destiny in IoT
By Lou Lutostanski   -   November 11, 2019
Technical article
Data can be daunting. It’s intangible, invisible and typically isolated in physical things like the trucks in your fleet, monitors in your hospitals, or machines in your factory.
Using Programmable Logic to Build Power-Efficient Systems
October 29, 2019
Technical article
The successful implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) requires new thinking about how to power connected devices.
IP&E sourcing considerations for developers
August 8, 2019
Technical article
Designing with IP&E components comes down to more than just simple part selection.
Transportation Safety: 5 Protocols & Processes to Know
May 29, 2019
Technical article
A dynamic range of protocols can help make our transportation technology safer.
Transportation Trends in Commercial & Non-Passenger Vehicles
May 29, 2019
Technical article
Some of the most exciting technology trends shaping transportation are for commercial vehicles.
Special Coverage | Chia-Yuan Chang at Avnet: One-stop solutions simplify and expedite the development of IoT
May 16, 2019
Technical article
A hot new concept and enthusiasm are not enough to ensure a successful business. It requires steady research and development and lots of practice. And it needs more support from the upstream solution providers. Avnet is dedicating itself to providing
LEDs and Their Rapidly Changing Form Factor
March 31, 2019
From street lamps to industrial applications, LED use goes well beyond screwing an LED light into a desk lamp. Historically, retrofit LEDs have often emulated the form factor of the lamps they were replacing.
Specialists vs. end-to-end partners: the pros and cons for developers
March 27, 2019
Technical article
Getting a product to market requires more than just the right idea; it also needs the right partner.
Making sense out of sensors
March 26, 2019
Technical article
If creators still don’t think that sensors are getting the attention they deserve now, then there really is no limit to where the IoT can go.
How to Turn IoT Insights into Action
By Bill Amelio   -   March 22, 2019
Technical article
While an IoT platform can generate a lot of insight, you don’t improve your organization’s efficiency, increase customer satisfaction, or open a new business opportunity without applying it.
The Art of Creating IoT Insights
By Lou Lutostanski   -   March 13, 2019
Technical article
One of the biggest opportunities created by the Internet of Things (IoT) is the ability to use data to generate surprising new insights that guide you to act.
Reimagining the ‘things’ of IoT
By Bill Amelio   -   February 28, 2019
Executive overview
While our collective vision for IoT’s impact on the future is grand in scale, it is still too easy for companies to get distracted by the minutiae of our present day IoT challenges.
Our Top Takeaways from CES 2019
January 15, 2019
Technical article
More than 180,000 people flocked to Las Vegas for CES, where Avnet debuted IoT and AI products as well as showed the expertise within our global ecosystem.
The Avnet ecosystem comes to life at Electronica 2018
December 28, 2018
Technical article
As much as we learn from our established industry experts, emerging developers as well as creators in our online communities, element14 and Hackster, are forging new paths, too.
The Building Blocks of IoT: You Just Can't Stack Them Up
By Bill Amelio   -   November 14, 2018
Executive overview
I’ve spent my entire career in the business of technology, and I’ve watched many ideas go from “shiny new object” to “buzzword” to “table stakes.”
How the Deaf Experience Music—Then and Now
November 8, 2018
Technical article
When you think of experiencing music, what comes to mind? The rhythm, cadence, beat, pitch—the sound.
The 3 IoT Security Fundamentals Startups Need to Know
November 6, 2018
Technical article
An enterprise healthcare business faces risk and privacy considerations every day. However, in a startup environment, when funding sources—or lack thereof—are looming every day, security might not be on the top of your mind.
How to Turn Your IoT Solution into Recurring Revenue
By Lou Lutostanski   -   November 6, 2018
Technical article
Companies in almost every industry are investing in Internet of Things (IoT) applications with high hopes of creating new revenue streams. Here's how you can ensure ROI from your deployment.
IoT at the Edge: How AI Will Transform IoT Architecture
By Lou Lutostanski   -   October 26, 2018
Technical article
Futurists say artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) will transform business and society more profoundly than the industrial and digital revolutions combined, and we’re now starting to see how that world might shape up.
Choosing A Pressure Sensor
October 12, 2018
Technical article
Pressure sensors’ accuracy is an important performance attribute, which is typically given as a percentage of full-scale pressure over a certain temperature range. Some sensors also exhibit hysteresis, non-repeatability and non-linearity, which sho
Customization comes with a competitive edge—and security challenge
By Guillaume Crinon   -   September 6, 2018
Technical article
We talked about this before: there’s no one-size-fits-all IoT solution because every industry, vertical and business is different. Whether you have an in-house team or are exporting the building of infrastructure to a trusted partner, make sure the
From hacker spaces to Hackster.io: Alex Glow owes her career in hardware to communities
July 17, 2018
Technical article
Exposure to engineering as a kid helped Alex Glow fall in love with hardware. But it was communities that gave her confidence to turn her hobby into a career.
