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Avnet’s SmartEdge Agile with AI and Security at the Edge Now Available through Newark element14

With addition of Meta Sensing capabilities to its linecard, Newark element14 is well-positioned for developers and manufacturers designing IoT solutions from concept to completion

Chicago, January 8, 2019 – Newark element14 is now shipping SmartEdge Agile, a low power, IoT ready-to-use device developed through a partnership between Avnet (Nasdaq: AVT), Octonion and ST Microelectronics. The first in a new category called “Meta-Sensing,” SmartEdge Agile includes nine sensors, and provides design engineers with the ability to implement artificial intelligence (AI) at the edge through an easy-to-use, zero-code interface.

Success in today’s IoT market requires a unique combination of hardware, software and security solutions — all working together. Adding AI to IoT solutions by traditional means often creates even more challenges, including increased costs and greater complexity, and longer time to market. Tools that can alleviate these challenges become invaluable.

By utilizing SmartEdge Agile with Octonion’s new Brainium portal and AI Studio powered by Microsoft Azure, users will have access to a “zero-coding” revolutionary machine learning tool that enables developers and manufacturers to easily bring intelligence to their devices. Brainium Portal can be used to easily initiate a proof of concept (POC) by leveraging more than 20 predefined AI algorithms that can be re-used through to product launch. A Brainium software agent is embedded into SmartEdge Agile, allowing a seamless interface with AI Studio and facilitating the end-to-end IoT solution which enables customers to focus on their use cases.

Ralf Buehler, SVP Product, Marketing and eCommerce for Premier Farnell and Newark element14 added: “As the Development Distributor, Newark element14 is focused on helping customers at the early stage of design bring greater capabilities to their designs through intelligent technology. SmartEdge Agile is a revolutionary product in its field, bringing artificial intelligence to the edge for IoT solutions. With easy to use, drag and drop programming, this intelligence is now available to deploy, even to users with no coding experience.”

“With SmartEdge Agile and Brainium Portal, we are building core software on top of hardware to create even more value for our customers,” explained Lou Lutostanski, VP, Internet of Things, Avnet. “AI and security at the edge are continually requested by our customers when building their IoT projects. This dynamic solution and portal duo not only meets those needs, it also brings us closer to our customers, and is shaping the future of how IoT projects will be developed and executed.”

“Up until now, engineers have been creative in building IoT solutions with technologies such as Arduino or Raspberry Pi, but with AI Studio, they will now be able to add AI capabilities to their products,” said Cédric Mangaud, CEO, Octonion. “We have been working on our AI technology for four years, and I’m confident that this machine learning tool in conjunction with SmartEdge Agile, will help users to build AI models in a quick and easy way, making the process more efficient and value-driven than ever before.”

SmartEdge Agile is CE and FCC Certified with Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0. Its internal battery can be charged by the USB type C connection. The device is based on an 80-MHz, 32-bit Brainium STm32 chip with an ARM Cortex-M4. The sensors board suite includes two 3D accelerometers, a 3D gyroscope, a 3D magnetometer, a pressure sensor, a humidity and temperature sensor, a microphone, an ambient light sensor and proximity sensor, all from STMicroelectronics. SmartEdge Agile also embeds a Secure Element to insure authentication, encryption and integrity of the exchanged data. The device is built in a modular approach at different levels: the sensor board, the connectivity board and the USB Type C connector allows adapting the device to the exact customer requirement.

The Brainium portal provides developers, entrepreneurs and makers with:

  • An easy and intuitive drag-and-drop widget-based interface (features include: device monitoring, device provisioning, device management) with real-time insights on your SmartEdge Agile devices
  • Export of the data coming from their devices
  • AI Studio for motion and vibration analysis
  • End-to-end security model from the SmartEdge Agile up to the Cloud

SmartEdge Agile is available from Newark element14 in North America, Farnell element14 in EMEA and element14 in Asia Pacific.

To sign in to the Brainium portal, visit

Join Avnet at CES in Las Vegas January 8-11 in Tech East Westgate, Booth #2609, where SmartEdge Agile and Brainium AI solution demos and use cases will be on display.

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