CES 2022: Multi-Tech, Hiber and more bring IoT to the forefront

During the latter half of 2021, companies in the IoT sector seemed to start figuring out how to reduce the cost and complexity of IoT deployments for enterprise, giving the market hope for strong future growth. 2022 is starting off with more innovative ideas if the news coming out of CES 2022 this week is any indication.

For example, IoT device vendor Multi-Tech Systems announced the availability of its OneBox Smart Building and OneBox Vibration Monitoring to help building owners and enterprises simplify the process of evaluating LoRaWAN technology for building applications and industrial equipment monitoring.

The kits include LoRa-enabled MultiTech Reveal sensors, an easy-to-deploy Conduit AP gateway for LoRaWAN and an active SIM for cellular backhaul from Kore Wireless, Multi-Tech said. Through a device management console pairing, the kits provide automatic provisioning, monitoring, and configuration, as well as data visualization and notifications for immediate access to critical information to enable better business decision making.

The overall aim is to help users who are new to using LoRa and setting up IoT configurations quickly evaluate a potential architecture set-up without having to deal with the complex integration of sensors, gateway, IT backhaul connectivity, network server, application, and more -- before being able to validate that the radio and sensor technology is a fit for their application. 

Duane Wald, vice president of project management at Multi-Tech told Fierce Electronics via email, "The important thing about this offering is the integration of every element. By kitting the pieces together, we make evaluation easy, but it is the integration of sensor, gateway and cloud that makes it scalable for the enterprise."

Among other IoT-related announcements at CES, Hiber, which last year launched a satellite-based IoT fleet monitoring system, this week announced a new version offering tracking and analysis of heavy industrial vehicles and machinery anywhere on earth.

The new version supports the CANbus standard for networked microcontrollers enabling the delivery of more detailed data from heavy vehicles in the field making it a fit for mining, construction, agriculture, and forestry sectors, Hiber said. The company said its HiberEasyPulse solution can connect to any vehicle with a CANbus port to share data on a dashboard and third-party telematics services via APIs, enabling operators to manage a mixture of brands and models in a single system.

HiberEasypulse includes a CANbus Edge Station device that connects to a vehicle’s local data bus and transmits critical positioning and status data every 15 minutes via a global satellite network. The device can be attached easily to vehicles using magnets or custom mounting systems and is powered directly by the connected asset. 

Meanwhile, elsewhere at CES, Energous is demonstrating its 1W WattUp Powerbridge and other wireless power charging technology solutions. The company’s WattUp solution is used by partners such as Wiliot for its IoT Pixel tags, as well as Juniper Networks, Syntiant and e-peas.

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