Batteries are key to charging options
July 6, 2018
Technical article
Wired power is a strong option for developers that need to get to market fast and require an inexpensive, proven solution. For products where convenience and future compatibility are paramount, you can move forward confidently with standards-based wi
Building PetaLinux for the UltraZed & PCIe Carrier Card
June 22, 2018
Technical article
In this installment of our exploration of Avnet’s UltraZed SoM and the PCIe carrier card, we will develop an example application.
Blending IT, OT among hot topics at IoT World 2018
May 17, 2018
Technical article
Avnet Internet of Things experts harnessed the knowledge gained from working with more than 2 million customers around the world to present ideas at this year’s IoT World in Santa Clara, Calif.
As technology reshapes our world, ecosystems reshape our business models
By Bill Amelio   -   April 25, 2018
Technical article
There’s an old saying, “You are only as good as the company you keep.” That has never been more true than today.
Why Blockchain May Not Reach Beyond the IP Gateway in IoT Security
By Guillaume Crinon   -   April 19, 2018
Technical article
Blockchain is a technology initially deployed at the heart of crypto-currency systems such as Bitcoin or Ethereum where the basic idea is to get rid of centralized banking systems ruling monetary transactions.
Key Design Considerations for Selecting the Right RF Antenna
March 16, 2018
Technical article
Know when to choose standard, when to go custom.
Buy or build your IoT infrastructure
By Michael Lamp   -   March 6, 2018
Technical article
To build or not to build? That’s the question many businesses face when starting to create plans for an IoT project.
IoT for Enterprise: 4 Concerns to Consider Before Deployment
By Michael Lamp   -   March 6, 2018
Technical article
Interoperability, customization and convergence - some of the main concerns businesses tend to face when it comes to deploying IoT.
IoT Technology 101
By Christian Curtis   -   March 6, 2018
Technical article
Learn what’s in market today for IoT and what innovations are ahead.
Spending on design up front can save you from long-term pain
February 6, 2018
Technical article
Spending money in the early phase of development may be painful, but problems with quality, production runs and backers can be far more painful.
The importance of end-to-end security schemes for IoT deployments
By Guillaume Crinon   -   January 18, 2018
Technical article
IoT machine and device security relies on trusted identities.
What’s A Lead Time – And Why Should You Care?
December 19, 2017
Technical article
In the world of technology components, there is no Amazon to save the day, nor is there a place where you can walk in and pull an item off of a store shelf. Getting your crucial component depends on a lead time: the time it takes from when you place
VGAs Manage, Optimize RF Signal-Chain Ranging
December 18, 2017
Technical article
The variable-gain amplifier (VGA) is a critical part of the RF receiver signal chain. Its function is to solve the problem of received RF signals having more dynamic range than the analog-input circuitry can accommodate.
Watch for these two problems in your Qi wireless charging project
November 14, 2017
Technical article
Here are two of the most common problems engineers face in integrating Qi wireless charging in their projects.
How to get your Qi project certified by the Wireless Power Consortium
November 14, 2017
Technical article
By aligning with the Wireless Power Consortium and Qi standard—the way big name brands like Apple, Samsung and Avnet have—you can help verify the quality of your product to new customers.
Qi standard is for more than just smartphones
By Bill Amelio   -   November 14, 2017
Technical article
I’m not alone in my suspicion that the engineering world will soon follow a singular standard for wireless charging: the Qi standard. I think it would be the right move—and its impact would extend far beyond the charging of mobile phones.
LEDs: The Eyes and Ears of the Internet of Things
November 8, 2017
Technical article
It may seem to be a stretch to assert that LEDs play a truly important role in the future of the Internet of Things. After all, by themselves, they’re just lights. However, with sensors tucked neatly inside and a bit of intelligence...
Understanding the Power of Battery Management Systems
August 28, 2017
Technical article
According to estimates, China's EV battery market will reach RMB 120 billion by 2010, at which time the EV BMS market is expected to be valued at RMB 17 billion. Although the cost of BMS relative to the entire EV is relatively low, developers should
Seriously: What you can see is far more than what you see!
August 28, 2017
Technical article
In addition to our own eyes, there is a growing number of "mechanical eyes" that help us observe, document, and analyze our surroundings in the world today.
What Can We Do About Waste Sorting?
August 1, 2017
Technical article
With the aim of easing the pain and facilitating the process of waste sorting, intensive research and development is focused on smart rubbish bins. In the waste disposal process, from disposal, collection and transport to treatment, rubbish bins conn
Shark Tank Big Winner Saves Lives
June 26, 2017
Technical article
Smart mobility changed everything, but it was advancements in wireless connectivity such as Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® Smart that truly freed...
