Cloud Connectivity & Secure Blockchain Transactions
RS Components, Cypress, and Zerynth collaborate to showcase Python running on Cypress’ PSoC® 6 Microcontrollers and Wi-Fi.
At Embedded World (EW) 2019 RS-Components, Cypress, and Zerynth come together to introduce an innovative prototyping platform for emerging applications requiring IoT connectivity as well as secure BlockChain capabilities. The first phase of this platform is a demo developed for the show that is described below.
The key elements of the demo are two cloud dashboards. One will be located at the Cypress stand at EW and one at the RS Components stand. Both dashboards will be showing temperature and humidity readings that the PSoC 6 WiFi-BT Pioneer Kit (175-4669) is reading.
This kit features Cypress’ ultra-low-power, flexible, and secure PSoC 6 MCU. PSoC 6 acts as the host MCU for a certified module based on one of Cypress’ industry-leading wireless combo solutions providing 802.11n Wi-Fi and dual-mode Bluetooth. The boards are programmed in Python by Zerynth. Zerynth offers an IoT development environment, which simplifies development by providing an easy and efficient way to program the 32-bit microcontrollers in Python or hybrid C/Python and connect them to the top Cloud infrastructures.
On each PSoC 6 Pioneer Kit, there is a CapSense® (capacitive sensing) button which serves a special purpose. Pressing it will trigger a blockchain transaction, to store temperature and humidity information. Users can scan a QR code on the dashboard that leads to all the technical details of the blockchain transactions. The code leads to the following URL: https://ropsten.etherscan.io/address/0x66b4f2b7f5f2b8f6facbfcc9336218dff08e07f5.
With this platform, customers can see how easy Zerynth and Cypress make it for all users to connect MCUs to the Cloud and secure the information with blockchain.
The PSoC 6 WiFi-BT Pioneer Kit (175-4669) can be purchased from RS Components, along with PSoC 6 silicon. The Zerynth IoT development environment is also available for free download from a unique portal on the DesignSpark website. More details can also be found at www.zerynth.com
Stay tuned for more to come from RS, Cypress, and Zerynth!
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May I suggest a step foreword to more sustainable evaluation and development (evalopment?) boards? On the cloud platform provide virtual evaluation and development boards. It would still be fair to charge for the access, the data derived by the user could still be uploaded to the platform securely where the fully functional virtual evaluation/development board, bought/hired and moved to the users encrypted workspace on the platform, would process the securely uploaded data and securely return the information. This need not save the user any money, but the convenience of not having to physically manipulate the wiring and instrumentation in an appropriate environment, not always conducive to creative processes, rather having the freedom to access their virtual workspace when most convenient and at any real-world location with access to the web could help save time in development (therefore more money than the saving in physical board cost if the service was free, I would suggest) and significantly reducing environmental impact.
Side note; progressing from PCB to a more advanced wiring practice would be an environmental saving of a large magnitude but that might be the subject of another discussion.