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Siemens IoT gateway helps engineers get started with the industrial Internet of Things



It has been predicted that devices connected to the Internet will number in the tens of billions in the coming years. The increasing availability of open source software including easy-to-use IDEs, and ever-improving hardware is helping to drive this growth.

With years of experience serving customers in the electronics and industrial sectors, RS has been proudly part of the evolution of the technology in both of these spaces. The open source technology embraced by Arduino has simplified and speeded up electronic prototyping, while Siemens has been a key factor in bringing industrial automation at levels of reliability and interconnectivity that were simply unbelievable 10 years ago. By joining forces, RS and Siemens can deliver an IoT platform for the engineers of tomorrow by introducing a platform that provides the simplest way for engineers to get started with the industrial IoT and meet the challenges of an increasingly connected world. 

The open and flexible IoT gateway

The IOT2020 is an open and flexible IoT gateway that is designed for continuous industrial operation and comes with the appropriate certificates. It can be used to retrieve, process, analyse and send data to almost any kind of device or network due to its various interfaces including Ethernet, USB and micro SD. The gateway is compatible with open source software such as the Arduino IDE and Yocto Linux, to benefit from programming in high-level languages such as Java, C++ and JSON. This openness enables various communication possibilities to further automation hardware or sensors via Modbus, PROFINET or other protocols, or even the direct connection to cloud solutions via MQTT or AMQP. In addition to the on-board interfaces the IOT2020 is expandable with Arduino shields and via an on-board PCIe port.

The attractively priced device, which is an industrial certified product with UL and CE approval, is perfectly suited for educational purposes. It meets the many requirements of schools and universities, providing students with the platform to get rapid experience of practical development, it also allows start-ups and makers to develop ideas in an open way, rapidly turning these into professional applications and projects.



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