ARM and IBM introduce starter kit for IoT devices

ARM has teamed up with IBM to launch a starter kit with cloud support that allows fast prototyping of connected devices.

The ARM mbed IoT Starter Kit – Ethernet Edition, primarily an operating system, will let users channel data from Internet-connected devices directly into IBM’s Bluemix cloud platform, which will add to the development of applications and services.

In a bid to make the Internet of Things (IoT) more accessible, the kit will accelerate the creation of IoT devices by guiding those “with no specific experience in embedded or web development” through the process of creating working prototypes “within minutes of opening the box,” ARM says on its product page.

“Securely embedding intelligence and connectivity into devices from the outset will create cloud-connected products that are far more capable than today,” said Krisztian Flaunter, from ARM.

The IoT Starter Kit consists of a board from Freescale, which has an ARM Cortex-M4 processing core as well as a sensor IO application shield. Ethernet connectivity links the board to IBM’s Bluemix cloud service, but ARM said there’s a possibility it may turn to cellular or Wi-Fi for connectivity in the future.

Other components on the board include a 128x32 graphics LCD, 256KB RAM, 1MB of flash storage, a speaker, a five-way joystick, temperature sensor, accelerometer, potentiometers and a PWM (pulse-width modulation) control line to receive digital signals.

“The Internet of Things is about bringing the physical and digital worlds closer together, to allow businesses to better understand and interact with what is happening around them,” said Meg Divitto, vice president for IoT at IBM.

The IoT is based on sophisticated sensors used to interconnect devices like heath trackers, ‘smart’ cars or home devices and estimates show that the world will have 25 billion connected devices in 2015, with companies like ARM and IBM capitalising on the IoT industry.

“Smart cities, businesses and homes capable of sharing rich information about their surroundings will be critical in unlocking the potential of IoT,” said Flaunter.

However, as E&T news has reported, the IoT network may be subject to privacy and security breaches, as data gathered by futuristic smart gadgets could reveal a personal picture of consumers.

Details of how much the kit will cost have not been made public yet.

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