Hardware players Advantech and Linear Technology have joined forces with the aim of developing new smart-city and Internet of Things (IoT) technology based on embedded wireless sensor networks.
In a statement, Advantech (Taipei, Taiwan) said it would develop, make and sell a variety of IoT gateways, wireless sensors and solutions incorporating the SmartMesh IP technology developed by Linear Technology’s (Milpitas, CA, USA) Dust Networks product group.
Advantech spent much of 2013 planning future moves in the smart-city area but says it is now time “to push beyond the planning stage and into implementation”.
Wireless sensor networks are already being used in critical monitoring and control applications worldwide and take-up is expected to surge in the years ahead as more companies make use of M2M services.
“Though intelligent industry opportunities are huge, the market is still evolving,” said Miller Chang, the vice president of Advantech Embedded Computing Group. “Customers are motivated to acquire robust and complete embedded IoT solutions for implementing complex remote communications, and for connecting devices to develop monitoring and remote control applications.”
Advantech says it has set up a new product division called Embedded IoT Solutions that will focus on providing ready-to-use IoT solutions by combining Advantech’s modules and platforms with technology from ecosystem partners, such as Linear Technology.
“By partnering with Linear Technology’s Dust Networks, Advantech will deliver an additional series of wireless sensor network solutions that further enable IoT applications,” said Joy Weiss, the president of the Dust Networks product group at Linear Technology.
“This collaboration between Linear Technology and Advantech will accelerate the availability of a compelling suite of reliable, low-power, wireless sensor network solutions,” added Weiss. “This will enable companies to quickly bring innovative IoT applications to market without having to develop their own hardware.”
Advantech has already announced plans to release a new wireless sensor networks controller based on its collaboration with Linear Technology in the third quarter of 2014.