Top 5 Tech Trends in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
June 15, 2017
Technical article
Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) promise to enhance vehicle safety by helping to simplify the driving process, reducing sources of driver distraction and inattention that often lead to accidents. With ADAS support, drivers and their passenge
LED Lighting Drives Efficiency & Control
June 11, 2017
Technical article
According to recent Energy Star publications, LED-based lighting can use 75% less energy than incandescent lighting. This can dramatically cut energy costs in large installations.
Top 5 Myths in Automotive Vision: Designing Embedded Vision Systems Is Easier Than You Think
June 11, 2017
Technical article
Vision has always occupied a special place in information science and popular culture. One does not need to be an engineer to appreciate the vast bandwidth available in normal human vision. Most people understand that the common saying “a picture i
Standout Product Keeps Employees from Sitting Too Much
June 1, 2017
Technical article
You’ve probably heard in the news lately how unhealthy sitting can be. According to WebMD, sitting for long hours has been linked to mental health problems, obesity, death from heart disease and cancer, and other conditions.
Technologies and Components for Designing Electric Vehicles
April 29, 2017
Technical article
Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) such as the Toyota Prius and the Chevy Volt and electric vehicles (EVs) such as the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 and Tesla Model S are growing in popularity amid concern for global warming.
Red Hat and Eurotech Partnership: Paving Way for End-to-End Architecture for IoT
April 26, 2017
Technical article
Red Hat Inc., in its March 2016 press release, announced its collaboration with Eurotech, a leading M2M and IoT solution provider based out of Italy.
Powering the Internet of Things via Energy Harvesting
April 25, 2017
Technical article
The push is on to add Internet capability to everything—often called the Internet of Things (IoT)—and the challenge for design engineers is to figure out how to power each of these IoT nodes.
The Internet of Slacks? IoT and Smart Clothing
April 25, 2017
Technical article
When you think of wearable technology you probably think about those fitness trackers that you wear on your wrist. What you probably don’t think about is your shirt, your pants or even your socks.
Insurance and the Internet of Things
April 25, 2017
Technical article
It’s one of those things you only think about when you need it. Insurance. It’s our safety net for so many important parts of out lives and can sometimes be the key to a quick recovery – both physically and financially.
The Internet of Things Pushes the Possibilities Offered by Big Data
April 24, 2017
Technical article
The concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) encompasses things as tangible as a light switch, things as ethereal as a cloud, and all things in-between.
Monitoring Impact Levels in Sports
April 20, 2017
Technical article
Concussion, also known as mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), is a very serious topic in the world of sports today.
The Internet of Things at Cruising Altitude: Airlines and the IoT
April 20, 2017
Technical article
What are your thoughts when you step onto an airplane? “Where’s my seat?” “Is this a Wi-Fi flight?” “I hope I make my connection.”
New TFT LCD Technology Shape Infotainment for Cars of the Future
April 15, 2017
Technical article
Although the technology has been around since the 1990s, the use of thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal displays (TFT LCDs) is on the rise in automobiles.
Wearables: Tracking, Computing and Making Sense of Context Awareness
April 15, 2017
Technical article
Wearable devices are moving quickly from concept to reality based on evolving technologies such as sensor fusion, communications and vision. Wearables have evolved to become perceptually aware agents that learn through users’ experiences, activitie
The Internet of Everything is Here…or Is It?
April 11, 2017
Technical article
The next great age of technology is the Internet of Things (IoT), if, that is, you believe everything you read on the Internet.
The Internet of Things Has Thumbs – And They’re Green
April 10, 2017
Technical article
It’s no surprise that technology, data and intelligent systems are transforming industrial agriculture.
Mobile Asset Tracking With Bing Maps: Keeping Your Fleet Fleet
April 4, 2017
Technical article
You can have a fleet of things, like vehicles. Or you can be fleet, as in fast. OR, in the case of transportation logistics, it could mean both.
Maps For Your Business: It's More Than You Think
April 2, 2017
Technical article
If you run a business, then you want to be found. It seems like a no-brainer right? Customers have to be able to find your store to be able to make a purchase. So you put your address and a map of your locations on your website.
Mapping For Senior Care: The Potential of Bing Maps In A Growing Industry
April 1, 2017
Technical article
It’s hard to admit it, but we’re all getting old. With the huge population of Baby Boomers all entering their senior years, the number of senior Americans is higher than it’s ever been.
