Cloud Ecosystem Set to Help Devs Compete in Fog Solutions Market

By Ken Briodagh July 13, 2015

The IoT playground is getting ever more crowded, and now that the big kids like Cisco and Oracle are coming to play in a big way in the Fog Computing space (Cisco just signed on as a Diamond sponsor for the Fog Computing Conference at IoT Evolution Expo), the smaller players need to start banding together if they hope to compete.

To help with that mission, Atmel Corporation, a microcontroller and touch solutions provider, launched on July 13 the Atmel IoT Cloud Ecosystem Partner Program. The program is designed to bring together the developers using Atmel | SMART MCUs and Atmel SmartConnect wireless solutions so they can access the company’s ecosystem cloud partners for device management, data analytics, and visualization solutions. The end result will be that the members will be able to get access to the benefits of end-to-end IoT solution development through pre-established partner-sourced components.

“Our goal is to provide a seamless end-to-end solution for our developers,” said Reza Kazerounian, SVP and GM of the Microcontroller Business Unit, Atmel Corporation. “Launching this IoT ecosystem partner program, we are now one of the few suppliers that can deliver solutions from the edge node to the cloud along with full software support. We are excited to team with these unique cloud service companies and look forward to adding many more.”

Cloud connectivity is becoming an essential element for product development, thanks to its versatility and availability anywhere via the Internet. Device management is also critical to cloud services; more devices are performing more functions through remote management, for example a connected thermostat that is programmed remotely and sends climate information back to the user's remote device.

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“We are thrilled to partner with a leading IoT solutions provider such as Atmel,” said Cyril Brignone, CEO, Arrayent, a member and partner of the program. “Our partnership with Atmel, based on a small footprint embedded library combined with a scalable cloud service, offers our joint customers a proven, secure, and ready-to-go IoT solution.”

Each of the partners in this cloud ecosystem program will bring distinct sets of offerings for developers using Atmel solutions. Also available to users will be production-ready software stacks ported on Atmel wireless platforms to help accelerate time-to-market. The program allows interested developers to design with Atmel's pre-certified Wi-Fi, 802.15.4, multimode modules and Atmel | SMART MCUs. To further accelerate design, The following development kits are available: WINC1500-XSTK, SAMW25-XPRO, SAMR21-XPRO and the Arduino Zero.  

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino
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