IoTize: French startup’s journey into IoT-connected designs @ CES 2024

IoTize IoT development systemIoTize, a French startup, provides a no-code solution for IoT (Internet of Things) through a small module. Steve Gessenhoven, the marketing communications manager for IoTize, shares that the company initially supplied tools for designing embedded systems. As they began to receive customer inquiries about IoT-connected designs, they recognized that their embedded systems technology could streamline the design process and remove the need for complex coding.

No-code IoT solution with module

The core of the IoTize solution is a module that can be plugged directly into a microcontroller to retrieve and transmit data without modifying the original code. To demonstrate the capabilities of the module, the company’s designers integrated it with a robot. They configured the module with the addresses where the desired data resides, allowing them to control the robot without any coding required.

The core of the module itself is its I/O (input/output) interface. I/O is used to connect the module to the debugging port of the microcontroller of an electronic board, in the provided example this was the robot, providing full access to all the memory. However, for final products, where leaving a debugging port open is not feasible, the same pins reserved for the debugging port can be used to create a secured access based on the module’s configuration.

Software to streamline the process

In addition to the module, IoTize provides a simple configuration environment and a mobile app that serves as an off-boarded human-machine interface. The mobile app allows users to create a dashboard with different controls associated with the variables identified in the system. For example, buttons can be assigned to turn left, turn right, move forward, or move backward. The app also includes settings for different sensitivities and a monitoring screen that displays data from sensors, such as a radar that detects obstacles.

The main goal of the no-code solution is to provide a plug-and-play, configuration-only approach. However, there are instances where additional coding may be required for more advanced functionalities. To address this, IoTize provides an environment called IoT App Creator, which runs on a PC and offers a drag-and-drop interface for associating variables with buttons, sliders, and graphs. This environment also includes a data flow editor that allows users to combine variables and apply conversions, as well as add Java code for more specialized tasks.

Once the user interface is created and configured, IoTize’s app builder, based on the Ionic toolset, generates native apps for iOS, Android, or web apps that can run on a PC browser. These apps can also be used as cloud dashboards to bring data to the cloud. The generated apps contain all the necessary code, allowing users to further customize and work with the code if desired.

Conclusion: A small device with a robust impact on IoT

When it comes to pricing, IoTize offers a competitive range for their industrial modules. The development kit for these modules is priced at $49, making it accessible for businesses and individuals looking to experiment and develop IoT applications. For small volumes of the device, the price per piece is around $15, which further makes it an affordable option for industrial applications.

For those interested in learning more about IoTize’s platform and its offerings, the company’s website is a valuable resource. It provides information on all their product lines, recently released software, and other relevant details. The website serves as a one-stop destination for anyone looking to explore and engage with IoTize’s solutions.

Overall, IoTize’s industrial modules offer a practical and cost-effective solution for businesses in need of IoT integration. With their availability through popular distributors and competitive pricing, these modules present an accessible option for a wide range of industrial applications. IoTize’s commitment to expanding their product line and providing a comprehensive ecosystem further solidifies their position as a leader in the IoT industry. Their no-code solution and user-friendly approach make it easier for individuals and businesses to harness the power of IoT technology and drive innovation in their respective industries.

In conclusion, IoTize’s no-code IoT solution offers a streamlined approach to designing, implementing, and retrofitting IoT-connected systems. The solution empowers users to create innovative IoT applications more efficiently by eliminating the need for extensive coding. With its user-friendly configuration environment and mobile app, IoTize provides a comprehensive ecosystem for developing and controlling IoT devices. This solution has the potential to revolutionize the IoT industry and enable a wider range of individuals and businesses to harness the power of IoT technology.

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