IoT Connectivity for Every Thing
TOKYO--On September 15, 2015 leading micro server manufacturer Plat’Home Co., Ltd. (TOKYO6836) announced the release of OpenBlocks® IoT BX1G. OpenBlocks® IoT BX1G is a micro server specially designed for IoT (Internet of Things) architecture.
Plat’Home’s OpenBlocks® series of compact Linux micro servers have been adopted by major carriers, electronic surveillance networks, sensor networks and other enterprises in the internet telecommunications field. Ultra-compact OpenBlocks® computer appliances now permeate the industry with over 80,000 units sold to date. In recent years use of these micro servers as gateway devices for various sensor and M2M/IoT networks has become increasingly widespread.
The newly released OpenBlocks® IoT BX1G boasts the same exceptional reliability, flexibility and computing performance as previous units in the OpenBlocks® series. In addition, new wired and wireless interfaces allow it to connect with a wider variety of sensors making it ideal for use as a M2M/IoT gateway. Additionally, OpenBlocks® IoT BX1G is only 8 percent in size (by volume) than previously released OpenBlocks® (OpenBlocks® AX3) products. This allows it to be installed in extremely small spaces where such devices were previously not thought possible. As a result, the OpenBlocks® IoT BX1G will make new uses possible and help to usher in the IoT era.
When implementing IoT (Internet of Things) systems a variety of sensors?monitoring items such as atmospheric temperature, air pressure, electricity, light, blood pressure or body temperature?must be connected to a network to communicate with the cloud, data center or other host system. A gateway converts different interfaces and protocols and allow these sensors to connect to the network.
Because of the great variety of interfaces used by sensors, utilizing a single gateway to connect all sensors has traditionally been difficult. The large size of the gateways has also posed problems for design layout, while spec and OS limitations have prevented free implementation of applications. Because of these issues the selection and installation of gateways has involved significant trouble and cost when constructing IoT systems.
OpenBlocks® IoT BX1G, however, helps solve these issues through the following advantages
Illustration of IoT Gateway Uses
|CPU||CPU : IntelR Atom Processor 500MHz (dual-core)|
|Main Memory||1GB (LPDDR3)|
|Flash ROM||4GB (eMMC)|
|External Interface||USB 2.0（Type-A）Cable|
|Case size||41.6mm(W）x 96mm(D)x 11.3mm(H) (a excluding protrusions)|
|Certification||FCC class-B ･ NRTL ･ IC ･ CE ･ VCCI class-B ･ JATE/TELEC|
|Power Supply||DC 5～48V|
*1 3G(UMTS/HSPA+: Five band 800/850/900/1900/2100MHz) / 2G(GSM/GPRS/EDGE: Quad band 850/900/1800/1900MHz)
“Plat'Home has developed a unique, ultra-compact sized Edison-based IoT Gateway and Edge Node Computer connecting various sensors, beacons and devices to Cloud. This product continues and expands Plat'Home's impressive track record in Linux Server manufacturing and we are looking forward to working closely with Plat'Home in providing easily configurable, manageable and scalable IoT solutions to customers in Japan and worldwide.”
Vice President, Internet of Things Group General Manager,
Markets and Channels Acceleration Division
Plat’Home is a major developer and manufacturer of micro servers. Founded in 1993 as a pioneer in Linux servers, Plat’Home provides its own brand of computing devices for the communications and networking fields. OpenBlocks®, Plat’Home’s line of ultra-compact Linux servers that fit in the palm of the hand, have been adopted by a wide range of enterprises that support infrastructure in Japan, including in logistics, transport, finance, the energy industry and public agencies. OpenBlocks® has recently garnered significant attention in the burgeoning fields of M2M and IoT (Internet of Things)。
*Appearance, specs and pricing are subject to change without notice. * “Plat’Home” and the Plat’Home logo are registered trademarks, in Japan and other countries, of Plat’Home Co., Ltd. * “Intel” and “Intel Atom” are registered trademarks, in USA and other countries, of Intel Corporation. *Other company names, product and services mentioned in this press release are the registered trademarks of their respective companies.