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IoT Overview

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The Internet of Things (IoT)

Tens of billions of interconnected devices. Everything that can be connected, will be connected. The most disruptive trend in the electronics industry for decades is underway and accelerating. Affecting every market segment, the range of equipment that can benefit from being connected to the internet ranges from cars to white goods to remote environmental monitors.  

Simply adding connectivity to devices has limited potential however – the true value of the internet of things comes from gathering useful data from devices, communicating it, analysing it and using that data to enhance the products and services provided to users of IoT enabled equipment. Other technologies are needed to unlock this potential.

Information must be sensed and gathered, transmitted and received, analysed and acted upon, and for these tasks there are common building blocks used across industries and applications. These include sensors, wired and wireless solutions, antennas, batteries and increasingly smaller connectors and passive components to enable small, often remote, low power, interconnected, intelligent things.

Avnet Abacus works with the world’s leading suppliers of these technologies to understand their unique strengths and capabilities. Whether you need to add a new wireless protocol to your application, need to power remote metrology device for 15 years without maintenance or need to add new sensing capability to your health monitoring equipment, Avnet Abacus will recommend the solutions that best meet the unique needs of your design. 

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Internet of Things

Discover our range of technologies and solutions from the world's leading suppliers, designed to address the challenges for design engineers in developing IoT applications.

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Engineers' Insight

Wireless modules point the way for IoT connectivity

You've selected your wireless protocol, and you're ready to start designing. But should you take the modular route or build a discrete solution?

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Design LoRa and Sigfox nodes with Murata

Take a deep dive into designing cost-effective, compact and low-power LoRa and Sigfox nodes with Murata's Open MCU LPWAN module with Adam Chidley, Avnet Abacus' Supplier Business Manager, and Mark Porter, Business Development Manager, Murata Europe

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Batteries for LPWAN applications

The majority of LPWAN applications will be independent of mains power and require a battery solution that can last for many years. Learn more about suitable battery technologies and key design considerations.

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Selecting sensing solutions for IoT and smart city applications

Discover how selecting the right IoT sensors can ensure reliability and accuracy when implementing new automatic environmental response systems.

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IoT solutions for every market

The IoT is a phenomenon affecting applications across all major market segments. Different applications benefit in different ways from increased connectivity and intelligence, and Avnet Abacus understands the unique value the IoT brings to each market, as well as the challenges and standards that need to be considered and adhered to. Our team takes time to understand what is most important for your product and your customers so that we can recommend the most valuable potential solutions from our suppliers. 

Our flexible approach means that we can help you select the right components for you design in a range of applications including:

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One stop shop for all IoT technologies

From the sensors you need to engage the physical environment all the way to the wireless modules used to communicate collected data, Avnet Abacus has you covered. Avnet Abacus is an authorised source for the leading providers of each technology we represent. We are actively engaged with our partners on technical and supply-chain initiatives in support of IoT.

To fully appreciate all of the technologies Avnet Abacus has to support IoT, visit our Technologies section


Support to take you through every step of your IoT solution

Whether you need advice on selecting which standard or protocol to adopt for your application, or you would like to discuss physical component selection, our pan-European team of field sales engineers and product specialists is on hand to help. They work closely with our suppliers to provide you with the highest level of engineering support for your design. Ready to get started? Contact your local Avnet Abacus sales office, or click the Ask an Expert button to send us your enquiry.

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Explore our pan-European sensor suppliers and product capabilities.

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Murata 3D MEMS sensors

Murata’s accelerometers, inclinometers and gyroscopes are based on the company's proprietary 3D MEMS technology. Download the brochure to explore the full range.

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