Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Advantech picks BehrTech to connect sensor platform

Steve Rogerson
July 2, 2019



Taiwanese embedded systems maker Advantech is using a wireless connectivity platform from Canadian software provider BehrTech to enable long-range, robust and scalable IoT connectivity for its standardised M2.Com sensor platform.
 
BehrTech’s Mythings wireless connectivity platform is seen as an alternative to LoRa and Sigfox. The Mythings module for M2.Com will be the only off-the-shelf wireless module from Advantech featuring the Etsi standardised MIoTy (TS-UNB) by BehrTech for LPWAN. 
 
With TS-UNB (telegram splitting ultra narrow band technology) at its core, the module combats the interference, mobility and capacity problems experienced by legacy wireless technologies. The module is designed for large-scale industrial and commercial IoT deployments that demand reliability, vast network capacity and low power consumption at lower data rates.
 
“At BehrTech, we’re focused on creating technology that accelerates production-level IoT deployments enabled by industrial-grade wireless connectivity,” said Wolfgang Thieme, chief product officer at BehrTech. “Bringing together TS-UNB, the next generation LPWAN and the open M2.Com standard provides versatile plug-and-play wireless connectivity needed to drive widespread adoption of industrial IoT applications.”
 
The module is compatible with the Advantech Wise-DB1500 evaluation carrier board (pictured), enabling the rapid development and testing of sensor nodes. he Wise-DB1500 board provides a built-in humidity or temperature sensor, an SD card socket, and a micro USB port, alongside various IO interfaces.
 
“Our M2.Com module platform provides the standardisation and certification needed to minimise the costs and deployment time of IoT projects,” says Charlie Wu, product manager at Advantech. “Now with the Mythings module for M2.Com, customers will have the added value of selecting a standardised wireless connectivity protocol that enables the development of flexible, scalable and robust sensor networks in demanding industrial and commercial environments.” 
 
Advantech supplies embedded, industrial, IoT and automation platforms. The 35-year-old, billion-dollar business has over 1000 products and more than 8000 employees working in 92 major cities worldwide.
 
BehrTech offers a wireless connectivity software platform that is purpose-built for massive-scale IoT networks. At the core of the platform is MIoTy, a communication technology standardised by Etsi that provides reliable, robust and scalable connectivity.