The Edge to Enterprise Platform

Avnet, Visible Things Board

Visible Things simplifies the complexity of secure edge to enterprise IoT technology. It delivers a complete evaluation and reference platform to connect smart devices right through to the cloud and enterprise software. Avnet supports an ever increasing range of sensors, connectivity, gateway and security technologies, together with cloud, analytics, mobile and enterprise integration services. We regularly add new features, provide updates and deliver training on our Visible Things platform.

Visible Things is delivered in the form of many different boards which can be taken depending on the functionality required. The very nature of IoT technology requires the features delivered by these boards to be pre-integrated and tested end to end wherever possible. This fundamental principle of Visible Things allows the users to concentrate on their applications to deliver the target IoT business outcomes.

This product brief aims to describe the features delivered and provide guidance to the most appropriate board or kit to use.

Key Features

  • Sensor to server security layer on top of network security
  • Quick evaluation of end application
  • Highest degree of flexibility
  • Reduces development time significantly - time saving
  • Optimized power consumption
  • Integrated and tested communication path from Edge to Enterprise
  • Cloud ready

Examples of Target Applications

  • Remote monitoring
  • Predictive maintenance of motors and drives
  • Room control in homes and buildings
  • Lighting and shading (indoor & outdoor)
  • Security and surveillance
  • Home appliances
  • Smart energy (metering & in home displays)
  • Health care & infrastructure
  • Industrial automation, inspection, drives monitoring, sensor hub

Scope of the Visible Things Platform

Scope or Visible Things

Visible Things - Features supported


  • Bluetooth Smart
  • Temperature
  • Proximity/gesture
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyro
  • Compass
  • Humidity
  • 3-Axis + temperature
  • Pressure
  • MEMS microphone
  • Ambient light
  • Energy harvesting
  • Secure element
  • Image

Gateway Functions

  • Bluetooth
  • WiFi
  • 3G, 4G
  • MCUs based on ARM Cortex-M cores
  • Camera module 1.26Mp
  • 1x QVGA TFT display with touchscreen
  • Audio – microphone and speaker
  • NFC
  • 1x PoE PD
  • 2x Ethernet IEEE1588v2
  • 2x USB (1x HS, 1x FS)
  • 1x CAN 2.0B
  • 32MB SPI flash
  • 32MB SDRAM
  • MicroSD card
  • Secure element

UbiquiOS gateway embedded software:

  • Complete SoftMAC WLAN stack
  • SME/APME and WPA supplicant
  • WiFi Protected Setup (WPS)
  • Multiple roles including STA, AP
  • Dual-mode HCI host stack
  • Serial Port Profile (SPP) over BR/EDR
  • BTLE GATT profiles as broadcaster, observer, peripheral and central
  • Compact TCP/IP stack with all auxiliary protocols
  • HTTP/HTTPS client and server
  • TLS v1.2 with OCSP
  • MQTT, WebSocket
  • Universal Plug and Play (UPnP), mDNS/DNS-SD
  • Diffie-Hellman, RSA, and ECC key management
  • AES, RC4 ciphers
  • SHA-1, SHA-256, SHA-512 and MD5 hashes
  • Tiny O/S layer enables minimum footprint on bare metal
  • Supports integration into third party RTOS
  • UbiquiOS Test Engine (UTE) enables automated production/certification test (WFA CAPI-compliant)

Cloud Services

Demonstrator cloud platforms are built into the Visible Things starter kits. On top of this sits a whole range of services to develop a deployed solution.

  • Evaluation: Visible Things cloud starter kit instances.
  • Manage: Provision, deployment, and management of the cloud service.
  • Build: Building the Software as a Service (SaaS) specific to customer application - mobile and cloud application development, device management, security, analytics.
  • Enterprise: Integration of new cloud based and existing systems together – API architecture, industrial use case implementation, enterprise security.

Build Services

Avnet and eco system services capabilities to create specific solutions to business issues.

  • Mobile and cloud application development
  • Device management and end to end security
  • Cognitive and predictive analytics
  • Advanced visualisation
  • Managed services

Enterprise Integration

Transform clients business models bringing new and existing systems together by working with our services capabilities and partner eco system.

  • API architecture
  • Industry demonstrators – use cases
  • Enterprise class security
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Starter Kit comparison table

Visible Things comparison table

SK001 - Entry level starter kit

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Visible Things deliverables

The Visible Things starter kits consist of a smart sensor with Bluetooth connectivity through to a gateway. The gateway then manages connectivity through the cloud services where sensor data can be visualised and managed with simple tools. A mobile app is delivered to the boards and also directly visualise sensor data.

Both kits are designed to work together with quick start guides to quickly get up and running with a proof of concept. Technical documentation and design files are then available once development and integration of the technology into products starts.

Further smart sensors and PMODs are then available and described below to evaluate further connectivity such as GSM and LPWAN.

An Avnet mobile application for iOS and Android is provided for configuration of the devices locally and to support connections to the cloud service. The application is fully integrated with a quick start guide to make it easy to connect the system from edge to enterprise.


SK002 - Industrial Starter Kit

Industrial Gateway with Energy Harvesting Environmental Sensor

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Lorawan Smart Sensor

Lorawan Smart Sensor table, Visible Things

The LoRaWAN Smart sensor, together with local sensors, is managed by an NXP Cortex-M0 microcontroller. Whether a private or public LoRaWAN network is being used, Avnet Silica can support the integration between the network server and a cloud service such as Devicepoint.

Order Codes

  • VT-SK-001-A: Entry starter kit. Includes: Bluetooth Smart sensor board, Gateway board, Mini USB cable.
  • VT-SK-002-A01-LAI: Industrial starter kit. Includes: Sensor board, Industrial gateway.
  • VT-SS-001-A01: Bluetooth Smart sensor. To connect additional sensors through gateway boards.
  • VT-SS-004-A01S-INF: Gen 2 Bluetooth Smart Sensor. To connect additional sensors through gateway boards

Product Brief

Visible Things

Visible Things is an evaluation and development platform for edge to enterprise IoT projects.

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Visible Things Kit

Visible Things Starter Kit includes a Gateway board, which manages the all the necessary connectivity to the cloud service via Wi-Fi.

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Bluetooth Smart Sensor Board - Grid

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Bluetooth Smart Sensor Board

The SiliconLabs Sensor Node uses a BGM111 Bluetooth® Smart module targeted for Bluetooth Smart applications.

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