Not Your Father’s Billboards – Bing Maps Brings The Out-Of-Home Industry Into the Digital Age
March 31, 2017
Technical article
When you hear the words “Outdoor Advertising” you might think of dusty highway billboards and smiling realtors on bus stop benches. 20 years ago, that was probably pretty close to accurate. Today, it’s a different story.
OCF and Thread Group Alliance Boosts Windows 10 and its Smart Home Initiative
March 29, 2017
Technical article
Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) and Thread Group, recently collaborated to fire up the automated ‘smart home’ functionalities on the Windows 10 operating system.
Power Management Techniques for Low-Energy IoT Devices
March 24, 2017
Technical article
With the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), embedded designers are, more than ever, focusing their attention and efforts on system energy usage.
IoT Proliferation Teeters on the Edge
By Alex Iuorio   -   March 24, 2017
Technical article
Cybersecurity and the irony of what happened during U.S. President Barack Obama's January 12, 2015 speech to the Federal Trade Commission on the growing threat, during which he declared: “If we’re’re going to be connected, we’ve got to be pro
Resistors 101: What to Consider When Designing With These Essential Passive Components
March 23, 2017
Technical article
Along with the inductor and capacitor, the resistor is a one of the trio of fundamental passive components in electronics. Each appears to provide just a simple electrical function; for resistors, it is to impede current flow, which produces an assoc
LEDs Shed Light on New Applications — From Fighting Insomnia to Healing Wounds
March 22, 2017
Technical article
LED use has dramatically increased as performance improves and costs decrease. Recently, nontraditional applications of LEDs delivering surprising quality-of-life improvements have grown in number.
New Year’s Resolution: Let’s Get Security Right in 2016
March 22, 2017
Technical article
BBC Business News recently reported that cybersecurity will be the main issue of global business in 2016. Another top trend this year? IoT and "the development of the hyper-connected world."
London’s Pigeon Population Flocks to IoT
March 21, 2017
Technical article
In one of the strangest, most innovative uses of Intelligent Systems we’ve seen so far, DigitasLbi Creative Director Pierre Dequesnoy came up with the idea of using pigeons equipped with sensor-loaded backpacks to analyze pollution in the UK’s ca
Securing LED Networks in the Age of the Internet of Things
March 20, 2017
Technical article
Recently, in Nuevo Arenal, a little sleepy village in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, a dozen criminals cut the lights to the town’s main street during the quiet 3 a.m. hour, and then injured...
One Windows to Rule Them All
March 20, 2017
Technical article
Unless you’ve been on an extended vacation on a remote tropical island you know Windows 10 was released on July 29. And the hype is huge.
Invest in the Future with IoT
March 20, 2017
Technical article
You and I have known for a long time that connected devices are becoming pervasive throughout society, and it seems like the investment world is finally catching up.
IoT Security: Real Problems and Solutions
By Guillaume Crinon   -   March 18, 2017
Technical article
Learn about the real issues behind “IoT security,” and challenges for customers both from hardware and embedded / server software aspects.
Wearable Electronics: Four Approaches to Implement a Sensor Hub and Save Power
March 17, 2017
Technical article
As more sensors are added to nearly every electronic device including smartphones, tablets and wearables, more power is needed to run sensor data and turn it into useful information.
The Challenge of Dimming LEDs
March 15, 2017
Technical article
One of the major issues that continue to plague light-emitting diodes (LEDs) is the challenge of dimming.
Setting a Course For A Golf Course With Bing Maps
March 13, 2017
Technical article
With more than 25 million regular players worldwide, there’s no doubt that golf is one of the most popular past times on the planet. And it’s a sport that’s growing every year.
Smart Cities: What To Look For In 2016 And Beyond
March 11, 2017
Technical article
In a recent article in Government Technology, IDC research director Ruthbea Yesner Clarke discusses three trends emerging around the growing smart cities movement
Indispensable Building Blocks of Mobile IoT Devices
March 10, 2017
Technical article
The concept of IoT connected devices connotes many different ideas. Some think of data centers full of servers, network switches and storage arrays aggregating untold gigabytes of random data. Others identify with Ethernet-enabled devices in their pl
Real-Time Operating Systems - What's Really at the Core
March 9, 2017
Technical article
For most design engineers, the Internet of Things is referenced regularly. From an abundance of applications and security concerns to discussions about how data will be used, the topic of IoT is pervasive. When questions arise regarding the core of I
What’s All The Buzz About? Bees And Smart Map Technology
March 8, 2017
Technical article
You’ve heard about the problems with the bees, right? Their population numbers are dwindling and that’s not good news.
What To Do With All That Data
March 6, 2017
Technical article
Just as important as the hardware and the data it collects in an Intelligent System are the tools we need to process and analyze information. Otherwise, an Intelligent System does nothing to serve our purposes.