Avnet and AT&T Team to Lower Barriers to Development of IoT Solutions

BARCELONA, Spain --- Avnet and AT&T Inc. partner to offer AT&T’s Internet of Things (IoT) managed services as a part of Avnet’s growing IoT solutions stack. The agreement, which empowers Avnet to seamlessly integrate AT&T’s cloud application development supported by flagship platforms AT&T M2X and AT&T Flow Designer, paves the way for the two companies to more effectively harness their respective expertise to support designers in the development and production of next-generation IoT devices with global cellular connection.

Building on the success of previous collaborations, including the Cellular IoT Starter Kit and LTE IoT Add-On Kit, Avnet and AT&T also announced plans for the Avnet Global LTE IoT Starter Kit, powered by AT&T. This latest IoT starter kit, scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2017, offers a complete development environment for sensor-to-cloud applications and services.

The Avnet Global LTE IoT Starter Kit will include:

• AT&T IoT Platform Access – The starter kit is fully integrated with the AT&T IoT Platform (M2X and Flow) - a cloud-based, fully managed time-series data storage service for network and connected machine-to-machine (M2M) devices and the Industrial Internet of Things. M2X will enable the kit to connect to the AT&T IoT Platform, allowing developers and customers to manage, organize and register individual devices - both real and virtual applications. Additionally, developers and customers will be able to deploy and run custom-built application logic from Flow Designer in scalable docker environments.
• Development Board – 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. To accelerate IoT deployment efforts and reduce compliance risk, the fully certified development board will include all the required network and government certifications and can be purchased in volume quantities. The board will also include an ambient light sensor, temperature sensor and 3-axis accelerometer for out-of-box demonstration examples.
• System Peripherals – A rich set of system peripherals, controllable through the user’s application code, are easily accessible through a 60-pin expansion connector or a 2x6 peripheral module. This will facilitate customization with application-specific sensors and I/O interfaces through the addition of user-created or off-the-shelf plug-in boards.

The Avnet Global LTE IoT Starter Kit will be available for order in select countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas in Q2 2017, priced at $139. For more information, visit http://www.avnet.com

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