Avnet and AT&T work together to support IoT development

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Avnet, a leading global technology distributor, has entered into an agreement with AT&T to support designers in the development and production of next-generation Internet of Things (IoT) devices with global cellular connection. The agreement allows Avnet to seamlessly integrate AT&T’s cloud application development which is supported by flagship platforms AT&T M2X and AT&T Flow Designer.

Both companies have previously worked together on Cellular IoT Starter Kit and LTE IoT Add-On Kit, and now announced their plans to develop the Avnet Global LTE IoT Starter Kit, which will be powered by AT&T. Scheduled to be released in second quarter of 2017, the Avnet Global LTE IoT Starter Kit offers a complete development environment for sensor-to-cloud applications and services.

The Avnet Global LTE IoT Starter Kit is fully integrated with the AT&T IoT Platform (M2X and Flow), a a cloud-based, fully managed time-series data storage service for network and connected machine-to-machine (M2M) devices and the Industrial IoT.

The starter kit will be outfitted with a global SIM to enable operation in over 25 countries, and will feature a small (79.5 mm x 30 mm) development board build around Wistron NeWeb Corporation (WNC) M18QWG global LTE Cat-4 modem module.

A new set of system peripherals, controllable through the user’s application code, are easily accessible through a 60-pin expansion connector or a 2×6 peripheral module. This will facilitate customisation with application-specific sensors and I/O interfaces through the addition of user-created or off-the-shelf plug-in boards.

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